For 50 years, the Win-Thorne Garden Club has been meeting and planning ways to improve the curb appeal of Rocky Mount.
The group started with just a small group of women living on Winstead and Hawthorne roads.
The legacy of the garden club can be seen in the front lawns in that area, with the lush, colorful plants and flowers that dot the landscape.
Today, the group has members from throughout the Rocky Mount area and they gathered recently to celebrate a half-century of friendships, club meetings and love of gardening.
The celebration was hosted by Beth Gray at the President’s Home on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College and planned by members Sylvia Harris and Mitzi Tulloss. Current and past members reminisced about past projects, meetings and programs. Local documentary producer and club member Martha Daniel presented a multi-media production looking back at the 50-year history of the group.
Marty Kincheloe, a member of the club since it’s inception, said the first meeting was held in May 1964.
“There were just 20 members then and we just liked to meet and socialize and we talked about all kinds of things. We all had a love for gardening and we would share ideas – and sometimes mistakes we’d made in our gardens,” Kincheloe said.
Another original club member, Georgia Mixon, said she likes the programs the club puts on for members at the monthly meetings.
“We’ve had some really informative programs and gone on some real nice field trips. It’s learning with some fun, too,” Mixon said.
Both Kincheloe and Mixon agreed that the best part of the club was the friendships that have been formed.
“We’ve learned together and taught each other a lot. The club has been a great way for me to meet new people and make a lot of great friends,” Kincheloe said.
The group has organized service projects over the years as well, such as putting together toiletry kits for migrant camps and donating vases of flowers and centerpieces for community meetings.
Club member Sylvia Harriss said she loves the Win-Thorne club and is pleased to be a part of such a wonderful group of local women.
“I’ve only been a member for five years, but I’m so pleased to be part of this strong group of women who have such a love for the community and share an interest in gardening. These women have such a history in Rocky Mount and I am proud to learn from them and beside them,” Harris said.