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

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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”.Blue Star Dist 11


Emerald Isle Mayor Proclaims November 11 as “Emerald Isle Garden Club Day”

During the Veterans Day ceremony to dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Marker on the town section of NC Highway 58, Mayor Eddie Barber proclaimed the day as “Emerald Isle Garden Club Day”. Mayor Barber presented a plaque to Garden Club President Jenny Marlowe and used the opportunity to thank the Garden Club for their long-standing efforts not only to beautify the town but to make it a better place to work and live.





Holden Beach Beautification Club 25th Anniversary

The Holden Beach Beautification Club was honored by Alan Holden, Mayor of Holden Beach, and Board of Commissioners with a Resolution on September 8, 2015. The Resolution “recognizes the members of the club for their many past and ongoing contributions to the community.” HBBC designs, plants and maintains 6 gardens spaces across the island and the Town Hall landscaping. Thousands of bulbs and flowers are planted each fall and again each spring to beautify Holden Beach. HBBC also adds seasonal decor to public spaces throughout the year. The club has plans for a new garden this spring at the bridge on the mainland size to provide a lovely gateway onto Holden Beach.


New Hanover

The New Hanover Garden Club of Wilmington,one of the newest clubs in the state (ratified last September), completed their first project by planting a tree on Arbor Day.  Friday, April 24th, the club members, with the help of two members’ husbands to dig the hole, planted a 10 gallon Red Bud in the garden at The Lower Cape Fear Hospice. The tree is located right outside of the patients’ rooms, and will be a source of beauty and shade for years to come.


Camellia Show


Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Place: New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington

Time: 1:00 until 5:00 P.M. – PLANT SALE STARTS AT 9:00 A. M.

Features: Sale of Camellias; Educational, Floral and Student Art Displays

Cost: FREE


A letter from the New Hanover GC to District 11 Director Linda McLendon

( New Hanover GC is a new club this year)

Dear Linda,

Thank YOU!  I can’t tell you how excited I am about our new club!  In my opinion, I believe there has been a ‘need’ for another club in our area for quite some time, and I am truly humbled to have this opportunity to address that need through the New Hanover Garden Club.  For me, gardening is more than a hobby but a love!  It’s a source of personal peace, satisfaction, wonderful therapy and fellowship with God, so I welcome the opportunity to introduce and share these benefits with others.  It is an honor and a privilege for me and our club members to be part of District 11 and garden clubs in the great State of North Carolina!  Thank you for your willingness to assist us in any way, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Blessings to you,

Linda Stuart