Continuing community service projects of the Garden Clubs associated with Thomasville Garden Club, Inc include Garden of the Month; community education programs such as the annual “Food, Food and Flowers” luncheon in November; the annual Camellia Show each February; the ceremonial observation of Arbor Day and designation of Thomasville as a Tree City; Garden Therapy for Southwestern State Hospital patients; the annual Standard Flower Show each March; Litter Control along Broad Street at Paradise Park; Christmas Wreath sales, landscaping projects for the local Habitat for Humanity house and a new Cookbook, whose sales support the ongoing operation of the Garden Center.
Additionally, through our donations to the Garden Club of Georgia, major beautification efforts throughout the state are supported by the Thomasville Clubs, including Wildflower plantings along highways with the Roadside Beautification Fund; the efforts to preserve historic camellias with the LeConte-Woodmanston fund, which is on the American Camellia Society’s East Coast Camellia Trail. This past year 22 historic camellias were located, purchased and planted at the site in Fort Valley. Scholarships for students interested in horticulture or landscape design are awarded scholarships funded by calendar sales from throughout the state of Georgia in conjunction with the Garden Club of Georgia. A record breaking $64,000 was awarded in scholarships to 22 deserving Georgia students for 2012-2013. Garden Therapy funds were distributed to state mental health hospitals, with $12,000 being funded in 2012-2013, and metal tabs collected throughout the state’s garden clubs support the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta.