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

District 1

Congratulations to Tryon Garden CLub- owners and

Operations for Pearsons Falls


Just reported for the year 2016 a record-breaking attendance of  24,690 lovers of the beauty of this “golden spot”

Attached is Tryon GC March 2017 Newsletter with all the hard work they have done with Pearson Falls

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 COME AND SEE US       SALUDA, NCMilitary Tree Dedicated to All Who Served. placed at   Polk County Library

Second tree in library for the children

Waynesville Garden Club, Waynesville had a specula tree for the season this year.  Because of all the devastating forest fires in Western NC, this tree is covered in replicas of all woodland creatures whose habitats have been erased by fire.

These photos were taken by SGC member Cindy Parker at the Sylva Garden Club ‘s dedication of the Bicentennial Park gazebo in memory of George Allison, Jr. held on September 6, 2016. Mr. Allison was an avid supporter of the

Sylva Garden Club. 


The twenty-four members of the Waynesville Garden Club hosted a fundraiser-auction and luncheon September 23, 2016. The event was held at the Winchester Country Club in Waynesville, NC.


The auction raised more than $8,000.00 to assist in funding 15 annual, gardening related projects, gifts to local charities, and an annual $2,000.00 college scholarship to a horticulture student.



Green Blades Garden CLub, Tryon ratified at September Fall Board returning to District 1 as new club(32 members)

Waynesville Garden CLub Fund Raiser September 2016.

waynesvulleMembers of others clubs attending
l-r back row: Judy Winchester,Richland GC,Elaine Hefner, VD of District 1,President Richland GC, Jean Shumway,Daffy Jills GC, Secretary District 1
Front row l-to-r : Linda Boyd Richland GC, Mary Reeves, DD#1 Daffy jills GC, Judy Ferguson, Richland GC, President of Waynesville GC(not shown) Val Hunzinker

65-yearsIn celebration of its 65th anniversary, Mountain View Garden Club members hosted an afternoon high tea recently on the grounds of the historic Shelton House in Waynesville.

Guests of the party included town officials; members of local garden clubs, which included the Richland Creek, Waynesville and Tuscola clubs; past Mountain View Club presidents and officials of the State Federation of Garden Clubs.

Guests were treated to delicacies made by club members, served on tables on the lawn under a large tent, decked out with silverware, linen tablecloths and dahlia flower arrangements.

Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown toasted the club’s recent endeavor of partnering with the town to establish the Waynesville Arboretum and asked other organizations to consider participation in the project, which is just getting started.

The Mountain View Club has donated an initial $2,000 toward the project, and is in the process of planting a garden, along with applying for grants and/or awards for matching funds.

Guests were invited to tour the historic 18th century Shelton House and Barn, formerly home to the Shelton family, which now houses the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts.

The affair was coordinated by club members Sandra Owen and Christy Maloney, with support from the Shelton House board of directors, staff and docents.

District 1 Presidents Luncheon

July 15 at Biltmore Parks Travina’s
100% plus attendance plus interested members

Seated center our new VD /DD-Elect Elaine Hefner and President Richland GC, Mary Reeves ,DD left, Jean Shumway to right is District Secretary
Martha Anderson Yearbook Chair for D#1 as well as Nominations Chair, Susan Kelly past President Tryon Garden Club,Donna Southworth, President Tryon GC, Anne Valentine President LandOsky GC, Wanda Klodosky, President Mountain GC, Anne
Brissey, VP Mountain GC, Diane Kornse, President Mountain View GC, Sylvia Lonee, President Waynesville Council,Kathy Montgomery, President Sylva GC, Betsy Grant, President Transylvania GC, Valerie Hunzinker, President Waynesville GC

Val Hunzinker , President of Waynesville Garden Club gifts a Monarch hatching box to Mary

Our 1 absent President sent greetings via email with proof of absence. A nasty broken ankle. Not to be thought a laggard she did this on a Segway



Demo at Transylvannia GC

On Creative Contemporary Design
To encourage entry for Horticulture and Design at Mountain State Fair in September

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Daffy Jills Restoration ProjectDaffyjills restorationRestoration Project of BS Marker originally placed by Daffy Jills GCNC  in 1977 : Fund Raising Project under way led by Nancy Hiley,President, Jean Shumway ,Club member and DD 1 Secretary.  Picture by Margaret Ritchey ,NC WELCOME CENTER MANAGER.

MOUNTAIN VIEW GARDEN CLUB9B643B1D-A65C-4C9A-9763-294D02A057C7 98DC9E28-8126-4702-AD3D-B9944B04FDD1Right to left :Rhonda Gerber,Diane Kornse,club President,Mary Reeves DD#1

The silk flowers were placed in the Polk Conty Library by Daffy Jills GC member Mary Lance in honor of all our Veterans.

silk flowers daffy jills

Blue Star Marker Fund Raiser

D#1 Blue Star

Nancy Hiley, President of Daffy-Jill GC,GARDEN CLUB Of NC,JEAN SHUMWAY,DISTRICT 1 Secretary,Mary Reeves,District 1 Director ,GCNC HONOR OUR Veterans by placing Memorial ribbons on Blue Star marker. This is the 1 st Blue Star Marker upon entering NC from Spartanburg County,SC on I-26

LOSGC Times-News 5.19.16

New Pres Wanda KlodosyNew President ,Wanda Klodosy and Mary Reeves DD

Past Pres Margjorie Rothermel
Margjorie Rothermel, outgoing Pres

installation of officers

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One a brisk, sunny day, The Daffy Jills GC enjoyed a Docent- led tour of this beautiful educational facility.  The unveiling of the first larger-than-life-sized sculpture of Fredrick Law Omstead, the father of American landscape architecture will be on April 22nd.  Baker Educational building in the background plus the new fountain.

Mountain Garden Club takes a Valentine celebration to Highlands NC assisted Living residentsmountain valentine

Transylvania Hosts District 1 Garden Club – Brevard NC – Connestee Falls NC

Dist 1 Meeting 1

At the registration table were Transylvania Garden Club members and a special guest: (first row) Joan Munn, Linda Cooper, Davelyn Vinson; and (second row) Lois Hunley, Shirley Tomlin, Mr. Squirrel (Michael Collins) and Maureen Copelof. (Courtesy photos)

October’s bright blue weather and a gigantic “White Squirrel” greeted 59 women Oct. 14 as they arrived in Transylvania County.
The occasion was the District 1 annual meeting of The Garden Club of North Carolina (GCNC), which was hosted by the Transylvania Garden Club in the Cherokee Room of Connestee Falls Clubhouse.
Prior to “getting down to business,” time was allocated to mix and mingle. GCNC state officers and members representing 11 federated clubs in Western North Carolina renewed old friendships and made new ones while enjoying coffee and pastries.
The tables in the meeting room were decorated with fluffy white squirrels, brightly colored autumn leaves and orange pumpkins.
The meeting was called to order by District 1 Director Mary Reeves.
The GCNC official Collect was read by all members, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by District 1 Vice Chair Nan Chase. Reeves introduced TGC President Betsy Grant who formally welcomed everyone on behalf of the host club.
Jim Lorah, Connestee Falls’ general manager, also addressed the group, thanking the organization for its strong leadership in implementation of environmental education.
He applauded state and local programs for providing scholarships for deserving North Carolina students studying horticulture.
A solemn memorial service followed, honoring the lives of three former members who died in the past year.
TGC member Tine Liegerot spoke particularly of Virginia “Ginger” Owens Long, who died Jan. 11. 1n 1999, Long, a long-time guidance counselor at Brevard Middle School, was instrumental in the formation of the TGC youth garden club, Earthkeepers.
Her enthusiasm was rewarded through the achievements of this active youth organization, which did not go unnoticed. Earthkeepers was consistently recognized by the GCNC as Youth Garden Club of the Year.
Reeves introduced the GCNC state officers:
President Judy Bond from Pittsboro, First Vice President Gail Hill from Greensboro, Second Vice President, Brenda Crocker from Rocky Mount and Third Vice President Derene Honeycutt from Dunn.
The officers spoke later in the morning on each aspect of the state organization and encouraged local clubs to expand their memberships by reaching out to younger women to perpetuate the GCNC goals.
A “lightening round” followed as one member from each garden club gave a two-minute synopsis on the past year’s activities and achievements of their club.
Although guidelines are set by the state organization, each club is encouraged to “do its own thing” to promote gardening, community beautification, historic preservation and protection of natural resources and the environment.
Once the business meeting concluded, guest were treated to a buffet luncheon prepared by the Connestee Falls Clubhouse chef.
After lunch, Maureen Copelof introduced guest speaker Jennifer Burgin, a certified wildlife rehabilitator (focusing primarily on the area’s white squirrels). The Transylvania Garden Club’s decision to spotlight this unique creature as the theme of the afternoon program was well received.What has become commonplace to those of us who live in and around Brevard was a new experience to many of the women present who had never seen a white squirrel.
Burgin is often called upon to make “house calls” when a white squirrel is found injured.
She has cared for a large of them and is one of several persons certified to do this admirable work. In North Carolina, as well as in many other states, it is illegal to keep wildlife as pets.
Dist 1 Meeting 2Kathleen Carland, Tine Liegerot, the TGC Yearbook chair and Janice Yeager were also among the attendees.

As cute as they are, they are still wildlife and must have their freedom unless they are injured to the point they cannot be returned to the wild. That is when the wildlife rehabilitator is called upon.
Burgin brought Ellie with her so the members could view a white squirrel up close and personal.
Although Ellie has suffered brain trauma, depending on her recovery, she may one day be able to return to her native habitat. Garden clubs represented were Asheville’s EZ Gardeners and Asheville Garden Club; Hendersonville’s Land O’ Sky Garden Club; Highland’s Mountain Garden Club; Sylva Garden Club; Tryon’s Daffy Jills Garden Club; Tryon Garden Club and Magnolia Garden Club; Waynesville’s Richland Garden Club and Waynesville Garden Club; and host club Transylvania Garden Club.

October 26, 2015 | Vol.129– No.86 Transylvania Times Newspaper