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


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Marcia Loudon, Website Chairman

District 1

Tryon Garden Club
Bring Your Valentine to Pearson’s Falls  
Pearson’s Falls will open February 1 for the 2018 season. The hours are Monday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (gates close at 4:00 pm). There is an admission charge; however, on Wednesday, February 14, there is a two for the price of one special in honor of Valentine’s Day. Bring your sweetie and enjoy a crisp hike to the falls!
It has been icy up there so far this winter so dress warmly. There is a ¼ mile trail up through the glen to the 90′ waterfalls. If we have another snow, it is an amazing time to hike the trail to the falls!
Pearson’s Falls is located on Highway 176 N three miles from Tryon. Watch for signs on the left. From Saluda follow 176 S down the mountain about 3 miles. Follow the signs to Pearson’s Falls on the right.
Or, at the intersection of Hwy 176 and Ozone Drive, you can turn right toward Saluda. Watch on the left side of the road for Pearson’s Falls Rd which is across from the school. Turn left onto this road and follow it down to 2748 Pearson’s Falls Rd. Pearson’s Falls entrance will be on the right.
Visit Pearson’s Falls at: 2748 Pearson’s Falls Road, Saluda, NC 28773. For more information, contact the gatekeeper at Pearson’s Falls, 828-749-3031 or go to our

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The Sylva Garden Club hosted the Garden Clubs of North Carolina District 1 Fall meeting on Tuesday, October 10. The meeting was held in the Fellowship and Mission Hall of the First Baptist Church in historic downtown Sylva. In attendance were over 50 members from the garden clubs in District 1. Elaine Hefner, District 1 Director, chaired the meeting. The state officers: GCNC President Gail Hill, 1st VP Brenda Crocker, 2nd VP Darene Honeycutt, and 3rd VP Betty Gorrie reported on topics such as the NGC’s theme Plant America, educational offerings, scholarships, membership, awards, and youth garden clubs. Each club president was allowed two minutes to update the audience on their club’s 2017 accomplishments and goals for 2018. What an incredible variety of activities and aspirations!

Sylva Garden Club scholarship recipient Adam Bigelow, General Manager of the Cullowhee Community Garden, spoke about community gardens generally and more specifically about the Cullowhee Community Garden and its commitment to provide fresh garden produce to the Community Table. He also touched on aspects of organic gardening. “Kale, Yeah!”

The luncheon was served by students from the Jackson County School of Alternatives accompanied by their instructors.

Yadkin Valley Garden Club Receives The North Carolina Arboretum Award from The Garden Club of North Carolina

Posted July 6, 2017 By Whitney Smith in Horticulture & Landscape

The North Carolina Arboretum Award, given by the Garden Club of North Carolina (GCNC) and sponsored by Mary Reeves, director of District 1 for GCNC, recognizes a garden club’s commitment to furthering the Arboretum’s mission and cultivating connections between civic organizations and plants. This year’s award was given to the Yadkin Valley Garden Club in honor of their work to improve the Elkin Municipal Park in Elkin, North Carolina. I had the opportunity to speak with club member Mary Mascenik about the award, her club and ongoing projects at the park.

Why did you decide to apply for The North Carolina Arboretum Award?

Our club is trying to be more active in seeking out recognition for what we do in the community. In addition, an award helps boost motivation for completing a project and gives a focus to do more things.

Why did the club decide to update the Elkin Municipal Park garden plot?

The Elkin Municipal Park garden was created in 1983 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Yadkin Valley Garden Club. We take great pride in our garden plot, and many who come to jog, walk and enjoy the gardens enjoy the park. We want to try and keep it enjoyable for everyone. In 1993, the club received an award from the state recognizing our efforts for maintaining and updating the garden, but the project did not end there. The east side of the garden was beautiful and easy to work with, but the west side has been challenging. We needed to find plants that tolerated all the elements — sun, wind, flooding, sandy soil, deer and low maintenance. We are grateful that the town of Elkin granted us $300 to help buy flowers for the plot.

Our garden club is the 11th oldest in the state. We have taken ownership of this plot and want to support the town. If we were to abandon it, we would be dishonoring our club’s forebears and their dedication to the community.

How did the club work together to update the Elkin Municipal Park garden plot? Did you work with any outside organizations?

A group of five or six of us looked at the plot like it was a blank canvas. The park connects with the Elkin & Alleghany Rail-Trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Elkin Loop, so we wanted to blend the landscape in with these connecting trails. Various native plants, including ferns, Carolina silver bells and beautyberry, grow along those trails. We looked for native plants such as winterberry holly, which thrives in high, dry and sandy soil, when planning the landscape. Part of the Rail-Trail’s mission is to bring people out into nature, and the trail is a birding hotspot, so we tried to connect with those aspects of the Rail-Trail as well. Our club didn’t receive any financial support from other organizations, but the insight from the Elkin & Alleghany Rail-Trail was very helpful, especially when looking for indigenous plants. During construction, the Elkin Parks & Recreation Department helped us with soil and edging.

Does the club have plans to help improve other areas in the Elkin area?

We are really motivated about an ongoing project designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The idea is to create and maintain a “pink garden” at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital by sectioning off an area and filling it with plants that only bloom in pink.

Why is it important for garden clubs to work in the community?

This issue comes down to example and guidance. We often consider the mandate of Mrs. W. W. Whitaker, our club founder and recipient of GCNC’s highest honor, the Maslin Award, in the 1960s, “take ladies out to bring them to do civic beautification.”

Mary Mascenik is a member and past president of the Yadkin Valley Garden Club. She has been involved with the club for 19 years.

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