In August 2020, Cumming Garden Club organized a Garden Planning Committee to assist Northside Hospital-Forsyth with the hospital’s
labyrinth garden beautification project. Bryan Lake, Chaplain of Northside Hospital-Forsyth, oversees the garden project.
Available to hospital employees, patients, family and friends of patients, the garden has a striking interior sundial and beautiful fieldstone walkways.
CGC was asked to provide a plan, timeline, scope of work and budget for planting the spaces between the flagstone.
The goal was to update the garden’s curb appeal and overall beauty by replacing plants in poor condition and amending the poor soil.
The plan (approved by Chaplain Lake) includes perennials such as Bee Balm, Coneflower, Coreopsis, Agapanthus, Pineapple Lilies and Daylilies.
Annuals such as pansies and ornamental cabbage are sprinkled about as seasonal fill-ins.
CGC committee members and volunteers will continue to weekly oversee the garden throughout the year.
Necessary maintenance and improvements will be made on an “as needed” basis.
On October 13-14, committee members amended the soil with organic matter, potting soil and soil conditioner.
Then plants were strategically placed around the interior sun dial and walking areas.
(Left Photo) Selma Paul and Barbara Henry start planting
(Right Photo) Completed planting
Evergreen shrubs led to sundial
and edged the outside ring.
Existing plantings and soil
were in poor condition.
Cindy Bean (front); Selma Paul (left back);
Shirley Puch (right back)
Shirley Puch reviews
Great teamwork yields results.
Jill Denlea (left), Shirley Puch (right),
Cindy Bean (front)
Coneflowers are in place.
Daffodil bulbs were planted in mid-November.
Since deer had greatly enjoyed the pansies and cabbages, this intrepid four replanted annuals on a chilly February day.
Deer netting was installed over plants to deter further munching.
Selma Paul and her husband Steve provided the hoops to hold netting.
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.
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.
More than 26 arrangements were designed for two separate dining rooms at the facility.
Two crystal bowls were decorated (and LED lights added)
for prominent placement in each dining room.
Table decorations for fall.