Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 7, 2013

Ready, set, bloom!

Natalie Fultz

THOMASVILLE — With the 2013 Camellia Show just 24 hours or so away, members of Briarcliff, Killarney Queen and Rambler Rose, the three garden clubs that make up Thomasville Garden Club  Inc. have been taking event preparation to a new level.

For the past several weeks, a volunteer has spent about an hour every day watering the Camellia bushes at the Garden Center.

“Our camellias are facing two sources of stress: One, the stress of recent landscape renovations, and, two, the stress of the drought our area is experiencing,” Ann McKinnon, Garden Center chairman said. “We are trying to save all of the original camellias on the property, especially the camellias of Thomasville.”

Jane Delarber, co-chairman of the Camellia Show, added, “We’ve been anxiously watching the status of  the landscape renovation, but I’m happy to report great progress of the first phase of the garden center’s exciting Capital Campaign. This campaign, ‘Restoring Our Heritage,’ will in the long-run enhance the grounds at the center providing organized garden and walkway areas, safer parking and a refreshed interior.” 

An initial $30,000 pledge from the Parker Poe Charitable Trust has launched the efforts.

See Friday's edition for more details.