Portage Lake Garden Club, Inc.

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FLOWER SHOW - Give Bees A Chance

Thursday, July 28 2022   I   12:30pm - 6pm

FREE   I   Open to the Public

Farr Center, 5283 Main Street, Onekama. MI 49675


Visitors:   Fun for all ages!  Free admission and free parking. It will take about 45 minutes to see all the entries in the nine divisions. While you will see plenty of beautiful floral specimens, the is also photography, crafts and educational exhibits. Kids will especially enjoy the entries in the youth division.  


Exhibitors:   Amateur gardeners of all ages and abilities are invited to enter the Horticultural Division. Whether your interest is in container grown plants or displaying a single cut stem, the Horticultural Division has nine sections representing flowering annuals, flowering perennials, non-flowering cut specimens, herbs, hydrangeas, roses, and blooming bulbs, tubers, corms and rhizomes.  Within these nine sections, there are over seventy-one classes, so your green  thumb has plenty of room to shine.  Entries for container grown plants need to be pre-registered by 5 PM on June 30.  To obtain registration materials, please contact Pam Tompke at  Container grown plants and all other Horticultural Division entries are due to the Farr Center on July 28 between 6:30 AM and 9 AM.  There is no need to pre-register cut stem entries, but if you need help determining your entry’s scientific botanical name, please contact Pam at least one week prior to the show.

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Continuing Activities...


Portage Lake Garden Club, Inc. Website
The Club maintains a website listing with program dates and descriptions, and all activities and special projects. The site is now linked to the

Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. web site

Invasive Species

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.

burning of the phragmites

The burning of the phragmites after treatment in front of the Farr Center Invasive Species.

Marsh Marigolds

Marsh Marigolds growing on the shore of Portage Lake Native Species Renewal.

Butterfly Garden Brick patio

Our Butterfly Garden and Memorial Brick Patio.

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. 



























historial marker onekama
The Memorial Fountain Historical Mar
welcome to onekama


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
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.