Sierra Tinker Belles Garden Club celebrates 50th anniversary |

Sierra Tinker Belles Garden Club celebrates 50th anniversary

Gabi Schwarz, left, long-time Sierra Tinker Belles member and President Liz Moore celebrate a sweet anniversary.
Courtesy Jim Abbott |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Sierra Tinker Belles Garden Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Sept. 9 at beautiful Donner Lake, site of the club’s founding.

Members past and present, spouses and friends were welcomed by President Liz Moore. Club Historian Emily Hatch spoke about the club’s 1963 formation by a handful of ladies living around Donner Lake, who loved to hike as well as garden.

Vi White, Lottie Horton, and Lucille Quilici were among the founding members who were dedicated to the study of plant life, the promotion of local gardening, plant exchange, horticultural knowledge, and community beautification.

Early club activities included planting annuals and perennials in old wagons on Commercial Row, around the old Truckee-Donner Community Center, and on the grounds of Tahoe Forest Hospital.

The sowing of California poppy seeds on the corner across from Safeway and at the east entrance to downtown was among the work of the first members. Annual flower shows, open to the community, date back to 1966, including an announcement in the July, 1966 issue of Sunset Magazine.

Most recently, Tinker Belles have helped maintain the gardens around the Truckee Library and decorated the dining room at the Veterans Hospital in Reno with poinsettias and pine cones during the holidays. An ongoing club function has been contributing to the U.S. Forest Service Pennies for Pines Reforestation Program for burned-out forest areas. Members donate pennies at each meeting. To date, 33 donations have been made in honor of deceased members, for a total of 33 acres of new forests scattered throughout the Sierra.

The club meets on the second Monday of the month from April through October in members’ homes. For information please call 530-587-4430.

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