POWHATAN – As more and more aspects of life get back to normal in the wake of the pandemic, one local group is making a big stride forward in June.
After not meeting since February 2020, the Powhatan Garden Club is returning to in-person meetings with a new time and location and a renewed commitment to connecting with the local community, said Laura Divinski, who will be sworn in as the new president at the June 3 meeting.
The Powhatan Garden Club’s mission is to educate the public on gardening, landscaping, and floral design. It will continue that goal when it resumes its meetings on the first Thursday of the month at the Powhatan Rescue Squad Building, 3920 Marion Harland Road. The gathering starts at 10 a.m. for refreshments and at 10:30 a.m. for the meeting and program.
The pandemic was difficult to navigate for the group at first, because, like everybody else, they weren’t sure what was going on, Divinski said.
“We contemplated Zoom meetings, but because our meetings always have a guest speaker and they create things like floral arrangements or they teach about gardening, the platform of our meetings wasn’t very conducive to doing it on Zoom,” she said.
Now with the group getting back together for the first time in more than a year and installing the officers that will lead them for the next two years, she said the members are excited about what the future will bring. The fact that they are kicking things back off at a time when the gardens are exploding with flowers makes it even more exciting.
“For the next two years, we want to get back to doing more projects for the community and educate the community – especially the youth – about gardening, conservation, and the environment,” Divinski said.
She added that since the garden club is getting back together and members have all this energy and drive to reach out to the community more, they are also looking to increase membership over the next few years.
“We have many projects we would like to do for the community, but we need members and money to do that,” she said.
One of the first undertakings the group intends to tackle is landscaping the front of the Rescue Squad Building as a community project, Divinski said. The group will now meet there at its new morning time, and the members saw an opportunity to beautify the grounds.
Since the garden club was started in the mid-1980s, its history has been rooted in community service, Divinski said. It won awards and recognition for projects such as the stone Powhatan County signs along the county borders on Anderson Highway and Operation Wildflower, which saw members doing plantings in the medians as well. It has been many years since those achievements, but members want to get active again in having a community focus, she said.
“The garden club has waned and we want to bring it back up again. We are looking to attract any and all people – even people who work from home and feel like they have an hour and a half to spare to come to a meeting,” she said.
The Powhatan Garden Club does not meet in August and January. For more information, contact Laura Divinski at 804-372-9572.
Laura McFarland may be reached at Lmcfarland@powhatantoday.com.