Who We Are
The Woodside-Atherton Garden Club (WAGC), founded in 1929, is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and sharing knowledge about horticulture, conservation, floral design, photography and civic responsibility. In 1934, we joined The Garden Club of America which was founded in 1913 and now has 200 clubs and approximately 18,000 members.
Our membership is made up of women who share a love for all things gardening. We are master gardeners, novice gardeners, conservationists, farmers, ranchers, artists, photographers, floral designers, community volunteers, teachers and so much more. Coming together to GARDEN, CREATE, and ADVOCATE, we seek to restore, improve and protect the quality of our environment.
What We Do
Stimulating the knowledge and love of gardening. From seed sharing to propagation workshops, we strive to learn and grow in our horticultural knowledge and expertise. Knowing, growing and showing, our membership is eager to know more about the plants we grow and to show our community the benefits of using native and pollinator friendly plants.
Guarding, improving and restoring the Bay Area landscape through education and action. We promote respect for natural resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship. Working locally with various organizations and other GCA clubs, our members are well informed on current conservation issues.
Creating and sharing the beauty and artistry of floral design. Regardless of expertise and experience, all members are encouraged to participate in floral design activities… from flower shows to providing a nosegay of cheer to someone in the hospital.
Capturing the natural landscape through photography. Our members range from novice to professional in the world of photography. Photos are a blend of art and science and all members are encouraged to explore their inner Ansel Adams.
The WAGC, working with together with other Bay Area Garden Clubs, has been protecting and restoring the San Francisco Bay and bays of Northern California.
With shared goals of preservation and conservation, we have close ties with Filoli, the family home of one of our members, Lurline Roth Coonan. We strongly support Filoli’s horticultural intern program along with many other special garden projects.
PARTNERS FOR PLANTS
In October 2013, the WAGC and Save the Bay began a P4P project to restore the tidal marsh-upland transition zone habitat at the city of Palo Alto’s Baylands Nature Preserve.
SAVE THE REDWOODS
The WAGC has partnered with Save the Redwoods League to restore both the natural areas and newly-purposed entrance to the park, Rancho del Oso, which were devastated in the CZU lighting complex fires in 2020.
Every week since 2015, WAGC members have worked in the Selby Lane School Garden in Atherton, transforming it from an abandoned plot of land into a flourishing vegetable garden and outdoor classroom.
WOODSIDE LIBRARY GARDEN
In 1970 the WAGC proposed creating a California Native Plant Garden in the area behind the Woodside Library for the purpose of demonstrating the use of native plants in landscaping. We continue to maintain this beautiful garden.
Garden Club of America
The WAGC joined the Garden Club of America (GCA) in 1934. We share and embrace the purposes of the GCA which are:
- To encourage the knowledge and love of gardening.
- To build community though educational meetings, conferences, correspondence, and publications.
- To restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through education programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.