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TAKING ROOT: Brookhaven garden club celebrates 75 years
by Christine Fonville
March 05, 2014 11:05 AM | 2446 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Club Estates Garden Club of Brookhaven members Donna Davidson, Bonnie Copeland, Deb Proctor, and Nell Moeling.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Club Estates Garden Club of Brookhaven members Donna Davidson, Bonnie Copeland, Deb Proctor, and Nell Moeling.
The Club Estates Garden Club of Brookhaven recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a party themed “…More than a Garden Club,” and as members Nell Moeling, Bonnie Copeland, Deb Proctor and Donna Davidson can attest, its memberships involve much more than planting flowers.

“The thing that really drew me to the club and made me want to become a member was the community involvement,” said Davidson.

The club boasts a rich history of service projects in and around the city, starting with the support and beatification of the grounds at Our Lady of Perpetual Help cancer home in downtown Atlanta.

“The home was established the same year our club was formed in 1939, and since that time we’ve planted a rose garden, entry drive garden and constructed a fountain,” said Moeling.

But, said the members, their most ambitious and rewarding project was to build a unique, meditation chapel for the caretakers, patients and their families to enjoy.

“Working on the chapel and gardens has been one of my most proud accomplishments,” said Proctor, who designed the structure.

“Almost all of our members came down and rolled up their sleeves and we built the surrounding gardens starting from the ground up.”

From selling war bonds in the 1940s to packing and shipping care packages to whole military platoons overseas, the club members said honoring active military and veterans has also been a part of the club’s history.

“Recently, everyone embraced the idea of helping soldiers, so during November we collect items and start putting together solider boxes,” said Davidson. “The first year we began doing that, we shipped about 100 boxes and over the course of about eight years, we’ve shipped 700 boxes.”

The club also focuses on beautifying Brookhaven.

“We’ve partnered with many of our neighbors to improve our parks and every fall we’ve had a bulb sale,” said Copeland. “More than 10,000 daffodils have been planted through the city.”

At its celebration in February, the club raised about $17,000, which they will use to help beautify the city more.

“When we researched the history of our club, we learned that the values and work ethic of our original members are continuing,” Moeling said. “The women who started the club were very involved in community and gardening and those themes have carried through for 75 years.”

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