Garden Therapy

Christmas Mugs


Cumming Garden Club members made table arrangements for The Oaks assisted living home. Artificial flowers and foliage was used to fill Christmas decorated coffee mugs. These will go on dining room tables the first week of December and remain through Christmas holidays.


Finished Mugs


More than 26 arrangements were designed for

two separate dining rooms at the facility.

Table Centerpieces


Two crystal bowls were decorated for prominent

placement in each dining room.

Garden Therapy Resident Sessions

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


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


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


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


Chair: Tricia Wester

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

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


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 which shrubs or trees are added in remembrance of Club members. The garden demonstrates the use of natives and shade tolerant plants.