Garden of the Month Club promotes work of Milford Garden Club

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Milford Garden Club chose the gardens of the Goodman family as the June Garden of the Month

The Milford Garden Club wants to promote gardening throughout the city of Milford. One of the projects used to encourage people to beautify their yards with gardens is through the Garden of the Month recognition.

“This is a great way to recognize people in the community who have spent considerable time and energy on their gardens,” Linda Peters of the Milford Garden Club said. “We are looking to inspire others to enhance their property with beautiful gardens and habitats.”

The Milford Garden Club was established in 1966 and became a member of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs Inc. in 1983. The group not only focuses on gardening but also preservation of habitats. This includes encouraging the planting of flowers that attract pollinators or those that are the natural habitat for other creatures. One recent article shared on their social media, for example, pointed out how urbanization, habitat loss and climate change were having a negative impact on a rare firefly, the Bethany firefly, that has been found in only seven locations along the shoreline.

According to Peters, the club hopes that recognizing outstanding gardens in Milford will not only encourage others to plant beautiful gardens but to learn how flowers and other plants help preserve the environment.

“Any garden in the Milford area is eligible for recognition,” Peters said. “The homeowner whose garden is selected will get recognition for their efforts and, of course, bragging rights. We place a sign on the property for a month. We are looking into publicizing the winners and are currently asking people to share when a friend, family member or neighbor is recognized.”

The winner of the June Garden of the Month were Jim and Corrinne Goodman. According to social media posts, the Goodman’s moved to Sussex County 21 years ago from New Castle. Their home has several garden areas including two welcoming gardens which flank the driveway.

“Their love of plants and their skill at creating beautiful, colorful garden areas is most evident as you ride by their property,” the post reads. “Their welcoming driveway gardens are comprised of a wide variety of beautiful plants including vinca, knockout roses, several types of hosta, pansies, cocks comb, two types of azaleas, blue ice rosemary, clump liriope, Sweet William, petunias, balloon flowers, mums, mountain pinks and iris. These gardens certainly reflect their love of plants and their dedication to maintaining their beautiful property.”

Recommendations for beautiful gardens can be submitted to the Milford Garden Club through email at [email protected].  Anyone interested in joining the Milford Garden Club can email the same address and they will get back to them. The organization has a brochure they mail out that outline the activities of the club.

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