As spring is supposedly just around the corner, people tend to think about the beauty of the blooming plants that usually grace us with their presence this time of year. Despite the dismal weather, however, the Mountaintop Garden Club is off to a very strong start.
The club was started in December when Gina Baotz, Nancy Blaguiere and Michelle Millington were talking about the fact that there was no garden club anywhere in the area after the one in Dallas disbanded. They decided to explore the possibility of starting a club here in Mountaintop and met in the library for their first meeting during which twelve people attended. There were forty people at their second meeting, including people from Kingston and Hazleton, and they were forced to move to a larger space in the Rice Township municipal building.
The club’s mission is to “encourage and share the enjoyment and benefits of gardening in Northeast Pennsylvania.” with a goal of providing “educational programs in horticulture, conservation, floral design and landscape design” and “promote positive community involvement.”
Positive community involvement and beautification is what Michelle, who says she is neither a gardening expert nor an enthusiast, has really enjoyed about the potential of the club.
“We don’t really have much of a community feeling here,” remarks Michelle. “There are so many townships that make up the mountaintop area but they rarely do things together.”
The club is for both avid and novice gardeners, as well as those who are simply interested in landscaping or beautification. So far they have created several committees, including fundraising, social events and project beautification.
“It’s inspiring,” says Michelle. “It was such a shot in the dark. You don’t have to be a master gardener in order to enjoy this.”
The Club meets monthly to hear speakers on a variety of topics related to gardening such as landscape design, plant varieties, vegetable
See Gardening page 4