Ripon Garden Club
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 93 planters lining Main Street.
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.
This project is to encourage gardening at an early age. 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.
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.
Each year the Ripon Garden Club donates a tree to be planted at a city park or local school in the Arbor Day tradition