Crown Point Garden Clubs History

January 12, 2020
The history of Crown Point Garden Club of Indiana dating back 90 years of Indiana History.
Indiana Historical Society

The Crown Point Garden Club was organized on August 13, 1929 and it was federated on January 1, 1933. The club has a rich history of public service to the Indiana community and education of members about all things botanical.  

  • 1930 the club held its first flower show at the Community Building.
  • Starting in 1930 the CPGC has been making May Baskets for shut ins, a project that continues today.
  • April 1936 the garden club president worked with the Mayor and held it's first ever annual clean up of Crown Point Indiana.
  • May 1940, five club members were guests in the WGN studios in Chicago to share information about their project Sharing Lilacs.
  • June 1940, Mayor Collins issued a proclamation declaring “Garden Week” in Crown Point with special programs and speakers.
  • May 1980, the club resumed the care and planting of flower beds at the East entrance of the old Courthouse building.
  • 1993, club member, Carol Drasca, was successful in getting the Stella D’Oro Daylily named as Crown Point’s official flower.
  • 2018 the club resumed the tradition of flower shows with "Plant Crown Point!"; a small standard flower show, which won TGCI, Central Region and NGC recognition.
  • June 2018, the club installed and dedicated a Blue Star Memorial plaque on the grounds of the Courthouse building to honor our veterans.
  • July 2019, the CPGC planted a Pollinator Garden outside the Lake County Fairgrounds, with the support of a grant from The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
  • July 2019, the club was grand marshal of Crown Point’s 4th of July parade in honor of the club’s 90th anniversary.

On-going projects include:

  • Maintaining the four flowers beds at the Crown Point Courthouse
  • Maintaining gardens at the covered bridge at the Lake County fair grounds 
  • Pollinator garden 
  • May baskets for Meals on Wheels 

The club holds an annual plant sale offering perennials from member gardens, as well as planters and hanging baskets. If you would like to be notified of our plant sale in advance, please email The Crown Point Garden Club.

We also participate in various field trips to local area gardens and other places of botanical interest to its members.  Club scrapbooks detailing the club’s history are kept at the Courthouse Museum and offer not only a history of the club, but are also a excellent source of Crown Point history.

Hamstra Garden Tour in 2020
Hamstra Garden Tour 2020

The Dunes 2022 Wildflower Workshop
Dunes Wildflower Workshop 2022

Dunes Wildflower Workshop 2022

In the early days, members met in their homes. As the club grew, meeting locations have had to change, with meetings now held at Bulldog Park in Crown Point, Indiana. Meetings start at 1:00 pm on the first Thursday of the every month (except January & July - our annual picnic) and include a speaker/program on a topic related to plants, refreshments and a discussion on club business. 

The history of Crown Point Garden Club of Indiana dating back 90 years of Indiana History.

The Crown Point Garden Club is open to anyone with an interest in plants, the environment, or floral design. Whether you're an apartment dweller with a passion for potted plants, a lover of perennials, a grower of vegetables or someone with an interest in creative expression through flowers, we have something for everyone.  

You'll never find a more welcoming community, then the Gardening Community.