Meet the Akron District Director – Marlene Hatton

Marlene Hatton (2)I am Marlene Hatton.  I stumbled into Garden Club by accident. When my youngest was in Kindergarten I signed up for a flower arranging class at the Cleveland Garden Center that was taught by Dorothy Lang.  I didn’t have any idea what I was getting into but I learned a lot. Consequently floral design has become a passion of mine.

One day a lovely lady showed up at my front door and invited me to join Terrace Garden Club in Cleveland Heights. That was in 1982.  I’ve held several offices since then in addition to being a past president of that club.  When we sold our business we moved to Twinsburg and I joined Twinsburg Garden Club as well.  I am currently the Flower Show Chairman and a past president of this club also.  Our club is part of the Garden Forum of Greater Akron and I serve on its board.

At the age of 9 our family bought a cottage at  Atwood Lake, a flood control lake for the Ohio River.  As part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, strict rules limit the horsepower of your boat’s engine, when you can cut down trees, etc. in order to preserve the environment.  Those years have made a lasting impression on me. I have been accused of being a tree hugger. As a city girl  I can’t seem to tear myself away from the water and the smell of the pine trees and we enjoy our summers at Roaming Shores.

My husband and I have been married 45 years and we have raised 4 wonderful children (one deceased) and are blessed with 8 grandchildren.

I am looking forward to working with the lovely and industrious ladies and gents in the Akron District.