Financial contributions are made to the Dunwoody Nature Center, Dunwoody Farmhouse and other local missions, and to Federation, Redbud District, State, and National causes. The fourth Wednesday of each month from 10AM12 Noon is designated as project workday; other times are added on an as needed basis. All members are asked to participate whenever possible and most do regularly.
The Atrium Retirement Community in Dunwoody was selected as a project when one of our dear members moved there. Each spring and fall the Club members replant the many pots on the exterior patios, and make an effort to involve the residents with shopping, digging and potting. Frequent watering and maintenance help provide a beautiful view outside of the dining hall for the residents.
Partnership with Friends of the Dunwoody Library
In 2009 we partnered with the Friends of the Dun- woody Library to pursue exterior enhancements to and beautification of the library grounds. Additions include dwarf mondo grass, creep- ing gardenias, a Japanese maple, Knock-Out roses, daffodils and annuals. Major pruning was done in preparation for additional stages this fall and Spring 2011. We are most excited to be a part of these new projects and to continue our alliance with the Friends.
Dunwoody Library Atrium Planter
The Dunwoody Garden Club has taken pride in maintaining the oversized, round marble planter under the rotunda just inside the main entrance of the Dun- woody Library since 1994. This summer the entire area was renovated. Today, an antique-looking concrete lectern nestled in kimberly queen ferns, lenten roses, liriope and creeping jenny conveys a tranquil feeling to the library patrons.
Dunwoody Library Childrens Projects
In the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010 our Garden Club led two hands-on interactive classes at the Dunwoody Library. Both times approximately 15 children, ages 8-12, deco- rated and planted dish gardens to take home. Spring bulbs and pansies were provided in the fall and herbs and flowers in the spring. Club members purchased materials, set up, assisted the children with the pots and plantings and cleaned up following the programs. We will be conducting additional classes in October 2010 and again in spring 2011.
Once again, the club participated with the Dun-woody United Methodist Church to beautify a Habitat house in south Atlanta. We presented the homeowners with a set of gardening toolsa hose, shovel, rake, trowel and glovesto get them started on a gardening path. We also furnished hanging baskets and landscape plants just in time for the dedication day.
Dunwoody Nature Center
The Dunwoody Nature Center was established in 1990 to foster enjoyment and appreciation of nature through environ- mental education. Members regularly work on the grounds, at plant sales, one serves on the board, and one teaches classes at the center. Two members work on publicity for the Nature Centers annual fundraiser, the Secret Garden Tour, at which we serve as hostesses each spring. The Garden Club supports the center financially and works with them in every way possible to preserve the beauty of the center and surrounding areas.
"They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it? "
(Jeanette Winterson, British novelist)
Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run
Recently acquired by the city of Dunwoody, the Brook Run Park consists of 102 acres, including a Community Garden. This association is formed as a 501(c)3 and its purpose is to grow community by growing organic food, health, green space, eco-literacy, and social justice. One of our members leased a garden plot, and is responsible for constructing a place for growing, whether by building a raised bed or by adding amendments to the native soil. Organic methods are required and emphasized. The organization seeks to reach out to the community by encouraging residents to try their hand at growing food, by providing demonstration gardens on site and by offering workshops in organic growing methods.
Our Garden Club donated $300 to beautify the entrance to the garden and also helped with the initial plantings of annuals and perennials, and plans on continued projects and assistance there.Approximately twenty percent of the produce will be donated to charity.
The Donaldson-Bannister House and Cemetery, c. 1870
The Donaldson-Banister house was built by Mr. W.J. Donaldson in the mid 1870s after the end of the Civil War. On the property is an active family cemetery with 27 graves, and outbuildings including a guesthouse, blacksmith shop, three stall barn, wash house and commissary. The property was bought by Mrs. Lois Bannister in 1935 as a summer home and resold to David and Linda Chesnut in 1975. DeKalb County purchased the property in 2006 with the intention of its preservation as a working farm for education and enjoyment by the community. The cemetery remains in family hands. In August 2008, one of our Garden Club members, Lynne Byrd, was instrumental in getting this historical two-story Colonial Revival style house and three acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In June 2010 the City of Dunwoody was proud to take custody of this property as part of the citys Parks and Recreation System. The Dunwoody Garden Club has maintained a shade garden next to the house for the past five years. The area is home to hydrangeas, hostas, daffodils, irises and other shade plants. One of the upcoming projects this year is to add a slate walkway which will mimic one in the adjacent rose garden. Our members work on Thursday mornings throughout the year.
Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring. Anonymous