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 4

The Advance Garden Club met April 11, 2017, at Hillsdale Baptist Church. Guest speaker, Tim Hanauer, of Earth Graphics gave an illustrated program on “Backyard Room Making from A – Z.”  Mr.Hanauer described six basic outdoor room areas to create useable spaces for family and guests in a landscape. Lastly, he added that plants can be used to finish off these outdoor room spaces.

The middle school garden club that the Advance Garden Club (District 4) supports

Rock Squad working in the garden

Advance Garden Club on the Move

The Advance Garden Club met February 14, 2017 at Hillsdale Baptist Church. Guest speakers were Diane Salmons and Beth Dixon who operate the Deep Roots Community Garden of Mocksville. Deep Roots is a faith-based community founded by Mrs. Salmons in co-operation with First United Methodist Church in Mocksville. Garden beds are rented out to individuals who also donate a portion of their produce to charitable organizations. The goals of this organization are to teach gardening concepts and skills and develop an awareness for a healthier lifestyle. Classes are offered in planting, harvesting, preparation and preservation. Deep Roots Mocksville Community Garden will also help other organizations and groups start their own community gardens.

Advance Garden Club welcomed Carol Quinn, from Bermuda Run Garden Club, who installed new officers for 2017! New officers for this year are left to right: President, Barbara Martin, Vice Presidents: Sharon Murphy, Lorene Markland, and Jacquelyn Bargoil, Secretary, Brenda Davis and Treasurer Joyce Jones.

Advance Garden Club year begins March 14, 2017 at 1:30 at Hillsdale Baptist Church. Visitors are welcome!

Advance Garden Club decorated the dining room with colorful, bright arrangements at Bermuda Run Commons as our on-going project!


Advance Garden Club 2017

The Advance Garden Club met Tuesday, January 17 at Hillsdale Baptist Church. The focus of the meeting was to review each member’s role in the club. The new year for the garden club formally begins March 14, 2017. All who are interested are welcome to visit in March.

Vickie Smitherman informs Advance GCdist-4-speaker


Advance Garden Club met at the Farmington Community Center on November 8 for their monthly meeting.   Vickie Smitherman was the feature speaker.  The topic was “Family Farm Operations, Waste Management, and Community Impact”.

Advance Garden Club Wins at Dixie Classic Fair

The Advance Garden Club won three ribbons in the Design section of the Dixie Classic Fair in early October. The Design theme was movies-which correlated with the epic movie “Lawrence of Arabia” which was selected by these women. First and second place ribbons were won by Barbara Martin and Sharon Murphy. Fourth place was won by Carol O’Keefe.


Advance Garden Club Learns About Wicked Plants


The Advance Garden Club met Tuesday, October 11 at Hillsdale Baptist Church. Our guest speaker was Amanda Lanier who serves as Curator of Education for Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University. Mrs. Lanier spoke to the club about “Murder in the Garden”-stories of plants that behave badly! She shared her knowledge about plants that can be toxic to children or young pets.

Advance Garden Club’s Yard of the Month

sept-yard-of-monthThe Advance Garden Club Yard of the Month was recently selected. The couple is Mike and Cathy Patton and they moved from Winston-Salem to this home in Advance 7 years ago. The husband is the primary gardener with his wife his assistant. The yard has lots of variety in plants and the color is wonderful all around the house not just in this bed.
Thanks Mike for your wonderful support of the Advance Garden Club!



Advance Garden Club Monthly Meeting at Herbal Accents

The Advance Garden Club enjoyed a delicious luncheon on September 13th in a beautiful garden setting at the historic home of Laura Mathis, owner of Herbal Accents in Farmington. Laura Mathis talked to the garden club about the benefits of using herbs and how to “Accent Your Life with Herbs”.


AGC August Dixie Classic Fair

Advance Garden Club Prepares for Dixie Classic Fair

The Advance Garden Club met Tuesday, August 9 at Hillsdale Baptist Church. Our guest speaker was Charlotte Croft, President of the Westwood Garden Club. Mrs. Croft spoke about the various guidelines for different categories when entering the Dixie Classic Fair horticulture areas. Pictured above is Mrs. Croft and the Advance Garden Club members. Our second speaker (not pictured) was Sharon Lord of the Davie County Senior Services. Ms. Lord informed members of the special programs Davie County Senior Services provides for the 55 and older population. Davie County Senior Services is a “gem” for Davie County seniors.

Botanical Garden field trip

Advance Garden Club Takes Summer Field Trip

The Advance Garden Club enjoyed a summer field trip to the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Set on seven acres within the Historic District of downtown Kernersville, the garden has over 1,500 plant species. The Garden is free and open to the public. Pictured in photo: Cindy Mann, Jacquelyn Bargoil, Barbara Martin and Sharon Murphy

Fourth of July At Bermuda Commons

4th july Bermuda Commons

The Advance Garden Club decorated the Bermuda Commons Dining Hall with Red, White and Blue for July 4th! Residents were able to celebrate in a grand way. The Club decorates this facility for special occasions.

Advance Garden Club Takes Field Trip

Daylily Field Trip picThe Advance Garden Club enjoyed a field trip to Daylily Meadows in Pinnacle, N.C. Our guide was Paul Foster, owner and a daylily hybridizer. Mr. Foster’s daylily nursery is an easy day trip and worth the drive when you see all of his beautiful plants available for sale. Pictured left to right are Advance Garden members: Carol O’Keefe, Lorene Markland, Jacquelyn Bargoil, Sharon Murphy, Kathy Sloan and Barbara Martin.
The second part of the field trip in the afternoon was a visit to the family-owned Mitchell’s Nursery in King, NC. Jim Mitchell, owner along with his wife Judy gave the club an informative tour of his business.

Paul Foster Owner

The Advance Garden Club was recognized

at the  Tanglewood Friends of the Arboretum
appreciation dinner. The recognition is for a contribution to the fence project. The fence prevents deer from entering the arboretum garden and enhances the garden.

arboretum appreciation award 2016

Pictured in photo: Jean Hyack, Kathy Phillips, Sharon Murphy,  Jacquelyn Bargoil, and Tom Tisdale with Friends of Tanglewood

flowersArranging Flowers With A Flair
Master Gardener, Potter, Delta Flight Attendant, and Artist with a Flair, Diane Demers-Smith presented a dynamic and informative program to the Advance Garden Club on Spring floral design principles on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Garden Club members brought a variety of plants from their homes and Mrs. Demers-Smith showed members how to arrange them in different containers. Pictured below is one of her spectacular arrangements using flowers brought by the Advance Garden Club members.

Picture 1 AwardAdvance Garden Club Receives State Awards
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Mary Ann Spainhour, the District 4 Director of the Garden Club of North Carolina, presented club members, Carol O’Keefe and Joan Wilson, two honorary certificates: The Youth Award: Best All Around Club presented to Flat Rock Middle School Youth Garden Club, The Rock Squad, for 2015-2016. The Rock Squad also received a second Certificate of Honor for outstanding service to the Garden Club of North Carolina.  Ms. Spainhour also presented Advance Garden Club President, Barbara Martin, a Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Service to the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.

From left to right abovepicture 2 Award, Mary Ann Spainhour, Joan Wilson and Carol O’Keefe     Pictured below Mary Ann Spainhour and Barbara Martin


Spring has sprung copyThe Advance Garden Club sold geraniums, hanging baskets and colorful mixed planters as their major fundraiser for the club. The club raised over $1,900 to fund new projects for the remainder of the year. Pictured below are the geraniums and planters on pickup day from Mitchell’s Nursery.

Fun in the Dirt


The Junior Garden Club known as the “Rock Squad” at Flat Rock Middle School in Winston-Salem continues to be a meaningful and successful project for the Advance Garden Club. Recently the middle school 6th-8th grade students planted herbs, Portulaca, weeded plant beds, mulched and planted azaleas in the memorial section of the gardens.



May 7th   8 am-11 am

Welcome NC

3The Village Home & Garden Club will present their annual plant sale at Welcome School, 5701 Old Hwy 52, on May 7th, 8 – 11 am. Perennials, annuals, shrubs, house plants and native plants will be available at very reasonable prices. All plants are grown by club members. Proceeds support community projects such as post office landscaping, Welcome School and nursing home gardens and other service projects. For further information, call 336-731-4297 or 336-731-1427.


Local Garden Club Helping Seniors


The Advance Garden Club meets monthly. One of its many projects is to help beautify Bermuda Commons Nursing Home. Pictured below are Advance Garden Club members from left to right, Joyce Jones, Nancy Ridden and Carol O’Keefe as they help decorate for Easter in the dining room. The club will be doing additional projects at Bermuda Commons in the coming months.

hauser-creek-farm-spring-open-farm-day-melody-watson-photo-1632 copyHauser Creek Farm Speaks to Advance Garden Club
On Tuesday, March 8, the Advance Garden Club began their new year of special programs and  field trips with an excellent presentation by Aletha Segal on growing lavender. Mrs. Segal, a Davie County native, is the owner of Hauser Creek Farm of Mocksville off  Spillman Road. The farm grows five varieties of lavender along with other perennials, annuals, ornamental grasses, and shrubs. The attendees enjoyed some delicious tea bread made with lavender sugar. Hauser Creek Farm is a jewel of Davie County where you can enjoy the beauty of fresh cut flowers and lavender. The farm can be host to unique weddings and receptions to accommodate up to 150 guests. Advance Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hillsdale Baptist Church. New members are welcome!