By Adele Lyons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adele Lyons, Director of Development and Communication
OCEAN SPRINGS GARDEN CLUB TO LANDSCAPE HABITAT HOME
GULFPORT, MS, (March 30, 2012) – The Ocean Springs Garden Club has been patiently waiting for spring to arrive so they could get to work. The club’s current job is to landscape a home recently constructed by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) at 2112 on Parsley Street in Pascagoula. Now that Spring is here and the homeowner is about to complete the closing and purchase process on her home, the members of the Ocean Springs Garden Club can get to work.
Planting day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 from 8 am till the work is completed at approximately 12 pm. The partnership between Habitat and the Ocean Springs Garden Club began back in July 2011 when two members, Margaret Noblitt and Nancy Dorroh called Habitat to inquire about getting involved. “While Habitat provides landscaping at each of our new homes, it is great to have a community partner step up and want to take on the project,” said Greg Graves, Senior Construction Manager with HFHMGC.
The Ocean Springs Garden Club was formed in 1963 and currently has 85 members. Five of these members are Master Gardeners. The mission of the Ocean Springs Garden Club is to enjoy, enhance, and preserve the unique, God-given natural beauty of the community and to encourage gardening at home and through the city. In 2012, the club partnered with the Ocean Springs YMCA and developed a day lily bed at the Government Street location. Other projects include creating a therapy garden at the Ocean Springs Nursing Center, maintaining the herb garden and flower gardens at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education. The Ocean Springs Garden Club also maintains the beautiful potted plants at the intersections around downtown Ocean Springs. “The Ocean Springs Garden Club has really been looking forward to completing this landscaping project for Habitat,” said Nancy Dorroh, President of the Ocean Springs Garden Club. “We love the idea of having a new homeowner enjoying new flowers and plants in their yard and knowing we made that happen.”
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 480 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.