Garden Club of Norfolk Thanks Essential Workers Vanderwolf Pine Tree Dedicated
Members of the Garden Club of Norfolk plant a Vanderwolf pine tree in honor of essential workers during the 2020 Pandemic. Photo by Emily Nicodemus.
The Garden Club of Norfolk said “Thank You” to the essential workers of the coronavirus pandemic by planting and dedicating a Vanderwolf pine tree on Norfolk’s town hill. The tree, which was planted by club members in August, was dedicated on October 18. The club wanted to honor the bravery and sacrifice of essential workers and frontline heroes during this difficult year: doctors, nurses, technicians, and other healthcare professionals treating people with COVID19, as well as unsung heroes like policemen, firemen, teachers, grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, food service providers, mail carriers, and others who put their lives at risk each day to keep residents and their families safe. The garden club chose a Vanderwolf pine, pinus flexilis, because it is drought resistant once established. The tree will be a lasting tribute to the essential workers in Norfolk. A plaque at the base of the tree is inscribed “Vanderwolf Pine in honor of COVID-19 Essential Workers, 2020, Garden Club of Norfolk.”
Vanderwolf Pine in honor of Norfolk’s COVID-19 essential workers in 2020. Photo by Sharon Pierce.The club hopes the tree will serve as a reminder of the town’s gratitude, and as a place essential workers can visit to feel pride and appreciation for the sacrifices they made in 2020, as well as where all residents can reflect and remember the workers’ dedication during this difficult time. The Garden Club of Norfolk, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that instructs its members and the public on all areas of horticulture and stimulates interest in the beautification of the community. Its active and honorary members are interested gardeners with all levels of experience and proficiency and new members are always welcome. Residents interested in learning more about gardening or the club’s activities are invited to visit the club’s award-winning webpage at www.g