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Club has maintained community gardens since 1953

Members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club have worked hard to plant, maintain and improve gardens in the Northern Neck.

Landscape committee chairman Debbie Gillespie oversees the gardens with the help of club members. The committee makes sure the gardens demonstrate appropriate plant choices and are maintained to keep the community a pleasant place to live, reported publicist Karen Luzuriaga.

In 1953, the Triangle in Reedville was planted and has been maintained by the members. The club was founded by Addie Roberts in 1953, and she initiated the planting. The club will celebrate its 65th anniversary next year.

Throughout the years, the club has planted and maintained other gardens in the community. The gardens of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, the garden on the side of Festival Halle and the Red, White and Blue Garden at the Reedville American Legion Post were planted and are regularly maintained by the club.

The club also maintains The Blue Star Memorial Garden, including the Northumberland Library and the Butterfly Garden at the Northumberland Elementary School.

It’s a lot of work for the members, but it is well worth it, said Luzuriaga. The gardens make the community a pleasant place to live. The club hopes that there is time in everyone’s busy schedules to meander and enjoy the beauty and peace that gardens can provide.

The club will host a pot-luck lunch at noon Tuesday, September 26, at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville. Chef Adam Ginsberg will demonstrate the many different ways herbs can be used with cooking. Ginsberg practices his art of cooking at the Lancaster Tavern and owns a catering business.

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