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Mark Simonson

September 7, 2013

Oneonta Federated Garden Club celebrates 75th anniversary


“This isn’t the fancy hats, white gloves and corsages worn to the meetings type of club,” Bliven said, comparing it to long ago.

“There’s no requirement of knowing much about flowers or gardening,” Ball added, “just to have an interest in them and the making or keeping places attractive.” Ball said the club isn’t just for women, as three men are currently members.

Current membership with the Oneonta Federated Garden Club is around 100. The Oneonta club belongs within the Sixth District of New York Federated Garden Clubs, with active organizations nearby in Binghamton, Butternuts, Greene, Norwich and Oxford.

Mayor Dick Miller read a city proclamation for the club’s anniversary at Fabulous Friday last evening, and the club will have an anniversary luncheon on Tuesday.

For more information about the club, visit

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City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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