Laurel Garden Club says ‘thank you’ to community

By 
Jackson Mcmurrey
Thursday, July 23, 2020
The Laurel Garden Club spends hours preparing the ground at Elsie Johnston’s Garden and planting the lovely blooms. Under normal circumstances, the club raised money for the garden through its plant sale. This year, the club relied on donations. Outlook photo by Jackson McMurrey

The Laurel Garden Club spends hours preparing the ground at Elsie Johnston’s Garden and planting the lovely blooms. Under normal circumstances, the club raised money for the garden through its plant sale. This year, the club relied on donations. Outlook photo by Jackson McMurrey

The annual Laurel Garden Club May plant sale was cancelled due to Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which is still affecting many local businesses and organizations. As far as small-town-type communities like Laurel operate, there will always be a means of coming together, through the good times and the unprecedented.

Normally, the plant sale provides funding for the Elsie Johnston Garden next to the underpass at First Avenue and Main Street; Johnston was a long-time member of the club which was founded in 1934. Thanks to several local operations contributing funds and donations, the Elsie Johnston Garden will thrive in abundance yet another season.

One member, Gail Brice, speaking in great appreciation on behalf of the group, emphasized their thanks towards the local philanthropists who were kind enough to take part in keeping the garden in bloom this year.

“We would like to thank the following for their generous support, enabling us to once again plant the Elsie Johnston Garden,” she said. “Ace Hardware, Angie Thom Trust, Billings Star Lodge, Laurel Community Foundation, Laurel Ford, Laurel Rotary Club, Thomas Eastman Memorial, Town & Country, Tractor Supply Company and Wood’s Powr-Grip.”

Brice continued to express the club’s gratitude, happy that the Garden Club is able to continue with the main purpose of the group from it’s founding: for the “beautification of Laurel.”

Members felt it was important to buy local, so they purchased all the flowers in the garden from the Laurel FFA Club out of Laurel High School. The plants, specifically ordered by the Garden Club, were raised in the LHS greenhouse.

Brice explained how grateful they all are for the generosity of the community, despite unfortunate circumstances.

“People are good in that way.” Brice mentioned that commuters will often drive by in the mornings while the club is out working and give compliments and signs of respect, and that even those little gestures make the process worth it at the end of the day. “It’s very rewarding. We just enjoy doing it,” Brice said. She has been a member of the Laurel Garden Club for over 40 years, and is just one of 20 members.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
First Thursday, 5 p.m., City of Laurel Council Chamber
Monday, August 10, 2020
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Monday, August 10, 2020
2nd Tuesday, 6 p.m., Laurel Public Library
Monday, August 10, 2020
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