DERRY — Local gardeners offered floral gifts to help spruce up some spots around town.
Every year, the Derry Garden Club celebrates National Garden Week and donates flower arrangements and plants to locations in town.
This year, flowers were placed at the municipal center, Derry Public Library and Taylor Library.
Garden Club member Kaye Nugent is chairman of National Garden Week for the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs and is a former president of the Derry club.
She presented the flowers last week.
Town Administrator John Anderson accepted a basket designed by Alyssa Smith of Rockingham Acres. The flowers are on display in the lobby of the municipal center.
Derry Public Library received a basket of zinnias from Chakarian Farms. Assistant librarian Susan Brown accepted the floral gift and put it on display at the library's main lobby area. The flowers will eventually be planted in the library's Children's Room.
At Taylor Library, director Linda Merrill received Gerber daisies.
National Garden Week began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan asked all Americans to "join in educational efforts, ceremonies and other appropriate activities to show our appreciation for the efforts and contributions of gardeners."
The first organized garden club in the United States was in Athens, Ga. It started in 1891 and was formed to help study plants and recover from the blight following the Civil War.
Derry's garden club began in 1935. Members are strong supporters of civic beautification projects, including a garden at the Marion Gerrish Community Center and at the Manning Street pocket park.
The club also maintains flowers at the Robert Frost Farm, and works with youth on a gardening project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.
Club member Deede Loffler recently earned a Silver Seal citation from the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs for her contributions to her local group.
Corinne Safron also earned a Lifetime Membership Award. The local club received a first place for its publicity press book and second place for its scrapbook.
The club was also honored for its work at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.
To learn more about the Derry Garden Club, visit derrygardenclub.org.
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