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6B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 12, 1990 The Garden Patch Leslie Price Shaver Sherry Robards of Lewisburg Wins Citizenship Award It's hard to have a beautiful gar- den if all you've got is a flat piece of land. Flat yards might be the best for ease of mowing, but they are far too bland to be interesting. If you'll look in any book that has photos of gardens, you'll see that walls, fences, trellises, trees, shrubs, rocks, levels, terraces, and vistas are as necessary as the flowers in making the beds beautiful. Digging a rectangular plot of earth and sticking plants in it is not enough to produce a beautiful bed. You need to observe the lay and rise of the land. You need to frame your beds with a backdrop; you need different levels and heights to keep the eye enchanted. Curves tend grace to any yard far more than squares and rectangles and straight lines, even if they are lopsided. The size and shape and position have more to do with the beauty of your flower beds than their color. This fact can be easily proven by Vita Sackville-West's white garden at Sissinghurst, England. Everything that blooms in this large, courtyard garden is white, but it is far from bor- ing. Antique white roses drape the brick walls overlapped with vining ivory clematis. The variance in shades arrives with the different greens of the foliage -- from silver to gray to olive to the brightest of lime greens. The white delphinium, the iris, daisies, yarrow, peonies, never clash.However low or high the sun is in the< sky the garden appears dappled and intriguing, never harsh or discordant. I can only imagine it when the moonligilt makes the white blooms translucent and fluorescent. Since, however, not many of us have the means or land to have a manorhouse garden, we must come up with other means of creating the edged instead of straight-edged beds. Raised beds. Terraced side yards. If you have the patience for it, best of all perhaps is to overplant your backyard so that it will become dense and shadowy with hedges and trees. Carve out a spot for a birdbath or a hammock or bench. Train vines to grow over dead trees. Plant a fruit tree arbor. Then plant a carpet of English daisies or chamo- mile for a lawn. Create your own se- cret hiding places. It has taken me years to prefer these subtleties. I like meditative gardens that make you feel serenely at peace with the world. I prefer sur- prises around the corner in a garden or courtyard. I like overgrowth in- stead of neatness. I like places to sit or hide. I like a spot in the shade instead of flat yards with chain link fences. Plant all your bright oranges and yellows and reds behind the ga- rage; make that your cutting garden, if you must. You can bring these in for your summer bouquets. But work towards a hidden, shadowy, multi- dimensional garden where you can be undistracted. In the summer this provides the coolest and calmest environment you will find. I know that I am being more ro- mantic than realistic here. Who has the patience and time to do all this;. Not many. If you don't have the en- ergy to create the above garden, just use your eye and look all around you. West Virginia is a medi- tative garden itself. All that rolling land with jutting limestone. All those vistas that give way to new ones. All those black and white spotted cows dotting the fenced pastures. Split rail fences and babbling creeks. Deep gorges and happy valleys. Those of you lucky enough to live in this state look we want. Picket fences in the awake every morning to a natural back of perennial beds. Rose grandeur Vita Sackville-West could arches. Boxwood hedges. Scallop- only dream of. Receiving this year's Charles Mackey Citizenship Award is Sherry Robards (right), daughter of Mr and Mrs John Robards of Lewisburg. Sherry is a fifth grade student at Lewisburg Intermediate School. Presenting the plaque to Sherry is last year's recipient, Jennifer Run- yon. The award is given to a fifth grade student each year in recogni- tion of the student's outstanding citizenship. Julie Adkins Festival Princess Julie M. Adkins Concord College freshman Julie "Miss Adkins will join 39 other princesses to be part of "A Classic Celebration" during the 54th annual festival in Elkins September 29 through October 7. Daughter of Frank and Rebecca Adkins of Rupert, and granddaugh. ter of Dr and Mrs Willo V. Dunbar, also of Rupert, the new princess was appointed by State Senator J. D. Brackenrich. A graduate of Greenbrier West High School, Miss Adkins was sec- retary of S.A.D.D., a member of the Nationat Honor Society and a major- ette. Miss Adkins was president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship for two years, and now teaches Bible School during the summer. She en- M. Adkins, t8, of Rupert will be a joys traveling, swimming and spend- in the Greater"i princess in the court of Mountain ing time with family and friends• The rigs State Forest Festival Queen Silvia new princess plans to obtain a de- I Greenbrier Valley are free... I LIV. gree in education. LIncluding h'r e Mountain Messenger New News Is Good News--- Tell the Messenger Names 'Honorary' ChurJ In a ceremony on June 17, the members of the Ronceverte Church recognized C. Fred Workman (left) and Marshall (center) as honorary fathers for their many years service and tion to both church and civic activities. Also honored on Father's Day, Paul Cooper, Jr (right) was a plaque designating him as Father of the Year. Ms Hollandworth Top Nurse Graduate Deborah Hollandworth, daughter of Mr and Mrs S. J. Bostic of Organ Cave graduated with highest honors with a degree of Bachelor of Sci- ence in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She is a 1963 graduate of Greenbrier High school and re- ceived a nursing diploma from C&O Hospital School of Nursing, Clifton Forge, Virginia. Mrs Hollandworth was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau, inter- national nursing honor society• She is employed as a Doctor as- sistant at Eastern State hospital at Eldersburg, Maryland. She lives in Sykesville, Maryland with her husband Jerry and son Ja- son. Sets Bud The monthly meeting of brier BPW was held June Dixon, Finance Chairman,, sented and explained the 1990-91 Budget, which proved by all members vella Green was the winner "2012" Project, "Split the Kitty' A camera for publicity accepted and will be fore next month's meeting. August 25 will be the District I Picnic at Hollowell Lewisburg. Lewisburg BPW the hostesses• Let the Know Messenger : :,Your Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew A. Dobbs, son of Addison D. and Lau- rie F. Dobbs, both of Greenville, re- cently participated in exercise Dragon Hammer while serving with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. During the exercise, designed to enhance allied co6peration among NATO's southern region conven- tional forces, as many as 20,000 servicemen from Italy, the Nether- lands, Turkey, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. par- ticipated. Activities during the cluded Naval operations the central and western nean, land operations in Italy, and amphibious Sardinia. A 1987 graduate of School, Union, Cpt. the Marine Corps in 1988. Also participating in this tion was Lance Cpl. Michael rah, son of Max and Carol Alderson. Cpl Harrah joined rine Corps in 1987. your plannin • IS S1 From tart to finish your wedding will be special with the help from these businesses. 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