Habitat for Humanity
The club helps new owners of Habitat homes landscape their property. By adding topsoil, then mulch, we attempt to spark their interest in maintaining an attractive exterior. Each home owner is asked to create a wish list of a small tree, shrub or flowers they would like to see included, and we try to fulfill their request. We only ask that they help with the work, then leave them to enjoy their new surroundings.
Uptown Beautification
Each spring as an all-club project we plant flowers throughout the uptown Somerset area as a community beautification project. We plant in flowerbeds, large planters, light standard hayracks, and along sidewalks. Our project involves planting in the following areas: Somerset County Courthouse, Laurel Arts, Uptown Diamond, Mary S. Biesecker Library, Somerset Safety Building, Somerset Turnpike Exit, Somerset Welcome Sign and Cannon, Somerset Chamber of Commerce, and lightpost baskets throughout town. We also install Somerset Garden Club plaques in the various planting areas.
Children's Peace Garden
Each year we tend the Children’s Peace Garden at the Flight 93 Chapel on Stuzmantown Road. We pull weeds, trim bushes and remove spent foliage several times in the spring and summer. In the fall we plant the garden and chapel beds with mums in preparation for the observance of 9/11 at the Chapel and at the Flight 93 Memorial. We also clear trash along Stutzmantown Road periodically.
Youth Gardening
Our Youth Gardening Project takes place in the beautiful gardens created and maintained at the Children's Aide Home in Somerset. Over the years the gardens have been planted, tended and now serve as a place to offer related educational programs. Last summer native plants and shrubs were placed in the garden. This spring the application for certification for Penn State Master Gardener Pollinator Friendly Garden will be made. The children have been taught about pollinators and how to attract them. Other workshops were presented on Tree Identification and Health, Composting, Flower Arrangements and Bees as pollinators.
Flight 93 "Remember Me Rose Garden"
In a long bed running parallel to Route 30, nearly 300 "Knock Out" roses mark the front of the 15-acre Flight 93 "Remember Me Rose Garden." The Shanksville garden will have one bed for each of the 40 victims of Flight 93, each containing 20 roses.
Horticulture Therapy
The club reaches out to a nursing home in our area, and helps some of the residents create fresh floral arrangements. They can then take these back to their rooms to enjoy.
Arbor Day Tree Planting
For the last two years the club has donated a planting to the new dog park in Somerset. This year's tree is a very large red maple chosen for the shade it will provide the park goers. President Blissell has assured us that the park will have a vibrant fall with the beautiful red leaves of the tree brightening the park. A club member checked the 2012 planting on Sunday (May 4, 2014) and reported that it has begun to sprout leaf buds. It made it through this rough winter but then, of course, it was planted with love by the club's members.

PO Box 527 ~ Somerset, PA 15501