For the past 10 years, Adirondack Garden Club members have gathered in early December to decorate lovely evergreen wreaths for members’ homes. Three years ago, they began making additional wreaths to share with others, in particular those served by Families First in Elizabethtown, a countrywide agency that works with disadvantaged families.
This year, 21 AGC members gathered on Dec. 2 at the Whallonsburg Grange and created 18 wreaths for Families First, as well as wreaths to decorate their own homes. Professional florist and AGC member Sarah White, along with member Delia Thompson, organized the workshop, with Sarah providing professional tips on making ribbon bows (it is an art!) and incorporating a variety of items, from Christmas ornaments to dried flowers, into the holiday wreaths.
The base evergreen wreaths the club decorated were made for AGC by Travis Pulsifer, who represents the third generation of wreath making in his family.
Founded in 1928, the Adirondack Garden Club’s mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native plants and birds, and to encourage civic planting, and the conservation of our natural resources. In 1933, the club joined The Garden Club of America, a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the U.S.
The Adirondack Garden Club’s purpose is the conservation of the plants, shrubs, and trees native to the Adirondack region, and the making of both wild and cultivated gardens characteristic of the environment in which they are placed, the furthering of the cultivation of gardens throughout the Adirondack area, and the promotion of civic conservation and beautification. More information is available on the club’s website.