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    ABOUT

    Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes a love of sustainable gardening and the natural world through education and volunteerism. This club is open to all persons interested in gardening. 

    HISTORY OF BATAVIA PLAIN DIRT GARDENERS

    In 1991, a group of volunteers began the transformation of a wild thicket of buckthorn and invasive species along the Batavia Riverwalk into what is now The Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary. These sanctuary gardeners formed Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners, an organization dedicated to supporting The Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary and other projects while cultivating the love of gardening among experienced as well as novice gardeners.
    The club sponsors monthly educational programs as well as fundraising activities for The Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary, a local college scholarship and other special projects. The club’s plant sale is held every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day and features native and other perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

    Garden Walks are held every two years. Past projects have included purchasing and seasonally planting the interactive sculpture “Kaleidoscope” which is located in the Batavia city plaza, and maintaining the planters near the Peace Bridge in downtown Batavia.

    Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). Meetings are held at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. (SE corner of Rt. 31 and Wilson St.) or other Batavia sites as announced. Guests and new members are always welcome.

    EXECUTIVE BOARD
    Doris Trout, President
    Linda Valdez Karl, Vice President
    Yvonne Richter, Secretary
    Barb Schaefer, Treasurer
    Penny McDowell,  Public Relations
    Karen Jensen Smeets, Programs
    Sally Janunas, Hospitality
    Sarah Kimber, Wildflower Sanctuary
    Karen Messer, Plant Sale
    Lorayne Hrejsa, Garden Walk
    WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT 
    Nikki Matthiscyk

     

     

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    MEMBERSHIP

    MEMBERSHIP 

    We would love for you to join us!

    Members receive e-newsletters highlighting club activities and local events, provide input into activities and special projects sponsored by the club, receive invitations to summer garden open houses and serve in leadership roles.  Members are encouraged to be as involved in the club activities as they choose to be. 

    COST TO JOIN 

    $15 Individual 

    $20 Family 

    MEETINGS 

    Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners meet on the third Tuesday of each month September through June. Meetings are typically held at the Batavia Public Library 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL 60510. Check out our upcoming events for more information!

    TRIPS AND SPECIAL ACTIVITIES 

    Our club sponsors trips to public and private gardens, horticultural commercial sites and other garden-related activities. There are summertime garden visits where club members open their personal gardens for others to visit!

    The club also sponsors activities to raise funds for the Wildflower Sanctuary, scholarships at local colleges and other special projects.

    PLANT SALES

    We host an annual plant sale on the Saturday before Mother’s Day from 9:00AM-12:00PM at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln Street, Batavia, IL 60510. This sale offers thousands of perennials, native plants, annuals and herbs. Most plants are donated from members gardens.

    GARDEN WALK

    Every two years the garden club holds a garden walk featuring many beautiful gardens in Batavia and surrounding areas.