The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 12, 2013

Dogwood Garden Club's Festival of trees arriving in December

By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

Christmas trees will fill the Palestine Mall during the Dogwood Garden Club's second “Festival of Trees” event in December.

“This is just one more way our garden club is connecting with getting our community involved in beautifying our town. The Palestine Mall will once again be a true 'Festival of Trees' for all to come and see,” Dogwood Garden Club Festival of Trees Chairman Linda J. Brown said. “We want to start your holiday season in awe.”

Several local organizations and clubs will participate by decorating a Christmas tree that best suits their organization's purpose.

Organizations, clubs and entities participating this year are: CASA of Trinity Valley; Anderson County Arts Council; Relay for Life; BARC, Anderson County Humane Society; Anderson County Master Gardeners; Cars of Palestine; Palestine High School Alumni Association; NAACP; Anderson County Texas Democratic Women; Keep Elkhart Beautiful; Xi Nu Beta; Lakeview Methodist Conference Center; Christian Heritage Academy; Palestine Noon Lions Club; Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS); Refuge of Light; and Pionette Garden Club.

“The members of these organizations have been busy using their imagination, creativity and general know-how for this competition,” Brown said.

Texas Garden Club Inc. accredited flower show judges will be judging the competition on Saturday, Dec. 7. Immediately following, a luncheon for the judges will be held at Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bakery, underwritten by David S. Brown Landscaping Services.

Ben E. Keith Beers has underwritten the cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place Festival of Trees winners. First place will win $750, with second winning $500 and third place winning $250.

The public is invited to attend a special “Festival of Trees” event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 as well. Dogwood Garden Club members will hold a bazaar throughout the day at the mall.

“We will be serving wassail and cookies free to those who attend the event to come look at all of the trees, and our bazaar,” Brown said.

The garden club's fund-raising Christmas bazaar will include items for sale including homemade baked goods, desserts, jellies, arts and crafts and other items. Special items will include one-of-a-kind floral designs and Christmas potted plants. The money raised will help the club with their projects on local, district, state and national levels.

The groups participating in the Festival of Trees will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22 to draw their numbers for tree placement.

For more information about the event, call Brown at 903-478-3264.