Member of the Rome Federated Garden Clubs
Community Project 2017-2019
Jennifer Kearns/Paige Swiger Chairwomen

We are  delighted that Seven Hills has been given the federation project this year. After viewing a few garden opportunities in the city, we have decided that the Clock Tower garden needs some attention as it is a most visited historic site in Rome.

 After meeting with master gardeners, Ruth Forrester and Nelly Luthi, we are ready to prepare the weeding and planting this fall.  Mary Hardin Thornton put me in touch with Alice Towe the student who designed and planted the garden under the support of her instructor, Shannen Ferry, Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  As you will recall, Alice received the 2015 GNTC GOAL award for her work, and has shared her experience with this garden around the state.   Alice has represented Rome well in Georgia!

The bones of the garden are strong, the terrace and steps are sturdy and beautifully in place.  It will require some stones to finish the sidewalk border, some pruning of overgrown bushes, addition of native plants, and mulch.  The area has full afternoon southwest sun.  Native and pollinator type plants will thrive and survive under these hot conditions.   Please look at your summer natives and consider potting them for planting at the clock tower garden.  Upon completion, this garden will be noticed immediately by visitors to the southwest parking lot and will be a tribute to the horticulture experience of Rome gardeners and educators.

We are fortunate to  have 15 Berry students who will come on August 26 to start weeding, digging and pruning.  The knockout roses have rosette disease and must be removed.  The invasive butterfly bush needs to have the seed pods removed.  Small trees have come up in the garden.  Invasive vines have to be pulled up.

Seven Hills is in the process of organizing a committee but this project will require involvement from all clubs.  I hope that you can donate your time, plants, money, etc., to make this garden a prize winner once again.  Please email Jennifer Kearns, jlckearns@gmail.com for more information.

See the pictures of the present condition of this Clock Tower garden below.  


2015 - 2017

Thistle Garden Club
Member of the Rome Federated Garden Clubs
Community project 2015-2017
Barbara Ivy/ Nancy Davis Chairmen

The project is the construction of a meditation/serenity garden  located on the lower entrance to Myrtle Hill Cemetery and to the upper right of the Mausoleum.

The garden is a Vision of John Schultz.  The design envisions a thematic approach with ties to our beautiful and interesting city.  Seven berms will represent the seven hills:  Myrtle, Mount Aventine, Old Shorter Hill, Clock Tower, Lumpkin, Blossom and Jackson.  Winding pebbled paths will represent the three rivers:  Oostanaula, Etowah, and the Coosa. 

The city of Rome and John Schultz will provide the hardscapes, benches, plantings, and labor. Other plant materials will be donated by interested parties. Thistle and the member clubs of the Rome Federated Garden Clubs will be responsible for providing the Seven Hills of Rome plaques or sign-age for each berm.  Memorial pavers will be available for sale to the public.






Continuing Projects:

Collection of Pull tabs and crushed soda cans for Ronald McDonald House.

Litter Critter Puppet Show:  Present a Video to teach Conservation and Recycling to Elementary School Children.

  “Ban Plastic Bags” Special Project of Past GCG President Suzanne Wheeler
    Membership Brochures

Blue Star Marker

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women who have served, are serving or will be serving in the armed services of the United States. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.) adopted the program started in New Jersey and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way. Memorial Markers and By-Way Markers are placed at locations such as national cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens. The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, as well as in churches and businesses.
Georgia garden clubs have been especially active in recent years, raising money to erect Blue Star Markers throughout our state to honor our military personnel.


The Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. strongly supports the Blue Star Program.
A listing of clubs, their garden sites and markers location follows:

The Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. located at the Garden Center at 100 E. 8th Street Sponsored by Seven Hills Garden Club.

Camellia Garden Club located at the exit of Heritage Park on Second Avenue

Lavender View Garden Club located at the intersection of Garden Lakes Blvd and Shoreline Drive

Mountain View Garden Club located at Myrtle Hill  in South Rome

Seven Hills Garden Club  located at Sara Hightower Regional Library

Spade and Trowel Garden Club located at the intersection of Second Avenue and Turner McCall Boulevard

Thistle Garden Club located at Rotary Park, 1st Ave. and 6th Ave.

Three Rivers Garden Club located on Jackson Hill at the Rome Visitors Center

Townview Garden Club located at the corner of Broad Street and 5th Ave