Field trips to tulip festivals and fundraisers for homeless youth are just some of the events that attract 40 to 60 people each month to the Alternative Garden Club in Salt Lake City. The group has been meeting for more than 25 years and membership is starting to grow at a surprisingly fast rate, said Dave Marsh, president of the club.

“We have lawyers, teachers, architects and engineers,” Marsh said. “Anyone who is committed to the ideal of equality for all is invited to attend the meetings.”

The group has monthly lectures and presentations that vary in topic. Some of the recent and upcoming topics include indoor plants, gardening made easy and a presentation from Tree Utah. The lectures are held the first Wednesday of every month at the Sugar House Park Garden Center, located at 1600 E. and 2100 S., in Salt Lake City.

The group also goes on regular field trips to a variety of different locations such as the tulip festival at Thanksgiving Point and the Spring City House and Garden Tour. The trips are open to all members and anyone else that wants to attend.

“The group is a terrific opportunity for like-minded people to get together, socialize and learn more about gardening,” Mash said. “Whether you’re in love with gardening and have been doing it your whole life or you’re just starting, the club is a perfect resource.”

In addition to helping the members grow in their knowledge and resources to horticulture, the Alternative Garden Club also gives back to the community. After obtaining a grant from the Utah Association of Garden Clubs, the club helped sponsor Glendale Middle School by planting a large tree in their garden and providing funds to bring horticulture books to the public library.

“It’s a program we’re continuing and we hope to put more horticulture books in more public school libraries across the valley,” Marsh said.

The Alternative Garden Club is also involved in raising money for the Homeless Youth Resource Center, and brought in more than $600 as well as large amounts of clothing and supplies in a recent fundraising drive, Marsh said.

“We have great members that are active in the community and make the club what it is now,” Marsh said.

The Alternative Garden Club members aren’t all about just growing plants, every few months a potluck dinner is held for purely socializing and sharing some of the crop, Marsh said.

“We’re more than just gardening. So much more than just gardening,” Marsh said.

For more information about the club meetings and events, go to AlternativeGardenClub.com.

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