Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. Ann Arbor Branch Records
 


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Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. Ann Arbor Branch records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Woman's National Farm and Garden Association. Ann Arbor Branch record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Abstract:
Local branch of organization established to foster closer ties between city and country women and to stimulate interest in gardening and horticultural pursuits. Membership rosters, organizational files, historical information, files relating to fund raising and civic events, notably the Greens Market Sale and the Garden Walk tour of local gardens; also photographs.

History:
The Ann Arbor branch of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association was established October 16, 1946. The stated purposes of the group were to foster a closer association between city women and country women and to stimulate interest in country life through educational assistance of students of agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Community service and charitable activities based upon gardening and horticultural pursuits remain a principal focus of the Ann Arbor branch.

The Ann Arbor branch conducts various fund raising activities each year to support its causes. Most prominent of these is the Greens Market, a pre-Christmas sale of holiday decorations. Fresh garland is brought in from Northern Michigan associates of the group to be sold. The sale has expanded over the years to include all types of holiday decorations and baked goods and raises much of the branch's charitable budget. Another activity of the branch is the Gardenwalk, a tour of Ann Arbor homes and their gardens. The branch also conducts smaller activities such as dinners, teas, exhibits and speeches.

Money raised by the Ann Arbor branch is used to support a number of educational and charitable causes. The branch supports two scholarships at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment for students of agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The branch also contributes to a number of the School's research activities, including forestry camps in northern Michigan. The branch also supports Ann Arbor area institutions and museums, including U of M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.



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