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Martha Boswell leads Garden Club

EDITOR’S NOTE: During their 100th anniversary year, members of the Concord Garden Club are honoring various members from over the years.

By Ellen Cardin

Imagine a vibrant garden humming with activity, not of bees, but of passionate plant enthusiasts. Laughter mingles with the scent of fresh soil, and hands stained green proudly display prize-winning blooms. This is the world of a garden club and at its gate stands the president, a leader who cultivates not just flowers, but a thriving community. The Concord Garden Club is one such dynamic club and owes its successful longevity to a rich legacy of enthusiastic presidents, including our current president, Mrs. Martha Abbie Walker Boswell.

Martha and her family moved to Pike County in 1976. Her invitation to join Concord Garden Club came from Mrs. Carolyn Whitehurst in 1978, and thus Martha’s devotion to the club blossomed. Her loyalty to the club is evidenced by the fact she is currently serving her fourth term as president. She laughs when asked about her tenure, “It is supposed to be a two year term … who knows how many years it’s been all together.” Regardless of the number of years, Martha’s inspired leadership never waivers.
Martha’s motivation is to continue building on 100 years of the club’s motto, “Embracing the past, educating for the future.”

Past accomplishments are many: elaborate flower shows, educational outreach in the schools, roadside signage reminders to “Keep Pike Clean,” field trips and popular community lunch and learn presentations.

Future projects will focus on engaging the greater community to foster a love of nature and the need to respect and protect where we live.

Martha does not claim to have a green thumb. Her passion is floral design, as seen in her stunning arrangements. She even won a blue ribbon at The Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain for her miniature tea pot arrangement.

Even more significant than her love of flowers, Martha counts her Concord Garden Club friendships as priceless. She says, “The opportunity to learn from older women through the years – ones who grew the plants, arranged them and then shared them with others – that is a treasured gift.” Club members share the same feelings towards Martha. Member Anna Evans sums it up best saying, “Martha graciously exemplifies what it means to be part of the Concord Garden Club and we appreciate her years of sacrificial leadership.”

Martha is concerned these skills and arts, along with the kinship built while sharing them, could be lost to the past. As the club celebrates 100 years, Martha looks forward to growing the club membership along with beautiful gardens. She invites anyone, regardless of experience, who has a passion for growing things, to join Concord Garden Club. This ensures the club’s community will thrive for the next 100 years.

A special celebration honoring the club’s 100 year anniversary will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Concord’s R.F. Strickland Building. Members of the public are invited to join the celebration.

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