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Posted on April 19, 2021

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Spring Hope Garden Club volunteer Roger Wilkins uses a tiller during a club sprucing of the flower beds in front of the town's library.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Spring Hope Garden Club volunteer Roger Wilkins uses a tiller during a club sprucing of the flower beds in front of the town's library.

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SPRING HOPE — The town’s new garden club wants to spruce up the place and have some fun along the way.

The club’s goals include adding flowers around town in a beautification effort, but members hope to learn more about gardening as well, said Peggy Leggett, who co-chairs the group along with Jennifer Wilkins.

Wilkins said her employer, Tim Stevens at Servpro in North Raleigh, is donating money to the club to help complete some long overdue projects.

“If anyone can volunteer, pray or help with funding, we appreciate it,” Wilkins said.

A small army of local gardening enthusiasts descended on the Spring Hope Public Library on Friday afternoon, raking leaves and planting flowers in front of the building, the old train station that sits in the middle of downtown as part of Depot Park.

Passionate gardeners will meet to trade tips, swap stories and give each other a hand. If some residents are interested but haven’t developed their green thumb, it’s all good because people of all ages, genders and experience levels are welcome to join.

The club plans on having a lot of fun, too.

“We don’t want it to be just a lot of work,” Leggett said. “We want to take tours of other town gardens and arboretums.”

As far as improving Spring Hope’s appearance, there’s a not-so-easy-to-fix money problem. Landscaping is expensive, so the club is looking at small improvements for now.

“Right now, we are just doing a little refurbishing,” Leggett said. “We are starting with Depot Park and putting in something colorful like zinnias.”

The club plans to help shut-ins with their yards and will recognize a yard of the month or yard of the week.

“We want to have a mailbox decorations for the (Spring Hope National) Pumpkin Festival,” Leggett said.

The club, along with the Downtown Development Board, have big plans for downtown Spring Hope. Leggett said members are looking into turning the old unused railroad tracks that run through town into a walking trail. Ideas about a splash pad at Depot Park and a student art exhibit are being tossed around as well.

To find out more information about the club or to sign up, contact Peggy Leggett at 252-903-3535 or peggyleggett0706@yahoo.com or Jennifer Wilkins at 252-548-0304 or jenniferwilkins@gmail.com. 

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