MODG honours Guysborough and Area Garden Club

By Lois Ann Dort    

GUYSBOROUGH – As you walk the streets of Guysborough you may notice a flower box or bed here and there and you’re sure to stop and take in the beautiful flower garden at the entrance of the Old Court House Museum on Church Street. All those wonderful blooms did not sow themselves; they had lots of help from the committed green thumbs that make up the Guysborough and Area Garden Club. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the club’s inception and that milestone was marked by a presentation to club members from the warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, Vernon Pitts, last Sunday, August 7 at the Old Court House Museum.

The club started in 1986 and initially had 13 members. Over the years people came and went but a core of hard-working, dedicated gardeners have sustained the club and are always on the lookout for new members. The work of the garden club includes the planting of maple trees at the Old Court House Museum in 1992 and the development from 1995 to the present of the Heritage Garden also located at the museum. The club has hosted workshops such as the one held this spring on recycling in the garden, which was featured in The Journal, and has worked with the school and the municipality on a community garden located at the Waste Management Facility.

In his remarks, Pitts said of the Garden Club, “Much like when you see the robins and hummingbirds coming back, when you see the garden club it’s time to get something in the ground.”

Speaking to the Garden Club’s impact on the community Pitts stated, “Flowers do something for a persons’ soul.” He then presented a certificate in recognition of the dedication of club members over the past 30 years with thanks and gratitude from the municipality.

Guysborough Historical Society President Jamie Grant noted that the Guysborough and Area Garden Club is upholding a long tradition of gardening in the community. “In the 1840s when the famous Joseph Howe was conducting his famous eastern rambles...he had the highest praise for Guysborough. And one of the things that impressed him were the decorative gardens that the ladies of the village kept. So you are keeping up an old tradition and I thank you for it.”