About Holden Forests & Gardens

Affiliated Garden Clubs

Over 46 garden clubs serving as ambassadors for Holden Forests & Gardens in our communities.

Hello I am, Shirley Swindell, the new Affiliate Council Board Chair as of June 2022, which represents 48 unique & diverse area wide garden clubs with a singular passion for gardening.  We are fortunate to have one of the best Botanical Gardens & Arboretums in the United States, Holden Forest and Gardens, right here in our front yards. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about our plants and gardens through various educational classes offered, exploring favorite & new plant collections in beautiful natural settings, and experiencing true enjoyment while doing so. I do heartly encourage you to join as a member of HF&G and experience the joy and beauty at both Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden campuses all year long.

I encourage you to visit a local garden club in your area or surrounding area; all who feature an array of speakers, hands on projects, and nature related learning events at their meetings. I am sure you will find that very garden club that will fit your interest with fellow gardeners waiting to welcome you.  Remember gardening is a lifelong learning adventure.

If you wish assistance finding a garden club that may match your needs, visit the list of Affiliate Garden Clubs listed on this page, or reach out to one of the Affiliate Council members, also listed on this page.

Wishing all of you happy gardening days ahead,

Shirley Swindell
Affiliate Council Chair
Member of The Herb Guild and Olmsted Falls Garden Club


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Affiliate Council Members starting 7/1/2022

Shirley Swindell, Chair
Herb Guild and Olmsted Falls GC
Shirlrs65@gmail.com

Marianne Stern, Secretary
Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club
marianne.stern7@gmail.com

Kevin Borowiak, Winter Show Coordinator
Gardenwalk Cleveland
rkborowiak@gmail.com

Margaret Ransohoff
Shaker Lakes Garden Club
margranso@aol.com

Jane Petrie
Emerald Necklace Garden Club
jcooperbmw3@gmail.com

Neal Lee
Town and Country Garden Club
neallee15487@gmail.com

Karen Kelly
Hudson Garden Club
Khkelly5@gmail.com

Barb Zuik
Western Reserve Herb Society
blfzuik@gmail.com

Emily McLaughlin
The Garden Club of Cleveland
emilymclaughlin@howardhanna.com

Mary Jo Deucher
Lyndhurst Garden Club
deucher9999@att.net

Deborah Kramarz
Gardeners of Greater Cleveland
deborahkramarz@aol.com

Ernestine Patterson
Lyndhurst Garden Club
ejpatterson@roadrunner.com


Affiliates of Holden Forest & Gardens

Greater Cleveland Garden Clubs

If you are interested in joining a garden club please visit the club’s website or contact Lynne Robie of Holden Forest & Gardens: lrobie@holdenfg.org for more information.

Akron Garden Club

Aquilegia Garden Club

  • Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month, April through December

Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club

  • Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month except January, May, July and August
  • Website: www.avonlakegarden.club

Bay Village Garden Club

Beach Cliff Garden Club

  • Meets monthly

Berea Garden Club

  • Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month

Cat’s Den Garden Club

  • Meets monthly

Chippewa Garden Club, Inc.

Cleveland Flower Arrangers Guild

  • Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month

Cleveland Rose Society

Dogwood Valley Garden Club

  • Meets monthly except March, July and August

Dahlia Society of Ohio

Emerald Necklace Garden Club

Fairview Park Garden Center

  • Meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month except August

Fairmount Garden Club

  • Meets 2nd Friday of the month September to June

Forest City Garden Club

  • Meets the 4th Sunday of the month

Four Corners Garden Club

  • Meets 3rd Thursday, September thru May 11am

Fork and Hoe Garden Club

  • Meets monthly

The Garden Club of Bentleyville

  • Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 9am

The Garden Club of Cleveland

Garden Walk Cleveland

Gardeners of Greater Cleveland

The Gates Mills Garden Club

Greater Cleveland Orchid Society

  • Meets the 3rd Monday of the month 7-9pm
  • Website: www.gcos.org

The Herb Guild

Highland Hts. Garden Club

  • Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month February-June and September-December

Hudson Garden Club

  • Meets the 3rd Thursday September thru May
  • Website: www.hudsongardenclub.org
  • Facebook: the Hudson Garden Club – Ohio
  • Hudson Home & Garden tour open to the public each June

Ikebana International Chapter 20

  • Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month

Independence Garden Club

Indoor Gardening Society

  • Meets the 4th Sunday of each month

Lake Shore Garden Club

  • Meets the 3rd Monday of the month

Lyndhurst Garden Club

  • Meets the 1st Thursday of the month in the evening

Lakewood Garden Club

Midwest Cactus & Succulent Society

Mayfield Village Garden Club

Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County

Northern Ohio Perennials Society (NOPS)

Olmsted Falls Garden Club

Northern Ohio Chapter Ohara School of Ikebana

  • Meets once per month

Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma

  • Meets the 3rd Monday of each month

Seven Hills Garden Club

  • Meets the 4th Tuesday @ 6:30pm March thru November

Shaker Lakes Garden Club

South Euclid Garden Club

  • Meets third Tuesday March – October

The Town & Country Garden Club of Cleveland

Village Garden Club

  • Meets primarily on the 1st Monday of the month September thru November and February thru June

Wildwood Garden Club

  • Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month September thru June

Westlake Garden Club

Western Reserve Herb Society

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