The Steinbach and Area Garden Club is getting ready to celebrate 25 years in the community.
Celebration events will take place next year, but the planning will soon get underway.
At the club’s June meeting, a call went out to look for volunteers to organize events that will mark the special occasion.
The club began with Fred Kaita leading the way.
Along the newly developed wellness path at the museum, there is a bench honouring Kaita and his contributions to the garden club.
With a growing number of members from Steinbach as well as surrounding communities, the club is active with volunteering at the Mennonite Heritage Village.
Members were involved in the creation of the Dirk Willems Peace Garden located on the museum grounds. They planted 741 perennials around the statue, located on the south side of the museum grounds.
The club also helps with the demonstration garden at the museum, growing vegetables, fruit and herbs to show visitors the traditional Mennonite garden.
Elsie Kathler says she joined the garden club many years ago as a way to meet people with common interests. She has found friendship and inspiration from fellow gardeners.
At the June meeting, gardeners and friends gathered for a salad and dessert potluck. When they toured the museum grounds to learn about different plants, they were instructed to search for gnomes hidden in the plants. Each gnome signified a prize for the finder.
Gerald St. Laurent took to the stage after the meal. His songs filled the pavilion, bringing smiles to an appreciative audience.