Grand Opening of Children’s Interactive Garden


South Schuylkill Garden Club gift to the Orwigsburg Community is ready to be opened to the public. What is that gift you say? It is the Walborn Community Playground Children’s Interactive Garden. The grand opening will be celebrated with a special afternoon of fun activities for children and adults in celebration of the Children’s Garden. Opening is planned for Sunday, June 9. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the afternoon’s fun starting at 1 and running till 3 p.m. The public is invited to help celebrate the grand opening of the Children’s Interactive Garden.

How did this garden evolve? Through a lot of back breaking work on the part of a few active members of the South Schuylkill Garden Club. Under the direction of Jane Kruse, members established a garden where clumps grass once grew in heavy, clay soil. Workers for the Orwigsburg Borough lent a hand in developing the hardscape of the garden. The Borough’s help was greatly appreciated as the club members dug holes for hardscape and leveled out the soil for planting. The project was generously funded by the Fred V Knecht Memorial Fund, South Schuylkill Garden Club, National Garden Clubs and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

Why in Orwigsburg? The Walburn Community Playground was an area identified as needing beautification. The Knecht Family, as a major sponsor of this project, is from the Orwigsburg area. It was Mrs.

Eleanor “Dolly” Knecht, mother of the William Knecht Family whose involvement with the South Schuylkill Garden Club back in the early days was one of her cherished endeavors. “Dolly” Knecht love of flowers and the good done for the beatification of our area through the South Schuylkill Garden Club and continues to do in the various communities is a valuable part of the collective humanity and something that Eleanor “Dolly” Knecht wanted to see continue. In addition to the vision that Dolly Knecht had for the beatification of our area which stems from the mission of Garden Clubs of America is to bring an awareness of gardening and plants to our youth. Dolly felt that our youth involvement in the environment needed to start at a very young age for a sustainable future.

An open invitation to all to help celebrate the opening of the Walburn Community Playground Children’s Interactive Garden on Sunday afternoon June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. A fun Day to be had by all.

 (Information from Kim Morgan)

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