Five members of three garden clubs in Alabama watch as Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs the Proclamation that designates the week of June 2-8, 2019 as National Garden Week by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Left to right, Joyce Turnipseed, member of Chunnenuggee Garden Club of Union Springs; two members of the Camellia Garden Club of Clayton, Jolene Gothard and Betty Lee; and two members of the Georgiana Garden Club, Judy Manning and Suzy Shepherd. The Proclamation is an effort to acknowledge the importance of Gardening and the numerous contributions of Gardeners.

By Faye Gaston

Five members of three garden clubs in Alabama watch as the Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs the National Garden Clubs, Inc proclamation that designates June 2 through June 8, 2019 as "National Garden Week".

One of these was Joyce Turnipseed, member of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club of Union Springs. There are members of three garden clubs in Bullock County plus many other folks throughout the county who plant gardens.

All would agree with the proclamation, as follows: Whereas, Gardeners have a passion for nurturing the beauty and resources of the earth through the planting of seeds, the care of all plants and the riches of their efforts; and Whereas, Gardeners seek to add beauty, splendor, fragrance and nutrition to our lives through the growing of herbs, vegetables, foliage and flowers; and Whereas, Gardeners advocate the importance of all creatures, large and small, that share our world and their roles in a balanced and productive ecology; and Whereas, Gardening furnishes a challenging and productive activity for our citizens, for those just learning as well as those having years of experience; and Whereas, Gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime, helps reduce stress from other areas of our life, teaches that rewards can come from diligent efforts; and Whereas, Gardening enables members of Garden Clubs across the nation and the world to make a world of difference in the communities where they reside and work; Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that in an effort to acknowledge the importance of Gardening and the numerous contributions of Gardeners, National Garden Clubs, Inc. designates the week of June 2 through June 8, 2019 as National Garden Week.

This is signed by Nancy L. Hargroves, 2018-2019 President, National Garden Clubs, Inc. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also signs this Proclamation.

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