This is an example of the beautiful single Dahlias in Vivian Drinkall’s garden.  PAULA VAGTS/ SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
This is an example of the beautiful single Dahlias in Vivian Drinkall’s garden. PAULA VAGTS/ SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE


It all started with seven women who were interested in gardening and horticulture; now 50 years later the Wykoff Rainbow Garden Club is celebrating with an open house at the Wykoff Community Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

In the beginning, the club would meet every fourth Tuesday of the month at the home of one of the members, first at the home of Helen Meyer, the first club president. But, as the group grew it moved the meetings to Selma Stender's creamery office and then, a year later, the members moved to Wykoff Community Hall, where they still meet on every fourth Tuesday.

Many of these meetings are joined by invited speakers teaching the club about different plants, gardening techniques and ideas on how to use what they grow.

Dorothy Rath Mundfrom and Vivian Drinkall have been friends since they attended Preston High School and joined the club during its first year. They both agree gardening has really changed over the years, but they still enjoy learning and growing.

And, boy, do they grow! Drinkall has quite extensive gardens, which are full of many varieties of flowers, the dahlias being her favorite, and a vegetable garden that includes 55 tomato plants. Rath Mundfrom explained, though she has a garden, she rather enjoys surrounding herself with potted plants, with gladiolus being her favorite.

They have been on all the tours the club takes to visit gardens in the area, in fact, Drinkall claims it's getting to point where they've seen most all the gardens!

The club members took in Mother Nature's gardening, as well, when they would take hikes though the wilderness and bask in the splendor. The first club hike was through the Forestville State Park, and though they don't do much hiking these days the club does keep quite busy.

The Rainbow Garden Club is responsible for the three flower pots placed by Ed's Museum, the tree by the Jail Haus Inn, planted in honor of founding member Helen Meyer, and a bench, which serves as a memorial to another founding member, Eunice Winter. Many members also participate in the flower show at the Fillmore County Fair. Drinkall and Rath Mundfrom have been helping with the Open Class Division for the last 10 years.

As the club celebrates 50 years of camaraderie, service, learning and growing, they invite the public to come to their open house at the Wykoff Community Club from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. There will be a lunch served and flower show to admire.

And for anyone interested in joining the Rainbow Garden Club, stop by the open house or just show up at the next meeting. It only costs $10 to join and receive a wealth of knowledge.