Plant Sale Fundraiser:  Rogers, AR:  The annual plant sale is GCR’s major fundraiser and is conducted every April.  Besides raising necessary funds it also  provides local gardeners the opportunity to purchase tried-and-true perennials from members’ gardens.  The funds raised through the sale allow the club to provide support to the following organizations and events.  Sherrie Eoff, Chairman

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks:  Fayetteville, AR:  GCR provides financial support to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.  The garden’s mission is to provide educational, entertainment and recreational opportunities for students, residents and visitors to increase their appreciation of the native and natural ecosystem of the Ozarks. This donation helps all of NW Arkansas, adults and children alike, benefit from this garden and its mission.

Ozark Natural Science Center:  Madison County, AR:  GCR provides financial support to the Ozark Natural Science Center.  Its mission is to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Ozark natural environment.  All 5th graders in Benton, Washington and Carroll Counties attend a two-day, two-night environmental studies camp. Over 45,000 children have already benefited from this program. The club’s donation helps to fill the gap between the fee schools can pay for each student and the actual cost for them to attend this non-profit camp.

Garden Of The Month:  Rogers, AR:  GCR recognizes non-member local residents for creating and maintaining exceptional gardens. The club awards a a winner each month from May through September with a GCR gift, a Bradford Yard Living gift certificate, a yard sign, publicity and personal recognition at one of its general meetings that includes a free lunch. The program is designed to encourage residents to improve the value of their homes and make their neighborhoods and communities a better place to live through gardening.  Sue Mank, Chairman

National Garden Week:  Rogers, AR:  GCR celebrates National Garden Week through  “Pick Me Up” projects.  Members make floral designs for the following locations: the Adult Wellness Center, Highlands Oncology Clinic, Ronald McDonald House, Mercy Hospital ER and main reception, Rogers Activity Center, Rogers Public Library, Center for Non-Profits, Wound Care Center, and Rogers/Lowell Chamber of Commerce.  This year the club also provided the Ronald McDonald House a gift basket of items from their wish list.  Garden tours are also part of the celebration.  Debbie Main, Chairman

Recycling: Rogers, AR:  GCR along with Rogers residents, Highland Oncology Group, and our youth gardeners collect aluminum can pop tabs. They benefit the Ronald McDonald House Rooms at Mercy Hospital, providing housing, food and other items for families of patients there. Benefits also reach other communities in Arkansas and Oklahoma that Mercy Hospital supports.  Sue Mank, Chairman

Civic Beautification:  Tower Park, Rogers, AR:  For many years GCR has maintained two flower beds at Tower Park.  This committee recently redesigned and replanted these beds using only native plants.  It is also in the process of adopting a third raised bed in this park.  These efforts provide an attractive and educational park that benefits the entire community.   Phyllis Stair, Chairman

Youth Gardening:  Pre-K Center, Rogers, AR:  GCR supports Youth Gardening throughout the year through presentations and hands-on training programs. Topics include litter and recycling, butterflies, pollinators, mason bees, caterpillars, bird feeders, chia people and worm composting.  All classes at the Pre-K Center benefit by learning about nature and their environment.  Sherrie Eoff, Chairman

Garden Therapy:  Rogers, AR:  GCR provides Garden Therapy once a month at the Apple Blossom Retirement Facility.  Therapy includes hands-on garden related projects that residents participate in in a group setting..  Residents  learn, share and visit with their neighbors and with club members. Marcia Kroupa, Chairman

Keeta Arnold Memorial Horticulture Scholarship:  Rogers, AR:   GCR sponsors the Keeta Arnold Memorial Horticulture Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to offer financial aid to students majoring in Horticulture related subjects. This scholarship honors the memory of long time garden club member, mentor, high school counselor, teacher and gardener, Keeta Arnold. The scholarship is awarded yearly in the amount of $500 and is available to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing a Master’s Degree.  Student must be attending an accredited college or university, be a legal resident of Arkansas, be attending school full-time, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.  Deadline for application is Jan. 1, 2018. For complete rules and application please contact Sherrie Eoff, Scholarship Chairman (479) 903-5389, or at   Sherrie Eoff, Chairman

Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas:  Rogers, AR at Highlands Oncology Group:  GCR supports the Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas through volunteer efforts.  This year members volunteered at the Healing Gardens’  2017annual fundraiser that raised over $50K in which 100 percent of the proceeds went towards funding the gardens. The club has committed to assist in the building of these new gardens in any way it can. This garden will focus on enriching the lives of those in the community by providing a haven that promotes restoration, healing, spiritual well-being and a sense of peace. Kim Nelson, Chairman

Cambridge Park Cleanup, Rogers, AR:  GCR partners with the Rogers Parks Department to keep one mile of the Cambridge Park bike and walking trail litter-free each month.  The club endeavors to lead by example in community cleanup.  Bikers, walkers and residents all benefit from this project.  Sue Mank, Chairman

Youth Environmental Education Contests:  Rogers, AR:  GCR sponsors Youth Environmental Education Contests that encourage children to take a personal role in preventing wild fires and conserving natural resources. The club invites schools to participate and disseminates contest rules, judges entries, presents awards and then forwards winning entries on to the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, South Central Region Clubs and National Garden Clubs, levels of the contests.  Contests include a local Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and bird poster drawing contests for grades 1-5,  and a recycled sculpture contest for grades 4-8.. Future generations benefit when children learn about environmental issues.  Judy Long, Chairman


President’s Project:  Rogers, AR:  GCR sponsors a new program designated as the President’s Project. The current president chose to plant flower pots at three Rogers Fire Stations in July.  Members change out the flowers in the fall and again in the spring. The firemen and city will benefit from the added beauty and from knowing that they are appreciated.  Marge Leonard, President

Civic Beautification:  Historic Downtown Rogers, AR:  GCR has partnered with the City of Rogers and the NWA Master Naturalists to install and maintain a new butterfly garden. It includes only native plants that are host to the 13 different butterflies that come through Arkansas. The project’s goal is to educate the public on both the butterflies and their host plants in a natural setting. This garden will also beautify the downtown area. Phyllis Stair, Chairman


Hypertufa Workshop:  Gordon Powell of Bear Creek Nursery will present a hands-on workshop for GCR on making a hypertufa container. The workshop will be held in January at the Eoff barn.  Sherrie Eoff, Chairman

Garden Tours:  GCR schedules several garden tours throughout the year for members to enjoy.  Debbie Main, Chairman

Plant Swap:  Club members meet once a year for a plant swap and potluck get-together.  Rules are simple:  bring one plant, take one plant, bring two, take two, etc., with a limit of five.  Sherrie Eoff, Chairman

Pass Along Plants:   GCR members may bring their excess plants, seeds or cuttings to the monthly general meetings that they wish to  pass along to other members.   Sherrie Eoff, Chairman

Pass Along Magazines:  GCR members may bring their gently used, preferably garden  related, magazines to the monthly general meeting that they wishes share with other members.  This is one more way members can recycle. Sherrie Eoff, Chairman