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Year Round Garden Club Active 'Year Round'

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YRGC members Betty Hill, left, and Leanna Bone, right, recently participated in a work day at the Rain Garden at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The club established the garden as part of an environmental educational project on protecting ground water. Submitted
Members of The Year Round Garden Club presented a check to Carol Walenga, head of the Arboretum Committee at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, for the purchase of a tree in honor of Arbor Day this spring. From left are YRGC President Alexa Moscardelli, member Janet McCluskey, Carol Walenga and Judy Lea, second vice-president. Submitted
YRGC members Kathy Adams, left, and Jenni Moscardell, right, with the librarian at Byars Dowdy Elementary School for Reading Day. Several club members read The Frightened Frog story to the students and then donated copies of the book to local elementary schools. Submitted

On Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, the Year Round Garden Club of Lebanon will be hosting a special Mothers' Day sales event at Valley Growers Garden Center, 1108 West Main Street in Lebanon.

Members of the club will be present both days to help customers make their selections for Mothers' Day gifts and for garden and landscaping projects. This free educational service for the public is part of the YRGC's mission to increase awareness of the importance of plants and trees in creating a healthy, pleasurable and sustainable environment.

"We appreciate the support of Valley Growers in allowing us to participate in this important weekend event for the public and also for their donation of a portion of the funds made those two days to our projects," said Alexa Moscardelli, president of the club.

The YRGC continues to be an active, involved group of local women since its founding in 1949. Many of the club's objectives have centered on the landscaping of Cumberland University, the beautification of the square, the Rain Garden at the Fairgrounds and the Master Gardeners' Arboretum at the Fairgrounds, and the Historic Fessenden House. Other projects include support, along with donations, to several local non-profit entities, such as the annual Phoenix Ball at Cumberland University and Eggs for Gregg, a spring luncheon event that raises funds for scholarship awards for college students with significant health issues in their families.

In 2016, the club's major fundraising benefits the Historic Fessenden House and Empower Me Center, for children with disabilities being constructed next to University Medical Center and scheduled to open this summer.

The club's environmental awareness projects this year have included special readings of The Frightened Frog at local elementary schools and the Lebanon Public Library.

"From creative design to horticulture, to civic landscaping, to environmental conservation, to the study of birds and pollinators, as well as historic preservation," stated Moscardelli, "the focus of the members of the Year Round Garden Club is not one dimensional. We are definitely a hardworking volunteer group of women that believe in and support education and activities that improve our world."

The Year Round Garden Club is a member of Tennessee's District II, Deep South Region of the National Federation of Garden Clubs.

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