Glad Garden Club ends year on high note

by | May 30, 2019 5:01 pm

The Glad Garden Club celebrated spring in its last meeting of the year on May 13, 2019 at the beautiful George L. Smith Park in Twin City, Georgia. Members entertained a potluck picnic luncheon at picnic tables in the woods. All were delighted to see the pond at full pool again.  Except for a few bugs, it was a perfect day. There was a feast of the old-fashioned kind: fried chicken, potato salad, pineapple sandwiches, bean salad, pound cake, brownies, and more. The peaceful and picturesque surroundings prompted members to reminiscence about the past year’s accomplishments.

• Field trip to Blueberry Hill Farms owned by Carolyn and Von Brown in September.  Members were treated to a lovely tour of their vineyard, vegetable garden, fruit tree grove, and ponds with swans that Carolyn loves to raise.

• The Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha) planted on campus of East Georgia State College by Ezra Pond was donated to Campus Tree Advisory Committee by Glad Garden Club. Planting of tree was in memory of former employee Barbara P. Green. Green enjoyed a 35-year career at EGSC starting when it was known as Emanuel County Junior College. She retired in 2008 and was granted the status of director emeritus of the Office of Financial Aid. She died on August 4, 2018. The Franklin tree is indigenous to Georgia and in 1764 was found growing in a 2-3-acre tract of land along the banks of the Altamaha River in southeastern Georgia. Those present were given tree seedlings of the red maple, silver maple, and tulip tree to enjoy in their home gardens in celebration of Arbor Day by the college.

• Monetary support of scholarship funds provided by Garden Club of Georgia.

• New Christmas decorations headed up by Jeanette Griffin at the Emanuel Medical Center for public enjoyment during the holidays.

• Christmas stockings headed up by Margaret Sweet and distributed with the singing of carols by JoAnn Trammell at Twin View Nursing home in Twin City in coordination with Garfield Community Club.

• Maintaining and replanting the five entrances to the City of Swainsboro.

• Redesigning and planting of islands at Emanuel County Hospital this past September.

• Continued monetary support of The Sunshine House.

• Glad Garden Club members were thrilled to attend the 60th Annual Meeting of the Oleander District of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., held at the beautiful Plantation Club, The Landings in Savannah, hosted by the Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. Sylvia Durden, president of GGC, accepted a Standard of Excellence Award for the Glad Garden Club. Member Margaret Sweet was fortunate enough to win a fabulous basket containing candy, candles, a decorative pillow, and a bottle of Raspberry Schnapps as a door prize. Members traveled home with renewed enthusiasm to plant America through beautification, education and conservation.

• Outing to Jacks Creek Farms & Flower in April. Members were treated to a tour of beautiful gardens which consist of many varieties of organically grown flowers by owner and operator, Jan Hooks. Hooks explained how organic gardening benefits the produce and the land in which it grows.  Hooks’ enthusiasm for restoration work and continuing the family farm made for a refreshing tour.

• Planning and conducting White Elephant Sale in conjunction with the Pine Tree Festival by Gloria Mason and participating members at Dr. Mason’s former veterinarian clinic in Swainsboro.

• GGC vice president Betty Flanders attended Garden Club of Georgia Convention in Columbus at the Columbus Trade & Convention Center located in the Historic Iron Works.

• Assisting Seedling Garden Club in annual standard flower show in conjunction with the Pine Tree Festival at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center at East Georgia State College. Members classified and placed entries for Division I Horticulture.  The club is “busting its buttons” over the fact that Margaret Sweet, Glad Garden Club member and treasurer, walked away with a total of 14 blue ribbons and one second place in the flower show.

• This year, the Glad Garden Club has initiated an auxiliary program for men. So far, Von Brown, Jimmy Flanders, Patrick Sweet and Mack Griffin have joined and have been invaluable in assisting with plans and projects and even have some great ideas. All men are welcome to join.

• Plans are in order to attend workshop on Thursday, June 27, at Watermelon Creek Vineyard in Glennville. All are welcome to attend. Contact Betty Flanders or JoAnn Trammell about details and transportation. Registration deadline is June 13.

• Designs are already in the works to replenish and replant the butterfly garden just across the driveway from the Veterans Memorial at Pine Brook Park at the crossroads of U.S. 80 and Highway 57 in Swainsboro.

The Glad Garden Club is a non-profit organization that meets the second Monday of every month, September through May. Meetings are at 10 a.m. at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center located on the campus of East Georgia State College unless otherwise notified.

It is quite evident that the Glad Garden Club has brought beauty and love to Emanuel County through its tireless efforts. The club supports the community through beautification, hard work and donation of money, time and love while having a good time. On a sad note, the Glad Garden Club is mourning the passing of one of its most beloved members. Jean Morgan passed away May 5, 2019 and was an avid and devoted member. She loved her garden club and won many awards for her creative arrangements. Even though she was unable to partake of activities the past few years, she will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. However, if you love playing in the dirt, planting stuff, have knowledge of gardening or don’t have any knowledge of gardening but like learning about flora and fauna, or are just plain bored and would like to have great fellowship with a group of fascinating folks, visit GGC and you will definitely join the group.

The Glad Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc., the Deep South Region, the Garden Club of Georgia Inc., of the Oleander District.

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