Linda Hardie (right), Cumming Garden Club Treasurer and Edna McClellan, Laurel District Treasurer were among the 289 garden club members and guests attending The Garden Club of Georgia’s 91st Annual Convention April 16-18. Mayor B. H. Henderson welcomed the group to Columbus and the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
Wednesday’s activities included District Breakfasts, followed by the Award of Merit Luncheon featuring a fashion show by Chico’s Apparel. Mary Ann Eaddy and Staci Catron presented their award-winning book, Seeking Eden.
The Life Member Luncheon at noon Thursday concluded the 2019 convention. Sara Lanier, the Deep South Regional Director 2011-2013, joined GCG President Jane Hersey of Eatonton in presenting awards and in installing the State officers and District Directors.
The event carried through this theme with educational workshops, awards recognition and tours of downtown Columbus and the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Tuesday night’s keynote speaker was Bonnie Satterthwaite who emphasized “There was No Miracle Gro in the Garden of Eden.”
Seven club members assisted residents in making potted plants for their rooms on February 25, 2019.
Betty stated that there were 28 pots planted. Pots not designed by residents in attendance were planted by club members and left for the activity director to distribute to those unable to participate.
The club's only remaining founding/charter member, Montine moved into The Oaks in early 2018, and wanted to share her love of gardening with her new friends.
On May 5, the Welch Mill Exhibit, which explains much of the history of Poole's Mill, was dedicated in the park. Linda Hardie and Heidi Stuckman joined Forsyth County Historical Society directors Martha and Jimmy McConnell
and Forsyth County historian George Pirkle.
In celebration of Earth Week (April 16-22), 26 members of the International
Club of Forsyth Central High School,
along with their teachers,
helped with Poole's Mill garden cleanup.
Along with spreading pine straw mulch and removing tree limb debris, Central High's International Club erected a wren's birdhouse,
which was built and donated by
Forsyth County Naturalists.
(At left, Linda Hardie poses with some of the students).
Heidi Stuckman (left) and Kay Black did some weeding chores in the Charles Welch memorial garden during Earth Week. CGC is now partnered
with Forsyth County Master Gardeners in maintaining this space.
(Linda Hardie and Chuck Baumrucker
also assisted with cleanup.)
Juliet Foster (cameo), community garden coordinator for UGA Master Gardeners, will be updating plant labels. She made a survey while Tricia Wester and Linda Hardie did some pruning and cleanup this July.