|Hope Valley Garden Club members with their sponsored |
beehive in 2015. Photo by Bee Downtown.
|One of the first honey jars harvested |
from the HVGC Hive.
In 2014, HVGC sponsored a beehive with Durham's Bee Downtown organization (beedowntown.org). This fall the garden club's hive was harvested and able to produce 51 jars of honey--just the perfect bounty for the club's 50 members.
When the club purchased the hive, they named the queen bee "Doreen" after Doreen Yarbrough, the oldest member. Yarbrough died in 2016 at the age of 99. She was active in the garden club until the very end, according to HVGC President Jean Bethea.
HVGC is also looking forward to a 2017 spring bloom in its neighborhood Memory Garden. Doreen Yarbrough was also a big supporter of the HVGC Memory Garden, Bethea said.
The Memory Garden, located at the corner of Dover and Surrey Roads in Hope Valley, is a living memorial for departed garden club members. The Club financed the installation of two stone walls around the perimeter of the garden that were installed last summer along with a water meter. This fall HVGC members held a service day for cleaning up and planting bulbs and pansies in the garden. This spring marks the first the garden's enhancements will be on display together.
Hope Valley Garden Club members plant bulbs and pansies at it Memory Garden during a fall service day. Photos by the Hope Valley Garden Club.