Garden Therapy

Valentine Arrangements

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At the January 2020 club meeting, members completed table centerpieces with a

Valentine theme for The Oaks assisted living home.

These will be placed in the home in February.

Christmas Mugs

Following the November meeting, Cumming Garden Club members made table arrangements for The Oaks with a Christmas theme. Artificial flowers and foliage was used to fill Christmas decorated coffee mugs. These were placed on dining room tables the first week of December and remained

through the Christmas holiday.

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Finished Mugs

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More than 26 arrangements were designed for two separate dining rooms at the facility.

Table Centerpieces

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Two crystal bowls were decorated (and LED lights added)

for prominent placement in each dining room.

Arrangements Placed in Facility

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Five CGC members placed mugs at The Oaks. Linda Hardie took photo of

(from front clockwise) Kay Black, Margie Smith, Betty Smith, Tricia Wester.

Garden Therapy Resident Involvement

The Oaks at Post Road

After a very successful potted plant workshop was held on February 25, 2019, in which 8 Cumming Garden Club members and a dozen residents participated,

the club voted at its September meeting to continue working on monthly therapy projects with Montine Howell, the only remaining founding/charter

member of Cumming Garden Club and resident of the facility since 2018.

Potted Plants

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Montine Howell suggested the potted plant session because she wanted to share her love of plants and gardening. Above (on left) she poses with one of the residents who plans to display the pot on her room windowsill.

Flower Vase Centerpieces

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In September a program was started called 'Flower Arranging with Montine.'

Every two weeks, Montine and at least one CGC member will assist residents in creating centerpieces. Any cost for flowers provided is paid for by The Oaks.

Toilet Paper Pumpkins

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Table centerpieces were created by covering toilet paper rolls with fall-colored materials. The idea and materials were provided by Frances Tidd (left).

Due to a field trip conflict, only two residents were assisted by Frances, Tricia Wester (right), Betty Smith and Montine Howell.

Ongoing Projects

Library Designs

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Chair: Tricia Wester

Begun in 1966, members create floral designs or educational displays for the Cumming branch of the county library system forsythpl.org/.

Components of the prominently displayed designs are identified

(giving both botanical and common names).

Designs are placed year-round and changed every two weeks.

Cumming Garden Club is cited as exhibitor. 

Poole's Mill Park

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Chair: Heidi Stuckman

This park is a major historical site, containing one of Georgia's oldest covered bridges. The park is used for many events, including weddings performed in a memorial garden (created in 1998 and maintained by Cumming Garden Club  in partnership with Forsyth County Master Gardeners), in which shrubs or trees are added in remembrance of Club members. The garden demonstrates the use of natives and shade tolerant plants.