Labor Of Love
Discovery Gardens Knits Our Club Together
Gracing the entrance to old Marietta and the Marietta College campus, and strategically located at one of Marietta's busiest intersections, Discovery Gardens offers a welcome that changes from season to season. And for charter club member Charlie Schob, it's a labor of love.
"Discovery Gardens was the first project undertaken by the brand new Marietta Morning Rotary Club in 1992", says Charlie.
"Columbus (Ohio) was selected to host an international flower show in 1992 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the year in which Columbus discovered America. The show was called Ameriflora and was expected to draw large crowds, which would tax the hotel room capacity of central Ohio.
Charlie adds, "Organizers determined that other towns from throughout Ohio could become satellite cities where tourists would be steered for rooms if these towns would build a display promoting Ameriflora. The Marietta Tourist and Convention Bureau jumped at the opportunity and started raising funds and making plans.
"Our club became involved late in 1991. Charter member Bev Helser was on our board as well as the Tourist and Convention Center board. At one of our board meetings she suggested we consider this for a community service project.
Schob remembers, "According to Bev, area banks would likely not commit their funds until the Tourist and Convention Bureau established a plan to maintain the garden.
Because we were a new club in search of a project, but with little money in our treasury, we believed our sweat equity would make an impact. We were right."
Unfortunately, Ameriflora never met expectations. But nearly ten years later, the garden remains under our care. The name has been changed to Discovery Gardens. Today, the garden is host to many Marietta Morning Rotary Club work parties, giving us a chance to contribute to the beauty of Marietta, and allowing us to witness the transition from season to season in a hands-on way.
BJ's Birch is simply a gift from my first wife and me. She was particularly fond of Birch trees. The original garden had a Beech tree in the same location, but it died. I surprised her with the Birch as an anniversary gift. She was very pleased.
Did you know that the Marietta Morning Rotary Club. . .
Has social networking events? Like the one where we hiked and enjoyed each other’s company over a cook-out.
Provides an annual scholarship to a college student in honor of one of our Past Presidents, Mark Studenic?
Coordinates the Mid-Ohio Valley’s largest International Dinner, A Taste of the World, that features cuisine, culture and music from all over the world?
Has benefited from a variety of programs during our meetings such as: cutlery demonstration, zumba practice, Marietta ghost stories, history of Mid-Ohio Valley, Marietta College choir performance, and Etiquette Training?