by: MERRY MACKINNON - Woodstock Library staffperson Marty Leisure admires the flower arrangements created and donated by Nancy Carr (left), on behalf of her garden club. Carr lives not far from the library, on S.E. 52nd.On the desk opposite the front door, a bouquet of flowers often greets patrons visiting Multnomah County Library’s Woodstock Branch.

A second plant arrangement sits behind the librarians’ desk, adjacent to the computers. And routinely, each arrangement, when faded, is replaced by a fresh one.

For those who appreciate the way flowers can brighten up a room, and wondered about the source of these, the arrangements are being created by Nancy Carr, on behalf of the Eastmoreland Garden Club 2.

“I love doing the arrangements – and other people step in when I'm away,” remarks Carr, who has been donating the arrangements for the library over the past 18 months.

“Eastmoreland Garden Club 2” differs from “Eastmoreland Garden Club 1” in that, like Carr, most of its two dozen members grew up in, or at one time resided in, Eastmoreland – but now they no longer do. Instead, they live, for example, in the Woodstock, Reed, and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods.

Carr lives on S.E. 52nd in Creston-Kenilworth, where she has been transforming her yard into flowers out front and vegetables and fruit trees in back, after moving back to Portland in 2009.

“I’m a Northwest girl,” she affirms. “I’ve stayed in touch with Cleveland High School friends.”

Now retired, Carr lived in California for a time, where she was a consultant to the California Department of Education for Visual and Performing Arts. She also taught elementary school there, and established Life Lab Garden Classrooms (HYPERLINK "", a program that promotes farm and garden-based education – including the use of vegetable gardens as learning environments for children.

“Some of the children didn’t know where potatoes came from,” Carr muses. “And we’d have composting and worm bins. The gardening combines writing, science, and math – and it promotes teamwork.”

Always looking for ways to reach out to the community, Eastmoreland Garden Club 2 hopes to help local elementary schools start their own Life Lab gardens. The club already works with Lewis Elementary School, and also donates and purchases plants for the annual Woodstock Community Center plant sale.

Amongst themselves, club members share knowledge and plants from their own yards. “These women in our club are walking encyclopedias,” Carr says.

When they’re not meeting at each other’ homes, members hold their monthly meeting at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. They also go on field trips and sponsor speaker events. “And we’d love to have new members join us,” invites Carr.

For more information about Eastmoreland Garden Club 2, call Kellie Jenkins at 503/784-3535, or send an email to: HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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