Done in a Day
Holiday Arrangement Workshop for Seniors at Legacy of Savannah Quarters
Residents at Legacy of Savannah Quarters enjoyed a holiday arrangement workshop in December 2019,hosted by Done in a Day members. It was led by our talented floral arranger Donna Slappey who was assisted by Hannah Burtnik, Jean Austin, and Tina Zipperer.
The residents couldn’t wait to get started and before we knew it they had created beautiful holiday arrangements! This is the third year a floral workshop has been held at a senior community and it’s always a hit!
Azalealand Nursing Home and Morningside Assisted Living Community
The ladies of the Done In A Day Committee took their talents on the road in November 2019, to decorate the entrances of Azalealand Nursing Home and Morningside Assisted Living Community for Fall.
The residents were delighted and had so many nice comments for our group. We look forward to future visits to the senior communities in town.
Children's Garden at Hess K-8 School
The “Done in A Day” Committee set out to re-vitalize an abandoned garden on the Hesse School grounds to help the school meet their commitment to initiate curriculum for student connections to plants and vegetables as a common food source. In the process, the Committee Co-Chairs developed a plan to create a wildlife habitat within the garden area that includes a pollinator garden, a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden. The goal is to provide students and teachers with an outdoor classroom where students learn about growing a wide variety of plants in a hands-on manner. It is also our goal to have this garden area certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
The Co-Chair's Tina Zipperer and Maddie Harwood presented their plan to the Plant America program of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and they awarded The Landings Garden Club a $1,000 grant to continue the project.
The project has been divided into several phases that coincide with the growing season of the chosen plants. The pollinator garden, completed in September 2019is located in the highly visible courtyard on the school grounds, was met with great enthusiasm from students and staff, who have already begun enjoying this space at lunch, break time, and class projects.
In March of 2019, five TLGC members revitalized the elevated beds around a sundial. This planter-type memorial dedicated in 1965 to memorialize Elizabeth Johnson was chosen because during Miss Lizzie’s 41-year tenure at Bethesda, she worked daily on the gardens and took charge of special events including flower arrangements and decorations. She did all of this while her job was housemother to the youngest boys, sometimes preschoolers. The beds were empty and the sundial was stained—not befitting Miss Lizzie. Members planted 10 Podocarpus and 12 Coleus. In addition, the sundial and bricks were cleaned to get rid of the stain. Later in the spring, we added yellow Shasta Daisies, just in time for Graduation Day!
Effective May 2019, TLGC officially established a Bethesda Academy Committee to do ongoing projects and maintenance.
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Several Garden Club members began a beautification project at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, an extension of the University of Georgia located on Skidaway Island. Their Director spoke at one of our monthly meetings on Rising Ocean Levels and approached us to inquire whether we could work together to beautify their campus on the island. After a meeting with staff we developed short and long term goals to beautify their campus taking into consideration the large deer population combined with the lack of maintenance and irrigation.
It was decided to start on a smaller scale, landscaping some of the “tombstone” style signage on campus to ensure plantings would thrive under the diverse conditions. We developed a list of deer and drought resistant plants which were purchased by the Skidaway Institute. Two beds were re-vitalized by Garden Club members on their campus in March of 2018 and two more in September of 2019. The soil was , amended and the volunteers planted deer and drought resistant plantings.
They returned several times in the first few weeks to insure the plants were getting established and watered in by carrying water from nearby spigots. The plantings have done well and future projects are being planned.
John Wesley Villas Holiday Arrangements
In December of 2018 committee members shared the holiday season with seniors at John Wesley Villas. It was such a delight to be a part of the gathering as the workshop participants created a floral arrangement which they could take back to their apartment. All the seniors were overjoyed with the event. As we concluded the workshop, the seniors kept thanking each of us for providing the workshop. Truly we could tell they were excited about their accomplishments as they proudly displayed their beautiful arrangements. A special “Thank You!” goes to Shirley Brown, Joan Hutzler, Susan Woods, Beth Larance, Belinda Winters, and Diane Ingram for serving at this event. Belinda Winters, DID Project Chair
Fall Wreaths for Seniors
In November 2018, the Done In a Day Committee completed their project early so that seniors at two resident facilities could enjoy the wreaths all through the month to set the tone for a wonderful Thanksgiving. The Event Coordinator was Angela Devore, who opened her home and created a well-equipped workshop right in her breakfast area! Angela was our instructor, but she impressed upon us that we were to use our own talent and imagination as we each created lovely, unique wreaths. We made five Fall Hanging Wreaths for Marsh View Senior Living and one Table Wreath for Spanish Oaks Retreat. Later that afternoon, Angela delivered the wreaths. Shown in the picture below are Angela Devore, Shirley Brown, Jean Deitch, Sharon Lundin, Lynn Barnard, Janet Morley, and Belinda Winters.
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