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.
The Houtchens have lived in the Valley for 23 years. Their yard is absolutely beautiful with many colors and many repurposed Garden Art they have created for their yard.
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.
You can always tell when Spring arrives in Hidden Valley. Following are just a few of the beautiful plantings taking place 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.
2019 Garden Club Officers (from left to right)
President Mary Anna Taylor
Vice-Presidents Valerie Lewis & Linda Gorman
Treasurer Jane Ulrick
Recording Secretary Carolyn Chasteen
Corresponding Secretary Marcia Rizzo
HVL Garden Club Minutes (June, 2019)
Now that all the gardens have been planted, the Hidden Valley Garden Club treated themselves to a visit to Stream Cliff Farm in Madison, In. The day started cool and drizzly, but the sun came out in Madison. There were plenty of flowers to buy, gardens to view and wine to taste. Lunch in the tearoom was delicious and served with edible flowers.
There was no formal meeting held, but yard of the month was discussed over dessert.
After a stroll through the gift and antique shop it was time to head home. Another peaceful day spent with great friends.
HVL Garden Club Minutes (May, 2019)
The May 9th meeting of the garden club was to be a road trip to visit Adopt-a-plant in /Harrison, Ohio, but because of the weather conditions, it was decided to meet in the community center.
President, MaryAnna Taylor opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and the gardeners prayer.
The minutes from the April meeting were read and as there were no additions or corrections, Jane Ulrick made a motion to accept them as read. Bezzy Anderson seconded the motion and it was passed by members. Jane then gave the treasurers report and said it would be filed for audit. MaryAnna reported that corresponding secretary, Marcia Rizzo, had sent a get well note to Sheri Day.
MaryAnna announced to the members present that the club had been awarded the Doerflein Award for community service. It is an annual award given by the POA board.
Vice President, Valerie Lewis reminded members that the June meeting would be a trip to visit Stream Cliff Farm in Madison, In. Those wishing to carpool should meet at Willies parking lot at 10:00am.
It was announced that the yard of the month award had been given to Don & Sarah Hendrix on Sunset Dr.
Old Business: There was no old business.
New Business: There was no new business.
Since there was no further business, Valerie made a motion to adjourn which was seconded by Sue Marcotte. The motion was passed by members and the meeting was adjourned.
Hostesses, Valerie and MaryAnna had snacks for members to enjoy as they watched a video provided by Kathy Minteer on planting a perennial garden. The evening turned out quite well considering that everything was planned at the last minute. Our members truly are amazing!
HVL Garden Club Minutes (April, 2019)
The April 11thmeeting of the Hidden Valley Garden Club was held in the community center. President, MaryAnna Taylor opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and the gardener’s prayer. She then thanked the hostesses for the evening, Nina Thueneman and Luann Roberts.
The minutes from the March meeting were read and a small correction was made. Valerie Lewis had introduced the guest speaker, not MaryAnna as stated. Marti Sharpe made a motion to accept the corrected minutes and Jane Ulrick seconded the motion. It was then passed by members.
Jane Ulrick gave the treasurers report, which will be filed for audit.
Vice president, Valerie Lewis reminded everyone that the May meeting would be a road trip to Adopt a Plant nursery in Harrison, Ohio. Those wishing to carpool should meet at Willie’s parking lot at 1:00pm.
Old Business:Chairwoman for the Bunco fund raiser, Kathy Minteer, requested a list of food items to be donated for the event.
New Business:There was no new business.
As there was no further business, Judy Kay made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Kathy Ludwig and then passed by members. Meeting adjourned.
After the meeting, there was a short break to enjoy snacks before Valerie introduced the evenings guest speaker. Pat Hawkins is studying to become a master gardener and spoke to the club about container gardening. She suggested that gardeners should think about a theme when planting. It could be all the same color, patriotic, bold colors or even exotic. For a good blend, have a thriller plant for the center, fillers around the base and spillers to hang over the edge of the container. There were a lot of good ideas to use, whether your container is large or small.
Speaking for all Garden Club members, this was a very difficult choice being there were more than 300 beautifully decorated homes throughout the Valley. This year, we chose a traditional, classic style as our winner of the Casey’s Outdoor Solutions Gift Certificate. We would like to thank everyone who demonstrated Hidden Valley Tradition by creating exciting, fun and memorable outdoor lighting displays.
“October Yard of the Month”
Congratulations to Brenda and Joe Isadore on GolfView Court. They were awarded Yard of the Month having a simply meticulous front and back yard. Overlooking Hidden Valley Golf Club, the back yard landscaping with the beautiful outdoor seating is simply beautiful and extremely comfortable. Thanks again to the generosity of Casey’s Outdoor Solutions and Florist for donating a $50.00 gift certificate to them.
“September Yard of the Month”
Congratulations to Kathie and Gary Schmid of 19681 Knollwood Drive upon receiving the September Yard of the Month award. The Schmids have lived here in the Valley for twelve years. In fact, their daughters (and families) reside in this community also. And, according to Kathie, she wouldn’t live in any other place! Their manicured lawn and very attractive home is welcoming to the eye. Thanks to the generosity of Casey’s Outdoor Solutions and Florist for donating a $50.00 gift certificate to them.
“August Yard of the Month”
A beautiful home in every aspect. Impeccable lawn,gorgeous hanging plants throughout, beautiful fire pit surrounded by a comfortable seating area and outdoor fireplace. When you think of Hidden Valley Lake, this home’s exterior decor is synonymous with the living style we all love in our valley. That is why we awarded Sarah and Todd Wirtz, Yard of the Month. Casey’s Outdoor Solutions gave the Wirtz’s a $50 gift certificate in appreciation for such a beautiful yard.
July “Yard of the Month”
Yard of the Month for July was awarded to Bob and Kathy Grote on Raylynn Drive. Beautiful backyard, gorgeous baskets and a wonderful swimming pool setting. Grote’s were awarded a $50 gift certificate from Casey’s Outdoor Solutions
June “Yard of the Month”
The Stelles were awarded a gift certificate from Casey’s Outdoor Solutions.
April “Yard of the Month”
The Bowells were awarded a gift certificate from Casey’s Outdoor Solutions.
2nd Thursday of the month
6 p.m., HVL Community Room