Garden Club celebrates forty years
Hudson – Members of the Hudson Garden Club celebrated 40 years of weeding and pruning this summer. Forty-five new and old members met at the Harvest Café this past June to reminisce about past gardening projects and to plan new ones.
The group meets monthly with a mission of promoting the group's interest in gardening, horticulture, conservation, flower arranging and the betterment of the community. Monthly meetings, held at the Elks Club in Hudson, are open to anyone with or without a green thumb interested in learning more about flowers.
Monthly meetings usually include a guest presenter and an activity. Over the past several months the group has participated in a series of projects, from decorating the Wayside Inn for Christmas to cooking and gardening with edible flowers.
Each spring the group kicks off the planting season with a yard and garden sale. Club members each bring five plants, from Hybrid Lilies to Black Eyed Susans, to sell. The special treat is that the plants come directly from club members' gardens.
Many of the existing members of the club have been with the organization for more than 30 years. Marian Bryan said that over the years the group members have all become better gardeners and great friends.
Club President Mary Giant explained that the club welcomes gardeners of all interest and ability levels.
"I have the worst garden; it is full of weeds," Giant admitted. "But it does look good when it is in bloom."
Bryan has received many gardening lessons from members, she said.
"It is a fabulous club," Bryan said. "We have so many gardeners that have so much knowledge… It is such a resource."
The organization, which in years past was much more involved with the beautifi- cation of the town through the maintenance of public flower gardens and pots, has become less involved over the past several years. Now local businesses contribute and employ landscapers to maintain the rotary as well as other local flowerbeds and other town planting, Bryan said.
"They do a beautiful job," said Bryan.
Zoe Ann Liepins, who has been a member for 35 years, said she first became involved because her neighbor was in the club. The organization in the late 1960s and 1970s once consisted of nearly all the residents of the Lakeview neighborhood.
"We were all in the club," Liepins said.
Throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s, the group worked with local school children and Girl and Boy Scout troops to help educate them about gardening.
"We used to work with the Chamber of Commerce and the schools and do all of the planting," Liepins said. "I would like to see more town projects, especially working with the schools."
With the membership still active and a regular crowd of new and old members attending the workshops, the veteran gardeners in the group would like to see it expand, and even take on some of the past responsibilities again.
"I would like more young people to join … and see them take over," Liepins said.
For more information about how to become a garden club member or upcoming events, visit the website at www.hudsongardenclub. us.
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