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Dabbling in dahlias? Planting petunias? This East Tenn. club is for you!

Martha Dandridge Garden Club has been growing for over 94 years.
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 4:39 PM EDT
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DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -When you drive along East Main Street in historic downtown Dandridge and notice the Revolutionary War Cemetery, the seasonal landscaping you see there is courtesy a group that’s been tending it for the past 94 years.

The Martha Dandridge Garden Club says they take pride in volunteering plus helping each other out with home gardening projects. “The one thing I love most about gardening is giving my babies away. I call them my children cause I love gardening so much and I love getting plants from friends,” said Donna Suppa, who landscapes in several elevations around her home on Douglas Lake.

Suppa grows several varieties of peonies, tulips and other colorful blooming perennials.

Kathy Marshall is planting tomatoes with her Garden Club friends, plus offering them other herbs that grow year after year in her raised beds.

Marshall says she enjoys the information plus the social side of the club. “You meet other people to get good ideas on how to garden and what’s good in this area to plant and just have a lot of fun times together.”

Board Chair Kathleen Holmes also says the group helped her meet lots of neighbors when she and her husband relocated to the area. “That’s how I got to know so many of the friends I have now and it’s blossomed off into lunch groups and my bunko group and just a ton of friends.”

Vice President Angie Curry says the group has been more active on social media during the pandemic, often sharing information on the group’s private Facebook page in place of in-person meetings. Yet, the public service never stopped. “Still had some activities going on like maintaining the graveyard. We do a few charity projects and this year we’re gonna be able to participate in some festivals in Dandridge outside.”

Curry says you need not be an expert gardener to join, nor do you need to live in Dandridge.

If interested in joining, you can contact khfholmes@gmail.com. Annual membership is $20.

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