May 28 2010

Garden CLub

Planting the seeds for the next Garden Club season
By Susan Wallace

During their final meeting for the spring season, the Isle of Palms Garden Club elected new officers for the coming 2010/2011 season. Leading the members to another year of fun and education will be Janice Ashley as President, Betsy Michaels as Vice-President, Coleen Johnson as Secretary, and Pat Johnson as Treasurer.

While the Garden Club will be following the planting season and taking the summer off, they are looking forward kicking their green thumbs back into gear with an exciting fall program lineup. Among the topics of discussion will be talks on growing orchids; fertilizer and pest control; sea shells; a Wild Birds Of Prey field trip; and herbs, herbs and more herbs. Every meeting includes an horticulture and design discussion, and gives everyone from avid to amateur gardeners a chance to chat, learn and share about gardening in coastal South Carolina. Suggestions for discussions are welcomed and encouraged.

The Isle of Palms Garden Club was organized in 1948 as a Federated Garden Club. Its purpose is to continue the development of flower design knowledge and good gardening skills through monthly programs, special workshops and flower show participation; to increase member awareness and involvement in conservation and environmental programs; to work with the community in beautifying public areas; and working with area youth and providing programs in garden therapy for our senior citizens.

Everyone is invited to join the IOP Garden Club no matter where you live, your age, or your gender. You don’t have to live on Isle of Palms to join The Isle of Palms Garden Club. For more info, contact Janice Ashley at 883-9016 or email so that you can receive all Isle of Palms Garden Club newsletters and join us at least for a visit. You are welcome to attend.

The Isle of Palms Garden Club supports several projects every year, and apart from contributing to keeping the Isle of Palms beautiful through planting projects and the annual painting of the IOP beach trash barrels, the Garden Club works with Sandpiper Convalescent Center to provide Garden Therapy; maintains the Isle of Palms Blue Star Memorial; and contributes to Camp Wildwood, The Land Trust, Memorial Gardens in Columbia, Teaching KATE; and the Coastal Conservation League.

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