Twinsburg Garden Club adapts to COVID environment

Smaller gatherings, highlighting members gardens some of the changes made to club events due to the pandemic

April Helms
Kent Weeklies

TWINSBURG – How does a local club bloom and grow in the face of a pandemic?

By getting creative.

The Twinsburg Garden Club “has been quite a challenging year for all,” said Rose Skipper, the co-president of the club.

“Due to COVID-19 and concerns for the safety of our members, we canceled most of our programs for 2020.” Skipper said. “We had some wonderful guest speakers lined up for our monthly meetings and we are looking forward to having them on our 2021 calendar.”

However, the garden club was able to carry out other activities, such as its annual plant sale, although in a different format.

“This year we partnered with Kollman’s Garden Center in Twinsburg and sold vouchers to our members and the community to purchase plants and hanging baskets,” Skipper said.

The event “was hugely successful for us,” Skipper said, allowing the Twinsburg Garden Club to raise enough money to provide a scholarship to a Twinsburg High School student and to donate money to local charities.

Another change was with the club’s Featured Garden program, which typically highlights residents’ gardens throughout the summer. This year, the members of the Twinsburg Garden Club decided to highlight its members’ gardens, Skipper said.

The first garden featured was Loretta Meyer’s garden. A member since 2008, Meyer, who lives in Twinsburg, has hostas, roses and clematis, along with trees, shrubs and annuals.

“I’ve always been interested in flowers, following the trait of my mother,” Meyer said. “After my husband passed away, I joined, and I’ve been very happy with it.”

Meyer admitted she wasn’t sure if she would purchase plants this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But I went with a mask,” Meyer said. “It was a bit of a drawback, but I continued. I got annuals.”

There are flowers “all around my house,” Meyer said.

“My yard was loaded with daisies earlier,” Meyer said. “You need the annuals to bring out more color. My ideas change every year.”

Skipper said one event the club had planned for September is the dedication of a Gold Star Memorial Marker. This has been postponed to 2021. For more information about the event and to honor a service member, visit www.twinsburg-garden-club.com and click the tab Gold Star Memorial Marker 2021.

One idea the club plans to implement this year is to highlight not just the gardens of Twinsburg residents, but outdoor Halloween and Christmas decorations as well.

“It will be a great opportunity for Twinsburg residents to share their gardens and holiday displays with the public,” Skipper said.

In addition, this fall the Twinsburg Garden Club will partner with Kollman’s on poinsettia sales, Slipper said. Details will be released in the future.

The executive board of the Twinsburg Garden Club has hosted small get-togethers of less than 10 people, hosted by members, Skipper said.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity for our members to socialize with each other and enjoy sharing our gardens with the group while staying safe,” Skipper said.

In all, the club is “learning to adapt and change with each month,” Skipper said.

“These are certainly unprecedented times and we’ve never seen anything like this,” she said.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com