About Us


How We Began

On March 29, 1949, sixteen charter members formed Cumming Garden Club, and it was federated in 1950. The first book studied was A Continuation of the Principles of Flower Arranging According to Rockwell and Grayson.


Flower:   Rose

Tree:   Dogwood

 Colors:   Red and White

THEME  To conserve and nurture the best within myself,

and the best in my community.

Our Affiliate Garden Clubs

          National Garden Clubs, Inc.    www.gardenclub.org

               Deep South Region    www.dsgardenclubs.com    

          The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.    gardenclub.uga.edu

               Laurel District     www.laureldistrict.org

Click on URLs above to explore affiliate websites.

2019-2021 Affiliate Officers are shown below.


Valued Members We Will Miss


Ruth Sutton

Leaving for family reasons and to support her friend Shirley Thomas,

Ruth has made significant contributions to the Club for many years.

  • She served as President for the terms 2007-09 and 2013-15, initiating/conducting a 'Fun with Flowers' design workshop in 2014.
  • She has helped organize and has contributed entries in three Flower Shows during the last eight years, receiving many blue ribbons for both design and horticulture.
  • As a Flower Show judge, she has been instrumental in preparing club members for our shows, and assisting Flower Show chairs.
  • Serving on several committees, including Awards, she has contributed hard work and gardening knowledge to our community projects such as Poole's Mill Park and the Head Start Garden.

Ruth was made an Honorary Member in January 2019


Shirley Thomas

Shirley is leaving the Club for health reasons, and her ever cheerful smile

 will be remembered along with her many contributions.

  • Recruited by Ruth, Shirley has represented CGC at state and district conventions, and served as Club Secretary.
  • She has been involved with club activities such as creating floral designs for the Forsyth County Senior Expo, and assisting in a program called 'Fun with Flowers' which instructed a Girl Scout troop in floral design.
  • Shirley was the Flower Show Chair for 'Patriotic Splendor', our 2015 flower show, which won many National Garden Club awards.

Shirley was made an Honorary Member in January 2019


Barb Litterer

Barb has resigned to have more time with family. She has given much time and energy in support of our club's activities, and will be greatly missed.

  • Barb headed Garden Therapy workshops at White Oaks assisted living home for several years.
  • She has co-chaired both the Horticulture Committee and Library Design Committee for the last two years.
  • Always ready to volunteer on projects, she has tirelessly worked at Poole's Mill Park and the Head Start Garden.
  • In 2012, Barb helped design and install the foundation garden project at Chestatee Community Building.

Barb died on October 30, 2018, after suffering a stroke.  She was 81 years old.