Roots of friendship sometimes spring up in the most unlikely places.
For one group of women, the Lowellville Garden Club, still blooming in its 84th year, was that place.
“We’ve grown together in friendship and in our plants,” said Patti Reitmann, the club’s president.
Established July 7, 1930, the Lowellville Garden Club hasn’t changed much since its inception.
Its purpose continues to encompass many things: stimulating the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, aiding in the protection of wildlife, encouraging civic planning and fostering beauty in the community, to name only a few.
Neither its colors (orchid and yellow) nor its flower (the forsythia, the first shrub to bloom in the spring) has changed.
And though members have come and gone throughout its history, a tight-knit circle of about 17 remains.
Reitmann, whose mother was “a true gardener” and a longtime club member, explained that 20-some years ago, she was approached by several older Lowellville Garden Club members at the village’s city hall. The club at that time was very close to dissolving, which they couldn’t bear to see happen. So, Reitmann and a handful of others stepped in.
Read the rest of their story in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.