The Middlebury Garden Club celebrated 84 years of gardening and service to Middlebury on Saturday, April 26, by planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and having a reception in the town hall.
The Middlebury Garden Club was organized by Belle Schwin on March 9, 1930, and federated with the National Garden Clubs Inc. on April 24, 1934. They have been planting trees for Arbor Day in Middlebury over those 84 years.
The garden club planted a Bowhall red maple, which will grow to be 35 to 40 feet tall and about 15 feet wide.
“It will be a tall, slender, colorful tree,” said Dana Snider, member rmeritus of the Middlebury Tree Board.
The tree planting is made possible by a $300 grant from the Garden Club of Indiana’s state project, “Trees for Life.” State Garden Club President Sarah Nahmias, who started the Trees for Life program, and State Garden Club Tree Chairman Laura Kearby came to be part of the celebration.
The Middlebury Garden Club encourages gardening and knowledge of plants and shrubs to increase interest and pleasure in members’ own gardens and to foster beauty in the community. Activities include the annual Arbor Day tree planting, the Bonneyville Herb Garden, environmental awareness and conservation, the Crazy Daisies Junior Garden Club at the Middlebury Boys and Girls Club, National Garden Week and a plant exchange at the Middlebury Fall Festival. They also help plant flowers and assist in cleanups in Middlebury’s parks and other places.
To learn more about the Middlebury Garden Club, contact Marlene Pratt at 825-2276, Mary Morgan at 825-2889 or Betty Bellaire at 825-9719.