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"A Garden Path to Success," by Lila Johnson

The journey began in the gardens with the community’s support of last year’s Mill Creek Garden Tour, paving the way for Mill Creek Garden Club to award a “Giving through Gardening” grant to the Hope Creek Charitable Foundation.
MCGC board members cheer on the Food Bank. Left to right: Kathi Zehner, Connie Hannam, Lyndal Kennedy, Lynne Menzies and Kathy Thomas. Hope Creek’s Jennifer Boyington showing the check in the background. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.

The journey began in the gardens with the community’s support of last year’s Mill Creek Garden Tour, paving the way for Mill Creek Garden Club to award a “Giving through Gardening” grant to the Hope Creek Charitable Foundation. On hand to receive the funds for three worthy projects was Hope Creek’s Director Jennifer Boyington. 

The Mill Creek Community Food Bank operated by Hope Creek needed to replace its old freezer. With our award, the food bank will be the proud owner of a new commercial Sub-Zero chest freezer with locking lid, NSF certified and garage ready which keeps food frozen for two days in case of a power outage. Jennifer commented the number of people needing food bank assistance has doubled in the last year, so a working freezer is a necessity.

Spencer Dhonht of local Scout Troop 91 earned his Eagle Scout rank when completing a community service project at Hope Creek.  With the help of friends, Spencer built and installed a new slip-resistant, wood ramp which connects to an existing ramp to create a safe walk to the new food bank portable.  Funds from the MCGC grant provided the supplies for Spencer’s project.  Congratulations on a fine accomplishment Spencer!

Last year the Community Care Garden provided over 900 lbs. of fresh produce to the food bank. A local Scout Troop, along with the Hope Creek garden team will design and build a shade-providing pergola and planter boxes for expanding the vegetable garden. Supplies for both projects will be provided by the grant from Garden Club. Let’s hope our resident bunnies don’t find those veggies!

Garden Club earlier awarded a grant to the Farmer Frog organization and in mid-March we will award our final grant of the year—stay tuned for those details.

Thanks for joining us on this journey, by supporting our Mill Creek Garden Tour, you showed heart!  But as the song says, “the beat goes on…..” and we invite you to attend our 6th Annual Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market on Saturday, June 27, 2020.  Tickets go on sale June 1.  Help MCGC plant a little kindness while you “Discover INSPIRATION to create the garden of your dreams.”

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