The Garden Club has undertaken a number of community projects throughout the years, including those outlined below:
Great Falls Library Garden: Located at 9830 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, VA, the garden was designed, installed and is now maintained by Club members. In addition to beautifying the library, the garden demonstrates the use of native and deer-resistant plants. Several years ago, we added a beautiful dry-stacked stone retaining wall along the outer edge of the garden to enhance the gently-sloping hill. Weekly maintenance is done by Club members throughout the growing season.
Great Falls Library Meadow: Planted in 2011, the meadow fills a 10,000 SF storm water retention pond in front of the library. Not only is it a beautiful addition to our town’s main street, the meadow provides food and shelter for a host of birds, bees, butterflies and even deer; it hides the unsightly concrete culverts and drain pipes; slows and filters the storm water draining through it; and serves as a Monarch Butterfly Way Station. Please read more about it on the Meadow Blog.
Meadowlark Botanic Gardens: We raised funds to help establish a new native plants garden.
Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA – The Club makes an annual financial donation to support the patient “Garden Therapy Group”.
Annual Great Falls and Reston First Responders Holiday floral centerpiece making. Members bring their greens and festive ornaments and make holiday decorations for the First Responders.
Blue Star Memorial Garden Dedicated in May, 2013, IT is a formal garden in our Village Green Center that honors veterans of our local community who have served in the military. It is maintained by the members of the club, and the membership honors their service each year with a memorial wreath on Memorial Day.
Streetscape Project. Completed in 2017, the GFGC members initiated and helped with the creation, fundraising and selection of native trees to beautify the Great Falls Center along Walker Road. These trees have seen their first spring of the new year and are thriving well. The trees include…redbud, fringe and American plum trees.