COMMUNITY EVENTS &  Ongoing Club Projects

Naper Setttlement Paw Paw House Gardens

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​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.

In the spring of 2019, a tree was planted in memory of Tulita Wynne who passed in 2016. Tulita was a charter club member who helped care for the Paw Paw Garden since 1978   

Spring Planting Crew

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            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.

In 2009 Cress Creek Garden Club was inducted into  the "Naperville Heritage Hall of Honor" by the Naperville Heritage Society in recognition of more than 30 years of service to the Paw Paw House Gardens.  They  have also received certificates from the Garden Clubs of Illinois for over 40 years of volunteering.

Garden  Therapy

For 45 years, Cress Creek Garden Club has supported Garden Therapy at the Arista Nursing & Rehabilitation Center located in Naperville. Our members have helped the residents of the home with coloring, crafting, Bingo, and singing. 

During Covid our members have made cards and gifts and delivered them to the residents. 

We are able to put a smile on their faces and let them know someone is thinking of them.


Du Page Children's Museum

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 The entry bed and butterfly garden at the DuPage Children's Museum are planted by members of 

Cress Creek Garden Club

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.  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

Plants are furnished and planted and maintained at the Naperville Veteran's Memorial Park by member of Cress Creek Garden Club.  A variety of red, white and blue annuals and perennials enhance the beauty and serenity of the park.