Educators yearn to make lifelong learners out of their students. They hope to instill a love of learning in their young charges, because they know the world around us changes constantly and someone who stops learning won’t keep up with her or her peers.
So it is especially gratifying to see an organization like the Hoe ’n Hope Garden Club celebrate 60 years of learning. Members of the Garden Club, one of a handful in Wendell, Knightdale and Zebulon, have learned a lot over the years about how to grow flowers and plants, how to care for them and how to arrange them in a visually beautiful way. The same could be said of all the garden clubs in our community, by the way.
Along the way, they learn about such scientific and artistic concepts as pH, plant nutrition, spatial relationships and aesthetics – not exactly things we normally think about when we consider a flower garden.
Fortunately, for the towns in which the garden clubs operate, they have morphed over time and become as much a vehicle for service as they have learning. Sure, members are still learning about their science and their craft, but they are also interested in educating others and making their communities nicer, more inviting places to live. That’s economic development at its foundation right there.
We suspect a lot of educators, many of them probably no longer living, would look approvingly upon their former students as they realize they’ve successfully created several generations of lifelong learners.
And, as an extra bonus, the garden club serves as social outlet for its members who can make new friends, renew old acquantainces and keep abreast of what’s happening in the local community.
The past 60 years have been good to the Hoe ’n Hope Garden Club. We hope the next 60 years hold an equal amount of success when it comes to learning, teaching and serving.