Lansing Garden Club’s latest project is Volunteers Park

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Volunteers of the Lansing Garden Club, from left: Jamie Maciel, Rich Lund, Pam Lancy, and Vickie Szewczyk. (Photo provided by Diane Lund)
By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 9, 2022) – On Saturday, June 4, the Lansing Garden Club helped beautify Volunteers Park by planting a garden around the park’s front sign.

The Lansing Garden Club is a volunteer organization that takes on gardening-related projects in Lansing with a focus on native plant species and pollinator plants.

Volunteers Park is located at the corner of 176th Street and Locust Street in Lansing. At the small park, the Lansing Garden Club planted perennial plants in the 78-square-foot garden around the main sign, said Lansing Garden Club founder Diane Lund.

“The Lan-Oak Park District paid for the perennial plants. The Lansing Garden Club provided the design and labor to plant them,” she said. “This garden will have plants in bloom all summer which will provide our pollinators with food and nesting habitat.”

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The sign at Volunteers Park before the Lansing Garden Club arrived on June 4. (Photo provided by Diane Lund)
The sign after the club did its work planting perennials that will draw pollinators. (Photo provided by Diane Lund)

Lund said EQ Compost from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago was mixed into the soil for nutrients, and mulch was also added.

Inscribed on the sign at Volunteers Park is this message: “This park is dedicated to all of the volunteers in Lansing’s past, present and future whose efforts have made Lansing a better place to live and play.”

The Lansing Garden Club meets in the evening of the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue.