SUMMER 2019

               NGC 90TH ANNUAL
                PLANTING WITH
                      A PURPOSE
                 INSIGHTS INTO
                DESIGN EXHIBITS
                         Summer 2019 | 1
The National Gardener
                                                                          Summer 2019 | Vol. 90, No. 3

                            National Garden Clubs, Inc.                                         TABLE OF CONTENTS
                            5,000 Garden Clubs
                            165,000 Garden Club Members                                         President’s Message                                   4
                            50 States and the National Capital Area                             Meet the NGC Vice Presidents                          8
                            60 National Affiliate Member Organizations
                                                                                                NGC 90th Annual Convention                          12
                            330 International Affiliate Member Organizations
                                                                                                NGC 2019 Award of Excellence                        15
                            Gay L. Austin, President
                                                                                                NGC 2019 Scholarships                               17
                            401 Marion Ave., McComb, MS 39648-2709
                                                                                                Smokey Bear Poster Contest                          20
                            The National Gardener                                               Plant America Community Project Grants              21
                            Patricia Binder, Editor                                             Garden Club Project                                 23
                                                                                                Penny Pines                                         28
                            Direct all advertising inquiries to the editor                      Gardening Schools                                   30
                            TNG Subscriptions, Changes of Address, Website                      Landscape Design Schools                            31
                                                                                                NGC Schools News                                    32
                            National Garden Clubs Inc.
                            4401 Magnolia Avenue                                                Flower Show Schools                                 33
                            St. Louis, MO 63110-3492                                            Million Pollinator Garden Challenge                 35
                            314-776-7574 Ext. 215                                               The Happy Gardener’s Guide                          36
                                                                                                Insights into Landscape Design Exhibits             38
                            NGC Headquarters                                                    NGC International Photography Competition 43
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                            Katie Roth, Ext: 215; Administrative Assistant                                 Simon/Art by TaggART.
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Mississippi always have been supportive          We, as garden club members, have
                                                                                             and encouraging as I increased my             strengthened our communities by
                                                                                             service time to our national organization.    using our time and talents to improve
                                                                                             People such as Mary Jo Wedgeworth,            our surroundings. Let us continue to
                                                                                             Eloise Cumbaa and Bonnie Borne, just          stimulate interest and identify needs
                                                                                             to name a few, were instrumental in           in our communities by providing
                                                                                             initially planting a seed for my future       leadership, educational programs and
                                                                                             roles in leadership. And, certainly, I owe    by promoting our local, state, region,
                                                                                             my sincere appreciation to all of my          national and international garden clubs.
                                                                                             Mississippi garden club friends, many of         I challenge all garden club members
                                                                                             whom are here tonight. Rhonda Rosetti,        to reach out to individuals who want to
                                                                                             Carol Bullard and Debby Cooper have           learn more about gardening. This act will
                                                                                             worked tirelessly for several years to        broaden the exposure and awareness of
                                Gay L. Austin                                                organize this “Gathering on the Gulf”         National Garden Clubs. It is proven that
                                 2019-2021 NGC President                                     convention. The beautiful installation        gardening not only has health benefits,
                                                                                             setting tonight was envisioned by             but it also strengthens our communities
                            INSTALLATION ACCEPTANCE SPEECH                                   John Grady Burns, a native of Natchez,        through beautification projects as we

   T     hank you, Barbara, for such a
         meaningful installation. I appreciate
         you honoring the incoming
                                                 my number-one supporter and best
                                                 friend. Also here this evening is my
                                                 mother, Elisabeth, who exposed me at
                                                                                             Mississippi, and a huge supporter of
                                                                                             garden clubs across our nation. Thank
                                                                                             you John Grady! Also, along with my
                                                                                                                                           work together to bring beauty and pride
                                                                                                                                           to our communities.
                                                                                                                                              This administration will continue with
   Executive Committee by serving as the         an early age to the magical happenings      own state’s support, I wouldn’t be here       the Plant America Community Grant
   installing officer. You and I began our       in a garden, as well as my children, Reg,   without the encouragement from the            Program, financially assisting member
   friendship in this very hotel, 18 years       Sara, Molly, Peter and David and their      sister states of the Deep South Region.       clubs with community projects. Special
   ago, when I was serving as the NGC            spouses, some of whom were unable to           It goes without saying that the NGC        emphasis will be on conservation of our
   Convention Chairman.                          attend tonight. I don’t want to overlook    Executive Director, Michelle Smith, along     natural habitats, membership and youth
      I also owe a sincere thank you to our      our 10 grandchildren, who represent         with, Katie, Bill, Chris, and Rebekah,        participation. It is our hope that our
   former NGC Presidents, Lois Shuster,          our dreams for the future. Also with        are all valuable employees of our             members will involve youth in outdoor
   Kitty Larkin, Deen Day Sanders, Shirley       us tonight are my siblings, cousins         headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. On       activities, by encouraging them to
   Nicolai, Sandy Robinson, Renee Blaschke       and fellow board members from Keep          a daily basis, their expert skills not only   “Reconnect with Nature.”
   and Linda Nelson, for their continued         Mississippi Beautiful.                      maintain our permanent headquarters,             I challenge all of us to improve our
   support of NGC and for their unwavering          From my initial invitation to join the   but also assist us in the overall             observation of our diverse environments.
   support of me, as I journeyed through         McComb Garden Club 33 years ago, I          management of NGC.                            Through our vision, we can inspire others
   various roles on the NGC Board. You           began this exciting adventure through          Our experiences in garden club             to take action every day to protect our
   have all been my mentors, my teachers         many venues, learning and growing as        have equipped us to continue with             natural habitats. Let’s develop projects
   and my inspiration, and I am most             a leader along the way. I would like to     the mission of NGC, because the past          that demonstrate our respect for natural
   grateful for your encouragement in            extend a very special thank you to my       molds and shapes us into dedicated,           resources, so that we can assure a
   preparing for this task ahead of me.          local garden club members and also to       tireless volunteers across our world.         healthy world for our future generations.
   Tonight, I feel so honored to be given the    members of the Natchez Garden Club          We have been offered an endless               When we urge others to join in our
   opportunity to continue their legacy, as      and Natchez Trace District, who helped      number of learning opportunities, we          environmental efforts, educate them on
   the 46th NGC President. Working with          create this natural beauty tonight.         have educated ourselves, and through          challenges ahead of us, and encourage
   each of you has been a joy.                      The spark that ignited my venture        this exposure, we have developed our          them to participate in areas of need,
      There are so many here who have            beyond my local club was my first           sense of commitment to leave our              our entire world will benefit. Change
   supported and encouraged me                   attendance at a Natchez Trace District      world in better hands. A strong sense of      can happen through partnerships with
   throughout my journey to this leadership      meeting. From that point on, my             appreciation, pride and knowledge helps       other groups with common interests who
   role. With me this evening are several        eagerness to learn, to participate and      us to continue the worthwhile traditions      also will help to improve and beautify
   family members. First, and foremost,          be involved has helped me to grow as a      of NGC, as we all beautify and protect        our community environments. Let us
   Will, my husband, who always has been         leader. The former state presidents of      landscapes from coast to coast.               nurture our natural habitats, and watch
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as nature takes care of the rest.            limited. Through their involvement, NGC       club, even serving as club president a      skills, tackling new responsibilities
      The world-wide downward decline of        is reaching out to many international         couple of years ago.                        and appreciating different points of
   members in all volunteer organizations is    groups. Tonight there are many here in           We each have a responsibility to         view by working together to benefit
   a social issue, one we must acknowledge      their countries’ native attire, celebrating   help guide our youth to the outdoors.       our organization and our world. As
   and accept. We should reach out to the       our future together. Thank you for your       Let’s create activities that excite         we continue on our journey, let us
   generations ahead of us by adapting          dedication.                                   and encourage them to cut off their         communicate in a way that inspires
   to their interests, changing times and          I recently found a newspaper clipping      electronic devices and reconnect with       positive behavior, so that others will
   formats of our meetings and not doing        from our local newspaper dated in 1967.       nature. Let’s promote youth involvement,    follow. So, let’s adjust our actions and
   things in a certain way “just because it’s   It featured a 10-year-old girl, who was       so we can “grow” our future garden club     reconnect with nature, our members and
   always been done that way.” During           interviewed because of her artistic talent.   members. Take the hand of a child and       our future generations.
   this two-year term of office, it is my       When she was asked… “What do you like         create a garden memory for them. Let           As our home gardens have grown, so
   intent for NGC to continue to focus on       to do?” Her response was simple: “Paint,      us grow our future leaders by inspiring     should National Garden Clubs. If we all
   membership by reaching out to potential      play with my brothers and sister and          our youth.                                  share our passion for our organization, it
   new individuals, as well as strengthening    work with flowers.” Why am I sharing             One of the most important duties that    will become a way for us all to bloom and
   the commitment of existing members           this story? It’s because this young girl      we, as leaders have is to mentor and        grow together.
   through our many educational                 now stands before you as the newly            guide those who will become leaders of
   opportunities. Well-informed members         installed NGC President. So never doubt       tomorrow. Let us meet this challenge        Let’s garden together……thank you. 
   will energize those around them and          that any small activity that you share with   with renewed energies and enthusiasm
   encourage new memberships in our             a child will influence them as they mature    as we embrace the opportunities before
   clubs.                                       into an adult. I challenge each one of us     us. We are capable of developing new
      By networking through the many areas      to reach out to children and young adults
   of the digital and social media world, we    by creating outdoor activities that engage
   can greatly enhance our public visibility    their imaginations, enhance appreciation
   as an organization by showing that           of their surroundings, and educate them
   we have something for everyone. We           to become our stewards for tomorrow.
   always have invited people to join us at
   meetings – let’s initiate enthusiasm by
                                                Let us teach our children to observe the
                                                wonders of nature, and to care for our
                                                                                              National Garden Clubs Inc.
   reaching out to these potential members,
   rather than waiting for them to come
                                                   For many years, the McComb Garden          Welcomes New President
   to us. Active participation in NGC can       Club has sponsored three youth clubs:
   come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Let      the Johnny Jump Ups, for students in
   us embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
   Challenging times force us to create
   opportunities for new ways of thinking.
                                                kindergarten through second grade,
                                                the Busy Bees, for students in third
                                                through fifth grade, and the junior and
                                                                                              G    ay L. Austin of McComb, Mississippi,
                                                                                                   has been installed as the 46th
                                                                                              president of one of the nation’s most-
                                                                                                                                             As she guides the national organization,
                                                                                                                                          Austin will work with NGC members to
                                                                                                                                          embrace a topic she is passionate about
   Let us be receptive to the simplification    high school Garden Girls. How does            recognized nonprofits – National            – fostering local gardening projects that
   and streamlining of active membership.       this benefit us? We have been very            Garden Clubs Inc., the largest volunteer    conserve and preserve natural resources
   Through the proper management of             successful in growing our future, as these    gardening organization in the world.        and encouraging young people in
   our services, and promotion of the NGC       children grow up and return to our club         The installation was held May 2 at        communities to assist in those efforts.
   mission statement, we will continue to       as active members. In our community,          NGC’s 90th annual convention in Biloxi,     “National Garden Clubs offers programs
   effect positive change in our world.         we have young adults who are interested       Mississippi. As president, Austin will      that promote learning opportunities
      Our International Affiliates have         in joining our club, if for no other reason   devote much of her two-year term            in conservation and preservation. By
   strengthened our organization, as they       than their children have the opportunity      traveling coast-to-coast to promote         encouraging member clubs to involve
   have embraced our mission statement          to be involved in these youth clubs. My       National Garden Clubs’ causes and           youth in these efforts, we are shaping
   and made tremendous progress in              daughter, Sara, was once a Busy Bee, and      projects, seek new ideas geared to          future leaders who will be dedicated to
   the digital world by providing online        now is grown with her own family. She         current needs and network with many of      conserving and preserving our outdoor
   courses in countries where traveling is      devotes her volunteer time to the garden      the organization’s 165,000 members.         world,” she said. In addition, Austin will

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support NGC’s Plant America, an initiative     accredited master flower show judge and       of the Mississippi State University          McComb.
   that focuses on gardens and gardening          horticulture instructor for numerous NGC      Extension. She is on the executive             In addition, Austin served as president
   with an emphasis on community service,         flower show schools and symposiums.           committee of Keep Mississippi Beautiful,     and is an active member on the board
   as well as the Plant America Community            On the district, state and local level,    an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful,      of directors and a volunteer at PALS
   Project Grants program, which provides         Austin has been a member of the board         a national nonprofit that promotes           Rescue Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in
   funding to member clubs that implement         of directors of The Garden Clubs of           community education, cleanup efforts         Pike County, Mississippi. She also served
   gardening projects in their communities.       Mississippi Inc. since 1995, and was state    and beautification and the Mississippi       as a board member and past president of
      Austin, who hails from Liberty,             president from 2009 to 2011. She also         Heritage Trust, which works to preserve      the Pike County Chamber of Commerce,
   Mississippi, previously served as first        served as chairman of NGC’s annual            and restore endangered historic places in    the McComb Junior Auxiliary and the
   vice president of National Garden Clubs        convention in Mississippi in 2003 and was     the state.                                   Pike County Arts Council. Austin is an
   Inc. She has held various positions            editor of the state garden club magazine         Austin holds an associate’s degree        accomplished multimedia artist who
   nationally, including chairman of the          for four years. Austin has been a member      in nursing from Southwest Mississippi        studied at Newcomb College at Tulane
   Organization Study Committee and the           of the McComb Garden Club for over 30         Community College in Summit,                 University in New Orleans, and many
   Award of Excellence initiative to recognize    years and also is a member of the Flower      Mississippi. As a registered nurse,          of her works are in a number of private
   outstanding non-member individuals             Lovers Club in McComb and the Natchez         she served in the emergency room at          and corporate collections. Some of her
   and organizations that advance NGC             Garden Club.                                  Southwest Regional Medical Center            works also have been donated toward
   causes. Austin also served as recording           Austin, a certified Master Gardener, is    and as office manager of Southwest           fundraising efforts at community
   secretary on the board of directors for        past president of and an active member        Mississippi Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic      events. 
   National Garden Clubs Inc. She is an           in the Pike County Master Gardeners           and Austin Medical Consultants Inc. in

                                                                                               member, Warshauer represented the            garden clubs nationally in their youth
                                                                                               organization’s Central Atlantic Region,      programs.
                                                                                               where she served as region director on         In addition, Moore has held a
                                                                                               the Scholarship Committee.                   variety of positions in NGC, including
                                                                                                  On the state and local level, Warshauer   chairman of the national membership
                                                                                               was president of The Garden Club of New      committee. She is a four star member
                                                                                               Jersey Inc., from 2009 to 2011 and has       of NGC, an accredited flower show
   MEET THE NGC                                                                                been a member of the Garden Club of          judge, a landscape design consultant, an
                                                                                               Fair Haven for over 30 years.                environment consultant and a gardening
   2019-2021                                                                                      She holds a Bachelor of Science in        consultant.

   vice                                          M       ary Warshauer of Rumson, New
                                                                                               education from Florida State University in
                                                                                                                                              On the state and local level, Moore was
                                                                                                                                            president of West Virginia Garden Club

                                                         Jersey, was installed as first vice
                                                 president. In this position, she will serve
                                                                                               Brenda Moore of Oak Hill, West Virginia,
                                                 as liaison to NGC state presidents and
                                                                                               was installed as second vice president.
                                                 region directors.
                                                                                               In this position, she will chair the NGC
                                                   Warshauer previously served as
                                                                                               finance committee.
                                                 second vice president of NGC. She
                                                                                                  Moore previously served as third vice
                                                 has held a variety of positions in NGC,
                                                                                               president of National Garden Clubs Inc.
                                                 including chairman of the Blue Star
                                                                                               She is the author of “The Saved Seed,”
                                                 Memorial Marker program and Water
                                                                                               and co-author of “The Frightened Frog,”
                                                 Quality and Conservation Committee.
                                                                                               two NGC children’s books that serve
                                                 As an NGC executive committee
                                                                                               as educational tools and resources for
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Photo by Sandy Parish                      manager at Option Care, the nation’s
                                                                                                                                                                     largest independent provider of home
                                                                                                                                                                     and alternative treatment site infusion
                                                                                                                                                                     services, in Omaha. She also was an

                                                                                                                                                 and Missouri,
                                                                                                                            ...they will                             adjunct professor in pharmacology at
                                                                                                                                                 as well as
                                                                                                                          support the            developed
                                                                                                                                                                     Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha.
                                                                                                                                                                        The three vice presidents will help
                                                                                                                        organization’s           membership
                                                                                                                                                                     guide the national organization and work
                                                                                                                              major              and websites
                                                                                                                                                                     to advance NGC’s mission: promoting
                                                                                                                                                                     civic and environmental responsibility,
                                                                                                                                         ”       for garden
                                                                                                                                                 clubs in
                                                                                                                                                                     as well as a love of gardening and floral
                                                                                                                                                                     design. In addition, they will support
                                                                                                                                                                     the organization’s major objectives – to
   National Garden Clubs Inc. 2019-2021 Executive Committee Front row (left to right): Donna Rouch, third vice
                                                                                                                        Rouch holds a doctorate of pharmacy
                                                                                                                                                                     foster education and participation in
   president; Brenda Moore, second vice president; President Gay Austin; and Mary Warshauer, first vice president.   from Creighton University in Omaha,
   Center row (left to right): Donna Donnelly, recording secretary; Lynette Jeffres, treasurer; Bonnie Borne,                                                        NGC’s many local, regional, national and
   corresponding secretary; Andrea Little, historian; Joan Corbisiero, parliamentarian; and Nancy Hargroves, PH&E    Nebraska, and a Bachelor of Arts from
   director. Back row (left to right): Suzanne Bushnell, New England Region; Linda Lawson, South Central Region;                                                     international outreach programs. 
   Carolyn McCafferty, South Atlantic Region; Darla Anderson, Rocky Mountain Region; Robin Pokorski, Pacific         the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
   Region; Lena Bateman, Deep South Region; Jodi Meyer, Central Region; and Gail Corle, Central Atlantic Region.        The author of professional
                                                                                                                                                                          Photos courtesy of National
                                                                                                                     publications, Rouch served as director of
                                                                                                                                                                          Garden Clubs Inc.
                                                                                                                     pharmacy at Nemaha County Hospital
   Inc. from 2011 to 2013 and continues                      of several NGC national programs                        in Auburn, Nebraska, and pharmacy
   to serve on WVGC’s board on the Past                      including the Organization Study
   Presidents advisory committee and is                      Committee and the Award of Excellence
   assistant chairman of the WV Wildflower                   initiative to recognize outstanding non-
   Pilgrimage held each May at Blackwater                    member individuals and organizations
   Falls State Park. She is a member of                      that advance NGC causes.

                                                                                                                      Cultivate our
   Woodland Oaks Garden Club in Oak Hill.                       On a national level, Rouch is chairman
      Moore holds a Bachelor of Science                      of the NGC Website Search Committee                                                                 The National Gardener would like
   in family resources from West Virginia
   University in Morgantown. She previously
                                                             and served as chairman of the NGC
                                                             Membership Committee and member
                                                                                                                      Garden                                     to tap into your skills and talents,
                                                                                                                                                                 as well as showcase your favorite
   worked for the Fayette County Board of                    of the Nominating Committee and                          Community                                  projects.
   Education and the Fayette County Public                   Communications Non-Print Committee.
   Libraries in Fayetteville, West Virginia.                 An accredited NGC Flower Show judge,                     WITH GARDENING TIPS,                       PLEASE SEND:
                                                             she currently serves on the Iowa Council                 IDEAS AND PROJECTS                         •    A brief description of your idea
                                                             of Flower Show Judges of the Federated                                                                   or how a unique project fostered
                                                             Garden Clubs of Iowa Inc. She also is a                  Members of National Garden                      success.
                                                             consultant for NGC’s Landscape Design                    Clubs are a wealth of knowledge            •    A photo or two of your project
                                                             and Gardening Schools.                                   and information on all things in                is welcome. Photos must be high
                                                                On a district, state and local level,                 the garden.                                     resolution 300 dpi with photo credit
                                                             Rouch was awards chairman for the                                                                        information provided.
                                                             Rocky Mountain Region. She is past
                                                                                                                      Do you, or your club,                      SEND TO:
                                                             president of the Federated Garden Clubs
                                                                                                                      have gardening                             Patricia Binder, editor
                                                             of Nebraska and an active member
                                                             of the Plattsmouth Garden Club. She                      tips, tricks, ideas                        The National Gardener
   Donna Rouch of Plattsmouth, Nebraska,                     also created and presented leading                       or project successes to          
   was installed as third vice president. In                 software-based educational and training                  share?
   this position, she will serve as chairman                 presentations to garden clubs throughout

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NGC members
                                                                                                                and affiliates
                                                                                                                met at the
                                                                                                                Pavilion at
                                                                                                                The Crosby
                                                                                                                for a nature
                                                                                                                walk through

                                                                                                                the premier

                i n

                                                              NGC 2019 90TH

                                                                                                                native plant

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                                                                                                                Photo at left
                                                                                                                courtesy of
                                                                                                                the Crosby


         ON THE              gulf                             BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI

                                  Photo by Bob Effinger

  O      n April 29 through May 2, members
         and affiliates of National Garden
  Clubs Inc. attended the 90th Annual
  Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  Attendees shared ideas and information,
  as well as explored common interests.
  Fun events included a Mardi Gras night,
  as well as interesting tours of the area’s
  unique beauty, history and horticulture.                                                                    A highlight of
                                                                                                              the convention
     The City of Biloxi, settled in 1699, is                                                                  was a member
  one of the oldest communities in the                                                                        tour of
  United States. Located on the Mississippi                                                                   Gardens, a
                                                                                                              65-acre public
  Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, the city                                                                      garden and
  is celebrated for its historic French                                                                       grand estate
                                                                                                              that features an
  influence, Southern hospitality, mild                                                                       award-winning
                                                                                                              rose garden
  subtropical climate, magnificent                                                                            with more than
                                                                                                              2,000 plants
  centuries-old live oak trees and sandy                                                                      representing
                                                          NGC 2019-2021 President Gay Austin was installed
  beaches. The Biloxi Lighthouse, built in                by Barbara May, NGC 2007-2009 president. Photo by
                                                                                                              75 varieties.
                                                                                                              Photos courtesy
  1848, is an official state landmark and                 Sandy Parish.
                                                                                                              of Bellingrath
  listed on the National Register of Historic
  Places.                                                        For more convention
                                                                 news and photos, visit
         Convention photos courtesy
         of Charla Jordan                                

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“Blooms, Birds
     and Butterflies,”
        a presentation
            by Norman
         Winter, noted
            author and
                                                                                                  NATIONAL GARDEN
                                                                                                  CLUBS INC.
  speaker, focused on
   how to implement

     color and beauty
       into the garden
      with plants that
   attract pollinators.

                                                                                                  award of
          “Ordinary Plants,
     Extraordinary Stories,”
             by Carol Reese,
                                                                  James DelPrince
                                                                  delighted convention
     extension horticulture                                       goers with a floral design
           specialist at The                                      presentation inspired
   University of Tennessee                                        by birds across the
   in Jackson, explored the                                       United States and South
    value of plants through                                       America.

   a historical perspective.

                                                                   Margaret Gratz, popular
                                                                                                      GC’s Award of Excellence                      Patrick McMillan (left), and Jim Gibbs, recipients of
                                                                                                                                                    the NGC 2019 Award of Excellence.
                                                                   author and illustrator,            recognizes exceptional individuals,
                                                                   fielded questions from
                                                                   the audience during her      organizations or institutions that                and Environmental Conservation of the
                                                                   “Going on Safari in the
                                                                   Garden” presentation.        have made significant contributions               College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life
                                                                                                to their communities in such areas as             Sciences at Clemson University in South
                                                       Members of the NGC Committee of          environmental and civic responsibility,           Carolina, where he earned a doctorate
                                                       International Affiliates Activities
                                                       (COMAAI) wore traditional clothing
                                                                                                conservation or community beautification          in biological sciences and teaches plant
                                                       native to their countries at the         through gardening projects.                       taxonomy, forest biology, natural history,
                                                       installation banquet. COMAAI
                                                       represents the three international                                                         forestry and environmental conservation.
                                                       NGC regions of Mexico, Central
                                                       America and South America, which           “The Award of Excellence is our                 In addition, McMillan serves as director of
                                                       have more than 3,300 international
                                                       affiliate (IA) Spanish and Portuguese-     organization’s highest honor for                the South Carolina Botanical Garden on
                                                       speaking members.                                                                          the campus of the university.
                                                                                                  non-members. By recognizing these
                                                                                                  deserving recipients from different                McMillan is co-creator, producer,
                                                       “Designing with Native Plants,”
                                                                                                  parts of the nation, NGC hopes                  host, writer, director and co-editor
                                                       and how they inspire beautiful
                                                       landscapes, was presented by Bob           to educate and inspire others in                of the popular Emmy award-winning
                                                       Brzuszek, extension professor,
                                                                                                                                                  TV program “Expeditions with Patrick
                                                       Department of Landscape                    communities coast-to-coast.”
                                                       Architecture at Mississippi State
                                                       University in Starkville.
                                                                                                  Gay Austin, 2019-2021 NGC President

                                                                                                Patrick McMillan is a noted naturalist,
                                                                                                author, educator and Emmy award-
                                                                                                winning host of a popular series on the
                                                                                                natural world throughout North and
                                                                                                South America on American         Expeditions
                                                                                                Public Television.                with Patrick
                                                                                                   Nominated by The Garden               photo
                                                                                                Club of South Carolina Inc.,       of Clemson
                                                                                                McMillan is a Hilliard Professor   Service and
   Gay Austin, NGC 2019-2021 president, was greeted                                             of Environmental Sustainability Agriculture,
   by the king and queen of a local Mardi Gras Krewe                                                                                  Clemson
   at the festive Mardi Gras-themed Awards Banquet.                                             in the Department of Forestry       University

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Photos courtesy of South Carolina   Manor House Gardens and Daffodil              plantings and woodland gardens to frame
                                                            Botanical Garden
                                                                                                Gardens, where more than 20 million           dramatic views of the North Georgia
                                                             and water and promotes             daffodils bloom on more than 50 acres         Mountains.
                                                             balanced growth in upstate         between March 1 to April 15. In addition,        Gibbs served as president and founder
                                                             South Carolina, and is on          Gibbs Gardens features 12 seasonal            for more than 40 years at the award-
                                                             the Heritage Trust Advisory        gardens.                                      winning Gibbs Landscaping Co., a leading
                                                             Board of the South Carolina           Two spring-fed streams flow under 32       landscape firm in Atlanta. He earned a
                                                             Department of Natural              bridge crossings and feed 24 ponds and        bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in
                                                             Resources.                         19 waterfalls, as they meander through        horticulture and minoring in landscape
                                                               McMillan earned a                the Valley Gardens along miles of Fern        architecture, at the University of Georgia
                                                             bachelor’s degree in biology       Dell – one of the largest natural ferneries   in Athens. He is the recipient of two
                                                             at the University of North         in the United States – and converge near      national landscape awards presented
                                                             Carolina at Chapel Hill,           a 334-acre lake. Majestic allées of red       at the White House in Washington D.C.
                                                             where he also worked as an         sunset maples, river birch and crepe          He also is the author of “Gibbs Gardens:
   McMillan,” which airs on affiliates of                    environmental consultant and       myrtles – a signature element – sweep         Reflections on a Gardening Life,” which
   American Public Television across the         field ecologist. He also held positions at     across the Valley Gardens from the entry      follows his 30-year-old journey to bring
   nation. The author of or contributing         Fairfield Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral       drive to the expansive Rose Garden and        his vision to fruition.
   author on several books, his research         Gables, Florida, served as curator of the      hillsides featuring ribbons of day lilies.       In addition, Gibbs is a founding
   has been featured in a number of local,       North Carolina State Museum of Natural         The Manor House Gardens, situated on          member of the Atlanta Botanical
   regional and national publications,           Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina, and       one of the highest points in Cherokee         Garden and serves as a lifetime trustee.
   including “USA Today,” “National Wildlife,”   taught eighth-grade math and science.          County, feature a European-inspired           Throughout his professional career, he
   and “The State.” McMillan also is a                                                          three level home, summerhouse, gazebo,        has been a member of numerous trade
   popular lecturer in the Southeast and         Jim Gibbs is the creator of one of the         cabana and pool. Colorful perennial and       organizations, serving in a variety of
   around the nation, giving more than 100       nation’s largest residential estate gardens    annual gardens blend with older-growth        principal roles. 
   public presentations annually.                open to the public.
     A professional naturalist, McMillan’s          Nominated by The Garden Club of
   range of work has concentrated on             Georgia Inc., Gibbs spent 30 years
   botany, where his research has taken          transforming pastures, hillsides and
   him around the world in pursuit of            woodlands in Ball Ground, Georgia,
   new species of plants. In addition, he is     into his award-winning Gibbs Gardens.
   also noted for his work in ichthyology,       Situated on 326 acres, Gibbs Gardens           NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS INC.
                                                                                                2019 scholarship recipients
   herpetology and mammalogy. He is an           includes four feature gardens – the
   active member of the South Carolina           Japanese Gardens, Water Lily Gardens,
   Association of Naturalists,
   the Southern Appalachian
   Botanical Society, the
   South Carolina Native Plant
   Society and South Carolina
   Entomological Society. In
   addition, he is a member
                                                                                                T    he college scholarship program of National Garden Clubs Inc. offers financial
                                                                                                     aid to students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the
   of the board of trustees for                                                                   NGC granted a total of 35 scholarships of $4,000 each this year to students who are
   Upstate Forever, a Greenville,                                                               planning a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral
   South Carolina-based                                                                         design or horticulture. The names of the recipients were announced at the NGC 90th
   conservation           Jim Gibbs                                                             Annual Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi. Congratulations to each of our winners and
   nonprofit that            Photos                                                             best wishes for your future education!
   protects land            of Gibbs
                             Gardens                                                            Visit for more information.

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State                 Student Name                 Named Scholarship
       Arizona               Penelope Cottrell-Crawford   Violet Gose
       Arkansas              Kelby Jade Biswell           June P. Wood
       California            Benjamin Reed Brown          Ellamae Fehrer
       California            Alyssa Snow                  Mary B. Kittel                                                    A natural in the garden since 1929.
       Connecticut           Lauren Hickey                Miriam Anderson Steel
       Georgia               Lucas William Brock          Deen Day Sanders
       Georgia               Wesley Peebles               Ellen Griffin
       Idaho                 Mary Alice Taylor            Lucile Mauntel
       Indiana               Hunter VanSoest              Violet Herrich Dawson
       Iowa                  Justin John Wigdahl          Kitty Larkin
       Kansas                Erica Stuhlsatz              Thelka Neuner
       Maine                 Signe Lynch                  Tempie Dahlgren
       Massachusetts         Rachel Newman                Barbara D. May
       Massachusetts         Jacob Yankee                 Mary Duff Walters
       Michigan              Bryant J. Eddy               Osa Mae Barton
       Minnesota             Matthew Becker               Jane Layman
       Mississippi           Patrick Evan Seal            Geraldine Dean                                     Espoma Organic and National Garden Clubs
                             Matthew Wilson
                             Bailey Seyl Christofferson
                                                          Katherine Henby Hedley
                                                          June Johnsrud
                                                                                                          Are Partnering To Help Communities
       New Jersey            Helena M. Lam                Cornelia V.W. Kellogg
       New York              Paige Baisley                Helen S. Hull
       North Carolina        Cari Lee Mitchell            Eleanor L. Yates                                Your local garden projects and programs provide inspiring opportunities that bring
                                                                                                          neighbors, cultures and generations together to share the experience and joy of
       North Dakota          Jarrett Michael Lardy        Sandra H. Robinson
                                                                                                          gardening. As recognition of the valuable resource that your club contributes to
       Ohio                  Andrew Yates                 Winifred Fink                                   your community, up to 20 local garden clubs across America will
                                                                                                          be awarded grants. Recipients will earn up to $250 of Espoma
       Oklahoma              Andrew Fusco                 Lorena Martin Spillers
                                                                                                          Organic Plant Foods & Potting Soils. So be inspired America!
       Oregon                Andrew Chione                Linda G. Nelson Bentson                         Join our effort to Plant America Together. Register your garden
                                                                                                          club today! Sign up at:
       Pennsylvania          Isaac Marshall Leach         Lois Dupre Shuster
       Rhode Island          Julia Rose Callahan          Jessie M. Conner
       South Dakota          Jonathan Linke               Evelyn Mooney
       Tennessee             Selena Ranney                Shirley S. Nicolai          Be a part of ‘Plant Ame
                                                                                                            ity grow!
                                                                                    and watch your commun
       Texas                 Carlie Shea Witte            Renee D. Blaschke
       Utah                  Aaron Hoenig                 Mary Louise Michie
       Vermont               Jeniifer Mallinson Mull      Helen Hussey Champlin
       Virginia              Leah Austin Kahler           Barbara Barnette                                                                                                             Your good
       West Virginia         Legacy Skout Barger          Martha Smith                                                                                                                   to be reco deserves

   Nancy Voyles
   2017-2019 Chairman, NGC Scholarships
                                                                                                           Visit us at and join our gardening community
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FINALISTS                                    Fifth Grade
                                                                                           First Grade                                  Amanda Avitia
                                 NGC 2019                                                  Ryan Woodbury                                Sponsored by the Garden Club of

                                 smokey bear                                               Sponsored by the Neighborhood
                                                                                           Garden Club
                                                                                                                                        Michigan Garden Clubs Inc. 

                                 poster contest                                            The Utah Associated Garden Clubs Inc.

                                                                                           Second Grade
                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Moreno
                                                                                                                                        2017-2019 Chairman, Smokey Bear and Woodsy
                                 Celebrating 75 years of Wildfire Prevention                                                            Owl Poster Contest
                                                                                           Eleanor Pratt                      
                                                                                           Sponsored by the Neighborhood
                                                                                           Garden Club
                                                                                           The Utah Associated Garden Clubs Inc.

   I   n a celebration marking the 75th
       birthday of Smokey Bear of the
   U.S. Forest Service, elementary school
                                              years. The contest encourages budding
                                              artists to create a colorful poster that
                                              showcases their talents, as well as an
                                                                                           Third Grade
                                                                                           Annaliese Spradley
                                                                                           Sponsored by the Magnolia Garden Club
   students across the nation were invited    understanding of the critical messages
                                                                                           The Garden Club of Georgia Inc.
   to demonstrate their understanding         from Smokey Bear on wildfire prevention,
   of wildfire prevention through original    or Woodsy Owl, which promotes basic
   drawings depicting the popular American    environmental conservation principles.
   icon in the NGC 2019 Smokey Bear poster       The 2019 Smokey Bear poster contest
   contest.                                   winners were announced in May at

   ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!’
                                              NGC’s 90th Annual Convention in Biloxi,                              PLANT AMERICA
                                                                                                                   community project
                                              Mississippi. In summer, 2019, the national
       Smokey Bear is recognized nationally
                                              grand prize recipient will be honored with
   and internationally as the symbol for

                                              a recognition ceremony in Washington
   fire prevention. The original Smokey
   Bear appeared in 1944. His message,
   “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!”          GRAND PRIZE WINNER                                                   Guidelines and Application
   encourages personal responsibility for     Fourth Grade
   fire prevention. Smokey Bear provides      Penny Atkinson

   education to children and adults to be     Sponsored by the Neighborhood Garden
                                                                                               he PLANT AMERICA Community               Grant Amount: Up to $1,000.00 is
   careful with campfires, barbecues, trash   Club
                                                                                               Project Grants Program is sponsored      available to be used for direct expenses
   fires and matches.                         The Utah Associated Garden Clubs Inc.
                                                                                           by National Garden Clubs, Inc. for new or    of projects.
       The poster contest
                                                                                           existing club projects in their respective
   is offered each year                                                                                                                 Who May Apply:
                                                                                           communities. Projects may be a joint
   to elementary school                                                                                                                 •   Individual garden clubs that are
                                                                                           venture with another organization/s. The
   students in first                                                                                                                        members of National Garden Clubs
                                                                                           scope of these projects may include:
   through fifth grade.                                                                                                                     Inc.
   It is the collaboration                                                                 •   Beautification and/or restoration        •   NOTE: Recipients of 2017-2019
   of National Garden                                                                      •   Community gardens                            PLANT AMERICA Community Project
   Clubs Inc. and the                                                                      •   School gardens/classrooms                    Grants are NOT eligible to apply.
   United States Forest                                                                    •   Habitat for Humanity landscaping         Application Deadline: October 15, 2019
   Service, an agency of                                                                   •   Blue Star Memorial landscaping           •   Recipients of grants will be notified,
   the U.S. Department                                                                     •   Implementation of environmental              and all money will be awarded by
   of Agriculture – a                                                                          practices                                    January 31, 2020.
   partnership that                                                                        •   A horticulture or environmental          •   Projects must be completed by
   spans over 50                                                                               educational event for the public             February 28, 2021; final report forms

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due by April 1, 2021.                             photos
                                                      •   A copy of the final financial
   Judging Criteria:
                                                          report including all income and

                                                                                                 planting with a purpose
   In evaluating grant applications, judging is
   based on the following Scale of Points:
                                                      •   A copy of any publicity
   •    Benefits and visibility in
        community 			40                           NOTE: Please indicate if permission has        Maryland Garden Club Cultivates Partnerships in Planting for a
   •    Impact and scope of project      25       been given for use of photos by NGC in         Growing Collaboration at a Historical Site
   •    Involvement & participation               print or on the website. A release form
        by club members 		               15       for adults and minors can be found on
   •    Collaboration with other                  the NGC website:
        community groups 		              15       us/press-room/minor-image-release.aspx

        Application form complete
                                                  How to Apply:
                                                  •  Application is limited to ONE (1)
                                                                                                 M        embers of the Green-walled
                                                                                                          Garden Club, students at Silver
                                                                                                  Oak Academy and members of the
                                                                                                                                                 planting techniques, how to care for and
                                                                                                                                                 maintain a garden, as well as appropriate
                                                                                                                                                 harvesting times and techniques. Many
   Funding Guidelines:                               PAGE application form plus one
                                                                                                  Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, joined    Silver Oak Academy students hail from
   Grants will not be provided for:                  page for the budget for a TOTAL of
                                                                                                  forces on a gardening project at a site of
   •   Projects in which club does not               two (2) pages. Application form of                                                           Tools received from an NGC AMES Companies
                                                                                                  historical significance in Frederick County,    grant are on display by members of the Green-
       participate in some aspect                    more than two pages will NOT be                                                              walled Garden Club at the Catoctin Furnace
                                                                                                  Maryland.                                       project. Project team members included Chris
   •   Purchase of Blue Star Memorial                considered.
                                                                                                     Members of the groups built four             Gardiner (back row, far left), president, Catoctin
       Markers                                    •  Email or mail the completed one-                                                             Furnace Historical Society and students and staff
                                                                                                  raised garden beds behind a log                 of Silver Oak Academy.
   •   Competitive Flower Shows                      page application form and budget to:
                                                                                                  cabin at Catoctin
   •   Private gardens                                David Robson                                Furnace Village to
   •   Eagle Scout projects                                 accommodate a
   •   Salaries or benefits of personnel              1515 W. Fayette Ave.                        kitchen garden with
   •   Political action programs                      Springfield, IL 62704-2306                  historically accurate
   •   Capital drives and building funds
                                                                                                  herbs, vegetables
   •   Scholarships and endowments
   •   Lawsuits and litigation                            APPLICATION                             and flowers. All

   •   Overhead costs                                      DEADLINE:                              plants were selected
                                                                                                  according to the
                                                           OCTOBER 15, 2019
   Final Report:                                                                                  village’s oral histories
   1. Deadline: within two months after            To download the application visit:             and ethnobotanical
       the completion of the project or by                      data gleaned from
       April 1, 2021.                                                                             archaeological
   2. Send the following:                                                                         investigations.
       •    A short one-page report                                                               In addition, the
            describing the project including                                                      students learned

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is providing funding for a tree that will
     The Isabella stack and restored
     casting shed at Catoctin Furnace                                                 The kitchen
                                                                                                           be planted near a building currently
     Village. Photo courtesy of the
     Catoctin Furnace Historical Society.
                                                                                      garden is            under restoration by Silver Oak Academy
                                                                                      situated behind
                                                                                      the historic         students.
                                                                                      log cabin on
                                                                                      the site. Silver        The Green-walled Garden Club was
                                                                                      Oak Academy          a recipient of a 2018 National Garden
                                                                                      students built
                                                                                      the raised beds      Club Inc. grant sponsored by the AMES
                                                                                      and white picket
                                                                                      fence. Photos        Companies Inc., and used the tools it
                                                                                      courtesy of the
                                                                                      Catoctin Furnace
                                                                                                           received in the project. The club also
                                                                                      Historical           plans to utilize the tools in ongoing
                                                                                                           maintenance activities at the historic site.
   urban settings. The project                           an annual                                                                                                         Silver
                                                                                                           In addition, the garden club garnered a                           Oak
   marked the first time in which some                   celebration                                                                                                   Academy
                                                                                                           Historic Preservation Award First Place
   students tilled soil, watered a plant,                                                                                                                              students
                                                         during                                            and the Governor’s Beautification Bowl                       prepare
   watched plants grow, sampled and                      Black                                                                                                           the soil
                                                                                                           Award for the kitchen garden project by                        for the
   enjoyed consuming the results of their                History                                                                                                             first
                                                                                                           The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland                       planting
   hard-earned efforts.                                  Month each                                        Inc.                                                          season.
      In addition to the Catoctin Furnace                February
   project, garden club members will                     by the                                            About Catoctin Furnace
   continue the collaboration with students              Catoctin Furnace Historical Society.              The Catoctin Furnace, constructed in
   at Silver Oak Academy,                                                       In November 2018,          1774, was a historic iron forge, developed
   which offers education,                                                  the garden club was            to produce pig iron from locally mined
   vocational training,
   skill development and
                                       “ Club members will awarded a grant from
                                      work with students The Monarch Alliance
                                                                                                           hematite ore. The Furnace provided
                                                                                                           ammunition, such as cannonballs,                  revolutionary industrial village, including
   opportunities to young                                                   to incorporate a               for the American Revolutionary War.               the architecture, cultural landscapes,
   men within a normalized
                                          to incorporate                                                   The remains of the ironworks and a                lifeways and foodways of the workers.
                                                                            butterfly waystation at
   high school setting. Club           approximately 150                    the Catoctin Furnace           pre-Revolutionary industrial village              Visit
   members will assist the                                                                                 are located at the base of the Catoctin
                                       pollinator-friendly                  site. Club members                                                               About Green-walled Garden Club
   academy in gardening                                                     will work with students        Mountains in Cunningham Falls State               Established in 1956, the Green-walled
   activities as part of the
   school’s new curriculum,
                                                          ”                 to incorporate
                                                                            approximately 150
                                                                                                           Park, in Frederick County. It is a popular
                                                                                                           destination for locals and tourists alike to
                                                                                                                                                             Garden Club of The Federated Garden
                                                                                                                                                             Clubs of Maryland Inc., created its
   which will                                                                         pollinator-          explore and experience the area’s living          name from a line of the poem “Barbara
   incorporate                                                                        friendly plants in   history. The Catoctin Furnace Historical          Fritchie,” by John Greenleaf Whittier. Club
   vegetables                                                                         the waystation.      Society, Inc. celebrates studies and              members participate in a multitude of
   harvested from                                                                     The garden will      preserves the rich history of this pre-           civic beautification projects, including
   the garden into                                                                    be a continuing       The entrance to the log cabin is enhanced with   “Flowers Over Frederick,” in which flower
   food prepared                                                                      project that          fall plantings by Silver Oak Academy students.

   by students in                                                                     educates
   the academy’s                                                                      students about
   culinary arts                                                                      the need to
   program. The                                                                       supplement                                                                                            Nancy Sesler,
   food also is                                                                       what nature                                                                                           Green-walled
                                                                                                                                                                                            Garden Club and
   served at area                                                                     provides in food                                                                                      Catoctin Furnace
   living history                                                                                                                                                                           Village project
                                                                                      for insects and                                                                                       coordinator,
   events, such                                                                       butterflies. In                                                                                       enjoys a sample
                                                                                                                                                                                            of apple butter
   as “In Their                                                                       addition, the                                                                                         made by
                           Silver Oak Academy students plant rosemary in the kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                            students during
   Own Voices,”            garden as a symbol of friendship and remembrance.          garden club                                                                                           fall activities.

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   baskets are hung on light posts         Green-walled Garden Club members and Silver Oak                           THE FEDERATED GARDEN CLUBS OF NEW YORK STATE, INC
                                           Academy staff decide on what to harvest first from
   in downtown Frederick; ongoing          the kitchen garden.                                                  and Under the guidance of Marisa Katzurin, Horticulture Chair, District 2,
   maintenance of public gardens;                                                                                               FGCNYS invite you to Experience & See
   garden therapy projects for youth                                                                                                    what other tours miss!
   at a local school for students with
   disabilities; and landscaping at the
   city park, the local arts center, the
   assisted living facility and a nature
   center. In addition, the Green-
   walled Garden Club collaborates
   with another local nonprofit on
   civic projects that include an annual
   candlelight house tour during the
   holidays and served as co-sponsor
   of a spring tour of area private and
   public gardens. The club has 30
   active members and nine associate
                                                                                                                                        THE ISLAND OF SICILY TOUR We are going to explore the treasures of
       A Silver                                                                                                 CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR!    Sicily from Catania to scenic Taormina with its Greek-Roman Theatres.
           Oak                                                                                                    ASK FOR MORE INFOS.
     Academy                                                                          Lora Andrews
                                                                                                                                        Discover Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe and experience the
      student                                                                         (left) Silver                                     incredible landscapes from Etna’s peak. See the Godfather movie locations
   and Shelley                                                                        Oak Academy                                       as we visit the town of Savoca. Walk through the city of Siracusa and its
     Johnson,                                                                         workforce
        Green-                                                                                                                          Archeological Park of Neapolis. Tour the unique town of Noto known for its
        walled                                                                        and culinary                                      Sicilian baroque architecture and the honey colored limestone that glows in
       Garden                                                                         instructor,                                       the evening sun.
          Club                                                                        Nancy Sesler
                                                                                                                                        You will enjoy Agrigento and the ancient Greek sites of Temples Valley and
         study                                                                        project
                                                                                                                                        then the towns of Selinunte and Sagesta. We'll visit the Roman Villa at
      the root                                                                        coordinator,                                      Casale (Piazza Armerina) and then move onto the cities of Trapani and
    system of                                                                         Green-walled                                      Marsala with its famous salt ponds. Our tour ends in Palermo, Sicily’s capital
       a plant.                                                                       Garden Club                                       and largest city with its Arabo-Norman churches, baroque palaces and
                                                                                      and Shelley
                                                                                      Johnson,                                          colorful markets
                                                                                      Green-walled                                      ITALIAN LAKES TO VENICE TOUR View the magnificent lakes of northern
                                                                                      Garden Club,
                                                                                      discuss the
                                                                                                                                        Italy; Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda and admire the extraordi-
                                                                                      next steps in                                     nary landscapes at the feet of the Italian Alps. Visit and explore the great
                                                                                      harvesting      MAD ADV                           cities of Bergamo, Mantua, Verona, Padua, and Venice. Enjoy and stroll the
               Lora                                                                   the garden.
                                                                                                                                        exclusive gardens of Villa Taranto, Villa Carlotta, Sigurtà and the most
         Silver Oak                                                                                                                     ancient botanic garden in the world in Padua. You will cherish your day on
          Academy                                                                                                                       a boat the "Burchiello" where you will discover and visit the 17th and 18th
         workforce                                                                                                                      century villas of the Venetian nobility including the treasures in their
      and culinary
                                                 Shelley S. Johnson                                                                     homes. All the while you will delight enjoying classic Italian cuisine and the
        instructor,                              President                                                                              wonderful wines of Italy.
             plants                              Green-walled Garden Club
          squash in
       the kitchen                     
                                                 Nancy Sesler
                                                 Catoctin Furnace Village Project Lead and
                                                 Green-walled Garden Club
                                                                                                                                            11 Stony Run Rd, Great Neck, NY - 11023
                                                                                                                                                                 phone: (516) 737-5000 • mobile: (516) 851-0247
   Visit                                 Photos courtesy of Green-walled                                                              Via San Pietro 24/a - Ozzano Dell’Emilia - 40064 (BO) Italy
   greenwalledgarden/                                 Garden Club                                                                                                             mobile Italy: 011 39 338 4968 002

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program. It’s a simple, easy
                                                                                            way for individuals and
                                                                                            clubs to play an active role
                                                                                            in restoring our forests!
   PENNY PINES -                                                                               Please keep up your

   a TREEmendous program                                                                    TREEmendous support of
                                                                                            the Penny Pines program.
                                                                                            Download the donation
                                                                                            form at
                                                                                            projects/penny-pines 

                                                                                            Janice Clem

                                                                                            2017-2019 Chairman, Penny
         ince                                                           National Garden
         launching a                                                    Clubs Inc.
   partnership in                                                       donated $72,828                                                 Pines
   2004 with the                                                        to U.S. state and         Photos courtesy of United        plantation
   United States                                                        national forests.         States Forest Service,             projects.

   Forest Service,                                                      This amount               San Bernardino National
   an agency of the                                                     translates                Forest, Calif.
   U.S. Department                                                      to 1,071
   of Agriculture,                                                      Penny Pines
   National Garden                                                      plantations.
   Clubs Inc. and                                                       Each plantation
   its member                                                           consists of
   affiliates across                                                    200 seedlings,
   the nation have                                                      which means           Top exhibitor Boston Flower & Garden Show
   raised funds on                                                      NGC members
   the local and state levels for Penny Pines, contributed to help supply 214,200 trees.
   a program dedicated to sustaining our       Under the conservation agreement, the
   national and urban forests.                 U.S. Forest Service does the planting
      What began in California in 1941 as a    using your donation together with federal
   statewide conservation program, Penny       funds, and the plantation is offered the
   Pines has expanded to all 50 states.        same protection from fires, insects and
   The conservation effort                                      disease provided to other
   entails the planting of                                      forested areas.
   replacement seedlings
   that are indigenous            “     ...members of
                                    National Garden             Donations came from
   (not only pine trees), to                                    44 of our 50 U.S. states.
   forested areas damaged          Clubs Inc. donated           The Florida Federation
   by insects, fires or              $72,828 to U.S.            of Garden Clubs Inc. led
   natural catastrophes.                                        the way with the most
   The plantations                 state and national           Penny Pines plantation
   provide soil protection,
   watershed protection, soil
                                                 ”              donations.
                                                                  Be a part of the effort
   stabilization, as well as                                    to keep our national
   beauty and shade for recreation.            forests beautiful by donating $68, or          “From my floral design workshops to navigating the streets of Italy - perfect.”
      In the 2018 calendar year, members of    multiples of $68, to NGC’s Penny Pines                           global garden tourist / àpropos wearer - Fairfield, CT

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gardening                                                                                    landscape
   SCHOOLS                                                                                      DESIGN SCHOOLS

   I sabella Elstein of Wellington High
     School in Wellington, Florida, is the
   national first-place recipient of the 2018-
                                                 I waited and waited to find nothing…
                                                 My 10th birthday came around, I wanted
                                                 nothing more than for my seed to bloom
                                                                                                A     lexander Pope, the noted 18th
                                                                                                      century English poet, said “All
                                                                                                gardening is landscape painting.”
                                                                                                                                                      during the 2017-2019 term, and to
                                                                                                                                                      the state presidents who supported
                                                                                                                                                      the provision of this education to
   2019 Poetry Contest of National Garden        but still nothing.                             National Garden Clubs offers                                    garden club members and
   Clubs Inc. Elstein was sponsored by the       Years came and past,                           Landscape Design Schools                                        the public.
   Wellington Garden Club of the Florida
   Federation of Garden Clubs Inc.
                                                 Memories faded of the seedling, now
                                                 covered by all the years of rain and
                                                                                                to get you excited about
                                                                                                landscape.                         “     ...gardening
                                                                                                                                      is landscape
                                                                                                                                                                •    Please see our updated
                                                                                                                                                                Landscape Design Schools
     “Pop Goes the Seed,” was the creative       sunshine.                                                                                                      Directory for 2019-2021,

                                                                                                Please note the following
   theme for the contest this year. The          Graduating from school and leaving the                                                 painting.               which is posted on the
                                                                                                news and updates:
   NGC Poetry Contest encourages youth           seedling behind                                                                                                LDS page of the website
                                                                                                •   New schools beginning
   to express and explore their creative         I was sure it would never bloom.                                                                      State
                                                                                                    on and after July 1 (that
   thoughts through different types of           20 years later,                                                                                      chairmen should especially note new
                                                                                                    is the new school series beginning
   poetry and embrace their creativity           now having a family,                                                                                 NGC LDS accrediting assignments:
                                                                                                    with Course 1), will utilize the new
   through the art of writing.                   I came to visit my old house                                                                         Jane Bersch for Pacific and South
                                                                                                    curriculum posted on the NGC
     Students in general education, special      to find my seedling had finally turned into                                                          Central Regions; Nancy Fulk for
                                                                                                    website (and contained in the new
   education and English as a second             a tall beautiful orchid tree, sprouting over                                                         Central and South Atlantic Regions;
                                                                                                    Handbook). Schools in progress
   language from kindergarten through            the crystal clear                                                                                    Linda McLendon for Deep South and
                                                                                                    before July 1 will utilize existing
   ninth grade are eligible to enter the         watered lake from below.                                                                             Rocky Mountain Regions; and Alexis
                                                                                                    curriculum (also available on the
   contest each year. All winning entries are    As I walked with salty tears dropping from                                                           Slafer for Central Atlantic and New
                                                                                                    website). The old curriculum utilizes
   compiled into a print booklet and each        my face, I peered over the water to see                                                              England Regions.
                                                                                                    the text “Stewards of the Land,”
   winner receives a copy.                       my reflection staring back at me                                                                  Please consider Landscape Design
                                                                                                    which readily is available at NGC
     Thank you to Jan Thomas, chairman,          Seeing how much I have grown…                                                                  Schools in your plans for the upcoming
                                                                                                    Member Services at shopgardenclub.
   NGC Poetry Contest for coordinating the       how much I have grown with what was                                                            garden club year!
                                                                                                    org/shop/. The new curriculum will
   entries this year!                           once a small seedling                                                                             I recently was told that “Newscape,” our
                                                                                                    not utilize a text, but will be based
                                                 now a big and beautiful orchid tree…                                                           biannual newsletter about LD Schools
   Barbara Hadsell                                                                                  on instructors’ expansion of the
   Chairman, Gardening Schools                   Towering over above, blowing through                                                           and Councils, is the best advertisement
                                                                                                    outline for each course. Courses                         the wind.                                                                                      ever seen for Landscape Design Schools.
                                                                                                    for schools already in progress may
                                                 As I stand beside it, aged, wishing I had                                                      Check it out and share it with others.
                                                                                                    wish to incorporate some of the new
   The Seedling                                  remembered my colorless seedling.                                                              Issues from 2011 to 2019 are available on
                                                                                                    curriculum topics as a supplemental
   By Isabella Elstein                                                                                                                          our web page at
                                                                                                    subject. Thanks to the Textbook for
                                                                                                                                                landscape-design . 
   At the age of 7, I planted the small                                                            LDS Committee (Jane Bersch, Victoria
                                                                                                    Bergesen and Alexis Slafer) for             Greg Pokorski
   colorless seed in the pitch black dirt.              Please visit NGC Schools
                                                                                                    developing the new curriculum.              Chairman
   Thrilled to see it start to bloom, the next            Course Calendars at                                                                   Landscape Design Schools
                                                                                                •   Many thanks to all of the state,
   day I ran outside to find nothing.
                                                                        local and NGC chairmen involved
   Nothing except for the same pile of dirt
   covering the same small colorless seed.                                                          in offering courses and refreshers

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environmental, gardening
   and landscape design
                                                                                                           Flower Show                                     SCHOOLS

   T     he new “Handbook for
         Environmental, Gardening, and
                                                         fillable forms on your personal
                                                         computer. Then, fill them out as

   Landscape Design Schools,” was posted                 needed, renaming them for each              t is my pleasure to introduce myself      The following information provides the
   to the NGC website in April, and is                   separate course, save the form, and         to you as the newly appointed NGC      approved changes to the Handbook for
   available on each of the schools’ web                 send it via e-mail to the appropriate   Flower Show Schools (FSS) chairman. On     Flower Shows 2017 and is effective July
   pages. This handbook replaces the three               NGC chairmen (as listed on the          behalf of the FSS Committee, we send       1, 2019.
   separate handbooks for these three                    forms and in the Handbook).             our sincere appreciation to Dorthy Yard
                                                                                                                                            NGC Flower Show Schools Committee
   schools.                                           Listings of schools courses and            for her dedication and leadership these
                                                                                                                                            Handbook for Flower Shows Changes
     A separate forms unit is posted with          refreshers that previously were included      past six years.
   each school web page to help make your          in this magazine, will now be available          I welcome judges, state FSS chairmen
   use of forms easier. Please visit the NGC       in “Keeping in Touch,” the bimonthly          and club members to send questions         Judging Credits
   website at to find these         supplement to “The National Gardener,”        and concerns to me or other members        Change #1
   two postings. This is in effect for all three   at       on the FSS Committee. We work as a         Handbook, page 116, prior to Section V
   schools now.                                    on the NGC website at        team to solve Flower Show problems,        (Becoming an Accredited Judge).
   •    Please note that NO PRINT COPY                                                           misunderstandings and help with
                                                   Judy Newman                                   clarifications of the “Handbook for        Additions:
        OF THE HANDBOOK IS AVAILABLE.              Chairman, Environmental Schools
                                                                                                 Flower Shows, 2017.”                       NOTE: Judging Credit: for Accredited,
        You may conveniently download    
                                                                                                    Flower Show Schools is an established   Accredited Life and Accredited Master
        the free handbook to your personal
                                                   Barbara Hadsell                               educational program with high standards    Judges is defined as judging six (6) classes
        computer. You will be able to select       Chairman, Gardening Schools                   of excellence. Flower Shows educate,       in an NGC Flower Show.
        the section that is of interest to you
                                                                                                 promote NGC’s goals and objectives and     A. A Small Standard, Standard Flower
        and print just the information you
                                                   Greg Pokorski                                 enable us to cultivate new friendships.         Show
        need. The information is easy to           Chairman                                      I encourage all of our club members to          1. Required to include at least one
        access online.                             Landscape Design Schools                      participate in these fun and rewarding               class of Horticulture and one
   •    State chairmen of the three NGC  
                                                                                                 endeavors.                                           class of Design.
        schools will begin using the forms                                                          The FSS Forms and Guidelines on the          2. The other four classes may be
        now. Download and save the blank,                                                        NGC website will be revised over the                 in any of the five divisions.
                                                                                                 next few months as NGC’s new website                 a. Exception: Photography

                                NGC Calendar
                                                                                                 is built.                                                 is not eligible for judging
                                                                                                                                                      b. Includes classes of Artistic
      National Conventions                           Fall Board Meetings                                                                                  Crafts and Exploration in
                                                                                                                                                           Botanical Arts Division.
                                                                                                       Please visit NGC Schools
      2020      Milwaukee, Wis., May 11-14           2019      St. Louis, Mo., Sept 18-20                                                   B. Specialty Flower Shows
                                                                                                         Course Calendars at
      2021      East Rutherford, N.J.,               2020      Fargo, N.D., Sept. 24-26                                                          1. One class of either Horticulture
                May 17-20 (installation)             2021      St. Louis, Mo., Dates TBD
                                                                                                                          or Design, according to the type
      2022      Orlando, Fla. Dates TBD                                                                                                               of Specialty Flower Show.

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