City recognizes National Garden Week

Photo by Rebecca Long

Photo by Rebecca Long

The week of June 6 through June 12 has been proclaimed National Garden Week in the City of Jackson.

The observance is intended to recognize the importance of gardens in beautifying landscapes, producing food and providing therapeutic recreation to those who maintain them. It's part of National Garden Club, Inc.'s celebration of herbs, vegetables, flowers and foliage.

Jackson Mayor Charlie Brown presented a proclamation to Azalea Garden Club President Dottie McMichael on June 1, designating the week National Garden Week in the city. A number of club members attended the City Council meeting to receive the proclamation.

The proclamation reads, in part: "Whereas, gardeners across the United States produce the food which feeds our nation and permits us to export our abundance to other countries, and; whereas gardeners help to preserve our traditional spirit of independence, initiative and commerce, and; whereas, gardening instills in people a greater respect and care for the environment and our natural resources, and; whereas gardening furnishes a challenging, productive and often therapeutic full or part-time activity for many individuals ... I encourage all citizens to support efforts to protect all growing things and plant a garden to gladden hearts and promote the well-being of present and future generations."

The Azalea Garden Club used the week to highlight gardening and work on a facelift of the "Welcome to Jackson" sign on Ga. Highway 42 North, McMichael said. She said members worked to reposition plants and add new ones around the sign. "We're just giving it a different look," she said.

-- From Staff Reports