Helen, Helen, sweet, sweet Helen,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
A few liberties were taken with the nursery rhyme; however, the Volunteer of the Month, Helen Routh, is not only a woman who is extremely efficient and conscientious in her business role, but she is also a woman with a definite playful side.
I first witnessed her good nature when she underwent surgery to her foot last year. I felt so badly for her pain, but the good natured woman was quick to reply with her humorous wry wit. It put a huge smile on my face!
Helen Routh has been a member with the Edmonton Horticultural Society, off and on since 2002. Volunteerism is not unknown to her. Helen has had a variety of different roles during this time: Venue Manager, Volunteer Co-ordinator, and even had her garden open for Open Gardens. More recently, she was the Board of Directors Secretary.
Helen’s work ethnic is second to none. The day after a Board Meeting, the minutes were sent out to each Board Member before any of the Directors had their first cup of coffee the following morning. Very impressive, indeed! EHS was fortunate to have a very qualified person in the role of Board Secretary for 2 years.
Back to Helen’s garden…..
Helen and her husband are in the process of creating/building a seating area in front of their home. In addition, every fall, Helen plants tulip bulbs so that she will have a colourful display first thing in the Spring. Tulips are her favourite flower. No wonder! What fun would it be to sit and enjoy this area, with tulips a-bloom and beautiful butterflies flitting back and forth, dancing gracefully from one delicious nectar feast to another!
In their backyard, a huge vegetable garden dominates. Practicing good horticultural habits always produces bountiful yields! Colourful blooms frame the area.
To describe Helen: the silver bells are the beauty within her; the cockle shells are the jewels that surround her; and the pretty maidens are the butterflies.
So, Helen is indeed a force to be reckoned with. She plans to continue volunteering with the EHS, working and then sitting in the garden, enjoying the bounty of the garden and watching butterflies.
It gives me great pleasure to announce Helen Routh as the Volunteer of the Month, March, 2015.
Helen received a gift certificate from Flowers on 50th, Volunteer of the Month certificate and a copy of the complete script.