About Us

The Alternative Garden Club is a social and educational organization open to persons committed to equality for all who share an interest in horticulture and landscape design. The Club meets regularly for lectures, the exchange of ideas, field trips, special events, and the development of service projects throughout the community.

The Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at The Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South, at the northeast corner of Sugar House Park.


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How do I become a member?
The easiest way is to show up at either a monthly meeting or planned event, get a feel for the people, what we do and who we are (we’re all very diverse), and sign up. You can also use our Contact Page to reach one of our officers who can provide you with the information you need. Membership costs just $20 per year.

Do I need a garden or yard in order to become a member?
Not at all. We have members that live in condominiums and apartments with no outdoor space.

How much is the membership fee?
A modest $20 per year.

Does the membership fee cover tour fees or other field trip/special event expenses?
Not typically. If there is a cost associated with any activity, it will be clearly outlined on the respective site post. Sometimes we are able to get a reduced group rate, a group fee waiver, or a requested donation. In these cases as well, information will be provided on the respective post.

Are there any requirements to being a member?
Just be committed to equality for all persons and have an interest in horticulture, gardening, or landscape design.

Can anyone become a member?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to be a member.

I don’t want my information shared, is that an option?
Absolutely. We take the privacy of our members seriously. Let us know how you’d like us to handle your information and we’ll see to it immediately.

How is the AGC organized?
The Alternative Garden Club is a member of the non-profit group, Utah Associated Garden Clubs, and is bound by their bylaws and the bylaws outlined below but otherwise are completely autonomous from that or any other garden club. We have officers that oversee the organization and are elected for terms of one year, with elections taking place in January. Those officers are: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.

Is the AGC a non-profit Organization?
Yes, under the umbrella organization of the Utah Associated Garden Clubs, we remain a 501(c)(3) organization.

Where/when does the club meet?
The Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at The Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South, at the northeast corner of Sugar House Park.

Where is the calendar of events located?
On our Calendar Page. Be advised the calendar may not reflect the latest information regarding meetings, field trips, and other special events. Please review the official post(s) on the main site for the most up to date information.

 

BYLAWS OF THE ALTERNATIVE GARDEN CLUB
[Approved unanimously on January 4, 2012]

ARTICLE 1: Name and Purpose
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be The Alternative Garden Club (“AGC”).
Section 2: The AGC is organized to promote and advance various aspects of gardening, including educational programs, community service, and social activities and events.

ARTICLE 2: Membership
Section 1: AGC Membership shall be open to any person subject to the payment of annual dues set forth in these Bylaws.

ARTICLE 3: Meetings
Section 1: Meetings and activities for the general membership shall occur on a monthly or other regular basis at a time and location determined by the AGC Officers.
Section 2: AGC Officers shall meet on a quarterly basis or as otherwise determined necessary by the Officers at an agreed upon time and place.
Section 3: An Annual Meeting shall occur each year during the month of January to which all AGC members shall be given notice and invited.

ARTICLE 4: Officers
Section 1: AGC Officers shall include a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Recording Secretary.
Section 2: Officers shall serve a one (1) year term, but are eligible for re-election.
Section 3: Election of Officers shall occur at the Annual Meeting by simple majority vote of the membership attending the meeting.

ARTICLE 5: Duties of Officers
Section 1: The President shall convene regularly scheduled or other meetings and shall preside or arrange for other Officers to preside at each meeting.
Section 2: The Vice President will assist the President and will preside in the event the President is absent. The Vice President may, at the determination of the other Officers, serve as President-elect for the upcoming year.
Section 3: The Treasurer shall collect membership dues, pay approved AGC expenses, keep a record of income and expenses, and make monthly reports to the general membership.
Section 4: The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of official actions and membership votes, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all meetings.
Section 5: In the event of an Officer’s resignation or termination, the remaining officers shall determine and establish replacement officer(s) on a pro tempore basis until such time as elections occur at the next Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE 6: Annual Dues
Section 1: The Officers shall determine annual dues to be paid by AGC members. Dues are payable in January and shall be submitted to the Treasurer. Dues shall not be pro-rated for members joining later than January of any year, and shall not be refundable.
Section 2: The fiscal year shall be the calendar year with respect to dues and other AGC business.

ARTICLE 7: Committees
Section 1: The Officers shall determine the need for and shall create committees as needed. Committee appointments may include a social chairperson, a service project coordinator, a tour director, a special events coordinator, and any other committee chair determined as necessary and which promotes the AGC purposes and goals.

ARTICLE 8: Standing Rules
Section 1: The Officers may determine Standing Rules as needed for the orderly function and operation of the AGC. The Standing Rules shall be recorded by the Recording Secretary and made available to the general membership either electronically or other means.

ARTICLE 9: Amendments
Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority of the general membership during the Annual Meeting. Notice of proposed amendments shall be provided to the general membership not less than one month in advance of the Annual Meeting.