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Blue Star Memorial Marker

This marker is from the National Garden Club’s Guidelines for Blue Star Memorial Markers. We will replace this image with our own marker when the project is complete.

Gold Star Memorial Marker

This marker is from the National Garden Club’s Guidelines for Blue Star Memorial Markers. We will replace this image with our own marker when the project is complete.

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Fall Farm Days @ Smith

Garden Therapy Stockings With Seed Packets

Making Garden Therapy Stockings

Making Garden Therapy Stockings

Garden Therapy Eggs with Seed Packets

Garden Therapy Eggs with Seed Packets

Great Azalea Giveaway During Garden Week in Georgia

Great Azalea Giveaway During Garden Week in Georgia

Community Projects: Beautifying, Preserving, & Promoting Roswell

RGC has a wide range of one-time & ongoing community projects. 2019-2020 projects in this area include Fall Farm Days, The Great Georgia Pollinator Census, placing Blue Star and Gold Star Memorial Markers in Roswell, Garden Therapy through Meals-On-Wheels, and giving out Azaleas at the Roswell Azalea Festival during Garden Week In Georgia.

2019-2020 Project: Great Georgia Pollinator Census

RGC Members participated in a historical initiative where people all around the state recorded the number and type of pollinators they observed during a 10 minute time period on either August 23rd or August 24th.  

2019-2020 Focus Project: National Garden Clubs' Blue Star & Gold Star Memorial Markers for Roswell

A program of  the National Garden Clubs, The Blue & Gold Star Memorials Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services.” The Blue Star Marker honors all who have served, the Gold Star Marker honors families who have lost a family member in service.

RGC, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Roswell, the Roswell Memorial Day Committee, and the Roswell Recreation & Parks Department, is working to place a Blue Star Memorial Marker and a Gold Star Memorial Marker in Roswell.

Annual Fall Farm Days @ Smith | Oct. 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

RGC co-sponsors the annual Fall Farm Days @ Archibald Smith Plantation. Fall Farm Days are open to and free to the community.  The child-focused event is held in conjunction with the Roswell Youth Day Parade. In 2018 approximately 350 children and 2,000 parents, grandparents, and other adults attended Fall Farm Days. 

Hands-on children’s activities aimed at stimulating interest in nature and increasing awareness of ways to interact with their environment are planned. The artisan exhibits provide children the opportunity to learn about the history of life on the farm. 

RGC provides crafts for children, sells lunch and baked goods, and decorates for the festival. The income from this event funds club projects.

Garden Club Of Georgia's Garden Therapy Through Meals-On-Wheels

RGC’s unique approach to GCG’s Garden Therapy Projects is through Meals-On-Wheels. Members make seasonal seed holders (stockings in December, eggs & bunnies in March) and add seed packets to the holders. The seasonal seed holders are distributed to Meals-On-Wheels recipients with their meals.

Great Azalea Giveaway @ The Roswell Azalea Festival (a Garden Club of Georgia Garden Week in Georgia project)

RGC participates in the annual Roswell Azalea Festival in April during the Garden Club of Georgia’s Garden Week in Georgia.  The goal is to improve the beauty of the city of Roswell by the planting of azaleas in various locations.  

Entrance Gardens @ Roswell ARC Redesign Project: Before Demolition (Spring '19)

Entrance Gardens @ Roswell ARC Redesign Project: Demolition (May '19)

Entrance Gardens @ Roswell ARC Redesign Project: Fountain Installation (May '19)

ARC Entrance Gardens: Design Session w/City Landscape Architect

Waist High Gardens @ Roswell ARC

Waist High Gardens @ Roswell ARC Scout Eagle Project

Waist High Gardens @ Roswell ARC: Spring '19 Plantings

Waist High Gardens @ Roswell ARC: Spring '19 Plantings

Trees @ Roswell Adult Aquatic Center

Ongoing Community Beautification: RGC Gardens @ Roswell Adult Recreation Center

RGC maintains the front Entrance Gardens of this center located at 830 Grimes Bridge Road. In spring, members clean, plant and mulch the gardens. This year, Zinnias, New Guinea Impatiens, and Calibrachoa were planted amidst the perennials. 

RGC and Roswell’s Recreation & Parks Department are currently redesigning the Entrance Gardens to include a peaceful fountain and improved walkways.

 

2019-2020 FOCUS PROJECT Community Beautification: RGC Gardens @ Roswell Adult Recreation Center

RGC and Roswell’s Recreation & Parks Department are currently redesigning the Entrance Gardens to include a peaceful fountain and improved walkways.

RGC is heavily involved in the funding, design, and implementation of the redesign.

 

Waist High Gardens @ Roswell ARC

Six garden structures were built in 2007 for the ARC’s guests with physical and mental challenges.  These gardens are maintained by RGC and the Center’s Young Adult Group.

In 2017, after a decade of gradual deterioration of the garden structures, a Boy Scout rebuilt the structures as his Eagle Scout Project.  The Scout raised money to pay his expenses, and RGC members made donations to this fund. The Scout built six new structures. These structures are in the rear of the building near a patio where visitors view and care for the plants. 

Recently, RGC members planted 18 Curly Kale, 18 Purple Basil, 18 Lettuce, 18 Greek Oregano, 6 Fern leaf Lavender, and 18 Marigolds.  RGC and the Young Adult Group continue to maintain the Waist High Gardens.

 

Trees @ Roswell ARC Adult Aquatics Center (in collaboration with Roswell's Tree Planting Partnership Program)

RGC partnered with the City of Roswell to fund the installation of new trees at the Roswell Adult Aquatic Center on Grimes Bridge Road as part of the city’s Tree Planting Partnership Program. The program provides financial support to organizations who want to enhance and beautify Roswell by increasing its tree canopy and density.

The landscaping project for the new Roswell Adult Aquatic Center was chosen due to the long-standing relationship RGC has with the ARC. RGC funded River Birch trees from the Tree Planting Partnership Program’s hardwood tree species list.

Entrance Gardens @ Roswell CVB

Entrance Gardens @ Roswell CVB

Entrance Planters @ Roswell CVB

Entrance Planters @ Roswell CVB

Holiday Decorations @ Roswell CVB

Ongoing Community Beautification: RGC Gardens @ Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Located at 617 S. Atlanta St, Roswell, this lovely garden greets thousands of visitors who attend festivals in downtown Roswell and tour the historic district.  It is located behind and along side the Visitors Center.

 

Welcome Garden @ CVB

Located at 617 S. Atlanta St, Roswell, this lovely garden greets thousands of visitors who attend festivals in downtown Roswell and tour the historic district.  It is located behind and along side the Visitors Center. Each year RGC updates the plantings in the CVB Welcome Gardens. This year, Encore Azaleas, Knockout Roses, and Million Bells were added for the summer.  Pansies were added for the winter.

Butterfly Garden @ Roswell CVB

This year’s plantings at the Roswell CVB included adding Lantana to the  Butterfly Garden.   

Holiday Decorations @ Roswell CVB

The CVB is one of the many areas RGC decorates for the holidays.

Tree @ City Hall

Tree @ City Hall

Decorating the CVB Entrance

CVB Entrance

CVB Train

CVB Tree & Train

Upside-Down Tree @ Smith

Bannister @ Smith

Angels, Bells, & Teacups Tree @ Smith

Doll House @ Smith

Master Bedroom @ Smith

In the Parlor @ Smith

In the Kitchen @ Smith

In the Dining Room @ Smith

Designer Bows @ Smith

Prepping the Tea Service @ Smith

Posing with Guest Designer @ Smith

Community Beautification: RGC Decorates

RGC decorates several locations around Roswell. Members decorate a 14’ tree in the rotunda of City Hall, a tree at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, the lobby of the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, trees at the St. George Village and throughout the Archibald Smith home and grounds. Special guest, Curtis Burch, designs the big tree and consults on each room of Smith. RGC received the Garden Club of Georgia Holiday Decorations 1st place award in 2012 and 2013.

Smith Holiday Decorations

RGC decorates the Smith home and property each year. Curtis Burch, professional designer,  directs decoration of the big tree and consults on other decorations throughout the house. Smith expects about 1,000 visitors during November and December including visitors from other garden clubs, tour groups from other states, receptions and candlelight tours.

Publicity for the holiday events begin in July, and the club’s decorating efforts are frequently published in magazines, newspapers, and brochures.

A private preview reception is held for RGC families and friends, Smith employees and families, the Mayor and members of the Council, and other Roswell government staff.

Roswell CVB Holiday Decorations

RGC decorates the CVB  outside entrance and lobby. The lobby is decorated with a tree and a train set.

 

Floral Design

RGC members participate in floral design education at meetings, attend and participate in floral workshops, judge flower shows and teach others about floral design.

January Flower Festival at Saint Phillips Cathedral

JoAnn Jones and Gretchen Collins both participated at this event.

RGC Flower Arranging Workshop @ March 2019 Meeting

Gretchen Collins and JoAnn Jones taught members key concepts in floral design.

Daffodil Show
Christmas Flower Show

Gretchen Collins and Joann Jones participated in this show.

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In Historic Preservation

Certified Butterfly Garden @ Smith

After Cleaning Butterfly Garden @ Smith

Reindeer in Side Yard @ Smith

Family Portrait Wreath @ Smith

Celebrating a Successful Decorating Session

Vegetable & Herb Garden @ Smith

Harvesting Veggies Garden @ Smith

Harvested Veggies @ Smith

Bench in Spring-Cleaned & Planted Plant-It-Pink Garden (NGC) @ Smith

Spring Cleaning & Planting Plant-It-Pink Garden (NGC) @ Smith

Historic Preservation: RGC Gardens @ Smith

One of three Roswell antebellum homes, located at 935 Alpharetta Street in the heart of historic Roswell, Georgia, Archibald Smith Plantation is open year round for tours and has thousands of visitors each year. RGC maintains several gardens at Smith, co-sponsors Fall Farm Days at Smith, and decorates Smith extensively for the holidays.  

Kitchen Garden @ Smith

The Kitchen Garden is located behind the original 1849 kitchen. RGC maintains the garden, changing out vegetables as appropriate for the season. In spring, members plant lettuce, collards, kale, cabbage, turnip greens, green onions, cauliflower, and broccoli. The vegetables are used by the cook staff at Smith for demonstration purposes.

Rose Garden @ Smith

 The Rose Garden @ Smith is one of RGC’s oldest gardens. Members prune, deadhead, spray and mulch the garden as needed.   

Heritage Hydrangea Garden @ Smith

The three-tiered Heritage Hydrangea Garden is monitored, weeded, fertilized, pruned, and mulched with pine straw in the spring and weeded throughout the year. 

Plant It Pink Garden @ Smith (National Garden Clubs project)

The Plant-it-Pink Garden @ Smith, located around a bench on a walkway, is planted in pink. This spring, pink pentas and pink azaleas were planted, and the bed was mulched with pine straw. Plant-It-Pink Gardens are a project of the National Garden Clubs.

Perennial Garden @ Smith

The perennial garden contains multiple cultivars of daylillies as well as other perennials.  RGC maintains this garden, adding or replacing plantings as needed.   

Plantings in Butterfly Garden @ Barrington Hall

Certified Butterfly Garden @ Barrington Hall

Plantings in Butterfly Garden @ Barrington Hall

Plantings in Butterfly Garden @ Barrington Hall

Plantings in Butterfly Garden @ Barrington Hall

Restoring Boxwood Garden @ Barrington Hall

Adopt A Road @ Barrington Hall

Historic Preservation: RGC Gardens @ Barrington Hall

Historic Barrington Hall is located at 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. RGC maintains the Barrington Hall Butterfly Garden and Peach Orchard, as well as undertaking Adopt-a-Road cleanups as needed on the grounds.  RGC works cooperatively with the city to buy materials and plants.  They also work closely with Keep Roswell Beautiful on initiatives to maintain and improve the quality of life in Roswell.

Certified Butterfly Garden @ Barrington Hall

This National American Butterfly Association certified butterfly garden is located in front of the carriage house and faces the parking lot where hundreds of visitors park each year. Members planted two buddleia, butterfly bushes; eight zinnias; two Novae-Belgium, asters; two stokesia laevis, Stokes Asters; two lantana camara, Lantana; two hibiscus-moscheutos; two asclepius, butterfly weeds; and two Phlox paniculate, summer phlox.

Other plants in the bed include a tea olive, native milkweed, black-eyed Susan, false indigo, lantana, sedum, and bee balm. 

The garden is equipped with two butterfly houses, water puddle containers for butterflies to cool, and a few flat rocks for butterflies to sun.

Focus Project 2019-2020: Peach Orchard Tree Replacement @ Barrington Hall

RGC donated a Peach Orchard to the grounds of Barrington Hall in 2006. The orchard has a tree for each of RGC’s five Honorary Members and one for our deceased members. RGC works with the groundskeeper at Barrington Hall to tend the Peach Orchard.

A project is in the works to replace two trees this fall and celebrate the replanting of the Orchard on Arbor Day 2020.

Special Project Assistance @ Barrington Hall

RGC assists with special projects at Barrington Hall. The special projects include the restoration of the boxwood gardens and decoration for one-time holiday events.

Grounds & Gardens Ribbon Cutting @ Mimosa

Neel Reid Reflecting Pool Garden

Late Summer Splendor - Spider Lilies Emerge in Neil Reid Reflecting Pool Garden

Sign at the Foot of Neel Reid Reflecting Pool

Working in the Gardens @ Mimosa

Historic Preservation: RGC Rehab of Gardens @ Mimosa

2018-2019 Focus Project: RGC Rehab of Gardens @ Mimosa Hall Event Center. RGC restored the Fig Garden, the Neel Reid Reflecting Pool Garden, and the Perennial Garden. All work in these gardens was done according to the guidelines in The Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. This project was funded by the Friends of Mimosa Hall’s Historic Land Preservation Grant from the Garden Club of Georgia.

Neel Reid Reflecting Pool Garden @ Mimosa

The Neel Reid Reflecting Pool Garden needed intense TLC. Many hours were spent cleaning this overgrown garden. RGC members trimmed hedges to let the light in, uncovered azaleas and daylilies, and mulched. All restoration work was done within The Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The sign at the foot of the Reflecting Pool reads “We walk through one garden into another. Some of us go a little ahead of others, but in the light of eternity, our separation from our loved ones is brief.”

Fig Garden @ Mimosa

Mimosa Hall’s Fig Garden consists of six huge fig bushes. The bushes were overrun by vines and weeds. Numerous daffodils had territorialized the Fig Garden. After many hours of weeding, mulching, and removing  rogue daffodils for transplant, the Fig Garden was clean and ready for visitors. 

Perennial Garden @ Mimosa

Like the The Neel Reid Reflecting Pool Garden and the Fig Garden, the Perennial Garden was overrun by weeds and vines. RGC members uncovered roses bushes and iris. The rogue daffodils from the Fig Garden were transplanted in the Perennial Garden. Landscape cloth was installed to discourage weed growth. After a deep coat of mulch was added, the Perennial Garden was ready to thrive once again.

Mimosa Hall Grounds & Gardens Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

RGC members attended the Mimosa Hall Grounds & Gardens Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 22, 2019, to celebrate the conclusion of the project.

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Roswell Garden Club is always looking for new members to learn with us, garden with us, arrange flowers with us, contribute to the community with us, and socialize with us. If you are interested in visiting us or joining us, let us know. You do not have to be a Roswell citizen to join Roswell Garden Club.

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