Garden Club celebrates ‘Fifty years and still growing’

DSC_0416MILFORD — While Milford continues to undergo changes as Bayhealth Medical Center expands and officials work on the Rivertown Rebirth Plan, one group has remained steady for 50 years.

The Milford Garden Club celebrated “fifty years and still growing” Wednesday afternoon at its annual flower show.

“This is big for us,” member Susan Newark said. “Fifty years is really something to be proud of.”

The club of 60 members had more than 130 entries into its show this year, twice what’s needed to hold a show of its kind, according to Ms. Newark.

“To host a small flower show, you have to have at least as many entries as there are members in your club. So we needed 60,” she said. “To get 130…. Well we were impressed.”

Violet Marvel has been an active member of the Milford Garden Club since 1970, just one year after the club began in 1969.

“The club has become larger for one thing. We were able to take over more things because we had more members and money, too,” she said.

Ms. Marvel said the club has a good social atmosphere with its active members often filling their meeting space.

 Cindy Mullarkey stands with her presentation created for the annual flower show which won the President’s Award. The Milford Garden Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Cindy Mullarkey stands with her presentation created for the annual flower show which won the President’s Award. The Milford Garden Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Ms. Newark said that she, too, is glad to see the club still thriving.

“We were nervous for the show because the weather was not conducive to flowers,” she said.

“But the turnout has been wonderful.”

Like many members, she grew up around gardening.

“We went to my grandparents’ a lot. And it wasn’t until I was about 20-years- old that I realized they were free daycare,” she joked.

“But they always had flowers. And so have I. I’ve done this my whole life.”

To this day, members of the Milford Garden Club help maintain gardens at the Milford Senior Center, Riverfront Theatre and Marvel Square next to the Parks and Recreations Department to name a couple of places around Milford.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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