Shelburne County club revitalizing Alma Chetwynd Garden

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By Amy Woolvett

Flowers, shrubs and trees have been carefully chosen, purchased, laid out and planted.  Benches have also been strategically placed as the Alma Chetwynd Garden comes to bloom.

Through the efforts of the Shelburne County Garden Club, the garden has undergone a renewal for the enjoyment of anyone who wants to visit and enjoy.

The garden club has been growing strong since 1946 when it was started by several local families.

The club, throughout the years, has been responsible for the beautification of the area with the planting of hundreds of trees, shrubs and flowers.

They were the first in the province to hold Open Garden Tours and to open up their gardens for people to walk through and enjoy.

In 1999 they were able to host the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs annual convention.

“What a success that was,” said member Evelyn (Dodo) Goodwin.

A sign on the Alma Chetwynd Garden reads, “The beautification of this area was Alma’s dream.  Together with the Shelburne County Garden Club she made it a reality.  To be enjoyed by all who visit.”

Chetwynd first joined the garden club in 1968 until 1994.

“Alma inspired many of us to become gardeners and to appreciate the glory of flowers and how each season has its own special beauty in the garden,” said Goodwin in a speech at the dedication of the Alma Chetwynd Garden.

The garden was dubbed the Triangle Garden by Chetwynd but was renamed in recognition of her dedication.

“This ‘triangle garden’ was Alma’s brainchild 20 years ago and like giving birth to a child there were labour pains,” said Goodwin.

When she left the Shelburne area she asked that the garden be taken care of and seeing as it has flourished and grown the garden club continues to keep that promise…to be enjoyed by all who visit.

Organizations: Shelburne County Garden Club, Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs

Geographic location: Shelburne County

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