Glen Rose Garden Club’s mission is to “stimulate interest in private gardens and promote community beautification.”

 Twenty years ago, to help accomplish that goal the Club established the city’s flowerbeds around the courthouse square, and maintained them for the next 18 years. Several years ago the club members purchased Christmas decorations for the Paluxy River Bridge, and it decorates the bridge every year. To encourage new generations of gardeners, the Club has given scholarship awards over the years to Glen Rose High School students who have shown excellence in Horticulture or Agricultural studies.

 Over the past 20 years the Club has held its monthly meetings from September through May. It has hosted speakers from the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, the Somervell County Master Gardeners, the Somervell County AgriLife Extension, as well as from its own membership. Field trips have included visits to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Clark Gardens, an herb garden in Mineral Wells, Chandor Gardens, the gardens at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum as well as to some spectacular private gardens. Pictures of recent meetings and field trips can be seen at the Club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/glenrosegarden.

 The next 20 years

 As the Club embarks on its next 20 years, it has a few additional short-term goals.

 The first goal is to throw a party. They are having a 20th-anniversary open house, and everyone is invited to attend.

 The club’s next goal is to increase membership. To that end the group has started a new Facebook page to announce its meetings. This year’s meetings include an early spring program on getting your garden ready for summer, a program about gardening with herbs, and a field trip to some hidden gardens right here in Glen Rose. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to attend any meeting as a guest. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May at the Glen Rose Community Center.

Full Circle

On the 20th anniversary of the club’s relationship with the City of Glen Rose, the City has declared Oct. 9 to be Glen Rose Garden Club Day, to coincide with the club’s open house.

To celebrate this anniversary, on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.-noon, the public is invited to join the members at the Glen Rose Community Center, 107 Sheppard Street, just opposite the fire station.