A society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ~Greek proverb
Projects fulfilling this mission are proposed by our Community Projects Committee, approved by our Board of Directors, and authorized by a majority vote of the CGC membership. Non-profit organizations seeking information on how to apply for CGC funding may contact CGCPerrysburg@gmail.com or download the form:
W.W. Knight Project
In 1993, the Knight family generously donated forty-three acres of land
to the Wood County Park District. The Park District, together with
descendants of W. W. Knight and members of the Country Garden Club,
then finalized plans for what is now the W. W. Knight Nature Preserve.
The Country Garden Club has been involved with each phase of the
development of this unique Nature Preserve with its distinct areas of
prairie, wetland, and native meadow as well as its wildlife habitats. The
Country Garden Club first contributed $75,000 over six years for the
construction of a trail and boardwalk along the pond. Then, in 1995 the
Garden Club received a $5,000 award from the Garden Club of
America’s Founder Fund which, combined with $15,000 raised by
members, allowed the Country Garden Club to finance the Prairie
Restoration Project at the Nature Preserve. In 1996 the selected three-
acre site was planted with seeds from native prairie plants. The prairie is
now a living museum with over forty different grasses and forbs.
More recently, the Country Garden Club contributed $40,000 to fund the
Educational Lab in the Nature Center at the W. W. Knight Nature
Preserve, fulfilling the Club’s stated purpose “to promote the knowledge
of horticulture and conservation and to enhance our community’s natural
Reduction of Single-Use Plastic Bags in Perrysburg
In 2019 Country Garden Club offered the Perrysburg community the opportunity to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in circulation. The Garden Club provided reusable, insulated shopping bags for the Perrysburg Christians United Food Pantry and the Zoar Lutheran Church Food pantry and they worked with the city of Perrysburg to educate the community on the negative impact of single-use plastic on the environment and to provide a convenient, environmentally-safe alternative to single-use plastic bags. The Country Garden Club’s reusable, insulted bags can be seen on the arms of environmentally conscious shoppers all around town.
Landscaping of the Spafford House Historic Museum
In 2017, three years after the opening of the Spafford House Historical Museum, Country Garden Club funded the landscaping of the site. The landscaping around the foundation of the house, the plantings in the Pioneer Utilitarian Garden, and the fencing with boxwoods along the front perimeter of the property are all in keeping with the historical significance of the museum, providing curb appeal and recognition for this historical site.
Ongoing and Historical Projects
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve – Wood County Parks
The Country Garden Club contributed over $32,000 to Sawyer Nature Preserve – Wood County’s newest park – to help with parking lot and signage creation, trails, and seating. A portion of the proceeds raised from each year’s Trunk Show is used to fund projects that benefit our community.
Holiday Trunk Show
In 1987, CGC began raising money by inviting vendors and shoppers to a trunk show at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. For over 30 years, the annual Holiday Trunk Show has been the main source of funding for the CGC’s community projects. The show is a three day shopping extravaganza featuring 20-25 boutiques from around the country and attracts approximately 1500 shoppers each year.
Did you Know….
That the Country Garden Club helps out the Hospice of Northwest Ohio? Each spring the members of CGC plant the 27 containers which sit outside patient rooms at Hospice.
Each year the Country Garden Club donates the Arbor Day Tree to the City of Perrysburg. For 2021, a native Buckeye tree was planted at Three Meadows Park. This tree will grow to 25 feet with a 20 foot spread.