Naper Setttlement 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.  

Presidential 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 Crew

Fall Cleanup Crew

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.  Each session also includes bingo and singing accompanied by one of our members on the piano.  This interaction benefits our members as well as the residents.

Du Page Children's Museum

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

Community Donations

Cress Creek Garden Club selects local charities to support each year. The following are the chosen charities for 2018-2019 with their missions:

ALIVE: Serving teens and adults to help increase their health and well-being a have a stronger sense of community and belonging.

DOMINICAN LITERACY CENTER: Helping women to learn to read, write, and speak English within an atmosphere of mutual respect and dignity.

ECUMENICAL ADULT CARE OF NAPERVILLE: Providing care for seniors and respite for caregivers

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES: Providing housing, mentoring and supportive services to homeless women and their children as they work toward self-sufficiency.

FAMILY SHELTER SERVICES: Providing help and hope for victims of domestic abuse and their families.

INDIAN PRAIRIE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION KID ESSENTIALS FUND: Providing essentials to ensure pressing hardships can be dealt with immediately. (currently 118 homeless families with 230 homeless students and another nearly 5000 low-income students)

NAPERVILLE DISTRICT 203 CHRISTMAS FUND: Christmas fund for needy children

NAPERVILLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION:  Raising and granting funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students

NORMAL MOMENTS:  Supporting parents with critically ill children in the home, the hospital and via web resources so that they can spend as much time as possible sharing the normal moments with their children.

WE GROW DREAMS:  Providing job training for individuals with disabilities and the opportunity to develop skills and also work with nature, living plants and in some way be gardeners.

360 YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES: Providing life-changing services to youth through prevention education, counseling and shelter.

Trinity House

Trinity Community House in Cress Creek Commons is a residence for adult men with developmental disabilities.  Residents share household duties to the extent possible and appropriate. All the activities are part of a learning environment that encourages the individual with disabilities to become as capable and independent as possible.  In 2016 the club created a landscape update plan which was implemented with the help of a local Boy Scout troop.(add “and residents”?)  Front and back yard improvements were made, a vegetable garden was added, and annuals and perennials planted.  The club will continue to do plantings.The club is working on developing an overall landscape and curb appeal improvement plan that Trinity Services can implement on their own over the following three to five years.

The National Garden Clubs organization, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, named The Cress Creek Garden Club the 2016 overall winner for Horticulture Therapy Garden Projects.

Veteran's Park

The club plants and maintains the gardens surrounding the Park in downtown Naperville

Other Volunteer Activies

Members making scarecrows for Cantigny's fall display

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