Garden Club to ‘Paint the Town Yellow’ with daffodils on Saturday



By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent



Temperatures may be falling with winter on the horizon, but the McDonough Garden Club is already getting ready for spring.

The Club is preparing to plant hundreds of daffodils Saturday at the city cemetery, as part of its annual effort to “Paint the Town Yellow.”



Members of the McDonough Garden Club plant bulbs to help beautify the city. Special photo



The Garden Club has been active in the community since the late 1990s, said Club President Brian Luetkemeyer. The club, he said, has a long history of sprucing up McDonough with daffodils at locations including City Hall, in front of the old Snapper complex, the traffic island behind the Henry County Courthouse and on Ga. Highway 81 in front of Kroger.

“We’ve been doing the daffodil planting for at least 15 years that I know of,” said Luetkemeyer. “We plant at different places in the McDonough area. We planted at the cemetery years ago, and one of our members got approval for the cemetery again this year.”

Volunteer planters for this weekend’s project are expected to range in age from 4 years old to 84. Luetkemeyer noted that club members, in past years, have planted as many as 1,000 daffodils throughout the city.

He expects that this year’s effort will be a bit toned down, in comparison.

“If I were betting, I’d think it’ll be 200 or 300 this year,” said Luetkemeyer.

The large drifts of the yellow flowers bloom in the spring each year. Luetkemeyer said planting daffodils has helped to get the word out about the club and its activities.

“You’ll sometimes see people who want to find out what we’re doing,” said Luetkemeyer. “We’re probably around 25 or 30 members right now. We’re always looking for gardeners of all skill levels. We’ve got some top-notch gardeners and some that are just learning.”

Club members meet on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m., at the Pinnacle Point subdivision clubhouse. For info, visit www.mcdonoughgardenclub.com.