Inside and Outside the Picket Fence


When we arrive at the Arboretum every Wednesday morning, we place our names on a sign-in sheet. A few weeks ago, an anonymous volunteer added “Many hands make light work.”

This old phrase can be attributed to an English dramatist, John Heywood, born in 1497. Five hundred and twenty-one years later I would have to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Heywood. Yard sales, plant sales, installing hog fencing, power washing, etc. all require a degree of labor and physical activity that would be daunting to the single participant. Create a group of like-minded people, and the task is approached with a smile and an air of confidence.

Enough philosophizing. On to the business at hand. By the time you read this column, the Yard Sale will be a memory and the annual Fall Plant Sale will be revving up. Plant orders have been placed with our usual reliable wholesalers and we will be ready to wow you once again with a variety of healthy and appropriate selections for the fall of the year. We will see you on Saturday, Oct. 13 for this event.

We Arboretum Volunteers are proud to add our hands to the many who come out each week to lighten the work load. If these adventures sound like fun to you, and you are interested in beautifying our spot in Quitman, Wood County and East Texas, come on out and join us on any Wednesday. The coffee is on.


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