[Videolib] great films for garden clubs

Steve Fesenmeier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Thu, 18 May 2006 11:00:14 -0400

I am looking for great films - shorts, not more than 60 mins. - to show to
local garden clubs next April. Does anyone have experience programming such
films? What kind of films do gardeners want to see?

Here is a short article I wrote about my wife's garden club - she is almost
as busy with it and two higher level groups -as I am with films...Steve
Fesenmaier, e-mail me at - fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us

Charleston Garden Club Shows Films to Fourth Graders - Just One of
Many Projects

By Steve Fesenmaier May 17, 2006

One of Charleston's oldest garden clubs, the Forest Ridge Garden Club,
celebrated its 50th anniversary last fall. Every year the club does
something to help local schools celebrate Arbor Day in April.
(http://www.arborday.org/states/?state=WV) The last few years they have
loaned Weberwood Elementary, one of Charleston's finest elementary
schools, the Oscar-winning animated film, "The Man Who Planted Trees."
This year the club loaned the school a second film - Pare Lorentz' "The
Plow that Broke the Plains" - to show the kids the importance of soil
conservation. The principle reported that she showed both films to the
4th grade students. If YOU want to learn or show children the value of
trees, you can purchase "The Man Who Planted Trees" on DVD from
Amazon.com for about $30 or even borrow a copy from a local public
library. Your library can borrow the VHS copy from the West Virginia
Library Commission. No film I have ever seen shows better how one person
can change the world with persistence. Lorentz' landmark film, showing
the destruction of the Great Depression, "Plow," is still the finest
film ever made on soil conservation.

Recently the Forest Ridge Garden Club won three major awards from the
Kanawha Garden Council - best large garden club, best yearbook, and best
mini-garden award. They also recently posted a major sign recognizing
the club, its first, in Churchill Island, and decorated the 50-foot pine
tree for the holiday season with large ornaments, a star on the treetop
as well as lights.

For more than a decade The Forest Ridge Garden Club has been presenting
garden films during one of its nine monthly meetings. They have watched
films on world-famous flower shows like the Chelsea Flower Show, films
on xeriscaping (growing plants with little moisture) and watched Bob
Gates' first film on MTR, "All Shook Up." They plan on watching Jim
Surkamp's award-winning film about 19th century gardener, national
garden author and historian Danske Dandridge, " Immortal Essence: The
Life and Writings of Danske Dandridge" sometime during their 2006-07
season. Caroline "Danske" Dandridge (1854-1914) wrote over a hundred
acclaimed poems, 200 gardening articles, and four history books. A web
site of her writings is at
http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/dandridge/index2.htm. Garden clubs around
the state should check with their local libraries for videos and other
materials on gardening, garden history, and films on protecting the WV
environment.

The club, like many others around the state, raises funds each year to
send one or two children to Junior Conservation Camp at Cedar Lakes or a
Senior Conservation Camp at Webster Springs where they learn about the
environment.
(http://www.wvca.us/education/program.cfm?page=program_conservation_camps)
Maxine Scarboro, a long-time member of this club, founded the two
programs when she worked at The Dept. of Natural Resources, latter
serving as president of the National Women's Club in Washington, DC. Few
realize that this summer statewide program is one of the main reasons
why there are hundreds of garden clubs around the state - helping
educate children as well as improve the flowers, plants, and trees in
their communities. Visit the Forest Ridge Garden Club website at
-http://webpages.charter.net/luckyeight/Index.html.

To learn more, contact President Nancy Veazy, Telephone - 345-6785
veazey@charter.net. In case someone wants to 'check us out' at our fall
meeting it will take place on The Sept. 20th meeting at Mrs. Veazy's
house - 2015
Weberwood Drive -- 6:30 p.m.

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