Mayor Lawrence Cloud has proclaimed the week of June 2 through June 8 as National Garden Week and Bonifay Garden Club celebrated with a number of activities. National Garden Clubs, “in an effort to acknowledge the importance of Gardening and the numerous contributions of gardeners,” have designated that week.
Under the leadership of new Bonifay Garden Club president Adonna Bartlett, small teacup plants are being distributed to various businesses as well as to the public library and the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce. A banner, courtesy of Sims Signs, announces Garden Week.
Colorful ribbons along Waukesha Street, courtesy of Bonifay Florist, reminded visitors of the special observance.
Several planters, which the City of Bonifay bought previously, have been placed at the intersection of State Road 79 and State Road 90. Garden Club members planted them with help from a donation by Wal-Mart in the amount of $50 for potting soil and fertilizer. The pots will be an on-going project in cooperation with the city crew who has pledged to keep them watered.
Another new on-going project is the planting and maintaining of the serenity garden at Bonifay Nursing and Rehabilitation. DiAnn Shores and Mrs. Barlett are carrying on that project.
An Intermediate Garden Club at Bonifay Middle School is sponsored by Bonifay Garden Club. Hazel Tison and Susan Pittman lead this with help from others. In May, 35 sixth grade students were able to decorate and take home a bird house made from recycled cans, that’s to Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Bush. They proudly showed their gardens which each of Mrs. Dawn Barone’s sixth grade class grows on the school campus.
To celebrate National Garden Week, the Intermediate Gardeners will have a field trip to Tison’s Blueberry Farm for a tour and a picnic. Each student will be able to pick a pint of berries.
Bonifay Garden Club hopes that this emphasis on National Garden Week will remind the public to be more aware of the benefits of gardening in beautifying and protecting the environment, increasing the health of all creatures and the rewards that come from challenging and productive work.