Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 33520
Raleigh, NC 27636-3520


Physical Location:
J.C. Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00


For Website Submissions:
See the Website Submission
Rules in Members Only
Marcia Loudon, Website Chairman

News & Updates

Carey Edward Brown Jr.

First Website Editor

Lt. Col. Dr. Carey Edward Brown Jr. passed away peacefully at his villa at Plantation Village in Wilmington, NC on April 19, 2018. An adored and beloved son, Ed was born July 20th, 1932 to his parents Carey E. Brown Sr. and Mary Jane Moore Brown.  Two older sisters, Ruth and Rachel, completed the Brown Family with roots in the rural setting of Bethel, NC. Their lives were greatly enriched growing up on a southern tobacco farm where Ed,especially as an only son, followed in his father’s footsteps every moment of the day. Often Ed recalled fondly memories of roaming the farm, especially the woods, with his dog. That early farm life experience formed the backdrop for an immense curiosity and love of naturethatprovided the mindset of the love of learning and how things work. As a youngster Ed developed an insatiable natural interest in taking things apart and reassembling them just to see how they functioned. Ed’s deep spiritual heritage and faith was nurtured greatly as a young teen by family attendance at Bethel Baptist Church.  Always serious about his studies, Ed excelled academically while attending Bethel Elementary and graduated from Bethel High School in Pitt County, NC. His undergraduate studies began as a freshman at East Carolina University. He then transferred to North Carolina State University where he earned a BS degree in Agricultural Education. As an Air Force ROTC graduate, he was commissioned as a 2ndLieutenant beginning a 20 year military tenure as a Communications Intelligence Officer and Air Force Academy Professor. Education has always been an integral component of Ed’s life. While serving in the Air Force he attended graduate school at Duke University, receiving a Master’s Degree in 1967 in Biology with an appointment to the Air Force Academy faculty in Colorado teaching physiology. In addition Ed was the coach for the Air Force Academy Skeet Team (1967-73). With much practice he became a serious competitor earning quite a good collection of trophies and awards. Later while on the Air Force Academy faculty he began his doctoral program and completed his PhD in physiology in 1974 from Colorado State University.

In 1954, two months into his Air Force Career, as Ed said often, he gained the life mate that God designed for him, Evelyn Anne Thigpen Brown from Goldsboro, North Carolina. They were married in the Goldsboro Friends Meeting in December 1954 prior to their first assignment at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Ed frequently and dotingly expressed the following sentiment, “Anne and I have been greatly blessed all our lives, and we are very thankful for the interesting lives that have been ours to enjoy.” They were married for 62 years prior to Anne’s death in 2016. While in the military, Ed and Anne traveled extensively and lived not only in Alabama but California, Texas, Colorado, Libya, Turkey, and Thailand with many tours of Europe as well.  Ed was fortunate to have two distinguished careers.   First, 20 years of military service, retiring in 1976, and subsequently a 25 year career in the field of education,serving as Academic Dean, Executive Vice President of Louisburg College, and finally, Interim President until his second career retirement in 2001.

In addition to Airforce Officer and Academia, Ed was also an artist with many creative hobbies. He loved hunting, fishing, working with stained glass, wood turning, golf, skeet shooting, computers and photography. Civic minded, Ed was active in the Rotary Club for 30 years, serving two terms as President. A member of Louisburg Baptist Church in Louisburg, Ed served as Deacon Advisory Board Chairman, Sunday School Teacher and Editor of the church newsletter, The Tie. He served as the webmaster and photographer for the Garden Club of North Carolina, earning honorary lifetime membership.

Friends and family will gather at Louisburg Baptist on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm for a memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life with Reverend Reggie Rushing presiding.

Our beloved Ed is survived by his sister, Ruth Brown Whitley of Charlotte, NC, a host of lovingextended family members, and longtime caregivers Faye Miller, Lynette Watkins, Melissa Penny, Corinne Leontieff, Amy Wetherell, Susan Penny, Clara House, and Amy Jones. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Louisburg Baptist Church 302 Main Street, Louisburg, NC. 27549. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


“Growing Forward Together to Plant America”

I have picked my theme for the next term “Growing Forward Together to Plant America” to go with the New National President, Nancy Hargrove’s theme “Plant America”. She asked all the presidents’ to do this as she wants to make a singular focus on gardens and gardening. This concept supports the results of a recent survey at a meeting of the NGC Board of Directors that the main reason people join a garden club is to learn about gardening.  This theme will have its own graphic logo for visual recognition of the program’s name. I learned at the NGC Convention last month that this same theme will be carried over through the next two administrations. The theme can cover any and every aspect of gardening, horticulture, garden design and community service – even water issues, as one cannot garden without water! It applies to every kind of garden: Blue Star plantings, vegetable gardens, community gardens, container gardening on town streets, neighborhood plantings, etc. There will be more about this on the websites with Plant America Community Project Grants Guidelines and Application, so if you’re interested check this out.

We were excited to see our own Judy Barnes, installed as SAR Director at the NGC Convention. Mary Lou Goodman, also one of our own, will be Alternate Director of SAR. We all have a busy year ahead of us, so let’s put our heads together and make this a wonderful year for the GCNC. May each and every one of you have the best year ever!

We are so happy to announce that we welcome a new affiliate member to The Garden Club of North Carolina. Help us in welcoming the Audubon Society of NC to our membership. We look forward to working with and having a long relationship with them