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 2020 and has a delightful list of programs. Please be sure to check out our schedule of activities.

In 2019 Seedlings donated: $125 National Land Institute, $40 Klehm, $100 Severson Dells, $50 Rockford Food Pantry, $50 Midway Village; plus $20 for a planter to a new Habitat for Humanity homeowner.


2020 Seedlings Calendar of Meetings

Seedlings September Meeting: September 21st – 4 to 6pm
Program: Curran’s Apple Orchard Tour
Location: 6385 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101
Curran’s Apple Orchard will size our group down to smaller groups for social distancing. Please remember to wear your face mask! The cost of the tour is $6.50 per person. There will be an opportunity to pick raspberries and apples for an additional charge.
Curran’s has a menu offering chili and a variety of items for purchase and has agreed to allow us to use outdoor tables which are socially distanced for our meeting afterwards.
If you are interested in going please RSVP to Susan at or by texting her at 815-978-3323 by September 14th.

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.  (Additions to programs, locations and information subject to change)

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 (30)

Marion Applegate*
Rose Bennett
Clare Bland
Meghan Bowe
Jan Bowman
Susan Buzzard
Esther Crandall
Kathy A. Crandall
Cindy Flickinger
Fiona Fordyce

* = member in more than one club


Kristen L. Frank
Lynne Franzene-Lynde*
Roanna Gallina
Monica Gibbons
Jackie Hessian
Anita J. Johnson
Julie Johnson
Barbara Kober
Therese Laman
Pamela Loria


Lee Ann Love
Sharon McKenzie
Sue McMillin
Anne Meyer
Judith Meyer
Mary Kay Morrison
Lora K. Prochaska
Mary Rosandich
Susan Schumacher
Amy Seiler

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

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