The Amelia Bulletin Monitor

More than just pretty flowers ACGC explains community service



The Amelia County Garden Club created the Memorial Garden on Virginia Street decades ago as a gift to their neighbors and to share their love of blooming plants. Members design and maintain the garden throughout the year, ensuring a colorful display with four seasons of interest.

ACGC does this as a community outreach service for its community. The garden is beloved by many people in our county and surrounding ones. It is a place of serene tranquility for all. And with its careful labeling of specimen plants, it is an educational and learning opportunity for visitors.

ACGC is a federated chapter of the National Garden Clubs. It is the only affiliated club in the county. As such, members can participate in garden and design programs sponsored at the national, state and regional levels as well as enjoy educational programs nearly every month locally.

The club does other outreach programs that positively impact the community including maintaining a garden near the entrance of the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia and making and hanging a dozen fresh boxwood wreaths on county buildings in the Village during the holiday season.

In recent years, ACGC got the Memorial Garden certified as a Monarch Waystation ensuring that these beloved pollinators and others have an abundant food source.

The group divides perennials in the garden every year and sells more than 200 divisions at its well-attended annual plant/ yard/bake sale every spring. Members also bring unique varieties of plants from their own gardens to the sale.

The plants made available are acclimated to Amelia’s climate so they can generally be planted immediately and thrive. All are tried and true performers.

Their sale this year will be April 27 with a rain date of May 4. All profits fund ACGC projects.

ACGC always welcomes new members. Joining the club is a wonderful way for anyone interested in gardening to learn more about plants, design and related subjects while enjoying the fellowship of others with similar interests and giving back to the community.

Anyone seeking more information about the club, its programs, the Memorial Garden or the sale should contact ACGC President Diane Surpless at dsurpless118@gmail.com.

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