Town and Country Garden Club begins 2020 season

DOWAGIAC — Those traveling through downtown Dowagiac in the last week, likely noticed colorful arrangements of purple and white flowers shaped like trumpets lining the sidewalks. Those who put them there are hoping that the flowers can bring a smile to Dowagiac residents’ faces.

Last week, Dowagiac’s Town and Country Garden Club got its 2020 planting underway. Members planted flowers in more than 30 planters throughout the downtown and at the Blue Star Memorial. Though garden club members got a late start to the planting season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Cathy Daniels said a team of nine planters was able to get the job done by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

“Everyone was really excited to get their hands dirty and planting,” Daniels said. “Though it took a little longer because we only had one person to a pot to maintain our distance, they did a really great job. We were really looking forward to it.”

Chartered in 1952, Daniels said the Town and Country Garden Club’s members have always taken pride in beautifying Dowagiac. Though this year’s pandemic has posed difficulties to not only the garden club but also many Dowagiac residents, Daniels believes it was important that the club continued its mission this spring by planting flowers downtown.

“It’s something that just brightens people’s day and lifts people’s spirits,” Daniels said. “We had many people drive by and stop to look at [the planters] and tell us how much they enjoyed them. … Our club does a lot of community service activities, but it’s a highlight for the club to do the pots downtown because it really makes people smile.”

Before planting, the garden club had to cancel its annual plant sale, which serves as a fundraiser for the club. Though Daniels said she was disappointed to have to cancel the event, she is hopeful that other fundraisers can be hosted in 2020.

“We get so much support from the community, and we are very grateful,” she said.

Until events hosted by the club can take place, the Town and Country Garden Club is currently seeking new members. Those interested can contact Daniels at (269) 357-4025.

“We always welcome others to join,” Daniels said.