ARBOR DAY:  Members are encouraged to represent the GCY at a tree planting ceremony within York City on Arbor Day.

AWARDS & LAURELS:  Duties include filing applications for eligible awards offered by the National Garden Clubs and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

BIRDS, BEES & BUTTERFLIES:  The Chair provides bi-monthly reports to the general membership on an educational topic concerning birds, bees or butterflies. 

CIVIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS (CDP):  The CDP Committee has the purpose of beautification through the planning, planting and maintenance of flowers and gardens in the City of York. They are responsible for managing York’s hanging baskets, planters, and the plantings on Broad Street. To fund projects this Committee does significant fund raising including the Holiday Luncheon in December. The Luncheon has many aspects which include a greens workshop and sales, a silent auction, a bake shop, a live auction, a Christmas comer, merchandise sales, and raffles.  Sub-committees are:

  • BASKETS/PLANTERS OF YORK:  Members manage the planters and hanging basket projects.
  • BLUE STAR MEMORIAL GARDEN located on the site of York Revolution Baseball Stadium
  • BROAD STREET gardens span several blocks off Market Street


COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR:  Appointed by the current President to keep members without e-mail up-to-date on current events by mailing newsletters and e-mailed information via USPS and/or by phone.

CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT:  The chairman will report bi-monthly to the general membership on an educational topic to stimulate an interest in ecology and will represent the GCY in Go Green in the City’s Event.

DECORATIONS OF HISTORICAL HOMES:  GCY has been chosen again to decorate Harvey S. Ladew’s circa 1747 Manor Home in Jarrettsville, Maryland.  This year’s theme, Winter Wonderland, will be represented in the decoration of the main hallway and front door by this Committee’s members.   We will carpool to the Estate and Gardens to view the Manor Home the holiday greenery sale, and to enjoy lunch at the Manor Inn in Monkton on Friday, December 6, 2019. 

FINANCE:  This committee is responsible to prepare a budget for the GCY in May of each year.


MONTHLY Floral Design Workshops, Room #13

Third Thursday of each month November – April from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 839  W. Market Street, York, PA.  The instructor is an NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge.

Members will learn various design techniques, design types and practical hands-on tips.  This class is helpful whether you are entering a flower show or creating an arrangement for your home.  We will explore the principles and elements of design using the NGC Handbook for Flower Shows. Topics will include plant material and container choices, conditioning, color,  balance, rhythm, proportion, contrast, scale and more!

This is for experienced and novice designers. 

Fifteen minutes of each class will be devoted to planning, preparing and entering in a NGC Flower Show. 

In March, in addition to our regularly scheduled workshop, we will take an organized trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show.

FLOWERS & FELLOWSHIP:  This Committee organizes a group floral activity three times a year with the residents of local nursing facilities. All GCY members are encouraged to participate. 

FLOWER PRESSERS:  This is a crafting group who meet monthly. Members learn the art of flower pressing from an experienced, talented instructor. Sally is a member of the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild. This Committee is open to any member who has an interest in this beautiful art form. Experienced or novice, everyone is welcome.

Flower Pressers will meet 2nd Wednesday of every month at St. Matthew from 9 am to 12 noon. The class is free and all supplies are provided. Each month our projects will be offered to the Club for sale.

FORMER PRESIDENTS’ TREE COMMITTEE:  The Garden Club of York honors all of their former Presidents with the planting of a tree with a commemorative plaque.  This project will be completed on a flow basis until all former Presidents have been honored.  The species of native tree and the location are chosen in consultation with the honoree whenever possible.  

GARDEN & HORTICULTURAL THERAPY:  This Committee works with members of the community with physical or intellectual limitations or difficulties. This is a hands-on committee which provides meaningful garden related activities and fellowship by working in cooperation with the organization “Jessica and Friends” of York, PA.


GARDEN FAIRE:  This Committee plans, organizes and manages the GCY annual plant sale and garden faire. All GCY members are asked to donate plants, tools, yard sale items or unique garden accessories. This is a fundraising event open to the public. Proceeds are allocated to the GCY general operating fund.

HISTORIAN:  The Historian is responsible for preserving the history of the Club by collecting printed materials and creating an annual scrapbook. The Historian may report at general meetings on an item of interest from our Club’s past. Our entire membership is encouraged to look for any printed materials about our Club’s activities and pass them on to our Historian.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON:  The Christmas Luncheon Committee is a sub-committee of Civic Development. The December luncheon has many aspects including sale of greens and poinsettias, a silent auction, bake shop, live auction, Christmas corner, merchandise sales, and raffles. To round out the day, there is a delicious lunch plus wonderful socializing with friends.

HOSPITALITY:  The committee chairs are responsible for scheduling members’ monthly hospitality assignments, managing paper products inventory, incidentals, and organizing the annual fall picnic.

HORTICULTURE:  Chairperson will report monthly to the general membership to promote an interest in horticulture.

MEDIA COMMITTEE:  This Committee is responsible for maintaining and updating the GCY website, social media page, the submission of written materials for publication in local newspapers, and will alert the media of special events, communicate with radio stations, billboards or any other type of public advertising as directed by the Operating Board.

MEMBERSHIP:  This Committee manages the current membership roster for the GCY, acts as greeters, staffs the check-in table at monthly meetings, provides welcome bags to new members and distributes GCY Yearbooks to the membership, provides guidance to new members, manages the distribution of nametags and attendance records.

NEWSLETTER:  The newsletter editor creates and publishes a newsletter in September, November, January, March and May. Officers and Committee Chairs submit articles and information for publication to GCYNewsletter@gmail.comTo receive a hardcopy via USPS please send $25/annually to GCY Treasurer.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  made up of the three immediate Past Presidents of the GCY.

PENNY PINES:  Promotes and educates the general membership about this ongoing NGC sponsored project and collects monetary contributions to benefit the Penny Pines Program.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:  The purpose of this Committee is to document the activities of our club through photographs and manage a photo library. Members’ photos are welcome and encouraged.

PLANT IT PINK GARDEN at Rudy Park:  Established and presently maintains a pink garden at Rudy Park acknowledging Breast Cancer Awareness.

PROGRAMS/ WORKSHOPS:  Committee members research and select interesting programs, speakers and workshops for monthly GCY membership meetings.

PUBLIC PLANTINGS:  Works with the community in maintaining and beautifying public areas throughout York City.

RANDOM ACTS OF BEAUTY:  Committee members select homes throughout the community with gardens or landscapes that are beautiful and appealing from the street. They also communicate with the homeowners, award a “Random Acts of Beauty” certificate, and invite winners to a meeting.

SCHOLARSHIP:  Committee members are responsible to evaluate scholarship applicants, select recipients, forward winning applications to the GCFP scholarship chair for further consideration for additional scholarships, present winners to the membership at the Annual Spring Luncheon, manage scholarship information that is distributed to High Schools in York County, and the information presented on social media and encourage donations and raise funds to support additional scholarships that have not been budgeted.

SPRING LUNCHEON & SPECIAL EVENTS:  This Committee plans, organizes, decorates and manages all aspects of the Spring Luncheon and any special luncheons for the club as directed by the President.

WAYS AND MEANS:  The purpose of this Committee is to raise money to support the general operating fund for the GCY. Committee members select, purchase and organize projects or fundraising activities.  They manage the inventory of items offered. The WM committee manages the Garden Club of York Booth during the PA Garden Show of York, Go Green in the City Booth, and the PA Herb Festival. Members staff the WM table at monthly meetings, Garden Faire and the Holiday Luncheon.

YOUTH GARDENERS:  Committee members work with youth to promote gardening in various settings throughout York City. This is done through programs and hands-on activities. Members of this Committee are required to obtain PA child abuse clearances for volunteers at no cost by visiting