The Edgecliff Village Garden Club wants to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening through education, fellowship and fun! The Garden Club meets on the second Friday of every month (September through May) at 9:30 AM in the Edgecliff Village Community Center. Garden Club meetings always begin with refreshments, followed by an informative program and a brief business meeting, usually concluding by 11:30 AM.
The Garden Club sponsors a number of activities during the year: the Cake Walk at the annual Halloween Festival, a Spring pilgrimage to a local garden or exhibit, a Christmas luncheon and a Spring Installation luncheon. Annual dues are $15.00. and membership is open to residents of Edgecliff Village and surrounding communities. Visitors are always welcome - whether you are a novice or Master Gardener. Come join us and help us keep Edgecliff Village Beautiful!
Edgecliff Garden Club Officers,
President.................................... Wanda Hill
1st VP, Membership/Yearbook......... Carolyn V. Hill
2nd VP, Programs........................ Cathy Dobbs
3rd VP, Flowercade...................... Dorothy Watson
4th VP, Horticulture.......................... Mary Matl
5th VP, Ways & Means....................... Frances Flinn
Secretary......................... Sheri Joblin
Treasurer.................... Ronald Hand
Parliamentarian.................. Norma Anderson
Blue Star Memorial
The Texas sky was a beautiful clear blue and filled with sunshine on November 12, 2012 as the Edgecliff Village Garden Club gathered with guests and community members to proudly unveil and dedicate our Blue Star Memorial Marker. The date was chosen to coincide with Veteran's Day. The joyful and patriotic event culminated after a process of fundraising by our club to purchase the marker. The member's money raising projects included a garage sale, spaghetti supper and a cake walk at our village's Halloween Carnival. Our volunteer Park and Recreation Board with garden club members planned and oversaw the installation of a large memorial garden that includes drip irrigation. The new garden's Knock Out roses and red yuccas surround and beautify the Blue Starr Memorial Marker site in our Edgecliff Village Bird Sanctuary Park.
The ceremony began with garden club President Sheri Joblin welcoming those in attendance followed by presentation of colors by a United States Marine Corp Color Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance led by a veteran. The event continued with the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and the invocation and introduction of guests and officials. Mary Matl, Blue Star Memorial Chair, gave the history of the marker and led the moving military tribute that called members of each military branch forward while their service branch's anthem was played. The servicemen and women were applauded and presented flags. President Joplin read the dedication after Mayor Tony Dauphinot accepted the marker for our village and thanked and congratulated club members for their generous gift. A large floral wreath was placed at the base of the marker by a veteran followed by benediction, singing of "God Bless America" and the playing of "Taps" by a volunteer from Buglers across America. The event concluded with the firing salute of two Civil War Mountain Howitzer cannons loaned by Ms. Joblin. Guests then adjourned to a reception at city hall funded by our village and hosted by club members.
Our club members are grateful to Gayle Wilson, Texas Garden Club Blue Star Memorial Chair, for attending our event and her leadership on this worthy project. Our garden club has been affiliated with National Garden Clubs and Texas Garden Club for 58 years. Our Edgecliff Village Garden Club members take great pride in our Blue Star Memorial Marker that serves as our loving and lasting legacy in Edgecliff Village.
Submitted by Mary Matl, Edgecliff Village Garden Club's Blue Star Memorial Chair
History of the Marker
The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program of the National Garden Clubs began in 1945 to honor the men and women serving in the Armed Forces during World War 2. The name was chosen for the star on the flags displayed in homes and businesses donating a family member serving in the war. Garden Clubs envisioned a ribbon of memorials and beautiful plantings traversing every state to honor our armed forces and to beautify our great country. The Blue Star Memorial program has in fact grown to extend thousands of miles across the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii. The blue star memorial marker honors and glorifies all men and women who have served, are serving or will serve in the Armed forces of the United States. Markers continue to be dedicated each year on highways, veteran's facilities, national cemeteries, park, civic and historic sites.