The Gardeners of Lima
( TGOL )
Keeping the Art of Gardening Alive and Well in the Lima Area
One meeting is devoted to a tour of some beautiful gardens in the area.
Tour of Gardens
A dinner party, with special entertainment, is held each December. Parties in recent years have featured a "white elephant" gift exchange.
The clubhouse is decorated for Halloween and members are encouraged to come in costume. They may also bring a dessert to contribute to the catered meal.
Members are invited to bring the biggest tomato they have grown. After weighing, prizes go the heaviest tomato and two runners-up.
Big Tomato Contest
Orders are taken by club members for Poinsettia plants each year in November and deliveries are made in early December. Various color plants are available in several size pots.
The main fund-raising event of TGOL is a Spring Plant Sale. Flats of flowers and vegetables, pots of geraniums, and a variety of hanging baskets are sold by club members. This is a two-day sale conducted under a tent. The usual location has been near the corner of Shawnee and Breese Rds.
Spring Plant Sale
Members are encouraged to enter vegetables and/or flowers in the Allen County Fair. Also members serve as hosts/hostesses for the Flower Show during the Fair.
Allen County Fair
Each year an effort is made to notice Lima area homes which are beautified through gardens and landscaping. An annual award is given to recognize a significant home beautification effort.
The clubhouse used by The Gardeners of Lima is located in Lima's Faurot Park. The area in front of the clubhouse is maintained by club members, who plant and tend to the flowers in the area.
The public square in downtown Lima has a large number of huge concrete planters. Each spring The Gardeners of Lima spend a Saturday preparing the soil and planting flowers in these containers. This project adds much to the attractiveness of the square.
Scholarships for college level students in fields of botany, horticulture, landscaping and other gardening-related areas have been granted.