April 10, 1954- December 24, 2017
Below is an excerpt from the most recent Newsletter from the Montgomery County Master Gardeners- a loving tribute to Susan Pearson
Afternoon all. I have some sad news. One of the original Grotto Garden Volunteers, Susan Pearson, passed away in December. Those of you who are Master Gardeners are aware of her death through that organization. Many of you may have heard her name or perhaps had not known her at all. But you all felt her love of the Grotto. In her last years she worked behind the scenes in a big way.
Susan Pearson became a Master Gardener in Montgomery County in 2005 and served as president for four years. After retiring from UD, she worked at Knollwood Garden Center in Beavercreek for nearly 17 years. She was one of the original volunteers in the Grotto restoration adopting the Boathouse gardens as “her” garden. She also assisted with the research of our plant and tree selections and sourced them as well. You see her design work every year in all of our large pots. Susan would diagram the pots, order the plants, deliver them and organize them for us to pot them up. Boy we appreciated that!
But what most of you didn’t realize is that Susan maintained our Facebook page and our website: Daytongrottogardens.org. Only after her death did we discover that Julie Bolton, cousin to Susan’s husband David Wayne Pearson, donated the site, paid its annual hosting costs and placed our material on the site – for no charge. It was the love of her friend and family member, Susan, that brought out this generosity. Julie has agreed to continue maintaining the site until we transition to Grotto Volunteer ownership.
Susan organized our guided tours and presentations. She made sure every tour had a guide and every guide knew about the group coming out. She kept the stats on all of the people that visited every year. Susan was a great presenter herself and she had a wicked sense of humor!
Memorial Fund Created to Honor Susan
So you can see that we miss Susan on so many levels. Our hearts are moved to create a memorial to Susan at the Grotto. The Master Gardener Association has pledged $100 and its members are donating individually as well to the GMCMGA. Knollwood Garden Center has pledged $200. If Grotto Volunteers would like to donate to this memorial – please address your check to: (American Veterans Heritage Center)
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324
*Please designate ‘Memorial’ on your check or it will go into the general fund.
The fundraiser will be open through the end of February. We will be planting a tree for Susan. A bench has been donated by the Grotto Volunteers already. A memorial plaque will be added. Additional items are being considered. A dedication ceremony will be held mid-June.
Tour Scheduling is Open!
If you or anyone you know is interested in a tour or presentation to your group, please have them contact us through the website CONTACT Page. The email currently in our literature has been temporarily suspended. When a new email is created, we will notify you so you can share with the world. There is no change to our website address – it is active. Tours are already being requested by the way!
Our annual kick-off meeting will be in early April at the Volunteer Services Bldg on the VA campus (Bldg. 305) – date and time TBA. We typically begin working at the Grotto in mid-April, weather permitting. We are always looking for more volunteers so think about asking someone to join us at this first meeting.
Looking forward to Spring…see you all soon!