Garden club event to celebrate 25th anniversary

Garden club event to celebrate 25th anniversaryFounding members are pictured in these 1996 photos of the Heritage Garden Club. Provided.

The Heritage Garden Club of Troy will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September. The event will be held at the historic Mitchell House at the Heritage Village. The club has invited members of the Elmira Garden Club to join them for afternoon tea as a way to commemorate this special occasion. 

The club will honor Carol Ulmer, a founding member, for her 25 years of dedicated service to the club. Carol has been a very active member, serving as club secretary and chair of the annual bake sale in addition to a host of other club activities.

According to Ulmer, the idea for starting a garden club began when Shirley Merloe visited Carol’s antique shop and Shirley told her she wanted to start a garden club. She told Carol, “Come to my house in October.” With that exchange, the club was launched. As often happens, a good idea starts with just one person.

The first project the club took on was installing an herb garden at the Mitchell House in 1996. In recent years members of the club have educated the public on the many uses of the herbs, which number around 25 different species. They especially enjoy sharing their knowledge with approximately 900 4th graders who participate each year in Farmer Boy Days. 

Garden club event to celebrate 25th anniversary

Founding members are pictured in these 1996 photos of the Heritage Garden Club. Provided.

Over the years the projects the club has taken on have greatly expanded. More gardens surrounding the Mitchell House have been added as well as an Exhibition garden that was originally maintained by the Master Gardeners. The downtown area of Troy is graced with 19 hanging baskets and planters, which the club changes with the seasons.

Tulips, crocus, daffodils and trees have been planted at the Boro Hall. The club maintains the three “Welcome to Troy” signs. Many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts, have pitched in to help beautify Troy. 

An annual bake sale, which is held at the Fall Festival, is the club’s major fundraiser. The club is also very fortunate to receive funding from the Case Fund, an endowment provided by the Case family for the beautification of Troy.

Although the Fall Festival has been cancelled this fall, the club will be hosting the Annual District Meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania at the Genetti Hotel in September.

The club has proudly sponsored two Blue Star Memorial markers at the Bradford County Manor and the Tioga Welcome Center. The markers honor family members of the community who have served in the Armed Forces. Funds for the signs were provided by members of the community who also bought pavers, engraved with their loved ones name and their branch of service. 

Garden club event to celebrate 25th anniversary

Founding members are pictured in these 1996 photos of the Heritage Garden Club. Provided.

The Heritage Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc., which offers many additional ways clubs can enrich their communities. Through their scholarship programs, the club has sponsored three scholarships. Members have also had the opportunity to take part in educational schools, which are offered by the Federation.

For more information about the club and how you can become a member, call Charlotte Lyon at (570) 297-4269.  

The Heritage Garden Club of Troy will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September. The event will be held at the historic Mitchell House at the Heritage Village. The club has invited members of the Elmira Garden Club to join them for afternoon tea as a way to commemorate this special occasion. 

The club will honor Carol Ulmer, a founding member, for her 25 years of dedicated service to the club. Carol has been a very active member, serving as club secretary and chair of the annual bake sale in addition to a host of other club activities.

According to Ulmer, the idea for starting a garden club began when Shirley Merloe visited Carol’s antique shop and Shirley told her she wanted to start a garden club. She told Carol, “Come to my house in October.” With that exchange, the club was launched. As often happens, a good idea starts with just one person.

The first project the club took on was installing an herb garden at the Mitchell House in 1996. In recent years members of the club have educated the public on the many uses of the herbs, which number around 25 different species. They especially enjoy sharing their knowledge with approximately 900 4th graders who participate each year in Farmer Boy Days. 

Over the years the projects the club has taken on have greatly expanded. More gardens surrounding the Mitchell House have been added as well as an Exhibition garden that was originally maintained by the Master Gardeners. The downtown area of Troy is graced with 19 hanging baskets and planters, which the club changes with the seasons.

Tulips, crocus, daffodils and trees have been planted at the Boro Hall. The club maintains the three “Welcome to Troy” signs. Many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts, have pitched in to help beautify Troy. 

An annual bake sale, which is held at the Fall Festival, is the club’s major fundraiser. The club is also very fortunate to receive funding from the Case Fund, an endowment provided by the Case family for the beautification of Troy.

Although the Fall Festival has been cancelled this fall, the club will be hosting the Annual District Meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania at the Genetti Hotel in September.

The club has proudly sponsored two Blue Star Memorial markers at the Bradford County Manor and the Tioga Welcome Center. The markers honor family members of the community who have served in the Armed Forces. Funds for the signs were provided by members of the community who also bought pavers, engraved with their loved ones name and their branch of service. 

The Heritage Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc., which offers many additional ways clubs can enrich their communities. Through their scholarship programs, the club has sponsored three scholarships. Members have also had the opportunity to take part in educational schools, which are offered by the Federation.

For more information about the club and how you can become a member, call Charlotte Lyon at (570) 297-4269.  

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