Plant It Pink is a joint effort of the National Garden Clubs Inc. and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization that began in 2009. Four years ago, members of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs planted an all-pink garden at the site as part of the National Garden Clubs Inc. Plant It Pink initiative.

They began with pink flowers to be representative of breast cancer awareness. Cement urns were donated and planted at the American Cancer Society office and the Lydia Project house with pink dianthus and purple petunias. The pink flowers were for the Plant It Pink initiative and the purple flowers were chosen because it is the symbolic color for the American Cancer Society.

Garden clubs are a catalyst for involvement and individual garden clubs are encouraged to plant pink gardens at area hospitals, cancer centers, schools and memorial gardens, and local gardeners are encouraged to plant all-pink gardens in their yards. The Arkansas Garden Clubs encourage fellow gardeners to plant a pink garden in recognition of this effort. All it takes is selecting the right plants. Some favorite pink plants are cosmos, petunias, knock-out roses, impatiens and dianthus.

In partnership with First Community Bank, packets of pink forget-me-not seeds will be distributed to Arkansas Garden Club members at the fall 2013 district meetings. The Northwest meeting will be held on October 3 in Greenwood, the Southeast meeting is scheduled for October 12 in Hamburg, the Northeast meeting will be held on October 17 in Jonesboro, the Southwest meeting will be held on October 21 in Texarkana and the Pulaski meeting will be held on November 6 in Little Rock.

"It is almost inevitable that all of us will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives, whether personally or through a loved one," said David Wood, Market President of First Community Bank. "We are honored to donate forget-me-not seeds to raise awareness of this disease, with the hope in the future that cancer will live on only through distant memories and history books."

Dr. Clara Carroll of Searcy is chairing the Plant It Pink project and encourages you to get involved, document and take pictures of your project. This worthy project blends education and a love of growing things, not only for their beauty, but to support healing in many ways.

For more information garden club members may contact Dr. Clara Carroll at ccarroll@harding.edu OR 501-279-4501.