The Reading Garden Club's work was selected from over 350 entries, and recognizes the Club's accomplishment for motivating people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture — specifically in the category of "Public Spaces – Gardens." A commemorative garden sign recognizing their achievement will eventually be placed in the Perennial Garden.
The Garden Club of Reading (celebrating its 50th anniversary on September 14, 2015) was assembled in 1965 by Mary Lawrence, a plant-growing enthusiast. In September 1983, The Museum's Director at the time presented the idea of installing a garden at The Museum and a year later, the proposal was a success. These aesthetically beautiful gardens, located on the North side of the Arboretum, are collectively call the "Perennial Garden" and are enjoyed by visitors daily. The gardens have become a location for celebrations such as baptisms and weddings, providing a colorful backdrop to capture photographic memories.
Throughout the years, club members have worked hard to maintain their award-winning gardens and the positive feedback from Museum visitors motivates them to keep working. The local club holds different programs for junior gardeners and senior citizens, including flower shows and design classes held at the nearby Wyomissing Library. Fundraisers are also a big part of the club. One of them, "Gardens on Parade," is a tour of area gardens held every two years. The next tour will be June 13, 2015.