Emma Scott Garden Club earns recognition

Emma Scott Garden Club was honored with several awards at the 83rd annual meeting of the West Virginia Garden Club Inc. at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

Club member Sue Derbyshire received the Award of Merit Citation in recognition for her beautification efforts in the city of Elkins. She began planting flowers and shrubs under the Visit Historic Downtown Elkins sign on North Randolph Avenue in 2005. Anyone entering Elkins on U.S. 219 enjoyed the colorful combinations of plant and flowers, which she has maintained until last year when the hillside needed stabilized, and the Division of Highways had to take the sign down.

Once again this year, Derbyshire is back to replanting the area with the plants she saved. The Downtown Merchants group will refurbish the sign, and the DOH will again erect the sign. Her next project was landscaping the large triangle piece of land at the intersection of U.S. 219 and 33. The ground was filled with rocks and cement, where the overhead bridge had been taken down. Eleven trees, 10 shrubs and dozens of hosta and sedum were planted, with a finishing touch of a bench and flower boxes. Derbyshire mowed the grass herself for several years.

Emma Scott Garden Club was awarded the Cunningham Large Club Award for the city of Elkins beautification projects, including the projects by Derbyshire and also the large raised bed behind City Hall. Plants and flowers came from a landscaping project being redone at the Senior Center. Members carried the perennials from the Senior Center to City Hall, and over the last four years, the bed has been maintained by Judy Guye. A fourth project was the landscaping under the Visit Historic Downtown Elkins sign on U.S. 250 created by Elaine Griesel and maintained with colorful daffodils, Siberian iris and ornamental grasses.

B.J. McKenzie won first place in YearBook Award for its program content and club projects. The Esther Hinchman $500 Scholarship was won by Julia Fregonara from Elkins High School. The West Virginia Garden Club Life Membership Scholarship of $5,000 was won by Sydney Mucha from Davis & Elkins College. She also was awarded the South Atlantic Region Scholarship of $2,000.

One hundred and seventy-nine members attended the meeting. Judy Guye was installed as first vice president of WVGC Inc. with the highlight for members being West Virginia University’s official Mountaineer mascot, Jonathan Kimble, presenting the awards.