The official history of the Garden Club of Palo Alto...

...[A]ll 85-some years of it, is full of library book donations, checks sent to the Save the Redwoods League, and all sorts of landscaping projects around town.

But between the lines of its staid minutes is some of the stuff of soap opera -- there's no real explanation, for example, of what led to the fuss of April 1924, when all the club's male members resigned en masse. Men were thereafter allowed as honorary members only.

Sometimes, the ire was a bit more public...


Wouldn't it be wonderful to follow the ins and outs of local garden club in the paper? I would love that.

I'll take you to the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto next week. I'm going to be down that way for a pruning class.

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