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Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum Gardens Honored for Revitalization Work  

Posted April 24, 2015 by Georgia's Rome in News

garden club of gaThe gardens of Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum were recognized at the 87th Annual Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Convention with the “Landscape Design Award”, the top honor awarded by the Garden Club of Georgia annually.

The “Landscape Design Award” recipient is selected by The Landscape Design Consultants Council of Georgia, an independent organization from the state awards committee.  Tim Brown, Director of Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, stated, “I am so pleased Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum was recognized for its rehabilitation efforts to bring the gardens back to their natural beauty.”

Diane Harbin, 4th VP President of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. shared Tim’s excitement: “This award is given to the most outstanding example of landscape design in the state.” She added that consideration is given to the garden’s benefit to the community, year-round beauty and work needed to maintain the garden’s beauty.

The Rome Federated Garden Club also received a top honor. The club was awarded 1st Place for the category “Deep South Region Unified Project: Community Gardens” for their “Cultivating Young Minds” community garden at the South Rome Boys and Girls Club.  “We are so pleased that the collaborative effort of the community, Rome Federated Garden Club and The Boys and Girls Club was recognized,” said Diane. “This is an on-going project that is essential to the programming at the South Rome Boys & Girls Club.”

The community garden consists of twenty-two raised beds. Produce cultivated from the garden is shared by Boys and Girls Club members.

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Convention was held April 15-17, 2015 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Over 300 members across the state were in attendance including thirteen members from The Rome Federated Garden Clubs.

The Garden Club of Georgia is a nearly 11, 000 member organization. The three-day convention emphasized youth, scholarships, garden club projects, educational sessions and tours of the Jekyll Island Historic District and The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

For information on the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Convention awards, contact 4th VP President of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., Diane Harbin at 706.346.6510.

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