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Garden club gets rooted

KINGSTON — The women who make the Little City By the Sea beautiful with their floral creativity are back at it again.

Members of the Kingston Garden Club will meet today at 10 a.m. at the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue headquarters on Miller Bay Road to kick off their 53rd year as an organization.

Peg Tillery, a Master Gardner, County Extension agent and garden columnist for the Herald’s weekly publication, “What’s Up,” will be the featured speaker for the September meeting. Tillery will explain how to create fall color in the garden by choosing plants that provide color once the summer annuals finish blooming.

“The current board hopes that the 2003-2004 program of speakers and garden-related day trips will be varied and interesting to all gardeners and new members who are welcome at any time,” said KGC President Laurie Yamamura. “We are fortunate to have lined up Peg Tillery and Ann Lovejoy as well as other great speakers who will impart their garden wisdom and knowledge.”

The club was created in 1950 and led by its first president, Dulcie Burger. Its objectives are for members to increase their knowledge of gardening and artistic use of plant materials. The organization is also known for its efforts to beautify the area and conservation and preservation of natural resources and wildlife.

Over the years, the club has sponsored many projects including identifying and preserving a local Camperdown Elm on West Kingston Road, an Arbor Day Celebration and the annual community plant sale.

The most recent project is the upcoming Blanche Gray Garden Show at Richard Gordon and David Wolfle Elementary schools. This year, the Gordon show will be held on Sept. 18 and the Wolfle show on Sept. 25. The theme is “Art in the Garden.”

Students are invited to display their homegrown flowers and vegetables in the “horticulture” division of the show. Children without gardens can participate in the “design” division of the show by purchasing or borrowing flowers and vegetables from a parent, friend or neighbor.

For more information on the club and meetings, contact Yamamura at (360) 638-2998.

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