Club Corner: Get to know the Tryon Garden Club

Published 6:12 pm Friday, November 9, 2018

Information provided by Donna Southworth, membership co-chairperson and past president:

Name of organization: The Tryon Garden Club Inc.

Years of operation: The Tryon Garden Club was organized in 1928. It has been in operation for 90 years.

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Current membership: The current membership number is 66 regular members, plus four honorary members and two employees.

How to join: Anyone can express interest by replying to the email address or contacting another member. A membership application will be emailed along with information about the club.

What is the primary mission of your organization?

The mission of the Tryon Garden Club Inc. is to foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world by preserving, protecting and treasuring Pearson’s Falls, contributing to the beautification of Tryon, educating members and the community, and collaborating with others.

What are the main causes the organization is involved with?

The main causes the Tryon Garden Club is involved with are maintaining Pearson Falls and Glen, and the Tryon Depot Garden, as well as Tryon civic beautification projects.

How long have you been a member? How did you first get involved?

I personally have been a member since 2010. I became involved because of my interest in trees, gardens and nature. I attended a Spring Walk at Pearson’s Falls and fell in love with the place. After meeting the friendly women and men who were members, I joined, and soon became involved on the board of directors as secretary.

How does the organization make the Foothills a better place?

The Tryon Daily Bulletin survey voted our Pearson’s Falls and Glen the best place for a family outing and best place to take a hike. Earlier this year, the Polk County Historical Association survey voted us number three on their list of Top 10 Polk County Wonders. Pearson’s Falls and Glen, with its well-maintained trails, is a destination for both natives and visitors.

What is the main thing members get out of joining?

The main thing membership offers is knowledge, hospitality, friendship and a sense of caring and learning about our community and the environment.