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Statesboro garden clubs promote community involvement and learning
Work of six groups can be seen throughout the year
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Civic Garden Club Organized: 1949 Meetings: 2nd Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Members: 27 President: Cynthia Anderson Vice President: Ilene Dailey Secretary: Meg Collins Treasurer: Mary Pennington Parliamentarian: Dr. Betty Lane
Winter, summer, spring or fall — no matter the season, the six garden clubs in Bulloch County are busy.
    If they’re not getting their hands dirty, then they are busy planning an event or a fund-raiser.
    The clubs all participate in several different projects annually, Bulloch Council of Garden Clubs President Rozlin Jones explained.
    The projects are decided on by the county’s council, but each task is tackled by the clubs individually. The projects tend to be outreach projects, requiring community participation and encouraging learning.
    The garden clubs aid in the organization of the Arbor Day festival held downtown in February, she said. “Club members also work closely with the Georgia Southern Botanical Gardens.”
    As part of their service to the community, the clubs decorate three community Christmas trees.
    “The one in the courthouse is our Natural Tree,” Jones said. “The ornaments are all made with items found or produced in Bulloch County.”
    Two more trees — The Patriotic Tree (decorated in red, white and blue) and The Love Tree (donning white poinsettias and gold ornaments) — are found at the Judicial Annex and the Hospice respectively, she said.
    Also, at Christmas, the Bulloch County garden clubs create handmade stockings for Georgia Regional hospital in Savannah, Jones said.
    The event that is most anticipated would be the annual flower show.
    “One club is selected to host the event,” but we all work on it together, Jones said.
    The clubs donate their time throughout the year, but they do ask the community for help one time of the year.
    Every year they sell live Christmas wreaths and garland as a fund-raiser, Jones said.    
    For more information about Bulloch County’s garden clubs and their activities, contact Rozlin Jones at (912) 852-9785.
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