The Rutledge Garden Club, nicknamed “The Dirt Girls”, is one of the hardest working organizations in the RTL. The Garden Club is comprised of 25 of the most wonderful ladies you will ever meet.
The group is celebrating its ninth year of service to our community. The mission of the Garden Club is to beautify Rutledge and give back to the community. The group has been the driving force behind three murals painted by local artists in downtown Rutledge. The Garden Club also placed planter boxes on the loading dock of the train depot. Driving through Rutledge at night one can see the beautiful ‘’Front Door to Rutledge’’ mural on the train depot that has been illuminated courtesy of The Dirt Girls. The Garden Club was responsible for moving local artist Blue Chilton’s “Rutledge Flower” from its location at the old Rutledge Grocery Store to its present location across from the Co-Op. The Dirt Girls donated the fabulous iron benches in the gazebo as well as maintaining the corner flower bed in front of the gazebo with beautiful seasonal plants and their containers. Funds are raised by selling cookbooks and raffle baskets.
The club participates in local events such as the Country Fair, Spooky Fall Fest and Christmas in the Country. The Dirt Girls also take part in “Adopt a Family” during the Christmas season. Thursday, May 15, the Rutledge Garden Club hosted its first Garden Club Social. The group invited the Newborn Garden Club, Pine Grove Women’s Club and Gateway Garden Club of Social Circle for an evening in the park.
The event was moved indoors to the Caboose Restaurant due to wet and cool weather. The night began with a social hour filled with fabulous hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The guest speaker for the evening was Jane Bath of Watkinsville. Jane spoke on three dimensional, dynamic and art form gardening.
The groups were very impressed with Jane’s enthusiastic presentation and knowledge of gardening. Dinner was the final stage of the event. The lovely meal was chicken salad on croissants, Chinese slaw, homemade coconut cake, apple spice and strawberry cake, and brownies. All the food was made by Dirt Girl Members. Each table was decorated with beautifully arranged seasonal flowers grown and handpicked from several of the Dirt Girls’ gardens. The visiting groups were all very appreciative of the generous, warm hospitality provided by the Rutledge Garden Club. Thanks to The Rutledge Garden Club for all you do for our community. As Ricky Nelson 1972 song on the Billboard Charts said, The Dirt Girls Went to a Garden Party.