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Somerset Garden Club
Our Meetings
We meet from September through April in accordance with the fiscal year as stated by the Georgia State Federation of Garden Clubs. We meet on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 PM.. We usually meet in our members homes. Usually we have our featured program, followed by a business meeting. We always have delicious food for refreshments after we have concluded the formal part of our meetings.

At our meetings we have many different programs. Sometimes we invite a speaker who is knowledgeable in a particular gardening topic. We also have hands on workshops in which each member makes an object. For example, last October the garden club provided all the materials so each member could make a large wreath suitable for decorating a front door. The year before we made dish gardens. Traditionally for the November meeting, each member brings an item, or items, valued at at least $10.00 to be sold by auction at the meeting. The items run the gamut: they can be homemade food, a topiary, a plate with a gardening motif, unusual clothing, etc. We look forward to seeing what inventive objects members find to contribute to the auction. In December we have a party to celebrate the season. In March we visit a restaurant and install our new officers for the coming year. During the Spring for our April meeting if we can locate a "garden tour quality" garden, we have visited a distinctive nearby garden. In May we hold our End-of-Year Party which our spouses attend with us.

Our Purpose
As stated in our Constitution and By-laws, "The object of the Somerset Garden Club is to promote friendship through a mutual desire for knowledge and love of gardening, flower arrangement, and home decorating, as well as learning to provide aid and shelter to native trees, shrubs and wildlife; to encourage civic planning and planting wthin this sub-division as well as the community as a whole."

We continue to enrich our neighborhood by having gardening programs and speakers who encourage us as we grow and change in our gardening needs and desires. In 2002, the Somerset Garden Club reintroduced the Yard of the Month Award for the neighborhood. This award is given to the Somerset residence whose yard and home exemplifies a certain standard of home and yard maintenance.

Somerset Yard Of The Month

The Yard of the Month Award is given from April through October, during prime growing season. The following criteria are used in determining what home receives the award:
  1. The grass must look as if it is cut regularly. The type of grass intending to be grown must be obvious. (This means weeds must be at a minimum.)
  2. All bushes and trees must appear to be trimmed regularly.
  3. The yard must be edged regularly.
  4. The gutters on the house appear to be free of debris. (This means there are no visible tree seedlings growing in the gutters.)
  5. The home itself appears to be in good repair. (This means that the house does not look like it needs to be painted or reroofed, or to have siding replaced.)

Our Projects

The Somerset Garden Club participates in the Keep Cobb Beautiful Program, which is part of the national Keep America Beautiful Program, by being part of the Adopt-a-Mile Clean-ups that are held quarterly throughout Cobb County. The garden club removes litter from the roadsides and curbs on Terrell Mill Road going north from the intersection at Terrell Mill Park past the subdivision entrance at Lower Roswell and Terrell Mill, continuing on Lower Roswell Road until just east of Sentinel Lakes Subdivision. Currently Arlene Shaeffer chairs this committee.The garden club also participates in the Garden Therapy Program of Garden Club of Georgia. We support the Garden Therapy Program conducted at the North Georgia Regional Hospital in Rome, Ga. by contributing small, decorated pin-onChristmas stockings and by furnishing under- wear for the group of retarded people served by the hospital in the garden therapy program.

Garden Club Membership
Our organization is open to everyone in Somerset who wishes to join. We currently have 19 members, all ladies. We have never had a gentleman member, but at times we have recruited our husbands to help us to complete projects. Several of our spouses have been unofficially declared "honorary members." Dues are $15.00 per year. We welcome anyone who would like to attend a meeting as a guest or visitor. Please contact the current Co-Presidents, Sharon Pace and Catherine Harvil for information.

Our History
The Somerset Garden Club is the oldest organization within our neighborhood. Over our long history of more than 30 years, we have encouraged the gardening efforts by our neighbors by selling various plants, trees, bulbs, etc. in our early years, to beautify the neighborhood, many of which are blooming today. We organized various holiday celebrations over the years before there was a homeowner's organization which included Fourth of July parades, Lighting of the Way at Christmas, entrance decorations at Christmas, and the like.Our members helped to produce the original telephone directories prior to the establishment of the homeowner's association. Our club maintained the landscaping at the entrances and on the islands in cul-de-sacs until the homeowner's association was able to assume their maintenance. Prior to the formation of a homeowner's association, our club members circulated petitions related to zoning concerns and we also represented our subdivision as speakers during Cobb County Commission Meetings and as audience members during court hearings related to these zoning matters. The Somerset Garden Club is a member in good standing of the Garden Club of Georgia and has contributed to state garden club projects from our inception.

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