Seedlings Garden Club

About Us

Organized: September, 1949
Meetings: 3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m.

When friends meet … hearts warm.

Seedlings’ goal is to encourage an appreciation of nature and beauty both at home and in the community, to work to conserve flora and fauna, and to raise funds for and participate in activities that promote these endeavors. We also contribute with financial donations to local organizations involved with horticulture for the benefit of the Rockford area community.

Seedlings Garden Club provides programs that are inspiring, educational and fun. Our programs offer activities for gardeners and nature lovers of all levels and experiences. There are many wonderful surprises hidden in the Rock River Valley. Our programs have included tours of prairies, home gardens, and public spaces. We have learned how to raise Monarch butterflies, made garden art, indoor and outdoor planters, and holiday table center pieces. The Seedlings Garden Club calendar is complete for 2019 and has a delightful list of programs. Please be sure to check out our schedule of activities.

This year Seedlings donated: $50 City of Gardens, $25 Rockton Historical Society, $25 Jarrett Prairie, $100 Rosecrance from members plus over $100 worth of seeds we purchased from Lutheran Thrivent grant, (we also made cards to encourage youth in theraputic horticulture program), $100 Natural Land Institute, $100 Severson Dells, $100 Klehm.


2020 Seedlings Calendar of Meetings

Click here to obtain a printable schedule of Seedlings Club meetings. If interested in attending a meeting, joining our club, or just want more information, use the “Contact Seedlings Garden Club” form at the bottom of this page.

Everyone is welcome to attend three meetings as a guest.


We lost a friend

Ethel M. Johnson 1923—2019
Ethel M. Johnson, 96, of Rockford, IL, passed away peacefully, Saturday morning, October 19, 2019. A resident of Greencastle of Mulford for many years. Founding member of Klehm Arboretum. Loving mother of Bruce (Michele) Johnson, Cathy (Tony) Pfaff, Sue Ellen Stebritz, and Edie (Al) Nyen; grandmother of 8, great-grandmother of 18; as well as sister. A private family service was held. Entombment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, designated donation to the Ethel Johnson Lilac Garden at Klehm Arboretum. To share a condolence, please visit

Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, 2019




CRG Council Liaisons:
Susan Buzzard, Lora Prochaska,
Lynne Franzene-Lynde, Roanna Gallina

Secretary: Susan Schumacher

Treasurer (Membership): Kathy Crandall


E-Mail: Fiona Fordyce

Sunshine: Monica Gibbons

Conservation: Anita Johnson

Members (37)

Marion Applegate*
Rose Bennett
Clare Bland
Meghan Bowe
Jan Bowman
Susan Buzzard
Marcia Cox
Esther Crandall
Kathy A. Crandall
Ann Daniels
Cindy Flickinger
Fiona Fordyce
Kristen L. Frank

* = member in more than one club


Lynne Franzene-Lynde*
Roanna Gallina
Monica Gibbons
Jackie Hessian
Anita J. Johnson
Julie Johnson
Deb Jurs*
Barbara Kober
Therese Laman
Pamela Loria
Lee Ann Love
Sharon McKenzie


Sue McMillin
Anne Meyer
Judy Meyer
Mary Kay Morrison
Lora K. Prochaska
Mary Rosandich
Judy Schellenberger*
Susan Schumacher
Amy Seiler
Vickie Thomas
Mary Wulff*
Patty Zahn

Hey, Seedlings, do you remember the where and when of the pics below?

Contact Seedlings Garden Club

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