The Garden Workers

"Sun, shadows, passing hours,

Gardens, garden workers, flowers"

Established 1930

Club History

The Garden Workers Garden Club was founded in May 1930, with eight charter members and Mrs. DeLa G. Rombach as founder and first president. Since its inception, the club has taken an active part in both horticultural and conservation projects along the Main Line, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, and in the City of Philadelphia.

From 1948 to 1958, the Club activities included replanting and maintaining the gardens at Sweetbriar, one of the historic Fairmount Park houses.

The Club was the first garden club to begin work in the local public schools and received the 'Junior Activities Award' Eastern Division, in recognition of their work. The Club also received $1,000 from the State of Pennsylvania for 'The Model Mile' roadside project on Route 202, Paoli, PA. In addition, members helped with planting dogwood trees in Valley Forge National Park, and holly trees in public areas of Bryn Mawr.


Activities in Greater Philadelphia included:


  • Planning, planting and maintaining a garden at the Home for Indigent Widows and Single Women, (now Ralston House), 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
  • Researching and planting a garden at the Cloisters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Participating in Philadelphia's Neighborhood Gardens project.
  • Opening their homes for Pennsylvania House and Garden Tours.
  • Designing a flower booth and selling at the Rittenhouse Flower Market



The Garden Workers have exhibited at The Philadelphia Flower Show since 1942, and have won numerous awards and ribbons. Classes entered include the Large Garden Class, Rooms, Tables, Window Box, Balcony, Collections, and Container classes. Individual entries in both the artistic classes and horticultural classes have also won multiple ribbons.


The Garden Workers became a member of The Garden Club of America (GCA) in 1969. Today, members enjoy the enormous benefits of this national organization. Their website (www. provides numerous links with information on conservation, horticulture, and flower design.


Delegates are chosen from The Garden Workers membership to attend the GCA Annual meetings, as well as Zone, horticultural and conservation meetings.

The History of The  Garden Workers   Take a trip down memory lane and download your copy of the newly published history of the Garden Workers.

Carol Ogelsby, Pauline Bell,  Jan Clarke, Susan Ayres and Debbie Laverell selflessly took on this massive project. Enjoy reminiscing the good times with your friends and see what The Garden Workers achieved over the years.  There are lots of pictures so take a look.
Click this link to download the file

The mission of The Garden Workers shall be to educate its members in all facets of gardening, with emphasis on increasing knowledge of horticulture, conservation and flower design, while working to promote beautification and concern for the environment.

Article II, Constitution & By Laws (Rev 2007)