Eastside Garden Club cleans up Doak House’s herb garden | Clubs and organizations


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Members of the Eastside Garden Club gathered on September 4 on the lawn of the University of Tusculum’s Doak House Museum for the annual herb garden clean-up and to replant for spring 2019.

Many of the existing herbs had grown overwhelmingly with the summer heat and rain. It was decided to renew the herbaria and to facilitate future planting and maintenance.

The participating members were: Kathleen Wright, John Cummings, Julia Waddell, Peggy Fox, Caroline Fike and Jeanie Jackson. The “muscular men” and supporters of the group were Woody Fike and Don Jackson.

Dollie Boyd, Director of Tusculum Museums, was commended for her continued support of the Garden Club’s community project.

The floor was mopped with new and matching tools granted to the club by the Ames Company, and the roots and tendrils of uninvited residents were removed from the beds. Two of the four beds were completed after a long battle and a ‘tug of war’.

A few of the evergreen herbs in residence were kept in place, such as bronze fennel, comfrey, and tender young shoots of Rose of Sharon. Weed control cloth and mulch were applied to the finished beds, and plans were made to meet on another date to complete the project.

The members had a brief picnic and recognized Julia Waddell as the hardest worker in the group. A general discussion ensued, highlighting which perennial grasses would be appropriate for the site and could be planted as soon as time permits their continued growth. Herbs proposed for planting will include those indicative of the time of construction of the Doak House.

Special thanks went to those who ventured out on President Jeanie Jackson’s hot day.

Following the restoration of the herb garden, future plans were discussed, including a ceremony dedicating the garden to former member Eileen Musbach, who died in a car crash in December 2017. The ceremony will recognize her as a ardent member and talented club who is missed by all who have appreciated his contribution to flower shows and community events.

Members were reminded of the October meeting, featuring Judy Harrison, member of the Greeneville Herb Society. His subject will be “The search for edible wild plants and herbs”.

Those interested in becoming a member who enjoy all aspects of gardening, floral design, native wildflowers, tree and wildlife preservation, and horticulture should contact Jeanie Jackson at [email protected] for more information. Beginners are also welcome, but warned that gardening is “a most satisfying and addicting hobby.”

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Terri S. Tomasini