In 1955, a small group of women gathered in Wendell to teach each other a thing or two about growing plants. This month, the club they formed turns 60.
On April 20, members of the Hoe ’n Hope Garden club will gather at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square to celebrate that anniversary in an event that is open to the public.
Club members especially are extending special invitations to former club members and local elected officials to join them at the gazebo at the town square, where club members will place a special 60th anniversary brick in the brick patio that faces Third Street.
Over 60 years, the club has morphed from a group that focused on its own gardening to one that works regularly on community beautification projects and learns other skills from creating floral arrangments to sound horticultural techniques.
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The club’s objective is to “encourage gardening in all its phases, to stimulate the love of beauty in nature and to promote beautification in home, town and community.”
The anniversary celebration begins at 6:30 p.m.