The Brewster Garden Club was founded in 1929 with 20 members. The Carmel Garden Club was founded in 1952. In 1989 the two clubs merged to form The Brewster-Carmel Garden Club.
The mission of the club is to promote interest and increase knowledge in horticulture, develop skills in flower arranging and encourage the beautification of home gardens and public places.
Currently, the club has 48 active members and 2 Associate members with one new member pending. Our meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month except August and January. Most months we have a speaker after the meeting on a gardening related topic.
Currently, we plant at 11 Civic locations in Brewster and Carmel. In December we decorate the historic Walter Brewster house, decorate a tree in Putnam Hospital and participate in making wreaths for Veterans homes. We participate in June with National Gardening Week.
Club projects include Garden Therapy at Putnam Hospital, and collecting funds for Dig Deep, Our annual activities include our May plant sale, Brewster Fall Festival, and the Carmel Rotary basketball challenge as well as awarding two scholarships to high school seniors who will be studying horticulture, the environment or another related field. Last June we held a Garden Tour open to the public and hope to be able to do this again and we periodically hold Flower Shows.
We have continued to hold meetings throughout COVID via Zoom and two outdoor meetings last year.