On a cold December evening in 1939, a score of the first Blackridge residents gathered in the living room of an Old Gate Road home to discuss the formation of the garden club. Its mission would be to place road markers, plant trees, and beautify the entrance and 12 corners that geographically define the plan. At that time, Blackridge consisted of a few newly constructed colonials, several unoccupied lots and as many unpaved roads. The beautification project that began that day now gives Blackridge its distinctive look.
Today Blackridge’s three volunteer organizations – The Garden Club, the Civic Association, and the Swim Club – work cooperatively to provide facilities, services and fun activities that support an enhanced quality of life for Blackridge residents.
You are invited to join the Blackridge Garden Club. Members and guests are offered opportunities to learn more about creating a garden and caring for plants from guest lecturers and club-sponsored garden tours and field trips, as well as the chance to exchange plants with neighbors at plant auctions. In addition to the benefits of getting to know your neighbors better, you can learn a lot about how to use plants to promote a healthy environment while beautifying your home and our community.
The mission of the BGC has evolved from its initial historic effort to establish Blackridge as an attractive place to live, to today’s efforts to maintain our neighborhood as a still attractive, unique, and charming place to call home. The work of the BGC has evolved to reflect the interests and abilities of its members. We encourage new and long-time neighbors to join us. We take pride in helping to keep Blackridge looking like the vibrant community it is.
The BGC has ongoing, as well as short-term, projects that will benefit from your talents and enthusiasm when you join us.
(BCA, Blackridge Rd, Collins, Forest, McNary,
Old Gate/Graham, Old Gate/Wm Penn)
Outreach and Education