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Garden Club eyes new initiatives

Group to focus on green elements to enhance town’s beauty, local education

The Bethlehem Garden Club promotes their annual plant sale while walking in the Memorial Day Parade. The Bethlehem Garden Club Plant Sale will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Delmar Presbyterian Church. The Garden Tour will be held the same day from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Bethlehem Garden Club promotes their annual plant sale while walking in the Memorial Day Parade. The Bethlehem Garden Club Plant Sale will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Delmar Presbyterian Church. The Garden Tour will be held the same day from 4 to 8 p.m. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— The tour includes a stroll through the town’s five community gardens and the gardens of about five or more local residents. A program booklet is provided that provides information about the types of plants that can be found, the history of the garden, and what the design or motif of the garden is. The booklets also provide discounts to area restaurants the night of the event so participants can go to dinner after.

The money raised also helps to fund the group’s Science Education Grant.

According to Sue Easton, the head of the Garden Club’s Educational Grant Committee, any school within the town can submit a proposal to apply for a $1,000 grant to enhance its environmental science curriculum. This year, the Bethlehem Children’s School won the money to help purchase equipment and supplies needed for its greenhouse on campus.

“This is important for us to support because they (the students) are our future members,” said Easton. “You have to start them young, to get them growing and caring for the earth. Then one day maybe they will continue doing it in the future.”

The Bethlehem Garden Club Plant Sale will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Delmar Presbyterian Church. The Garden Tour will be held the same day from 4 to 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting the Garden Club or the day of the event at the plant sale or in the parking lot of the Slingerlands Price Chopper.

To learn more visit www.bethlehemgardenclubny.org.

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