Daffy Dill Garden Club President Pat Warden prepares to cut ribbon to officially open Tribute Garden.
Garden Club Opens New Tribute Garden at Bryan ParkThe Daffy Dill Garden Club officially dedicated and held a ribbon cutting over the weekend for its new Tribute Garden that is part of the All American Garden at the Bryan Statue on Route 37 North. Garden Club Member Gene McCardle says no one could have envisioned how beautiful the garden would be when the Daffy Dill Garden Club was established in 2006. He noted while the garden started as a tribute to Salem's native son William Jennings Bryan, memorials abound in the main garden and now the tribute garden.
"These make a stunning and serene new addition to Bryan park... we hope [people] will come here often, and enjoy the tranquil ambiance." McCardle said in a speech over the weekend.
The Club's Myron Lloyd thanked the city as well as the many individuals, organizations and club members who took a plan on paper and made it reality. Mayor John Raymer noted the effort now underway to make the city's park sustainable for the future.
"In 50 or 100 years, people will come here, and they'll see this...and they'll certianly be impressed that somebody took their time and invested their efforts into making such a beautiful tribute garden." Mayor Ramer said.
Raymer noted it was hard to put a finger on how many helped make Salem the 'garden spot' it has become.
Garden Club President Pat Warden says for those that missed the first opportunity to have a paver placed in the New Tribute Garden, there is a second chance to honor, recognize or memorialize someone or something important in your life. The Daffy Dill Garden Club has made arrangements with Wilson & Wilson Monument Company to engrave more pavers on site at a cost of $60 apiece. The deadline is September 1. Application forms are available at city Hall, the Rusty Nail, the display board at the statue or on the Daffy-Dill Garden Club Facebook page. You may call 323-9905 or 740-1262 for more information.
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