The Duneland Garden
Club, despite not being able to meet regularly due to the pandemic, has been
very busy throughout the summer and fall of 2020.
Starting in June,
work began in Thomas Park to rejuvenate the spaces around the bandstand,
plant three new mixed gardens and maintain existing plantings throughout the
park. Annuals were planted around in the clock tower plaza, throughout the
park, and in the sidewalk containers outside the downtown stores. A border
of hostas also was planted along the fence line by the train tracks which
added lushness to the area.
Next spring watch
for the hundreds of bulbs that were planted throughout the park. As
families, friends and musicians remained outside at Thomas while socially
distancing, it was very rewarding for club members to see the community
enjoy our efforts. Plans for next year are already underway.
Covid-19, the Duneland Garden Club was unable to hold its annual spring
plant sale and raise money to purchase plants and supplies for the Thomas
project. Members donated cash and plants, and the club was able to procure a
grant from the Porter County Master Gardeners to help cover some costs.
In order to
replenish the treasury and fund future community projects, the garden club
commissioned local water color artist Linda Johnson to paint four scenic
views of Thomas Park that are now printed as notecards, available locally at
Chelles, Chesterton Feed and Garden Center, Chesterton Art Center, Riley’
The notecards also
will be sold at the Mistletoe Market in Thomas Park on Dec. 5.
club activities include decorating the exterior of Thomas Library with
lights and garlands, filling the sidewalk containers on Calumet Road and
Broadway for Christmas, and baking holiday cookies for the Westchester Meals
program to bring cheer to our local seniors.
If anyone is
interested in helping with these projects, please call 219-776-2282 to
If interested in
joining the Duneland Garden Club, contact the same number so you can be
notified when the club is able to resume its indoor monthly meetings at the
library’s Baugher Center.
The club’s mission
is to beautify our homes and community while providing educational and
social opportunities for members.