Latest Random Act of Beauty by Richland Garden Club Benefits Folkmoot Friendship Center

By Jane Falkenstein | Jul 23, 2013
Photo by: Jane Falkenstein Richland Garden Club member Patty Felder and Linda Sheinfeld (bottom) and Karen Babcock, Dave Stallings, and Doug Garrett of Folkmoot USA (top)

As Folkmoot 2013 marks the 30th year for this annual celebration of cultures from around the world, visitors to the Folkmoot Friendship Center will see the latest “random act of beauty” by members of the Richland Garden Club.  In July, the Richland Garden Club planted flowers at the entrance to the Friendship Center.  Native plantings were chosen for the garden, showing what grows naturally in the area and how this beauty is so much a part of Haywood County’s culture and heritage.  The group also performed some much-needed maintenance of the long-established plantings along the front of the Center, with the hope of being able to continue to beautify this long-standing community icon


The Richland Garden Club was established in 1949 and was the first garden club in the Waynesville area.  It got its name from Richland Creek, a tributary of the Pigeon River, and the Richland Valley where Hazelwood and Waynesville are located.  Very much a hands-on group, the founders of Richland Garden Club agreed that only real “dirt gardeners” should be members.  Today, members still love to get their hands dirty, spreading beauty throughout the community one garden at a time. 


In addition to the most recent planting at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, members have planted shade and pollinator gardens at Jonathan Valley Elementary School, a portion of the Mary Cornwell Garden at the Shelton House Museum, a gateway planting at the corner of Main St. and Hazelwood Avenue in town, Christmas topiaries at the entrance to the Haywood County Public Library, and street-side beds and flower boxes along Hazelwood Avenue storefronts. 


Members of Richland Garden Club believe that gardens are for everyone.  Members love to expand upon that concept by taking gardens whenever they are needed.  A garden can be almost anything, from a flower pot, a quiet and contemplative spot at a senior center or nursing home, a window box, a vegetable garden which feeds the homeless, to a splash of color almost anywhere.  Richland members have begun to challenge each other to do random acts of beauty or “drive-by gardening” wherever and whenever the community and its citizens could benefit. 

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