Q&A with Dianne Swann
What is the Leawood Garden Club?
The mission of the Leawood Garden Club is to beautify our homes, gardens and surroundings; exchange ideas in gardening; stimulate and encourage the love of gardening; and encourage civic beautification. We are a fun-loving group, and the club is a wonderful place to learn about gardening with our excellent garden program speakers and our Horticultural Hints. In addition, we have the Show of the Month that covers many eclectic topics.
How did the Leawood Garden Club get started?
The club will be 70 years old this July. We were founded in 1948 by eight charter members and have now grown to nearly 100 members.
Tell us a little bit about the philanthropic aspects of the club. In what ways do you give back to the community?
Each year we hold several events to fund our projects of monetary gifts to garden-related organizations. We have our Shopper’s Delights sales table at all our meetings except the May garden tour and December holiday luncheon. Our sales table generates many interesting and fun items that are donated by members including a wide variety of plants, plant-related items and miscellaneous goodies. We also have two bake sales each year. Our largest fundraiser is our annual silent auction that again includes member-donated items in addition to a wide selection of merchant donations of gift certificates and items.
How can someone become a member?
To become a member, call Dianne Swann at 913.341.7555. Annual dues are $20, and you do not need to live in Leawood to be a member.
We usually meet the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Cure of Ars Catholic Church, with the exception of July and August.
Are there any other social opportunities within the club?
To add even more interest to our organization, we have two special interest groups of the club. One is ETC that tours not only gardens but also museums, historical sites and who know’s what, followed by lunch at a restaurant. Then we have the Who Dun It book club, a somewhat informal group that also likes to have a good time by reviewing mystery books that is often followed by a potluck. These two special groups are a grand way to get to know members even better.