Crown Point Winter is nearing, but the Carillon Garden Club is already thinking spring.
Club members recently planted 200 daffodil bulbs at the Blue Star Memorial Garden near the Crown Point Bridge.
Carillon Garden Club members Judy Walker, Jackie Viestenz, Joyce Cooper and Betty Rettig completed the project. The Blue Star Memorial Garden has been refurbished to include seasonal plantings for spring, summer and fall.
“The Blue Star Memorial Highway marker and garden near the New York information building at the Crown Point Bridge has been undergoing a facelift over the past few months,” said Betty Rettig, garden club president. “Originally erected and landscaped in the late 1980s by the Elizabethtown/Westport and the Carillon garden clubs, the garden became overgrown obscuring the special sign.”
The sign, designating the roadway as a Blue Star Memorial Highway, is “a tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America.” It is sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State in cooperation with District IV and the National Council of State Garden Clubs.
“The idea of Blue Star Memorial Highway markers and By-Way plaques throughout the United States was first conceived after World War II to honor veterans,” Rettig said. “Later, the concept was changed to honor all members of the armed services, past, present and future. The National Garden Club, Inc., formerly known as the National Council of State Garden Clubs, began their campaign after an inspiration from a State of New Jersey garden club. It was felt that beautification gardens and signs was a fitting living memorial to the men and women who have fought or are now serving in the defense of the United States of America.”
Rettig said the Crown Point project has importance for the Ticonderoga-based garden club.
“The Blue Star Memorial Highway marker and garden near the Crown Point Bridge is a very special and fitting place since our country was first established in part because of the efforts of the men and women who lived, fought and defended this area,” she said.
“Members of the Carillon Garden Club of Ticonderoga with funding from District IV and the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State have been very pleased to be able to refurbish this important garden,” Rettig said. “Jackie Viestenz, chairperson of the project, has done an excellent job designing and maintaining the garden along with Joyce Cooper, Judy Walker and myself. A variety of landscaping specimens will provide color and interest throughout the year.”
A dedication ceremony will be scheduled in the spring. Anyone who would like to participate is asked to call Rettig at 585-7247.