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"The Beauty of Gardening," by Lila Johnson

Veterans Monument looks good after a clean up by Mill Creek Garden Club volunteers. Stop by to read the names of those who have served our country.  Photo credit: Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club.
Veterans Monument looks good after a clean up by Mill Creek Garden Club volunteers. Stop by to read the names of those who have served our country. Photo credit: Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.

Roman statesman Cicero is credited with saying, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Mill Creek Garden Club’s “Garden Keepers” would appear to have it all as they care for the garden at the Veterans Monument near our public library

In mid-May vibrant red Geraniums and serene white “Wave Petunias” were planted by Garden Club volunteers just in time for the City of Mill Creek’s Memorial Day festivities.  Another group of about six MCGC volunteers pruned, weeded, cut back dead fern fronds and swept up the mess, leaving the area looking pristine and ready for the celebration.    

Continuing all summer, the Garden Keepers, under the guidance of Garden Projects Chair Michael Crawford, have continued to keep Veterans Monument cared for and have even updated the City about some pavers that are being uprooted. One member’s spouse, after his workout at the gym, stops by almost daily to pick off the dying petunia blossoms. Now that’s dedication!  

If you visit Veterans Monument you may be moved by the significance and reverence of the setting. Being of a “certain age,” I personally was awe struck when reading the names of all those heroes—men and women—who have served in our country’s military. I recognized many names of spouses or sons and daughters of Garden Club members. It’s a very peaceful spot and sitting on the MCGC bench on a hot day like those we’ve experienced this summer, well, the shade and tree-laden scenery is a cooling air conditioner.  This bench was given to the City in the Spring of 2014 on the 30th Anniversary of Garden Club and we are honored this site was chosen for our gift.

The Garden Club also tends the entry-way Garden at Mill Creek City Hall. This year White Wax Begonias join the year-round plantings in this shady area. Throughout the summer and early fall, the volunteers sign up for weekly shifts to keep the area looking good. We hope this wee garden says “Welcome” to all who walk into the building.

The beauty of gardening is it combines hard work, with a feeling of joy and serenity, and our Garden Keepers really do know they are fortunate to help.  

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