Isn't it fun to see beautiful flowers when driving down the street? Wouldn't you enjoy having a lovely yard full of autumn flowers and foliage?

The Dogwood Garden Club would love to help you achieve the yard of your dreams. Their next meeting is 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Crestview Library, 1445 Commerce Drive in the meeting room. This is a warm, friendly group with lots of gardening ideas.

Meetings each month focus on different gardening topics, such as invasive plants; how to attract birds and butterflies; soil types; and container gardening.

There is an abundance of knowledge on these and other gardening issues. We — especially amateurs such as me — can all learn more about gardening.

The gardening club is involved in several community projects. They have been instrumental in the move of the Blue Star Memorial Marker to its new location in Garden Park, located at State Road 85 and Main Street.

There will be a rededication of the Blue Star Memorial Marker at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. The Florida Department of Transportation designated S.R. 85, from Interstate 10 North to U.S. Highway 90, as a Blue Star Memorial Highway.

National Garden Clubs Inc. sponsors the Blue Star Memorial Marker project, which honors men and women who have served or are serving in our military. The Blue Star used by the program — which began in 1945 — comes from the World War II service flag.

Another scheduled dedication is that of the Jardin de Noirmoutier. This garden was planted on Northwest Florida State College’s Crestview campus in honor of our Sister City, Noirmoutier, France, and will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The garden club, along with members of the Crestview Sister City program, planted beautiful flowers to help celebrate 20 years of friendship between our two cities.

Fundraising projects include donations benefiting the Crestview Library, the Community Garden, tree donations to various organizations, and of course Garden Park, as well as the new Jardin de Noirmoutier.

Dogwood Garden Club meetings are generally held at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month during the school year in members' homes. Dues cost $25 per year. Call Ruth Herington, 683-0839, for more information.

Let's beautify Crestview with our lovely yards.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.