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Roswell Garden Club is best in the state
by Joan Durbin
July 02, 2013 12:00 PM | 2358 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Beth Carpentier, Carolyn Herndon and Debbie Vann stand in Herndon’s extensive garden of day lilies.
From left, Beth Carpentier, Carolyn Herndon and Debbie Vann stand in Herndon’s extensive garden of day lilies.
For the second time in its 62-year history, the Roswell Garden Club has been named the top garden club in the state by the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

Awarded as a result of the club’s accomplishments and activities in 2012, the honor demonstrates that members take the club’s motto, “Roswell, ours to beautify and conserve,” very seriously.

“Our members enjoy making Roswell a beautiful place in which to live and are very proud of the civic projects they provide to the city,” said immediate past president Carolyn Herndon.

Last year was an unusually busy one for the club, Herndon said. In addition to its spring plant sale, flower show, garden cleanups for the Roswell Ramble and co-sponsoring the Fall Farm Days at the Smith Plantation, members handled the holiday decorating at Smith Plantation, the Visitors’ Center, City Hall and Roswell Adult Recreation Center.

The club maintains seven gardens at Smith Plantation of heirloom vegetables, hydrangeas, and cotton, all of which grew there during the years of the plantation’s original owners.

At Barrington Hall, another of the three antebellum homes owned by the city, members created a butterfly garden. Numerous other work hours given to the community include maintaining garden areas at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center and Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Dotty Etris, executive director of the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, marveled at how much the club and its members do.

“From providing bows and fluffing approximately 80-plus holiday wreaths, to assisting with holiday decorations at Smith Plantation, the tree in the Rotunda of City Hall and at the Visitors Center, decorating bicycles for the Roswell Cycling Festival, assisting in public gardens to make sure the grounds are welcoming and so much more, the Roswell Garden Club gives countless hours, often behind the scenes, to making Roswell appealing for residents, businesses, and visitors,” she said.

Founded in 1951, at the end of 2012 the Roswell Garden Club had 38 active members and five honorary members. Membership is limited to 44.

In addition to some small grants and private donations, the club raised almost $3,500 last year from events such as a public plant sale, concession sales of baked goods, jams, jellies and aprons at Fall Farm Days.

“I believe that RGC’s monthly educational speakers and the various gardening, design and decorating projects have been important in keeping club members interested,” Herndon said.

“RGC members are garden enthusiasts who want to learn how to beautify their own gardens and are eager to beautify Roswell. They have developed a wonderful camaraderie through the years and enjoy working with each other.”

The club’s meetings are open to the public. For more information, go to

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