The Moravia Garden Club was organized as a result of a discussion by three ladies, Mrs. Lois DuVall, Mrs. Clara Gordner and Mrs. Genevieve Morgan at the 1947 Fall Festival.
A pre-organizational meeting interested in flowers was held in December 1947 at the home of Mrs. Morgan. Those attending were Clara Gordner, Louemma Palmer, Opal Pearson and Myna Williams, In 1948 the club was organized and federated and Myna Williams was elected president. Charter members still active at this time are Mrs. Dorothy Boyer, Mrs. Virginia McDonough and Mrs. Genevieve Morgan.
The present officers for 1976-1977 are taken from a Moravia Union story in 1976.
President — Mrs. Sibyl Whitehead, Past President — Mrs. Ann Repp, Vice President — Mrs. Delores Burkland, Secretary — Mrs. Esther Chelsvig, Treasurer — Mrs. Linda Harris, Historian — Mrs. Beverly Nielsen, Member at large — Mrs. Amy Gidel. Some of the major accomplishments have included planting of trees and shrubs in the Moravia area, Blue Bird Trail, visits to shut ins, a flower show held each year and increased interest in members’ own gardening.
This group has met every month since that formal beginning in 1947. That is amazing. Even though the names changed, the interest shown in improving Moravia through gardening is steadfast and true.
They are going to have a garden tour on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning at our historical depot buildings, get your tickets at $5 for the whole tour. There is to be a drawing for those who visit all four places. To be eligible, you must have your marked ticket. The gardens to be toured are Reggie and Jeff DeVore, Rosemary and Larry Smith, Rita and Roger Boley and our own Mike and Melanie Seals “Country Roads” professional greenhouse.
“Country Roads” will have their new workshop just finished by the time of the tour, they hope. They are just now picking strawberries for the Honey Creek Lodge, so if you want yummy strawberries, it’s a great reason to visit the lake.