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Emma Scott Garden Club enjoys Christmas party

Submitted photos Members of the Emma Scott Garden Club gather in front of the Christmas tree at the home of BJ McKenzie during their annual Christmas party

ELKINS — Combine flickering candles, sparkling lights, decorated trees in every room, a replica winter village, animated Christmas figurines lining a winding staircase and sumptuous food, and it adds up to a festive Christmas party for members and guests of Emma Scott Garden Club hosted by member, BJ McKenzie. Christmas colors and spirit were found in every corner of this lovely home. The group was able to relax after a busy and productive year and share smiles, stories and time with one another in beautiful, heartwarming, cheerful surroundings.

President Pat Mayes, took a few minutes to reflect on the events of 2019. In the area of community efforts, Mayes listed the acquisition of a Plant America Grant that allowed a partnership with Davis Medical Center to develop a Serenity Garden. There was a blessing of that garden on Sept. 12. Member, Linda Shomo, provided leadership to develop a pollinator garden with students at Midland Elementary. Community gardens were tended by Katy McClane, Joann Gabel, Donna Isner, Pat Mayes, David Cutlip, Tom Derbyshire and BJ McKenzie.

A committee of members that included Barbara Campbell, Donna Isner, Joann Gabel, BJ McKenzie and Bobbi Trimboli chose Yards of the Month in July and August and collaborated to designate fall yards with the Mountain State Forest Festival. Another Emma Scott scarecrow stood proudly in downtown Elkins during the annual Scarecrow Festival thanks to Judy Guye and Monica Varchetto.

Two Arbor Day events were held; one at Elkins Middle School and another at Davis & Elkins College coordinated by Katy McClane. The Elkins Mountain School Horticulture and Design Club continued for another year offering classroom and outdoor landscaping training under leadership of Bobbi Trimboli and Katy McClane. The most current project was decorating the Kump House for an open house event scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15.

Club efforts included a successful spring plant sale with the help of all members who contributed, organized and sold both plants and baked goods. Proceeds are used to support ongoing club projects. The year also included tours of three exceptional residential gardens designed, maintained and owned by Jane Hoxmeier, Bill Stump and Suellen Gross. Members attended an entertaining Rose Luncheon at Graceland Inn and experienced interesting and diverse programs throughout the year. The club made a good showing at district and state conventions winning 10 awards. Six new members were welcomed during 2019.

Pat Mayes, ESGC president, is presented the State Life Membership by Judy Guye.

Projecting into 2020, the club anticipates the completion of the Serenity Garden, another plant sale, the

Rose Luncheon at the Kump House, a tour of Adaland Mansion in Philippi and ongoing engaging programs and projects.

Pat Mayes was presented the prestigious State Life Membership award by Judy Guye in recognition of her leadership over the last three years.

Door prizes were won by Lucinda Barrick and Christina Sanders. A gift of appreciation was given to BJ McKenzie for opening her home for another enjoyable celebration.

If interested in membership, contact BJ McKenzie, membership chairperson, at 304-614-3079.

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