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Clubs kick off garden week at GreenJackets

Posted: June 1, 2013 - 11:08pm
Special Photo  Augusta Council of Garden Clubs members Mary Byrd (left) and Nancy Jiles make flower arraingements for the veterans at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
Special Photo Augusta Council of Garden Clubs members Mary Byrd (left) and Nancy Jiles make flower arraingements for the veterans at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

To one local organization, gardening isn’t about a single week each year, but rather about collective efforts to improve the community.

While the calendar points to June 2-8 as National Garden Week, the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs works year-round to be good stewards of the community by participating in projects throughout the CSRA.

“Gardeners have a passion for nurturing the beauty and resources of the earth through the planting of seeds, the care of all plants and the riches of their efforts,” notes a National Garden Week proclamation.

“Gardening adds beauty, splendor, fragrance and nutrition to our lives through the growing of herbs, vegetables, foliage and flowers. It preserves our country’s traditional spirit of independence and initiative through innovation and hard work.”

To Betty Davis, president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, the work of the area’s 50-plus clubs embodies community spirit.

“ACGC plants and maintains flower and vegetable gardens at the Masters Table Soup Kitchen,” she said, adding that the organization also sponsors a fall garden tour and participates in the Sacred Heart Garden Festival each spring.

The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, however, isn’t just about all things gardening. In fact, the clubs save aluminum can pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and paper towel and toilet paper rolls for the Easter Seals, and donate toiletries and clothing to Georgia Regional Hospital. They also place Blue Star markers in public locations to honor men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.

“We encourage members and their neighborhoods to participate in the backyard Wildlife Certification Project with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,” said Davis. “And we present a DVD about litter to third grade classes in area schools.”

The ACGC wants to introduce more people to the work it performs throughout the community.

To kick off National Garden Week, members will have a booth set up at the Augusta GreenJackets game today and distribute information about the benefits of joining a garden club.

They also will plant a rosebush this week at the perennial garden at the Riverwalk, a garden that the group planted and maintains. The rosebush, donated by the Iris Garden Club, is being planted in memory of member Faye Jackson, who passed away earlier this year.

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