CHIPLEY - When you think of a garden, you think of something that's stationary. But, one local garden club has traveled across the county and surrounding areas to enhance and inform the gardening experience.
"The Garden Club is a fun thing to do - it doesn't mean you have to dig in the dirt all day long," said Chipley Garden Club President Debbie Mitchell. "Part of it is just the fellowship and enjoying each other's company."
The club recently visited a number of local sites, including southern Washington County's Holmes Valley, which is known for its native pine used to build some of the areas more historic sites, as well as, its hills and valleys. The club also visited the azalea garden at Dothan Area Botanical Gardens - a gardeners dream. Next month the club plans to visit Dellwood Amaryllis Flower Gardens in Dellwood, Fla., which is home to about 5,000 potted amaryllis bulbs and plants.
Of Washington County's best kept secret, Mitchell, a native who returned in her retirement after 40 years, pointed to the natural scenery. She said she joined Chipley Garden Club five years ago as a person who wasn't interested in gardening; but, has since learned a lot and looks forward to the meetings and opportunities to "share the experience from the natural world."
"We promote planting, we hope everybody enjoys seeing things bloom," she added.
The club has an upcoming annual English Tea and fundraiser. Notable garden writer, designer and horticultural consultant Harvey Cotten will be the keynote speaker at the annual English Tea to be held at 12 p.m. noon on Saturday, April 21. The event will be held in the John Wesley Building at First United Methodist Church of Chipley. Cotten will speak on the topic of easy gardening at 10:20 a.m.
Tickets cost $15 each. Seating is limited and are by reservation only. To reserve your ticket, call Chipley Garden Club President Debbie Mitchell at 850-638-0546.
The club currently has 34 active members. It's next monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 4.