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

Mark Weathington is the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

where he is passionate in his work to connect people with plants. His career in public

horticulture has also included the Norfolk Botanical Garden where he served as Director

of Horticulture and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape

and lecturing on a variety of topics in horticulture to further the JC Raulston Arboretum’s

vision of “Planning and Planting a Better World.” His explorations and speaking

engagements have taken him to China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Europe,

Mexico, New Zealand, and throughout the US.

Mark has recently completed Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s

Guide for Timber Press.

He has revised and updated the Propagation Guide for Woody Plants at the JC Raulston

Arboretum and has been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Carolina Gardener,

American Nurseryman, VA Gardener, and HortScience magazines as well as The Mid-

Atlantic Gardener’s Book of Lists.

Mark lives and gardens in Raleigh, NC, the city of oaks, with his wife and 2 boxers.

About Kim Fisher –

Originally from Washington D.C. Kim worked in the floral design industry as a buyer as well designer – she includes in her portfolio both the Clinton and Bush White House , Gore Vice President’s residence as well as celebrity residences of Barbara Streisand along with working as a designer on high profile events such as Katherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s wedding . Kim owns an event company, Kim Fisher Designs and has recently added a sister company called coastal terra , carrying coastal inspired home wares, fashion accessories and plantings where the motto is- coastal terra , living simply and well, seaside style.

Bio: Frances Thrash is a NGC Master Judge, NGC Design and Flower Show Procedure Instructor, and Symposium Instructor. She is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Virginia Beach since 1988. She is married to a retired Army officer and has three married children who have given her five grandchildren. She is currently the president of two garden clubs, Lynnhaven Heritage in Virginia Beach and Richmond Designers’ Guild in Richmond. She is also the Tidewater District’s Director of Programs and Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs’ Symposium Chairman. Awards of merit include two National Hemeorocallis Tricolor Awards and a gold from the World Association of Floral Arrangers’ (WAFA) Expo in Washington, D.C. She is a gardener (loves plants both indoor and out), her kitty Dusty, and reading.
Join artist and landscape designer, Preston Montague, for an exciting two hours of creative play using botanical illustration to create your own unique holiday card! Preston will introduce participants to the basics of botanical illustration using specimens collected from the garden. No drawing experience is required. By the end of the session you will develop basic drawing skills as well as create a beautiful, personalized card! All supplies will be provided, you only need to show up and be ready to play! See Preston’s work at

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape designer who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. Currently, he lives in Raleigh, North Carolina working on projects that encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment for the purpose of improving public health. Preston holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from North Carolina State University as well as bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and fine art. His latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy. Find out more at
Biography for Pam Braun

A garden club member for over 40 years, Pam Braun is currently a member of Leipers Fork Garden Club, which she founded in 2004. She is a board member for the TN Federation of Garden Clubs, TN District II, Deep South Region, and NGC. She is an NGC accredited master flower show judge, an NGC horticulture and flower show procedure instructor, member of fourteen different plant societies and judge for four of the societies. She specializes in exhibiting collections and displays of numerous different plant groups and has won numerous top exhibitor awards for her horticulture. Besides horticulture, she enjoys floral design and has been a speaker, leader of workshops, or exhibitor at all levels from district to internationally. She has enjoyed growing plants all her life and the plant material she uses for both designs and instruction often comes from her own garden or indoor plants.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the huge variety of Salvia available to enhance our gardens AND be able to purchase some, as some will be available that day!

We will start our program at 10AM and it should last about an hour or so. Afterwards, participants will be able to view and select for purchase many different varieties of Salvia that aren’t usually available locally.

The “BSL Butterfly Garden” is located right behind the Community Center and we hope you will take a moment to stroll thru the garden or what our “four” legged friends have not had for lunch! This garden has been the recipient of TWO NATIONAL AWARDS.

Refreshments AND lots of “garden” talk will conclude the morning.

Hope to see you and your club, but please RSVP so that we can have enough seating and refreshment.


Judy Thuer                                                            BSL Garden Club



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!