Garden Club


The primary goal of the Hidden Valley Lake Garden Club is to foster members’ interest in horticulture, gardening, and flower arranging. Educational demonstrations, programs and tours are arranged throughout the year for members’ enjoyment.

To encourage and promote community beautification, the Garden Club presents a Yard of the Month award to homeowners with especially attractive landscaping. Look for the yard signs from May to October, recognizing residents whose landscaping efforts have improved their lots as well as the community.

The Garden Club also promotes fellowship among the women of Hidden Valley Lake by sponsoring luncheons, a pontoon party and field trips.

We extend a gracious invitation and welcome to all new members.

If you are interested in joining the HVL Garden Club, contact
Luann Roberts


  • Wilma Gardiner installed new officers at December 9th Board Meeting.        Left to right, Wilma Gardiner, Luann Robers (President), Susan Hornung (Treasurer), and Carolyn Chasteen (Secretary)

Garden Club Minutes – December 9th, 2021

 Do you know what kind of ball does not bounce or why Rudolph the red nosed reindeer did not go to school? The members of the Garden Club know. Those were some of the silly riddles they had to solve before getting a Christmas present.
     The club held their Christmas party on December 9th at Market Street Grill. After ordering dinner, President MaryAnna Taylor held a short meeting. She recited the gardener’s prayer and then asked Wilma Gardiner to install the officers for the upcoming year. Luann Roberts was sworn in as president, Sharon Hornung will be the new treasurer and as always, Carolyn Chasteen will remain as recording secretary. MaryAnna dispensed with the reading of the November minutes and the treasurers report.
      After partaking in an excellent dinner, members were asked to answer a riddle before opening their gift. There was a lot of lively conversation and good cheer while enjoying dessert. Everyone is looking forward to a happy and productive New Year.
     By the way, snowballs don’t bounce, and Rudolph didn’t go to school because he was “elf” taught. Merry Christmas!
                                                                                Cheerfully submitted,
                                                                                Carolyn Chasteen

Garden Club Minutes – August 12th, 2021

There were 17 members present for the Aug. 12th meeting of the HVL Garden Club which was held at the community center. The pledge of allegiance and the gardener’s prayer were recited to open the meeting. President, MaryAnna Taylor then thanked everyone who had helped get the new phone books ready for mailing. MaryAnna introduced Linda Hartmann who gave a short presentation to the group. 

     The minutes from the July meeting were read and Tonia Eidam made a motion to accept them as read. Luann Roberts seconded the motion, and it was passed by members. Jane Ulrick gave the treasurers report and Corresponding Secretary, Marcia Rizzo reported that she had sent cards to several members who had not been able to attend recent meetings.

     Vice president, Kim Kubitz reminded everyone that the September meeting would be the annual pontoon cruise. Members should meet at the marina shelter at 6:00pm. They can bring a dish to share or brown bag their own meal. Also, she said that there will be an extra outing on Oct. 6th to the Gorman Heritage Farm. Those wishing to carpool should meet at Willies parking lot at 12:00.

     It was announced that the yard of the month for Aug. had been awarded to Bill and Shirley Robinson on Interlochen Dr.

     There was a brief discussion about whether the club should hire an outside contractor to trim the bushes at the front entrance. There was no decision made at this time. 

Old Business: There was no further information provided by Claudia Richardt about setting a date and time to assist the Kiwanas with labeling baby clothes and blankets for donation.

New Business: There was no new business.

     Having concluded the business of the evening, Marcia made a motion to adjourn that was seconded by Carol Morman. Members passed the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.

     After the meeting adjourned, there were snacks to enjoy as Kim Benz of Onederings Lavender Farm gave a presentation on the benefits of lavender. There were also tips on successfully cultivating lavender plants in this area. All in all, a very aromatic evening.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted.                                                                                                                   Carolyn Chasteen                                                                                            Secretary

The Wessels reside on 19347 Alpine. They have been chosen to receive the HVL Garden Club’s June Yard of the Month.  Their beautiful yard  from front to back provide a landscape of beautiful flowers, bushes and newly planted trees.   The hillside view from their sprawling deck is “one of a kind”

Bob and Bonnie Starks reside at 20902 Ridgecliff  Court.  They have been chosen to receive the HVL Garden Club Yard of the Month award for May.  Bob and Bonnie have resided in Hidden Valley for 22 years.  During that time both have been very involved in the community by serving on the POA Board and various Committees.  Congratulations to the Starks.

It was a very tough decision.  The decorations this year were extraordinary.  The Garden Club thanks all the residents who made Hidden Valley Lake a community of Christmas Spirit.   The winner of this years contest is Richard and Karen Mienheartt on Alpine.“Yard of the Month” Winners 2020

You can always tell when Spring arrives in Hidden Valley.   Following are just a few of the beautiful plantings in 2021 all around the Valley.   More to come and many more to thank for their beautiful work, design and creativity, keeping Hidden Valley Lake a beautiful community.


We would like to acknowledge Casey’s Outdoor Solutions for their continuing involvement in HVL Activities and Events.

Casey’s sponsors the Garden Club’s Yard of the Month program along with the Christmas Outdoor Decoration Award.   Each Yard of the Month selection receives a $50 gift card from Casey’s, along with a framed picture of their beautiful yard.

Check out Casey’s monthly events located on the Community News and Events page.


2nd Thursday of the month
6 p.m., HVL Community Room


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