About Miller Garden Club

Our History

The Miller Garden Club got its start at a meeting held on March 21, 1998, at the then Wildermuth Branch of the Gary Public Library. The meeting was called and organized by John Nickerson. Topics on the agenda included discussion on the purpose of the club, the name for the club, the role of the club with the Lake Street Beautification Committee, sources for plants, a plant swap in May, and a garden walk in June.

Those present at subsequent meetings agreed that the main goals of the club should be to help each other enjoy gardening, to help in the protection and growing of native trees and plants, and to stimulate the beautification of the Miller Community. Eventually, after the adoption of Bylaws, officers were elected, committees formed, and the first events conducted. John Nickerson was elected the first president, and served from 1998 through 2001. Then followed Craig Kloss, 2001-02; Bob MacAllister, 2002-03; Jack Tonk, 2004-2010; Karin Crane, 2010-2015; Corya Channing, 2016-current.

The Aquatorium

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Our Mission

The Miller Garden Club’s mission is to provide gardening education on all levels; to protect native trees, plants and wildlife; and to beautify the Miller Beach community in Gary, Indiana.

“Digging Miller Since 1998”

Our Goals

The club has continued its original goals through its annual Plant Sale in May, Secret Gardens Walk in July, Brats and Bulbs in October; holiday decorating at the Miller South Shore Station; continuous beautification of public planters and gardens in the Miller Beach community of Gary, Indiana; placement of three attractive “Welcome to the Miller Beach Community” signs, informational speakers at our general meetings, and outings to garden spots and other places of interest to gardeners

By laws

By Laws pdf

Our Leadership

Corya Channing

Vice President
Elizabeth Wallish

Karin Crane

Joanne Stratton

Board of Directors

Judy Ayers
Cleo Brown
Carol Smith
Dawn Vanzo
Liz Locke

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