Monday, January 14, 2013
The Flowertown Garden Club is celebrating 60 years of helping to keep Summerville beautiful.
The club is also doing its part to help ring in another special milestone anniversary, Queen Elizabeth II of England’s Diamond Jubilee Anniversary, which marks her 60th year as the reigning monarch of England.
The club recently designed several flower arrangements to be included in a book of flower arrangements, which will be presented to the Queen possibly as early as mid-December, according to Flowertown Garden Club President Vicki Burtt.
The Flowertown Garden Club’s participation was all part of a friendly challenge issued by Burtt’s sister, who lives in England and is a member of the flower committee for the chapel in Dulwich, England, Burtt said. As it turned out, Burtt’s sister’s organization was working on some flower arrangements for the Diamond Jubilee; the fact that FGC was celebrating its 60th anniversary soon came up in conversation.
“She suggested a challenge, to have the Flowertown Garden Club do some special arrangements and have an unofficial judging done by members of both clubs,” Burtt said.
“In the meantime, the committee was looking at putting together a book and they decided, since it was a friendly challenge and it was our 60th anniversary, to include us.”
The Flowertown Garden Club did a special program featuring these Diamond Jubilee arrangements for its June social; five of those arrangements were ultimately chosen for inclusion in the book, Burtt said.
Burtt said the book would be sent to Buckingham Palace to be presented to the queen, although probably not by anyone in either club.
“I don’t think one gets to personally present something like that to the queen – she receives so many – but the book will be sent to the palace and formally presented to her,” Burtt said. “I think the queen is very conscientious about looking at such items people send her. She does take a lot of time and trouble to acknowledge these things, which I am sure is part of the reason why she has always been so popular.”
According to the official Diamond Jubilee website, Queen Elizabeth II is one of five British monarchs who have reigned for 50 years or more, and she is the second longest serving monarch and the oldest to reach the 60th Diamond Jubilee year in her reign. During her reign, she has conferred more than 404,500 honors and awards and 601 investitures. She is currently patron of over 600 charities and organizations, over 400 of which she has held since 1952.
She has answered around three and a half million items of correspondence, sent more than 175,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and the Commonwealth and sent almost 540,000 telegrams to couples in the UK and the Commonwealth celebrating their diamond wedding anniversaries. In addition, the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh have sent approximately 45,000 Christmas cards during her reign.