Club members are actively involved in the fight against invasive species through their involvement in and support of the Portage Lake Watershed Forever organization and through programs that are open to the public. Our members will continue in their efforts to protect our environment.
Native Species Renewal
The Club created and maintains a native plant garden on the east side of the Farr Center. In addition, a rain garden was created in 2017 and is planted with native species.
Butterfly Garden and Memorial Brick Patio
The Club created and maintains a Butterfly Garden and Memorial Brick Patio situated behind the Farr Center and the Onekama Library.
The Butterfly bench was donated by the Club members who participate in bi-weekly work sessions to preserve the beauty of the garden.
Bricks may be purchased and placed in the patio to honor and memorialize Club members, their families and other members of the community.
Continuing Civic Projects
Since 1950 the Club has maintained the landscaping at the Memorial Fountain, a National Historic Monument,
in the Village of Onekama Park. In the fall of 2017, the Garden Club embarked on a plan to repair and restore the fountain. Shirley Brooks will continue her leadership for the Memorial Fountain in Onekama Village Park by managing a project to obtain a Michigan Historical Site Marker. The application process has been completed and the Club is now awaiting approval.
A Beautification Award is presented to a business establishment that has been the most improved by landscaping or plantings.
Every December, Club members design and decorate a Christmas tree that is placed in the Farr Center for use by the community.
Welcome To Onekama! The Portage Lake Garden Club maintains the plantings at two “Welcome to Onekama” signs.
One is located on M22 at the north end of town and the other at the southern end.
Garden Club members worked with Onekama Consolidated students to plant grasses around the
Onekama School sign. Members maintain the plantings.
Memorial books are purchased by the club in honor of deceased members. The books are donated to the
Onekama branch of the Manistee County Library where the Club has a Memorial Library collection of gardening,
landscaping and flower arranging books. They can be checked out by anyone with a valid library card.
The Club participates in the Alliance for the Great Lakes Lake Michigan beach clean-up project every fall.
Every year the Club donates to various programs and activities in the community.
In the past, these have included such projects as:
Portage Lake Associations’ Petunia Parade in the Village of Onekama
Manistee Library Children's Program
Christmas Tree for Farr Center
Birdseed for Farr Center
Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan
Portage Lake Lighthouse Restoration
Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary
The Club donates plants and labor for the landscaping and Butterfly Garden at Farr Center, the Onekama Welcome signs, the Onekama Consolidated School sign, and the Memorial Fountain and the War Memorial and Historic Monument in the Village of Onekama Park.