Portage Lake Garden Club active to summer’s end

Alice Mesaros (center) presents the 2016 Civic Beautification Award to Petunia Parade Committee members, Jewelee Franklin, Nancy Behring, and Marilyn Acker (left) as incoming PLGC president, Margaret Clotuier, and current president, Faye Backie (right) look on. (Courtesy Photo)

Alice Mesaros (center) presents the 2016 Civic Beautification Award to Petunia Parade Committee members, Jewelee Franklin, Nancy Behring, and Marilyn Acker (left) as incoming PLGC president, Margaret Clotuier, and current president, Faye Backie (right) look on. (Courtesy Photo)

ONEKAMA — Beautification, books and the beach are all front and center as the Portage Lake Garden Club’s (PLGC) concludes a very active 2016 summer season.

“The club decided that it was high time we recognized the hard work of the Portage Lake Association’s Petunia Parade Committee this year for our Civic Beautification Award,” said Alice Mesaros, PLGC awards chair. “Year after year, this committee provides leadership for the sixty-plus volunteers who plant and care for the magnificent mass of petunias that grace our main street in the summer time.”

Gardening books were recently added to the PLGC Memorial Collection housed at the Onekama Branch of the Manistee Public Library.

“Whenever one of our members passes away, we commemorate her love of gardening with a book in her honor,” said Nancy Cody, civic memorials chair.

Books added to the collection this year include:

Current PLGC president, Faye Backey, holds a new book being added to the PLGC Memorial Collection at the Onekama Library. (Courtesy Photo)

Current PLGC president, Faye Backey, holds a new book being added to the PLGC Memorial Collection at the Onekama Library. (Courtesy Photo)

  • “How to Plant a Garden,” in honor of Deborah Diggens;
  • “The Wild Garden,” in honor of Ann Whelan;
  • “Botany in a Day,” in honor of Cara Miller; and
  • “Rain Gardens,” in honor of Ruth Heringlake.

All of the books in the extensive collection may be checked out by library patrons who wish to learn more about topics such as gardening, landscaping, and flower arranging.

PLGC volunteers will be gathering at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 at the Langland Park beach on Lake Michigan for the club’s concluding activity of the season — cleaning a section of the shoreline.

“We truly care about all of our local environment and this certainly includes our water,” said Chris Gravlin, beach sweep co-chair. “While we spend plenty of time weeding community gardens throughout the summer, this is our one opportunity to get our hands dirty with sand, rather than dirt.”

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