Mums & Poppies seek help with library project

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Beverly Lane Lorenz, For Carolina Gateway

The Sun City Carolina Lakes Mums & Poppies Garden Keepers are in full bloom this year.

The good news is they want to include you in their expansive library landscape project.

First, let’s take a look at the history of their library projects.

In 2011, the club held a plant sale and raised $600.

After much research, discussion and investigation, “we decided to ‘adopt’ the library and work to enhance the grounds,” said Carol Williams, club president.

Once approval was given by the proper county sources, the club began its work by enriching the ground and planting flowers on each side of the library sign. Most of the proceeds from the plant sale bought plants, a drip system and soil amendments for the library sign area. The club maintains the area with work parties on a regular basis throughout the year.

But this was just the beginning of its dedicated effort. By 2012, the club decided to sponsor a second, larger library project.

“This will entail putting in paths, trees and shrubbery in the grassy area in front of the library entrance,” Williams said.

The Lancaster County Library Board approved the club’s plan.

With the plan approved, the club put the project out for bid. Landscaping contractor The Loving Group came in with the lowest bid and a fundraising goal of $6,246.99 was established. Members then planned fundraising events to earn the money to reach their goal.  

The club decided on three fundraisers. The first was a booth at the Sun City Carolina Lakes community yard sale, where members donated and sold personal items.

Then, in June, the club held its fourth annual Garden Walk. This year, the club asked for donations, which were collected in a watering can. All proceeds went to the new library landscape project. A scaled drawing of the landscaping project was unveiled for viewing at the walk.

After the Garden Walk, the Mums & Poppies were contacted by friends of Sun City resident Barbara Miller, who wanted to honor her recently deceased husband, Don Crumpacker, by providing a high-quality bench for the landscaping project.

Meanwhile, garden club members were being tutored in how to take nature photos by Sun City Photography Club President Greg Douglas and Tom Chriske.

Mums & Poppies club members then entered their photos in a contest for nature photos to be featured in greeting cards.

Williams said 19 club members entered 52 photos. The judges chose 18 winning photos that will be used to make three different collections of note cards to be packaged and sold for $10 each.

Club members will be selling the cards at a booth at the weekly farmer’s market in Sun City each Wednesday morning, beginning today, Aug. 22.

The club will solicit donations from nearby businesses.

If you want to be part of this community project, donations are also being taken at the Lake House on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and at the Del Webb Indian Land Library on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional dates can be found at the landscaping display poster in the library.

“I got into this project because Master Gardeners are supposed to ‘give back’ to their community,” Williams said.

The Del Webb Library is a tremendous asset to the Indian Land community. It offers many opportunities to not only give back, but to participate as well. Plan to stop by the library soon and make a donation to this worthy cause.

This is your community and opportunity to “bloom,” along with the Mums & Poppies.