Dozens of members of the Gettysburg Garden Club are working this week in the firehouse on Stratton St. to create swatches, wreaths, and a wide variety of other decorations for their Annual Greens Sale.
Gettysburg Garden Club’s Christmas Greens and Gourmet Gifts Sale opens on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. or sold out.
The work is specialized, and new members are trained by the more experienced. “We have specialists that teach specialists,” said club president Donna Almquist.
The workers were all women on Wednesday morning, but there are also several men who belong to the club, including Adams County Council-member Marty Qually, who helped the group place tarps over the floor before the work began on Monday.
“It’s a marathon week. The members are very ambitious, organized, and skilled,” said club member Patricia Green.
The members collect the greens from local farms and bring them to the firehouse where they are trimmed and formed into the finished products, using fine handiwork and the help of three wreath-making machines.
Proceeds from the sale are used to benefit the club’s activities of decorating the Gettysburg Square and funding its scholarship program.
The club maintains eight planters in the square and plants hundreds of tulip bulbs there every year. They also decorate the firehouse grounds.
Although they are working hard, there is plenty of time for socializing. “I really like the camaraderie,” said group member Maryan Daniels. “It doesn’t take long to feel part of this group.”
The garden club holds weekly meetings at 1:00 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month where they host speakers from around the country.
The club welcomes members who are interested in horticulture, gardening, and community spirit. “We’re looking for a younger demographic,” said Green.