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Duneland Garden Club stays active in spite of Covid19

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The Duneland Garden Club, despite not being able to meet regularly due to the pandemic, has been very busy throughout the summer and fall of 2020.

Starting in June, work began in Thomas Park to rejuvenate the spaces around the bandstand, plant three new mixed gardens and maintain existing plantings throughout the park. Annuals were planted around in the clock tower plaza, throughout the park, and in the sidewalk containers outside the downtown stores. A border of hostas also was planted along the fence line by the train tracks which added lushness to the area.

Next spring watch for the hundreds of bulbs that were planted throughout the park. As families, friends and musicians remained outside at Thomas while socially distancing, it was very rewarding for club members to see the community enjoy our efforts. Plans for next year are already underway.

Because of Covid-19, the Duneland Garden Club was unable to hold its annual spring plant sale and raise money to purchase plants and supplies for the Thomas project. Members donated cash and plants, and the club was able to procure a grant from the Porter County Master Gardeners to help cover some costs.

In order to replenish the treasury and fund future community projects, the garden club commissioned local water color artist Linda Johnson to paint four scenic views of Thomas Park that are now printed as notecards, available locally at Chelles, Chesterton Feed and Garden Center, Chesterton Art Center, Riley’s Railhouse, Red Cup Cafˇ and Deli, and Three Moons Fiberworks.

The notecards also will be sold at the Mistletoe Market in Thomas Park on Dec. 5.

Upcoming holiday club activities include decorating the exterior of Thomas Library with lights and garlands, filling the sidewalk containers on Calumet Road and Broadway for Christmas, and baking holiday cookies for the Westchester Meals program to bring cheer to our local seniors.

If anyone is interested in helping with these projects, please call 219-776-2282 to volunteer.

If interested in joining the Duneland Garden Club, contact the same number so you can be notified when the club is able to resume its indoor monthly meetings at the library’s Baugher Center.

The club’s mission is to beautify our homes and community while providing educational and social opportunities for members.



Posted 11/17/2020




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