Discovery Bay Garden Club (DBGC) and Boy Scout Troop 514 have teamed up again on a community service project – this time to revitalize the landscaping around the Blue Star Memorial at Slifer Park.
The National Garden Club (NGC) supports community service projects across the country by offering a recently established Plant America grant. DBGC was honored to receive one of these coveted grants, which paid for this project.
“This was a perfect match for the NGC grant, because their organization supports and encourages both gardening and the installation of Blue Star Memorials,” said president Cathie Moog. “Our club installed this memorial in 2013, but after six years of drought and water rationing, a substantial portion of the landscaping needed to be restored.”
Boy Scout Troop 514 provided most of the labor for the planting of the garden with garden club members overseeing the project. Soil and all plants came from Perez Nursery in Brentwood. The troop used a red, white and blue color scheme to emphasize the patriotism represented by the Blue Star Memorial.
Blue Star and Gold Star Families in the area, as well as veterans and city leaders, have expressed interest in having a rededication of the site to honor those who served. Dates under consideration are Veterans Day 2019 and Memorial Day 2020.