An often quoted saying, “bloom where you’re planted,” extols a timely message, but perhaps the adage could add an additional thought: “Once you’ve blossomed, use your beauty to bless others.”
The five area clubs making up the Bulloch Council of Garden Clubs recently took blooms and blossoms and foliage they’ve planted and nurtured for months and turned them into stunning works of art. Members of the clubs placed the arrangements in surrounding government buildings in honor of National Garden Week for others to enjoy.
Mayor Jan Moore signed the proclamation, officially recognizing June 4-11 as National Garden Week.
The proclamation that acknowledged the importance of gardening and recognized the contributions of gardeners read, in part: “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; and gardeners seek to add beauty, splendor, fragrance and nutrition to our lives through the growing of herbs, vegetables, foliage and flowers.
“Gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime, helps reduce stress from other areas of our life, teaches that rewards can come from diligent efforts, and gardening enables members of garden clubs across the nation and the world to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.”
Last year, the clubs placed arrangements in local banks in observance of Garden Week in Georgia and this year they chose to place them in local government buildings in observance of National Garden Week.
The five local clubs meet regularly to host gardening-related programs. Members plan and carry out local flower shows and sponsor contests to educate the younger generation. Additionally, the clubs help with landscaping service projects, like working with Habitat homes and decorating Christmas trees at the hospice facility.
Many of the participants have been long-time members and say the benefits they receive with their membership are phenomenal.
Rozlin Jones, who has been a member of Hoe and Hope Garden Club for about 15 years, said, “Digging in the dirt is good therapy. After all, one of the first things God created was a garden!”
Former Oleander Garden Club District Director Hilda Rushing agreed with other members about the education and fellowship she receives by being part of a garden club and added, “The beauty of flowers in our yards is another blessing from God. Gardening is my therapy, and I enjoy cutting and having fresh flowers in my home. They give me joy!”
Rushing encourages anyone interested in joining a local garden club to check out the state website at gardenclub.uga.edu for a listing of Bulloch County clubs and for more information.