For only the second time in almost 65 years, Historic Garden Week in the Northern Neck was canceled, both last year and this spring due to the unique circumstances involving COVID-19. Not to be deterred, the intrepid members of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck (GCNN) decided to carry on this popular event in another form. In member Fran King’s words, “We wanted to put lipstick on this cancellation pig and have some fun.” Using plant material largely from their own gardens, members met on April 20, outdoors in small groups to create scores of spectacular floral arrangements that were then delivered the next day in appreciation to the property owners of Lancaster County and the nearly twenty-five sponsors and advertisers who had supported the tour. On April 21, the day that the properties would have been open for Historic Garden Week, members made deliveries to nearly thirty recipients with thanks for their unwavering support. In addition to the delivered arrangements members Fran King and Lois Spencer created a “Flower Flash” in the town of Warsaw for the enjoyment of passersby on Route 360. On its Facebook page, Warsaw gratefully responded: “Thank you to the Garden Club of the Northern Neck for the beautiful splash of color on our sight! We love it!!”

“The pandemic definitely has intensified our creative spirit,” noted club president Laurie McCord, “as it has provided us the opportunity to share our love of gardening and appreciation of our supportive community.”