Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club looks forward to Arbor Day

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By Teresa Fata
The Williamston Post

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Flower bed planted by the Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club in downtown Williamston

As spring blooms in Williamston, members of the Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club are getting ready for the events that the new season will bring.

Roxanne Houghton, the garden club president, has many goals and objectives that demonstrate the passion of members.

“(We want) to stimulate the love and knowledge of nature among amateurs; aid in the protection of native trees, plants, and birds; encourage home gardening and promote civic beautification; and aid one another in garden planting,” said Houghton.

The Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club is always looking for new members who share a passion for the beautification of Williamston. Carol Grainger, community liaison for the club, noted that the next meeting for prospective members to attend is on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamston Depot Museum. It will feature a beekeeping presentation. To get involved with the club, simply show up at one of the meetings, held the second Monday of each month.

Although the club has many events throughout the year, arguably biggest is Arbor Day, which is April 24 this year. Houghton explained what goes into the club’s typical Arbor Day event.

“In the spring, the club purchases seedlings, wraps and sells them to the Williamston area elementary school children to promote junior gardeners and the environment,” Houghton explained.

Barb Donahue, one of the women planning the Arbor Day event, makes it clear that anyone in the community can participate in Arbor Day festivities, but even more than that, they’d love to welcome new members.

“We plant in May and we’re always happy to welcome people,” she said of the Arbor Day event. “But it’d be nice if… they’d join the garden club. We would love to have them.”
Donahue has been a member of the club since 1975, despite not showing much interest in gardening. She originally acted as treasurer for 15 years, and eventually found a passion in the club. She stresses that you don’t need to have a green thumb to become involved.

“The friendships you make are wonderful, because you get to work together. If you love flowers and enjoy gardening, it’s a wonderful thing to do,” Donahue said. “(However,) I got into the garden club and didn’t know a thing about gardening!”

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