A love of gardening has led to the revival of a club in Rio Dell with plans to beautify and keep the city beautiful.
The Rio Dell-Scotia Garden Club has already completed its first project, and is moving ahead with additional plans, including keeping the medians of Wildwood Avenue weeded and looking nice, and planting flowers at the Rio Dell Library and Eagle Prairie Elementary School.
Francesca Cumero, Eagle Prairie Arts District executive director, said she was having a conversation recently with Rio Dell City Council member Julie Woodall, and both agreed it was time to activate the Garden Club.
“She and I were talking,” Cumero said, “and we mentioned that it was shame there was no longer a garden club in Rio Dell.”
The first project was cleaning up a small triangular piece of land at the entrance to the Rio Dell Post Office parking lot. Several community volunteers participated in a work day a few weeks ago.
“We need to add a fence,” Cumero said, to protect the plants and flowers there now. “The Post Office has given permission, and we have someone willing to build the fence. We just need to gather the building materials.”
She described the future fence as being see-through hog fencing with a wooden frame.
Volunteers planted flowers in containers at Eagle Prairie Elementary School three or four years ago, but new plants are needed. Cumero said she started some plants in early March that may be used for this project.
“We want to add annuals and a few perennials,” she said.
“Gardening is a work in progress,” Cumero added. “Any project we start is an ongoing thing and takes time.”
Last month, the Rio Dell-Scotia Garden Club was established under the umbrella of the nonprofit Eagle Prairie Arts District, so all donations to the group are tax deductible. Anyone interested in donating to the garden club can do so by contacting the Eagle Prairie Arts District and earmarking the donation.
Cumero is excited about the future projects of the Rio Dell-Scotia Garden Club.
“I’ve met a lot of nice people,” she said, “and I get to do what I love.”
The garden club also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rdgardenclub.