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Project dedicated during Garden Week
From left, Girl Scout Natalie Wilson, Bob Brady, Ruth Sutton, Roger Worley and Heidi Stuckman participate in a dedication ceremony as part of National Garden Week. - photo by Crystal Ledford

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Members of the Cumming Garden Club celebrated National Garden Week with the dedication of a new site in north Forsyth.

Held Tuesday, the presentation honored the Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Department maintenance staff for their help creating the native plant garden at Poole’s Mill Park.

Cadette Girl Scout Natalie Wilson led the presentation along with club members. Wilson chose the garden as a community service project to help earn her Girl Scout Silver Award.

The garden, which is near the long-established Charles F. Welch Memorial Garden at the park, was finished in late April.

It will be maintained by club members.

As part of Tuesday’s dedication, parks & recreation staffers were presented with a certificate of appreciation, as well water hoses, an oscillating sprinkler and nozzle to help keep all the gardens at Poole’s Mill Park watered during times of drought.

Also in celebration of National Garden Week, garden club members held a clean-up of the Welch Memorial Garden followed by a picnic lunch at the park pavilion.

In addition, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt signed a proclamation recognizing the group’s efforts in beautifying the city and county.

Publicity chairwoman Sherry Brownlee said the club was founded in 1949 and has a range of projects throughout the county that members maintain.

Among them is a floral design display placed inside the Cumming Library, which is changed out a couple of times each month.

The club also created and maintained a garden spot at the Chestatee Community Building in north Forsyth.

The group, whose membership is entirely female, meets every second Tuesday of the month from September through May.

Brownlee said the organization, which has about 40 members in total divided between a morning and an evening club, is always looking for new recruits.

“We have a mandate that we can have as many as 65 members,” she said. “If you have a passion like I and most of these ladies do for gardening, this is the best way to share that passion.”