Garden Club donates trees, wreath to Festival of Trees

When dozens of decorated Christmas trees and wreaths went to the highest bidder during the annual Festival of Trees at the Compuware world headquarters in Downtown Detroit, there was a sense of satisfaction among members of the Taylor Garden Club.

Fifteen of the small artificial trees and one of the wreaths were donated by artistic Garden Club members who decorated the trees in a variety of themes. All proceeds from the November 22-25 sale benefited Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

The festival – one of the largest annual special-event fund-raisers for the hospital – features a public display of designed holiday trees, handmade wall hangings, wreaths and centerpieces.

Shirley Brown of the Garden Club said volunteers received their artificial trees at the group’s September meeting, knowing they had two months to decorate them. They submitted the trees during the November meeting in time for the start of the festival

Two of the trees – those decorated by Louise Doute and Dorothy Walkusky – followed the festival theme, “Wonderland on Woodward,” a historic look at Christmas in Detroit.

Some of the other tree themes included “flower spectacular” by Cheryl Barnes, “Irish heritage” by Bette and Patty Donahue, “teddy bear fantasy” by Betty Golembiewski and Barbara Kotarski, “toy Christmas” by Carolyn and Jack Archibald, “golden angels” by members of the West Middle School Ecology Club and Garden Club members Linda Carrier and Betty Cox, and “collector buttons” by Jill Parrish.

Mary Utterback’s decorated wreath had a theme of “Christmas water fairies.”

Club member Mary Fitzpatrick said the Taylor group has been submitting trees for about 12 years.

“It’s all for charity,” Fitzpatrick said. “It also makes for a festive night at our Garden Club meeting.”

The Taylor Garden Club meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy, Taylor. For more information on the club and its activities, call membership chairwoman Mary Krzeczkowski at 1-313-292-9207.

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