National Arbor Day: National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. Mission Viejo Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day by ceremonial plantings close to that date in April. Thus far, our Club has planted California Pepper trees at Rancho Canada Elementary School in Lake Forest, Biloxi Crepe Myrtles and Brisbane Box trees along the Oso Creek Trail, Liquid Amber trees in Montbury Park, an Avocado tree at Viejo Elementary and Sycamore trees in Applegate Park. Our club has also honored Mission Viejo City Landscape Architects with a CGCI award for their outstanding landscape design for the new city library. The presentation was made by the CGCI President and Landscape Chairman and attended by the Mayor and City Council.
Community Rose Garden: Mission Viejo Garden Club members helped plant the original 300 plus roses at Florence Joyner Olympiad Park. Most recently, the diseased roses were replaced by the city. Mission Viejo Garden Club members continue to volunteer their time and talent tending the roses, bringing beauty and joy to the residents of Mission Viejo.
The. Garden Therapy. Team is privileged to provide floral arrangements to hospice patients through St. Joseph's. Hospital. Pictures of the arrangements that are created each month by gardening club. members. are posted. on our "Photographs" page. In addition, we help our members with gardening chores on an as needed basis.
Viejo Elementary School: Members will be supporting the Viejo Elementary School garden throughout the year with hands-on support and gardening materials. Most recently we planted an avocado tree to celebrate Arbor Day.
National Garden Week: Every year communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Week. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Informational displays and floral arrangements are placed throughout the community to promote the positive attributes of gardening.