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Gardening can be a source of peace and serenity, an outlet for creativity and an inspiration. It can draw in natures wonderful creatures, add beauty, be therapeutic and a means of healthy exercise. These are only a few of the many good reasons for gardening.  

When my son-in-law first visited our home, he reffered to our yard as our "garden".  At first, I thought it odd since what we have is an unkempt, often overgrown woodsy back yard with a few locations for what I plant and fight to keep growing and blooming, along with the traditional mowed grass "front lawn".

With involvement in Shenandoah Rose, I noticed there is even less time for gardening. Instead, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and appreciation not only about gardening, but nature, and the many extensions of gardening. The reward of successes and learning from failures cannot be diminished.

My perception now is that our yard is indeed "our garden" with its native plants, trees and flowers chosen to feed and attract wildlife, pollinators and, yes, their predators. My satisfaction with our garden has GREATLY increased.

It is an honor to be president of The Shenandoah Rose Garden Club. Our 2017-2019 Theme is "Enjoying Nature Through Gardening". I hope we all continue to learn and have fun with what we do.   We have program speakers planned to teach us more about horticulture, flower arranging, and our environment. Several field trips are planned beginning with Butterfly Garden and a Japanese Tea Garden visits.

The group will also continue Community Service projects making Mother's Day corsages for the residents of Meadowbrook Nursing Home, continuing our plantings of annuals at the Callanwolde Garden Center and support of the various Garden Therapy efforts "Celebrating our Homegrown Heroes". This term we will also encourage members to pursue the new certifications offered by the Garden Club of Georgia.

We welcome guests and new members to join us in meetings, field trips, and projects and "Enjoy Nature Through Gardening".

Officers:

President - Barbara A. Maaskant
First Vice President - Barbara Adam
Second Vice-President - Sandy Reed, PhD
Secretary - Vickey Cooper
Treasurer - Phyllis Frey

Member of:

National Garden Clubs Inc.
Deep South Region
The Garden Club of Georgia Inc.
Redbud District
The DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.