CV Garden Club’s Valentine program continues to blossom

CV Garden Club’s Valentine program continues to blossom
Clayton Valley Garden Club committee members prepare to deliver the Valentine’s flowers. From left, Carol Whitmore, Cara Wahl, Patty Remoy, Carin Kaplan, Linda Karp, Carla Thompson, Lew Thompson, Marcia Hart, Peggy Arundell, Dave Osteen and Sharon Osteen.

In its ninth year, “Blossoms for Barbara” delivered close to 1,200 flowering plants for Valentine’s Day.

The Clayton Valley Garden Club puts on the popular, community-wide event each February, presenting decoratively wrapped flowering plants to those in the care of Hospice, patients in assisted living and convalescent locations, battered women’s shelters, hospitalized veterans and elderly recipients of Meals on Wheels.

Event chair Linda Karp created the program in 2011 to honor the memory of her mother, Barbara Manss.

“I wanted to give a loving and compassionate gesture to the families and patients in the care of Hospice,” said Karp. “With the support of the Clayton Valley Garden Club, local businesses and individuals, the ‘Blossoms for Barbara’ Valentine’s event has flourished.”

CV Garden Club’s Valentine program continues to blossom
Blossoms for Barbara” volunteers deliver plants to Sutter Care Hospice. From left, Lew Thompson, David Osteen, Sharon Osteen, Carla Thompson, Nancy Gales of Sutter Care, Linda Karp, Chaplain Steve Brown and Stacey Harris of Sutter Care.

The group started out delivering flowering plants to 250 people in Clayton and Concord. “Through the years, the need for our Valentine’s cheer has grown to over 1,300 annually and now stretches into Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill,  Martinez and the surrounding areas,” Karp reported.

She said the deliveries have touched the hearts of patients, family members, caregivers, nurses, counselors and the volunteers.

“This event means so much to so many, which is evident from the thank you cards and letters that the Clayton Valley Garden Club receives each year after deliveries are finished.”

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