Williamsburg Garden Club celebrates 75th anniversary

The Williamsburg Garden Club was organized on April 28, 1936 and will celebrate its 75th Anniversary this year.

One of the special events during the year will be a tour of several gardens in the area on July 16. The club, one of the oldest in the State of Ohio, is affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

The 10 ladies who organized the club hoped that by sharing their knowledge and abilities they might improve their skills of growing and arranging flowers.

Today the club has 23 members, and meetings are held once each month featuring programs of interest on topics related to gardening.

Over the years, the club has sponsored many projects to beautify the Williamsburg community. The club has presented Arbor Day programs and planted trees at the local schools. Trees were planted along Main Street and pots of flowers bloom during the summer on street corners and in boxes along the bridge at the village entrance.

The bridge is also decorated for the Christmas holidays. Members and volunteers worked together to plant bulbs and trees along the Route 32/133 approaches to the community.

The club has actively participated in numerous flower shows and OAGC Region 4 activities. A Memorial Garden was created and is maintained in the Town Square in honor of deceased members, and each year the club presents the “Civic Beautification” award to an individual in the community who creates and maintains the most outstanding flower and landscape display.

In May the club holds an auction of plants donated by members from their gardens and from area nurseries. In the fall, a four weekend mum sale is conducted, and in December, the club participates in the Williamsburg Christmas Walk with a sale of arrangements and wreaths. All of the proceeds from these events are used for the beautification of the Williamsburg Community.

The club welcomes new members who have an interest in gardening. For more information about the club and its activities, please visit the website at www.williamsburg-garden-club.org.