by Terry Rogers
The Milford Garden Club spent the morning of November 5 at the Delaware Veteran’s Home, planting pansies in containers that line the porch where veterans sit to get fresh air. In addition, the group planted vegetables in large boxes at the end of the porch that veterans are permitted to use for their own consumption.
“We have been doing this I think since the veterans home has been in Milford,” Barb Derue said. “It is just a way to give back to the veterans and thank them for what they have done for us.”
Margie Huntzinger explained that the group plants flowers and vegetables in the spring and fall each year at the home.
“We ask the veterans what color flowers they wanted for fall,” Huntzinger said. “They chose yellow because they can see them better. Other colors tend to blend in more. So, we are here with lots of yellow pansies to plant for them.”
While Donna McCarthy, Huntzinger and Derue were pulling dead leaves and plants from the pots, Linda Peters was sorting through packets of seeds to find those that were hearty enough for the winter months. She had a clove of garlic she planned to plant along with seeds for lettuce and peas, planning to plant them in large raised boxes at the end of the porch.
“Our veterans love sitting on the porch,” Cindy Schaap, Volunteer Coordinator, said. “The flowers add a beautiful touch to the front of the building, and they enjoy looking at them as they relax outside, getting some fresh air. We cannot use the vegetables in our kitchen, but the veterans are able to use them for their personal diet. Some of the people here were farmers and they enjoy tending to the vegetables as well as enjoying the fresh vegetables when they are able to be picked.”
In addition to the plantings at the Delaware Veterans Home, the Milford Garden Club is creating period decorations for the Parson Thorne Mansion that they plan to place on November 24.
The Milford Garden Club is a non-profit organization that began 55 years ago. They host flower shows, create various horticulture projects in the community, decorate a Christmas tree at the Milford Library and raise funds for scholarships. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Milford Parks and Recreation Building at 207 Franklin Street in Milford. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings where they group presents garden-related programs.