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Garden club plans future projects

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Brenda Crocker speaks during the October meeting of the Rocky Mount Garden Club.

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Rocky Mount Garden Club hosted its monthly meeting with an informative style open discussion about the club, its history and current and future projects.

Club President Ginger Haden opened by encouraging each member and guest to participate in the open floor discussion.

Brenda Crocker, the club parliamentarian, explained the different levels of the National Garden Club Inc. The Rocky Mount club is a part of the South Atlantic Region, North Carolina and District 12 member. Crocker is the current N.C. state first vice president, which entails the Rocky Mount Garden Club to participate with other clubs to host the state meeting. The multi day-meeting will be held in Greenville during the spring of 2019.

Joining the Rocky Mount club at the annual meeting will be other state club members aspiring to experience the different workshops, intended to educate and heighten excitement about horticulture. Some examples of educational opportunities include, environmental responsibility, landscaping design and flower design school.

The financial report was given and explained in full detail by Helen Becker, the club treasurer. Becker explained the importance of fundraising. Some of the money raised in club fundraising are contributed to the N.C. Garden Clubs for maintaining and preserving the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, the Daniel Boone Native Garden in Boone and the Garden Club of NC’s Tomorrow’s Legacy.

The Rocky Mount Garden Club awards a scholarship locally each year to a community college student. The N.C. Division of National Garden Club Inc. awards a horticulture scholarship to a student attending a four-year university. Locally funded projects include Covenant Homes of Rocky Mount therapy gardening and ground beautification, several flower gardens throughout N.C. Wesleyan College’s campus and plantings around the entry to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Nashville Unit. The club hosted a community yard sale in October to raise funds. Items remaining after the sale were donated to local charities, including My Sisters House, Braswell Memorial Library and the Salvation Army.

The club continues to encourage “Flowering Friendships” through its local meetings and outreach projects. The club also welcomes new prospective members at monthly gatherings typically hosted at Lakeside Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

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