Trowelers Garden Club sets example for city
Members of the Trowelers Garden Club of Decatur are an example of how a small group of private citizens can make a difference.
While Decatur still has a way to go to become the state's prettiest city, the 30-member club's handiwork is evident.
Decatur Cemetery entrances wouldn't be as appealing if members hadn't decades ago wanted to improve the appearance there.
Their touch is seen at Old State Bank, in restoring Delano Park and now in helping remake the long-neglected Second Avenue Southeast pocket park.
The club's tradition of helping make a difference in the city's appearance started in 1949. Those charter members continue to be appreciated for what they started just as those in the club today work at enriching that legacy.
Too many people see government as having a monopoly on cleaning up and beautification. But the Trowelers, and other groups, see these goals as a partnership.
Garden clubs sometimes are the butt of jokes when winning a blue ribbon for an African violet consumes members' efforts. But when people look outside themselves and to how they can help their community, good things happen.
We salute Trowelers, and thank them for the gifts of beauty and pleasure they give.