Fortuna Garden Club goes to work

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Fortuna Garden Club was out in full force this past week grooming the flower beds on Main Street while paying special attention to their Blue Star Memorial By-Way in front of the Veterans Memorial Building.

The FGC has grown to 90 members and is very excited for the upcoming holiday season. Co-presidents Mary Lou Lange and Bev Woods are thrilled to be leading such a great group of members.

"We have had a great response this year and our membership is up," past president and now membership chairwoman Janean Guest said.

Claudia Rogers, past president and current newsletter editor, joined the group of ladies who in the recent heat wave were out on Main Street weeding, deadheading, and watering the memorial.

The Blue Star Memorial is a National Garden Club project to honor our military. The local memorial was put in place by FGC in 1993 with the statement on the plaque, "Honoring the Armed Forces of the United States of America."

For more information about the Blue Star projects you can visit the web at

"We are very grateful for the support from the Main Street businesses that have contributed and help to keep the flower beds going," Lange said. "Diana Mendes started the Main Street flower beds in front of her own business and it has developed into a the beautiful beds we now have supported by those Main Street businesses."

Mark your calendars for the FGC annual Christmas Home Tour and Tea which will take place on Dec. 11 with the theme "Christmas in Candyland." There will be new locations in Scotia for this year's tour.

The FGC is looking for a volunteer who can water the Blue Star Memorial in front of the Fortuna Veterans Building once a week through the warm months. This caring citizen would need to bring their own hose to use on site. In general the span of watering would take place from June to September, but may run a little longer this year due to the warmer days.

For more information about the FGC, to become a member, or to volunteer contact Mary Lou Lange at 725-3446.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Fortuna Garden Club board members work under the bright blue sky to beautify the Blue Star Memorial at the Fortuna Veterans Building.