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Cress Creek Garden Club
of Naperville
Civic Activities

Our club has a number of ongoing activities that serve the community.

Paw Paw Garden

Paw Paw House Gardens

Since 1979 our club has been planning, planting, and maintaining the perennial and vegetable gardens surrounding the Paw Paw House in the Naper Settlement. The Paw Paw House is one of the several landmark buildings that have been preserved and restored as part of the Naper Settlement, which is a depiction of a typical Northern Illinois town of the 1831 - 1885 era.

Service Award In 2015 the Cress Creek Garden Club received the Presidential Service Award for their ongoing volunteer efforts at Naper Settlement. Naper Settlement has partnered with the White House to become a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Awards, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.

Spring Planting
Spring planting at the Paw Paw Garden

Cleanup 1 Cleanup 2

Cleanup 3

Fall cleanup at the garden

Garden Therapy

Once a month, members of the club assist residents of The Community Convalescent Center in Naperville to make their own floral arrangements or other projects and provide them with an opportunity for social interaction. This interaction benefits our members as well as the residents.

October Garden Therapy December Garden Therapy
Garden therapy activities


The main focus of fundraising activities is to enable the club to award scholarships to selected local high school senior and college students who are planning careers in horticulture or related fields. Click on the links below for the scholarship guidelines and application.

Guidelines for Scholarship

Scholarship Application Form

Community Donations

The club donates financial support to a number of local organizations. Past donations have included Adopt a Family, Loaves and Fishes food bank, Bridge Communities, Donka, Inc. and Mill Street and Scott elementary schools.

Du Page Children's Museum

Members plant the entry bed and butterfly garden at the museum.

Veteran's Park

We plant and maintain the gardens surrounding the park.

Other Volunteer Activities

Members making scarecrows for Cantigny's fall display

Cantigny Scarecrows
F + G Show

Members working at the Garden Clubs of Illinois booth at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show