Westlake observes National Garden Week, June 3-9
Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough, at the May 17 City Council meeting, presented the Westlake Garden Club with a proclamation designating the week of June 3, 2012, as National Garden Week in the city of Westlake. In his proclamation, Mayor Clough states: “I would like to encourage all residents to acknowledge the importance of gardening and the numerous contributions of gardeners.”
The first National Garden Week was scheduled to coincide with Arbor Day in April 1945. Originally envisioned as a nationwide observance, Garden Week became mainly a state‑by‑state activity because of the war.
In the 1980s, the National Garden Council re-introduced the idea of National Garden Week. In 1989 the first National Garden Week chairman was appointed. The first Garden Week Resolution (proclamation) was written in 1990 and resolved that the first full week of June be designated as National Garden Week. Such designation has continued ever since.
The purpose of Garden Week is to recognize the passion that gardeners have for nurturing the beauty and resources of the earth. Gardening enables members of garden clubs across the nation and the world to serve others in the communities where they reside and work.
For the past 49 years, the Westlake Garden Club has endeavored to develop interest in and knowledge of home and community gardening, has promoted horticulture education and has encouraged civic beauty and community conservation. Thank you, Mayor Clough, for this city‑wide recognition of the many contributions gardeners make to the environment.
Regina McCarthy is president of the Westlake Garden Club.
President of the Westlake Garden Club