Trees planted by volunteers in Elroy, destroyed

by Carla Von Haden

The Hill and Dale Garden Club of Elroy has beautified the Elroy community for 48 years. Club members have created gardens on the City Triangle, at the Museum and Post Office. After the gardens are designed and planted, the Club members work throughout the summer to weed and maintain the gardens. Members have assisted with the annual planting of flowers along Main Street, and decorated the garden near the Museum for fall and Christmas holidays.

Each year the Club sponsors a Plant Sale, which will be held this year on May 19th at 1504 Academy St., Elroy. For several years, the club has sponsored a Garden Walk to give area residents a chance to view others’ gardens and gain ideas for their own gardens. The Garden Club sponsors magazines at the Elroy Public Library, ribbons for the Elroy Fair, and the “Lawn of the Month” recognition. Projects from past years include planting and maintaining flower gardens at various businesses and planting trees to honor deceased members.

During all of these projects, the focus has been on beautification of the Elroy community. As Club members, we are grateful for the community support and appreciation that we have received. If you know Garden Club members, please let them know of your appreciation for the time and effort they put into beautifying our city.

Club members assist with the Royall School Garden through their participation at the after-school and summer school classes, plus presentations during the Health Fair.

Recently when Club members showed up for an afternoon of cleaning up the gardens, we were saddened to see the destruction that had been caused to some of the evergreen trees near the Elroy Museum. How very sad that a few people are destroying what Club members work so hard to do for Elroy. Two of the trees will need to be removed because the damage was so extensive. It is hoped that the other trees will be able to recuperate from the chopping that was done.

A reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information about this senseless chopping, climbing or hacking that was done to the trees. Please contact the Elroy Police Department (462-2424) if you have any information about the damage.