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September 17, 2008

Muskogee Garden Club blooms with ideas

Muskogee Garden Club year begins its 2008-09 series of meetings today.

The purpose of the club is to provide an opportunity to meet new friends who are interested in plants and gardening. Speakers come to each meeting to teach, inspire and inform us about some aspect of making our natural environment more beautiful.

This year’s topics include America In Bloom, public horticulture at the Tulsa Zoo, shade gardening, seed starting, new trends in landscapes, curing plant diseases and Muskogee beautification projects.

The schedule of meetings below is an invitation for anyone interested in coming. Most of the meetings are held at the Kiwanis Senior Center at 119 Spaulding Blvd.

Members serve as hostesses for each meeting so coffee and cake can be served at 9:30 a.m. This year, the business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. in order to give speakers time for their presentations. Meetings end by 11.

Muskogee Garden Club uses money wisely. All the money earned through annual membership dues, garden tour profits and the sale of garden gloves, is reinvested into the community.

If you drive down Chandler Road near the Okmulgee Avenue split, you will see one of the garden club’s projects. Members invested $1,000 in plants and amendments and the members donated a few hours of sweat equity to make the accessibility garden beautiful.

A thousand tulips are purchased and planted by club members every January on downtown Broadway St. Members also have planted pansies and summer flowers in the beds for the past few years.

The club awards annual scholarships to local college students majoring in horticulture. Trees are planted in the Muskogee Honor Heights Park Arboretum in memory of garden club members.

On June 13, 2009, the club will hold its garden tour in the Country Club area of Muskogee.

The public is invited to attend all meetings. Membership dues are $20 a year.

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