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National Garden Club Week


Top Row Left to Right: The bed of knock-out-roses at the Cherokee Strip Museum is managed by the Tulip Garden Club.The Tulip Garden Club has maintained the Hatfield Park Pyramid for the last seven years. Members have planted crepe myrtle bushes, many varities of perennials including salvia, gaillardia, butterfly bush, asiatic lillies, tulips, ornamental grasses and numerous wildflowers. In addition to planting, weeding, mulching and weeding the flowerbeds they also water the plants from late spring to fall. Betty McMurphy, president of Petunia Garden Club, and Barbara Case, member of the club, take care of the landscape project in the memory of past member, JoAnne Cole. JoAnn's garden is in front of the Cedar Grove Wedding Chapel at the Cherokee Strip Museum. Other volunteers also help on these projects. Bottom Row- Left: Elisabeth Ridgway, junior member of Tulip Garden Club, adds Indian Blanket perennials to the downtown Centennial Flowerbed to supplement the cannas and coreopsis that she and Ko Brooks, another junior member of the Tulip Garden Club, planted last year. Bottom Right: Alva Mayor Kelly Parker signs an official document to proclaim June 7-13 as National Garden Club Week in the City of Alva. The goal of the garden clubs is to promote interest in horticulture and further the art of amateur gardening. The three Alva garden clubs – Iris, Petunia and Tulip – have approximately 40 members who promote gardening and work at beautifying the Alva community. The proclamation states, "Maintaining beautiful gardens brings beauty into our lives. satisfies our aesthetic needs, and instills in our young people a greater appreciation of nature."

The Alva Garden Club Council is announcing that garden clubs over the nation are again celebrating National Garden Club Week during June 7-13. The council is comprised of the Tulip Garden Club and Petunia Garden Club and is for the purpose of conducting inner-city co-operation activities. Presidents of the clubs are Becky Smith for the Tulip Garden Club and Betty McMurphy for the Petunia Garden Club who have capably led their club in their projects.

The accompanying photos show samples of the year's activities. Representatives from each club pick the Yard-of-the-Month and Blooming Business...

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