Here is just a small sampling of the many projects
Spalding Garden Club is working on in our community.
DUNWOODY POST OFFICE- Fall 2016-Fall 2018
What an eyesore in our community. This area in front of the Dunwoody Post Office, top photo, needed enhancement. The greater Dunwoody community supported our Christmas Home Tour in 2015 and we wanted to give something back to them in the way of a beautification effort. We developed a xeriscape garden in the median in front of our post office as an educational tool to show how a beautiful garden can also be drought tolerant. We included many pollinators such as lantana and buddleia, to also support our National Garden Clubs' pollinator initiative. But most of all its a lovely enhancement, meeting The Garden Club of Georgia's mission of Beautification, Conservation, Education. We finished this project in early spring 2017 and continue to maintain it for the community. See some of the after photos below to enjoy the new look of our post office frontage.
garden therapy at annandale village- Fall 2018
One of our longest running projects is our support of Annandale Village, a residence for developmentally disabled adults. The brother of one of our members was here for many years and we began offering a feed-the-birds project for the clients. Each year in November we bring pine cones, pretzels, special peanut butter for the birds, and lots of bird seed to make outdoor ornaments to hang on the trees within their village. These ornaments attract birds and provide the villagers an opportunity to bird watch. We also seem to take away in our own hearts much more than we give.
Bagels, pretzels, and pine cones are strung onto pipe cleaners and adorned with dried fruit, birdseed and peanut butter made especially for the birds so it won't stick in their beaks. Spalding members are pictured helping the villagers create their own delicious edibles for the birds.
Monarch Butterfly trail- Spring 2017- Spring 2018
Spalding Garden Club's newest project launched in 2016 is our Monarch Butterfly Trail. Our goal is to plant more Milkweed for the caterpillars of the Monarch to feed on, in hopes of increasing their dwindling population. We are joining with the Dunwoody Nature Center and ask the community to join us. This is part of the National Garden Clubs "Preserving Our Pollinators" initiative. We also received permission from Georgia Power to plant 120 milkweed plants propagated by our members in a median under the power lines in our community in 2016 and 2017. We are continuing that objective in 2018, creating another giant Monarch milkweed garden in another right-of-way of the Georgia Power Company.
Mary Hall Freedom House- 2017-2018
Mary Hall Freedom House serves women recovering from drug addiction. While mothers recover, the children are provided with day care and after school care. SGC helped the children install a flower and vegetable garden with the help of the children who will reap the benefits. The children will also participate in enhancing the planters at the entrance to the building.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN- 1973 to the present
In 1973 Spalding Garden Club, with support from the Dunwoody Country Club, started a small garden of annuals at the corner of Jett Ferry and Dunwoody Club Dr, bordered by both DeKalb and Fulton counties. Over the years, this small project evolved into the Butterfly Garden. In June of 1990 the Butterfly Garden was ready to welcome the community. From its inception the entire club has been involved in maintaining this national award winning 3,000 square foot garden and it is our signature feature in our community.