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Huntington Garden Club gets approval for landscape project

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County Commissioners unanimously gave approval to the Huntington Garden Club's landscaping plan for an area in front of the courthouse.

The club's proposal wasn't on the agenda, but two members of the group presented the plan during the public comment section. It was well received, prompting Commissioner Bob Bailey to make a motion to allow the project to proceed. It was seconded and then approved.

The area to be landscaped is to the right of the front stairs of the courthouse on the 4th Avenue side. The sketch provided includes a variety of colorful flowers that each bloom during different seasons of the year. It would include pansies, begonias, bleeding hearts, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and lenten roses.

They'll also create a permanent place for the Blue Star Memorial that is currently on the 5th Avenue side of the courthouse. It is moved periodically to allow for mowing, County Manager Chris Tatum said.

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women and began with the planting of 8,000 dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II.

In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial highway marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.

The program was expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the United States.

The club expects the landscaping project to cost about $400, though they hope community members will donate to the project so that additional expenses, such as fertilizer and peat moss, will be covered. In addition, if enough money comes in, larger plants could be purchased.

For more information or to find out how to donate to the program, contact Kay Ransbottom at 740-867-8587 or June Ashworth at 304-523-5185.

The Huntington Garden Club meets on the second Monday of the month in members' homes.

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