The Durham Council of Garden Clubs was founded in 1929 in federation with the National Garden Club and The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
The Council served more than eight decades as the umbrella group for garden clubs and junior garden clubs in Durham, NC. Today, Durham Garden Clubs continue the same mission of philanthropic projects of preservation, conservation, education and beautification under District 9 of the Garden Clubs of NC.
Monday, March 12, 2012
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
Irish legends tell us that when St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, he used the shamrock—the three-leaf clover—to teach the island dwellers about
the Holy Trinity, the divine Three-In-One.
Long before St. Patrick, however,
the herb was used by the ancient Celts as part of their fertility ritual. The
three leaves represented the triple goddess (maiden, mother, crone), and the
ashes of burned plants were broadcast over the fields to promote growth.
During the Irish Rebellion in 1798
the shamrock took on still another meaning as a symbol of defiance. Anyone
caught "wearing the green" could be condemned to death
as a traitor. Today, the shamrock is recognized around the world as a symbol of
Ireland, especially on St. Patrick's Day, when everybody is Irish!
In The Herbal or General History
of Plants (1597), John Gerard describes several important medicinal uses of
the three-leaf clover, which he called trefoil. "The
leaves boiled with a little barrowes grease [the fat of a neutered male pig],
and used as a poultice, take away hot swellings and inflammations." To
treat the eyes: "Trefoile (especially that with the black halfe Moon upon
the leafe) stamped [pounded] with a little honie, takes away the pin and web in
the eies [film], ceaseth the paine and inflammation thereof..."
In The English Physician
(1652), the astrological herbalist Nicholas Culpeper says that the plant is ruled by
Mercury, and adds: "Country people do also in many places drink the juice
thereof against the biting of an adder; and having boiled the herb in water,
they first wash the place with the decoction, and then lay some of the herb
also to the hurt place."
The word "shamrock" is
derived from the Gaelic word seamrog, "summer plant."
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours
That stay with you all the year long.