Ripon Garden Club

The Ripon Garden Club was first created in 1954 as a 501-c3 non-profit with the goal of protecting native plants and insects, to encourage civic beauty, and further educate the community about the environment.    

Club Projects

Downtown Ripon Civic Beautification

Members of the Ripon Garden Club plant and maintain the numerous large planters located along city streets in downtown Ripon. There are currently 85 planters lining Main Street.

Butterfly Garden

Located in Stouffer Park, this is an oasis of peace and tranquility, bringing beauty to a previously neglected area. The plantings add an important environmental element by attracting butterflies and birds.  Watch for our Grand Opening!

School Gardens

This project is to encourage gardening at an early age. Garden Club members and volunteers work with each of the six elementary schools in Ripon to plant and maintain age appropriate gardens. Teachers work to integrate curriculum with the hands-on activities.

Penny Pines

The Penny Pines Program was established in 1941 by the U.S. Forest Service to replace damaged and/or burned forest areas. A minimum donation of $68.00 purchases about 350 seedlings, which cover an acre, also known as a plantation. To date the Ripon Garden Club has purchased 204 plantations, either in honor or in memory of someone. Each month a colorful bag is placed on the tables during the meetings so that members can continue to donate toward this important effort.

Arbor Day

Each year the Ripon Garden Club donates a tree to be planted at a city park or local school in the Arbor Day tradition