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 11

The inaugural Art of the Bloom was held January  5 – 8, 2017

The inaugural Art of the Bloom was held January  5 – 8, 2017, at the Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC., a benefit for the New Hanover Garden Club and the Cameron Art Museum.  Twenty three floral designers created artistic floral arrangements inspired by works of art from the permanent collection of the CAM. Over half of these designers were GCNC members and/or NGC judges. The Design Divas from Florida judged the event. Throughout the weekend there were demonstrations, workshops, and lectures on floral design and the arts.  The event was a huge success, and the community is anxiously looking forward to the second annual Art of the Bloom!


FYI—it may be November, but the Cape Fear Garden Club is busy on preparations for the 2017 Azalea Garden Tour.

Emerald Isle Garden Club Supporting October Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.  The Emerald Isle Garden Club’s project to demonstrate support and create awareness to this important subject, formed a committee, chaired by Rhetta O’Quinn, to paint over 60 clay flower pots pink and place them at the Emerald Isle Welcome sign in the design of the “pink ribbon”.  The club members also dressed in pink at their October meeting held at the Commissioner’s Room October 3, 2016.  It is important to perform self breast exams, have clinical breast exams and regular mammograms.  EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!

The Emerald Isle Garden Club held its first meeting at 10:00am on September 2, 1986 at 7728 Sound Drive, Emerald Isle, the home of its first President, Charlotte Maddox.  The seven Charter Members were Charlotte Maddox, Barbara Kitson, Eleanor Cooper, Mary Lou Harrington, Gwen Phlemmons, Lois Baker and Pat Haley.  The Club’s 1st beautification project was the town’s Post Office for which won several awards.

The town of Emerald Isle was only incorporated in 1957 and the Emerald Isle Garden Club has played and continues to play a part in making Emerald Isle a beautiful and wonderful place in which to live and a much sought after vacation destination.

The Club currently has 25 regular members, 5 Associate Members, and 2 Honorary Members.   The Emerald Isle Mayor, Eddie Barber, issued a Proclamation for the 30 year service of the Emerald Isle Garden Club to the community and presented  a framed copy to the current President, Tula Satterfield,  at their 30th Year Anniversary Celebration held at Coral Bay Club on September 14, 2016

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Emerald Isle Garden Club Honors Past and Present Members for Arbor Day


Members of the Emerald Isle Garden Club met on Friday, April 29, to honor some very special members, past and present.  After enjoying a picnic lunch on the veranda of the Crystal Coast Welcome Center in Emerald Isle, we honored a former member, Betty McGurn, who passed away recently.   After sharing memories and reading a special poem for Betty, we then gathered around a lovely native cherry tree and planted it in her memory with a plaque proclaiming it as hers.  We then went to current member Bobbi Strope’s beautiful and extensive garden and put up a sign naming it a “Certified Butterfly Garden”.  While at Bobbi’s garden, she showed us her amazing miniature water can collection.  Finally, we moved on to Emerald Isle Recreation Center to see the new Jenny Taylor Bluebird Trail Sign that we had installed earlier. Jenny was also a former member of the Garden Club.   Members who knew her well reminisced and spoke about their fond memories.  This was truly a special and memorable set of Arbor Day activities as we honored the memories of past members who have been so important in the history of our Club, and also took time to celebrate current members and their achievements.

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Emerald Isle Garden Club Goes to St. Patrick’s Festival

Emerald IsleEmerald Isle Garden Club members took advantage of beautiful weather and 35,000 visitors to the EI St. Patrick’s Festival on March 12 to educate the public about butterflies.  Our booth included information about two butterflies on our Crystal Coast– one well known and one newly named.  Garden Club members informed festival goers about the plight of the monarch butterfly and the need to help maintain its host for reproduction, the milkweed plant.  Seed packets were distributed to all those interested in planting milkweek.  We also informed them about a newly named species, the Crystal Coast Skipper, which only occurs in a 30-mile habitat of barrier islands, and showed them a live plant of the Seaside Little Bluestem, the critical host for this new butterfly.  We raffled prizes and took in donations to help provide additional funds for our projects.  It was a glorious, fun, productive day for our Garden Club!

Emerald Isle Garden Club Holds Annual Card Party Fundraiser


Rain, thunderstorms, and the active threat of tornados did not deter more than 120 from attending the Emerald Isle Garden Club annual card party held on February 24 at the Emerald Isle Recreation Center.   The theme of the party, “Celebrating Bees, Butterflies and Birds”, was obvious in the elegant table decorations and beautifully wrapped door prizes. Attendees enjoyed playing cards and other table games of their choice. Garden Club members provided lite party fare, an impressive table of desserts, and beverages. Raffles were held for various, themed, gift baskets in addition to an array of door prizes. A 50/50 raffle was also held.   This is the major annual fundraiser for the Emerald Isle Garden Club, with funds supporting service and beautification projects as well as other special projects that may be chosen throughout the year. While attendance was a little lower this year due to the inclement and threatening weather, overall the party was a still a huge success both for the Club and the very satisfied partygoers.


Emerald Isle Garden Club of National Garden Clubs, Inc.,

and Town of Emerald Isle Dedicated NC 58 as Blue Star Memorial Highway

Under beautiful blue sunny November skies, Emerald Isle Garden Club members unveiled a Blue Star Memorial Marker on Highway NC58 in Emerald Isle.  Fittingly, the ceremony on Veterans Day was attended by members of all branches of the US Armed Forces, active and retired. In all, more than 200 people were present to witness tributes to service men and women who have served, are serving and will serve our country.   Patriotic music and speeches by military officials from the area were warmly received. Led by Commander Javier Delgado of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, Station Fort Macon, flags of each service branch were presented and members of that branch stood as Commander Delgado described the meaning of each flag.   TV cameras captured the event as traffic was stopped and a moment of silence was observed for those who service members who sacrificed their lives for our country and a lone bugler played Taps. The ceremony ended on a high note when the Emerald Isle Youth Garden Club, The Green Thumbs, led by garden club members Denny Chase and April Hardee, and joined by the entire crowd, sang “God Bless America”.