In front of a jam-packed audience at the Marietta Educational Garden Center on February 13, 2020, Dr. Allan Armitage talked about plants through stories. He started by engaging children through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk (canavalia beans), and ended on how carrots were believed to help your vision. Armitage related his messages and appreciation of plants in ways that make you remember!
Worthy of special note was the story of how the poppy became the symbol of remembrance for those who died in battle. Thanks to Georgia native, Professor Moina Michael (1869 – 1944), who spearheaded a movement that has endured for more than a century. She was inspired by the poem, “In Flanders Field the Poppies Blow”, written by Col. John McRae. Armitage has captured stories through his many books and continues to inspire gardeners everywhere.
It was a privilege to host author, professor, lecturer, researcher and award-winning horticulturalist Dr. Armitage. Although we typically do not advertise, I will suggest his App: Armitage’s Great Garden Plants. It gives you the names and pictures of plants from A-Z for sun, shade and more. I found it well-worth the $4.99 one-time fee.
Speaking of money, Past President Mikel Vann gave a heart-felt call to aid the Marietta Educational Garden Center. Putting it bluntly, “brides prefer to get married in warehouses” these days. She informed the audience that rental revenue for this exceptional and traditional facility has dropped. In a plea for help: if you, your garden club, service organization or friends want to make a donation, please do so by following the link: http://mariettagardencenter.com/endowments/. The site will take debit, credit, or paypal. Checks can be written to Marietta Educational Garden Center or MEGC and sent to MEGC, 505 Kennesaw Avenue, Marietta, GA 30060. The administrator will send out letters confirming the donation for tax purposes.