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Garden Club plants flowers downtown

Published 9:04am Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The weather cooperated on Saturday, May 10, for member of the Dowagiac Town and Country Garden Club, so they could plant 22 grasses, 44 flats of flowers and 44 sweet potato vines the planters across downtown Dowagiac.

This is a yearly event that the Garden Club does, along with decorating the planters for fall with pine branches and Christmas colors. Other projects that the club is involved in are cleaning and weeding the library and Beckwith Theatre flowerbeds, plus maintaining the Blue Star Memorial at Riverside Cemetery. The club also does the “Adopt-a-Highway” on M-62 West three times a year, for the past three years.

In the summer, the Town and Country Garden Club has a beautification contest for local flower gardens. Anyone who is interested in entering his or her flower garden for the contest can contact the committee.

In the winter, a group of members trims the Christmas tree at the city hall building. The club does not meet during the winter months, having their first meeting of the year in April.

The organization presently has six life members and 26 active members. To be a life member, you must have at least 20 years with the club. They meet on the second Thursday of every month, usually at the First Methodist Church on Lowe Street, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the club is to simulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds and to encourage civic plantings.

Anyone interested in joining or entering their flower garden into next month’s contest should contact President Polly Judd at 269-782-3699 or Dee Herman at 269-461-6598.

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