AGC 20-year anniversary banner is hanging in the Mini-Park
The fall clean up crew 2015
All roads or highways in this country that have a Blue Star designation are marked with Blue Star Memorial plaques, evidencing our National gratitude to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs now called National Garden Clubs, Inc., started a highway marking program in 1945 after World War II. Each highway plaque bears a recognizable Blue Star in the center. This design incorporated the same Blue Star used on service flags that a family would displayed to denote its member serving in the Armed Forces during conflicts. All Blue Star Memorial Markers are sponsored by local Garden Clubs, and can be seen in the National Cemeteries and parks, at Veterans Facilities and National Veterans Monuments, and along designated highways and byways. The Blue Star Memorial Marker of Antioch is located at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Rd in the shadow of the Lakes Region Historical Society building. This marker was procured in 2008 by the Antioch Garden Club, with financial assistance from the Antioch American Legion. A Blue Star Garden has been planted and maintained solely by members of the Antioch Garden Club since then. A rock planter surrounds the Blue Star Highway Marker and encircles an engraved plaque bearing witness especially to Antioch Veterans. Two large spotlights illuminate the flags and Marker throughout the year. Currently the Garden is graced with 3 Veteran’s Honor Roses and 2 International Peace Roses, along with Lavender and annuals. Every November 11th-Veterans Day, the Antioch American Legion Post #748 and members of the Antioch Garden Club, co-host a memorial service to honor all Veterans for their sacrifice, dedication and service to our country.
AGC Blue Star Memorial 2021
Arbor Day is a holiday created to encourage individuals and groups to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA. The first Arbor Day was held in the Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Almost one million trees were planted that day. Today, many countries observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. National Arbor Day in United States is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. The Antioch Garden Club has been actively participating in Arbor Day for many years. We donated money to the Village of Antioch to purchase trees and helped planting them all over the Village. It's our passion to beautify our village, protect our environment and preserve the natural resources. Below is a list of the trees we donated to the village of Antioch over the years. We hope village residents are able to observe and appreciate our donations.
AGC Arbor Day 2016, planting a Norway Spruce at the Bandshell
The Container Gardens are ever changing displays, themed with year round interests for the garden visitors. The Antioch garden club members design and install container arrangements in two large flower pots in the Mini-Park. Many visitors to this village garden excitedly anticipate the new designs and welcome these seasonally themed focal points situated among many perennials and annuals. Container Gardens, basically concentrated gardens, are fun and challenging for our gardeners to design. They keep the Mini-Park interesting, vibrant and cheerful all year round. Here are some snapshots through out the years.