Lakewood Garden Club Hosts Author Amy Stewart

The Lakewood Garden Club is thrilled to announce that we will hosting “New York Times” bestselling author Amy Stewart, for a luncheon on Tuesday, May 14th, at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. Ms. Stewart will give a spirited talk on her best-selling book, The Drunken Botanist, an entertaining look at the botanical origins of every delicious cocktail. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with a catered lunch at noon. The presentation will follow. Amy Stewart is a frequent guest on both television and radio and a sought-after speaker. She has authored numerous popular books including “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs,” “Flower Confidential’” and her latest series about the Kopp Sisters, which is based on the first female sheriff in the United States. Her presentations are entertaining, informational, memorable and “spirited"! There will be books for sale at the program, which Amy Stewart will autograph. 

Reserved seats can be purchased beginning today through our board Vice President, Linda Grandstaff, at (216) 226-6645. Reserved seats are $30 each (Check – made out to The Lakewood Garden Club - or cash only,) and include a catered sit-down luncheon and the presentation by Amy Stewart. All seats are reserved at tables of 8. The funds raised at this event will go toward the many beautification efforts and service projects that Lakewood Garden Club sponsors. Those interested in attending this very special afternoon are encouraged to call for tickets as soon as possible, as we are expecting to sell out.

Lakewood Garden Club has a long history of service and contribution to the City of Lakewood. Having just celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2016, we are among the oldest garden clubs in the Cleveland area, with a membership of about 70 active women. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June, with an agenda of programs and field trips that are timely, interesting and valuable. We have a website and publish a monthly newsletter.

Our group has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Lakewood City Schools where for decades we have been a strong supporter of the LHS Horticulture Program. Lakewood Garden Club was instrumental in the creation of the Lakewood High School Outdoor Learning Lab, the wonderful garden area that graces the entrance to the newly renovated building. In addition, we partnered with H2O on their service project to create a pollinator garden at Madison Park two summers ago. Our members provided guidance, plants, and financial resources to help his wonderful garden become a reality. We also visit the elementary schools to help teach children the joys and rewards of gardening through age-appropriate ‘make-and-take’ projects. In addition, we have assisted with the installation of gardens at several schools in both hands-on and financial ways.

The members of Lakewood Garden Club really like to roll up their sleeves and play in the dirt! In addition to our outreach to the schools, we also contribute to the City through the installation and maintenance of several beautification projects and parks. For example, our members lovingly maintain the beautiful Isaac Warren Pocket Park located behind Geiger’s and The Melt, in the center of the City. This lovely, restful spot is an oasis of calm for busy pedestrians walking downtown. In celebration of our 100th year anniversary, members contributed funds, plants and efforts to beautify the Andrews Avenue entrance to Kauffman Park and last summer, our members were again busy working with the City on the newly renovated Cove Park, where plants were selected, purchased and installed by members who also worked diligently to design and prep the newly developed garden area.  

The members of the Lakewood Garden Club are very proud of our long history of contributing time, talent and resources to create beauty in the City. The funds we raise through events such as the Amy Stewart Luncheon will go toward our beautification projects, and monthly meetings. We are a great group of women who have fun while working hard for the City we love.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019