PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Members of the Garden Club of Peekskill have been getting their hands dirty beautifying the area and getting ready for their annual Flower Show at the Peekskill Museum on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.
This year's theme, “Show Me the Money” will be judged by members from the Federated Garden Clubs, which Peekskill has been a member of since 1931, a year after the Peekskill club began. Admission is free. The hours are from 2 to 4 p.m on April 15 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 16.
Members of the club can also be found around town beautifying one building or another. The group planted daffodil bulbs five years ago that are the first signs of spring at the Riverfront Green and in front of the New York Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital and on Route 6 before Forestview.
The daffodil trail is just one example of how the club contributes to the beautification of Peekskill and Cortlandt.
Gigantic wreaths are fashioned every holiday season by members for municipal and public buildings and in the first week of June, flower arrangements are dropped off by members for the libraries, city and town halls and other highly trafficked locations to celebrate National Garden Club week.
The club also maintains the Petals Rose Garden that runs along Central Avenue. Continuing a relationship that began after World War II with veterans, when the club donated wreaths for the VA hospital buildings, members today provide fresh flower arrangements once a month for the chapel at the VA Hospital in Montrose.
In addition, every year the club gives scholarships to high school graduates who are pursuing a field of education related to horticulture, landscape architecture or environmental science. The money for the scholarships come from the club’s main fundraiser, its annual Mother’s Day plant sale, this year on May 7.
The Peekskill Museum is at 124 Union Ave.
To join the Club, contact President Holly Larkin Rice at (914)-589-4589 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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