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Thursday, May 5, 2011 03:20 pm


A poor economy is no excuse for not seeing green, says Springfield Civic Garden Club’s Susie Risser, who’s helping organize the organization’s annual plant sale this Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon at the fairgrounds’ University of Illinois extension building.

She says the club’s budget is struggling to stay in the black as it has taken on more projects, some of them partnerships with other groups. “We now support the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary and the Audubon Society. As funds have become less available, we have had to allocate more funds to Lincoln Memorial Garden as well,” Risser says. She also lists the club’s effort in helping Ball Charter School develop its landscaping.

“These are projects we feel are important, yet they do cost us extra funds we didn’t have to find before,” Risser says.

To make up for the increased expenditures, the club is raising dues – $20 individual memberships will go up to $25 – and relying more on its only fundraiser – the “From our Garden to Your Garden” plant sale.

Established in 1929, the club is also trying to diversify its membership. Already pleased with the increased number of men joining the group, Risser says she’s hoping to recruit more younger members and bring more racial diversity to a club she says is already economically diverse. For more information about the Springfield Civic Garden Club, visit