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Growing for 75 years

Kingsboro Garden Club celebrates anniversary

August 29, 2010
By RODNEY MINOR, The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Patricia DeWeese joined the Kingsboro Garden Club 34 years ago. Over the years, she has learned a lot about gardening that she has enjoyed. However, the friendships she developed in the club may be what she enjoys the most.

People who garden, DeWeese said, tend to be gentle people.

"They are nice, gentle people to be around," she said.

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The Leader-Herald/Rodney Minor

The table and the case on the left show the exhibit of the Kingsboro Garden?Club in the Fulton?County Museum in Gloversville on Thursday.

The Kingsboro Garden Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sept. 18. The events will include a reception at 267 N. Kingsboro Ave., the site of the first meeting of the club in 1935.

According to information provided by the club, a small group of neighbors in the north end of the city gathered at the home on Sept. 23, 1935.

The club quickly developed goals, including: to encourage civic planting; the beautification of roadsides; the preservation of scenic and historic locations; the advancement of the art of gardening, horticulture and landscape design; and to arouse the public's interest and education in conserving the natural beauty of New York state, the nation and the world, according to information from the club.

Peg Locatelli, an honorary member who is on the club's anniversary committee, said since the club's inception, it has done a wide variety of community projects.

In addition to working with students in local elementary schools and holding flower shows, the club quickly found itself organizing "Victory Gardens" during World War II.

More recently, in 2008 the club planted gardens at Veterans Memorial Park on North Kingsboro Avenue, and planted a Herb Garden at Sir William Johnson Historic site in Johnstown.

Of course, DeWeese, who also is on the anniversary committee, said every year they also have a big flower show at the Fonda Fair. The club - a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State - competes against a Canajoharie-Fort Plain garden club every year, she said.

While the club engages in the friendly competition, it also is notable because there are fewer garden clubs than there used to be.

Indeed, the original name of the club - Kingsboro Circle of the Gloversville Garden Club - was chosen because there was another garden club in the city called the Central Circle.

Members said there also used to be clubs in Fonda and Amsterdam that no longer exist.

The club - which has about 30 members - no longer includes just city residents either. Its membership comes from municipalities including Amsterdam, Caroga, Northampton and Glen.

Linda Fisher, a club member who also is on the anniversary committee, said while she joined to learn about gardening, she has found the camraderie is very strong. Membership is not limited to those who live locally. People who spend half the year in another place, or who cannot physically garden as often as they used to, can still be members.

"Many have gone before us and many will follow in our wake," according to a booklet put together for the club's 75th anniversary. "But the camraderie each of us have been privileged to experience, and the wealth of knowledge we've garnered, continues the spirit of our Kingsboro Garden Club in so many avenues toward a richer existence for us all."

The club will have its reception at 267 N. Kingsboro Ave. starting at noon Sept. 18. There will be a luncheon at 1 p.m. at the Eccentric Club, 109 N. Main St.

There also will be a speaker at 2:30 p.m. Stephen Brown, the Federated Garden Clubs of New York?State District Five director, will speak and show off three flower arrangements. The arrangements will be raffled off.

For more information about the event or to make a reservation, call DeWeese at 835-4129 or Fisher at 725-5965. All past and present members are invited. Reservations must be made by Wednesday.

For more information about the club, the Fulton County Museum has an exhibit about the club on display. The exhibit includes photos and awards given to the club.



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