Derbyshire, Garden Club honored

ELKINS – The Emma Scott Garden Club of Elkins and its members received several awards during the annual meeting of the West Virginia Garden Club in Huntington recently.

More than 130 West Virginia garden club members attended the meeting. The guest speaker was Martha Morgan, SAR Regional Director, who spoke about “A World of Opportunities – Be Involved.”

Emma Scott Garden Club member Sue Derbyshire received the South Atlantic Regional of Nation Garden Clubs Inc. “Garden Space” award and the “Horticulture Achievement” award. She began working on the green space in the large triangular shaped land at the intersection of U.S. 219 and U.S. 33 in Elkins in 2005, where the old cement overpass had been.

Derbyshire began her plan to beautify the area by first planting 11 trees. She hauled in planting soil and added lilac bushes, spring bulbs, sedum, annual flowers in flower boxes and a bench. Now it is a beautiful green spot with a focus on beautification, preservation and conservation.

The Horticulture Achievement award was also given to Derbyshire for her 50 foot by 300 foot vegetable garden. She said she was inspired to plant fresh vegetables to provide to the local food pantry at Catholic Charities West Virginia in Elkins during the summer. More than 450 pounds of vegetables were harvested and donated to the Wellness Works Food program at the pantry.

The Emma Scott Garden Club received first place in the Yearbook Award. President B.J. McKenzie accepted that award on behalf of the club. The WVGCI 2014 Memorial Service award remembered Tenna Myles for her long-time interest in the Garden Club and her beautiful flower arrangements.