LINKS TO THE BLOGS AND WEBSITES OF DISTRICT 9 CLUBS
Hillsborough Garden Club http://www.hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com/
Chapel Hill Garden Club http://chapelhillgardenclub.net
The Bridge Academy and Town & Country GC
The Bridge Academy Auction/Luncheon held in Jan. 24, 2017 featured catering and friendly card competition by the Town & Country Garden Club of Durham. President Robin Marin and Holly Davis collaborated with TBA Owner Henry Meguid for the event. The Bridge Academy (www.bridgeacademync.com) holds 44 members, many of whom are also T&C Garden Club members. Robin and her husband Jack Marin provided a mix CD favor for each attendee. Photos by the Town & Country Garden Club.
Croasdaile Garden Club Spring Auction: April 4
The Croasdaile Garden Club will hold its Spring Auction on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Croasdaile Country Club. Event schedule is: 11:00 – Silent Auction; 12:00 – Lunch; 1:00 – Live Auction. Cost is $22 per person. The public is invited.
For details and reservations, contact: Connie O’Neil at 919.886.8494 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the auction support Durham charities.
The Town & Country Garden Club presents a $850 check to Merrick-Moore Elementary children for their Outdoor Program.
On a chilly Tuesday morning, representatives from NC Beautiful and Durham’s Town and Country Garden Club presented a check for $850 to Merrick-Moore Elementary’s Outdoor Education program. The money will be used to create wildlife observation points, add a shade structure to an outdoor learning area and provide the tools to complete a flora identification project.
In his first year as Merrick-Moore principal, Matt Hunt decided to add an outdoor education class to the school. Hunt recruited teacher Ben Gaspar to head up the project and Gaspar immediately accepted the challenge and proceeded to look for funding in the form of grants. In addition to the grant received last week, the program also received a $500 grant from Keep Durham Beautiful in December.
“Some students have very little access to a diverse wildlife environment,” said Gaspar in the grant application. “Our goal with this project will be to continue the development of a more naturally engaging campus for our students. While most of the student involvement through these projects will come during the new specials class, Outdoor Education, these outdoor learning spaces will be available to all classroom teachers. The outdoor classroom, orchard, and nature observation points will give our students multiple places to access nature in an inspirational environment.”
While the grant was presented by NC Beautiful, the money to make the grant possible was donated by the Town and Country Garden Club of Durham. Their goal is “to encourage interest in, and to promote the beautification and enhancement of our environment, promote the betterment of our community and make this commitment by way of membership participation through education, through projects and through financial support.” Garden club members Robin Marin and Caroline Dixon, along with NC Beautiful executive director Steve Vacendak were on hand to present the check.
NC Beautiful will continue to offer Windows of Opportunity grants to K-12 teachers in North Carolina. Through the Windows of Opportunity competitive grant, teachers are rewarded for their innovation and creativity as they promote environmental stewardship with their students to improve appreciation of the environment, and, in turn, the beauty of our state.
Forest Hills Garden Club Celebrates with Annual Christmas Auction
The Forest Hills Garden Club of Durham held its highly spirited annual Christmas Auction Dec. 7 and raised monies for a number of philanthropy projects slated for 2017. In recent years the club has donated mulch and manpower for its annual Briggs Ave. Community Garden project in the spring; is a leader in poinsettia purchase for the Poinsettia Project for Veterans at the Durham VA Medical Center; and presents various gifts to Durham schools and organizations throughout the year. The FHGC auction was hosted by Treasurer Moe Berry and Past President Mindy Solie served as auctioneer. Photos by Mary Clayton, FHGC member.
Members of the Heritage Garden Club (plus Council President Trish Stewart) transported 119 poinsettias into the Durham VA Medical Center the Friday after Thanksgiving for its annual Poinsettia Project. Members of the club will bring their own jugs of water each week through the holidays to keep the plants fresh until they given away to hospital patients after New Years.
The Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center is once again flush with over 100 poinsettias thanks to the Heritage Garden Club and its fellow members of the Durham Garden Clubs with its annual Poinsettia Project for Veterans.
Heritage Garden Club project organizers ordered two large poinsettias and 111 standard size plants, however, they were surprised by an additional six poinsettias donated by the Campbell Road Nursery, Inc. of Raleigh (campbellrdnursery.com/) for a total of 119 plants. Seventeen of the poinsettias are located in the VA’s CLC dining room and the rest are displayed in the chapel and vestibule.
“Campbell Road Nursery really have some of the best, and healthiest plants I have seen. They are big, full and vibrant,” said Project Chair Marcia Loudon.
A couple of Durham garden clubs purchased half of the poinsettias in honor or memorial of services members. The Forest Hills Garden Club ordered 25 poinsettias and Heritage Garden Club members ordered 27 plus the two large poinsettias.
Town & Country ‘Awesome Auction’ Raises $33K for Durham Charities
The Town & Country Garden Club of Durham blew out all fundraising expectations at its rollicking 2016 “Awesome Auction.”
The Auction was held Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016, at the Hope Valley Country Club. About 210 attendees came out for the lunch and auction to bid and buy scores of gifts and items. Categories included: Auction Gallery (jewelry, art, specialty), Pantry (edibles), Holiday Shop, Event Parties, as well as the Live Auction.
Gross proceeds from the 2016 T&C Awesome Auction totaled $33,000, a 35% increase over last year, and exceeded predictions from Awesome Auction co-chairs Fran Cullen and Paige Ward.
Durham community organizations to benefit from the garden club’s prior auctions have included the Museum of Life and Science, Durham Public Schools Hub Farms, scholarships to NC Beautiful, and many others.
Thanksgiving Arrangement Workshop Honors Durham Service Groups
Recognizing service members has long been a mission of the Heritage Garden Club in Durham.
In addition to the Poinsettia Project for Veterans at the Durham VA Chapel, the WWI Centennial Poppy Project and housing donations to Maple Court and CASA apartments, the Heritage Garden Club has also turn its November meeting into a garage floral workshop to create dried Thanksgiving arrangements that each lady then gives to a public service organization in the Durham or Triangle area.
“Public employees like the police and fire men are not always thanked; this is Thanksgiving, and we want the rank and file worker to know we appreciate all they do for our community,” said Heritage Garden Club Past President Marcia Loudon.
“The workshop gives us a challenge to use plant material from our yards in a season of the year we don’t often think about when we decorate. Many arrangements are dry and can be uplifted with new greenery as Christmas approaches,” said Loudon who took her dried arrangement to the Durham Southeastern Regional Library.
This is the third year Heritage GC has made dried arrangements for service members, plus the activity also counts as a garden club project submission for various annual awards given by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. for community beautification.
Garden Clubs in District 9 of The Garden Club of North Carolina in conjunction with the NC Department of Transportation, Daughters of the American Revolution and Veterans Affairs are planting poppies and blue cornflowers to make the public aware of 2018 World War I Centennial and of the veterans who served.
Although barely anything survived in the muddy wasteland of the Western Front, by a miracle of nature one flower not only bloomed but thrived. That was the poppy (Papaver rhoeas) https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/papaver-spp/.
The fact that the flowers were bright scarlet added to the uncanny aptness of its symbolism: the fragile red petals vividly suggested the spilt blood of the millions of young men who had died, while the growth of these flowers against all the odds represented hope in the face of despair.
Since the end of the conflict, the poppy has been an internationally recognized sign of remembrance for The Great War.
We are hoping to plant these seeds, poppies and cornflowers, i.e. bachelor buttons (https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/centaurea-cyanus/) in public areas like Blue Star Memorials, libraries, government buildings, entrances to neighborhoods, and schools. It is hoped to get the seeds in the ground before November 1, 2016.
The first bloom in summer 2017 will be a trial. In the fall we will plant again and have signage available and news releases ready for your local media. Remember to keep talking about this project on your social media and share with us your photos.
The goal is to have a bed of poppies and bachelor buttons planted by every District 9 garden club and have the community aware of the 2018 World War I Centennial.
We are going to compete for a prestigious National Garden Club award. The cost of seeds is FREE to each club or organization. We just need to know who planted, when planted and where planted. In the spring we need photos of your poppies.
In 2017, the seeds will be FREE, and the estimated cost for an official WWI Centennial garden sign to educate the public will be $15, at cost for Heritage Garden Club. This is not an expensive project and will not take much time. It will be fun working together with other District 9 area businesses and organizations to compete for a national award by National Garden Clubs (gardenclub.org). The towns and neighborhoods of District 9 (Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Warren and Vance Counties) will be beautiful in their red and blue splendor, and the residents will be educated about World War I as we honor our veterans.
The Heritage Garden Club of Durham is paying for the seeds from the profit gained by their annual Poinsettia Project . We have always used the funds to furnish plants for the assisted living patients at the Durham VA, but as there is construction in their raised bed area, we were not able to help them this year.
Questions and ideas about the WWI Centennial Poppy Project can be discussed with Co-Chairs Marcia Loudon (email@example.com or 919-338-3957) and Pat Cashwell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-801-2446).
2016 POINSETTIA PROJECT
At it’s February 9 meeting, the Town & Country Garden Club unanimously approved the recommendation by it’s Beautification/Projects committee to allocate $18,000 to the Hub Farm for the Front Entry Gardens.
The Durham Public School’s Hub Farm is a 30 acre woodland, aquatic and farm habitat whose mission is to engage Durham county school students in all aspects of food production, as well as land stewardship, to foster healthy living, career exploration, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Learn more about the Hub Farm/Durham: http://www.thehubfarm.org/ .
Members of the Town & Country Garden Club assemble for their September meeting in the barn of the Hub Farm of Durham.
Photos by Becky Wood.
DCGC MAY MEETING
Highlights from the Council Annual Meeting: Club Presidents and members hold their certificates; Council Board members; Salads and gifts from the luncheon; GCNC Life Member recipient Jennifer Corser and “triple crown” winner Member Award of Honor recipient Linda Stewart.
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Durham Council of Garden Clubs wrapped up its business year with a celebratory awards program and luncheon May 3, 2016 at the John Sprunt Hill House in Durham.
Most all of the Council’s member garden clubs received award certificates from The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. for their financial support of the Tomorrow’s Legacy program. The program disburses a $50 contribution among the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone, NC, the Elizabethan Garden in Manteo, NC, and the Martha Frank Fragrance Garden at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.
The Durham Council presented its 2015-2016 annual awards for large, medium and small size Durham garden clubs with Town & Country, Croasdaile and Heritage Garden Clubs winning a $50 award respectively. Town & Country and Heritage Garden Clubs also won the 2014-2015 annual awards for large and small clubs.
Special recognition awards were given to a number of Council members by President Trish Stewart. Some awards were special mentions of invaluable service given to Stewart. Retiring Council Treasurer Jennifer Corser was given a Life Membership to The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. for her seven years of treasury service and other committee chair responsibilities during that period. She will continue serving as social media and blog editor as a consultant for the Council. Stewart also recapped Durham Council sponsored awards presented at the April 17-19, 2016 GCNC Annual Meeting hosted in Durham. Trish herself was awarded the #200 Blue Ribbon for the 2015-2016 Durham Council Yearbook.
Croasdaile Garden Club member Linda Stewart was recognized as 2015 “triple crown winner” of the Member Award of Honor by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., the Southeast Atlantic Region (SAR) and the National Garden Club. Linda began the Youth Club for Garden Therapy at Durham’s Northern High School 17 years ago and has led its efforts with special needs student ever since.
Also mentioned from the GCNC Annual Meeting was the welcome video taped by NC Governor Pat McCrory praising the work of the state’s garden clubs. Daylily Garden Club member and Past Durham Council President Brenda Pollard had secured the video, and it can be viewed with the following link: https://goo.gl/BbrEtH.
Catering the Council’s Annual Meeting vegetarian luncheon was Town & Country Garden Club President Robin Marin and her sister Holly Davis. Board members and committee chairs were each gifted a potted Chlorophytum vittatum (spider plant) by Robin. Attendees of the Annual Meeting were all gifted quilted coasters from avid quilter and Council President Trish Stewart.
Spring Spruce Up
Members of the Civic Development Committee of the Garden Study Club maintain the Perennial Bed and boxwoods at the Person County Museum of History. Participating in the Spring Spruce-up include, kneeling from left to right, Jessie Saunders and Frances Wilkins; standing, Linda Heinrichs, Leah Owen, Claudia Berryhill, Barbara Pollock and Diana Smith.
Town & Country GC allocates $18,000 to Hub Farm.
Left to right: Belinda Rasmussen, Martha Conner, Barbara Collie (Beautification/Projects Committee)
At it’s February 9 meeting, Town & Country Garden Club unanimously approved the recommendation by it’s Beautification/Projects committee to allocate $18,000 to the Hub Farm for the Front Entry Gardens. The Durham Public School’s Hub Farm is a 30 acre woodland, aquatic and farm habitat whose mission is to engage Durham county school students in all aspects of food production, as well as land stewardship, to foster healthy living, career exploration, environmental stewardship and community engagement. Several of our members have visited the Hub Farm already and we are excited to be holding our September meeting there as well. Check out Hub Farm/Durham to learn more. http://www.thehubfarm.org/ We are indeed grateful to all the wonderful supporters of our November auction who facilitated this record-setting year for our club.
Members of the Town & Country Garden Club toured the Raleigh Governor’s Mansion
Members of the Town & Country Garden Club toured the Raleigh Governor’s Mansion for their last meeting of 2015. The mansion was decked and trimmed
for the Christmas holidays. Photos by Robin Marin, T&C Garden Club President.
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Charity Bridge Games Raise Funds for Maple Court Veterans
By Robin Marin, President
Town & Country Garden Club
THE BRIDGE ACADEMY and Durham-Chapel Hill Bridge Club held special “Charity Games” on November 9, 11 and 13. The games were in support of the veterans at Maple Court, a transitional housing community whose purpose is to provide affording housing and services for vets who are transitioning from being homeless to self-sufficient. The owner as well as the directors at The Bridge Academy contributed a percentage of game fees from each player that participated that week. Players brought in clothing and donations as well.
With proceeds from the Charity Games, Maple Court administrators purchased six large office chairs for the facility.
Veterans Honored with New Celebration by Durham Council
Veterans Day began in 1918 when the armistice between Germany and the Alllied Nations went into effect at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. “Armistice Day,” celebrating this laying down of arms and world peace, was subsequently set for November 11, and made a US legal holiday in 1938. In 1954, the holiday was amended as “Veterans Day” and is often honored with city parades and two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. with tribute to all war veterans, both living and deceased. A wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is held annually.
In Durham, 2015 saw a new Veterans Day tradition of laying of wreaths at the Blue Star Memorial marker in front of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, hosted by the Durham Council of Garden Clubs. Over 40 attended the new celebration on Wednesday, including 18 veteran patients and 10 hospital staff and administrators. The ceremony began with an invocation by Rev. Dr. John P Oliver, Chief of Chaplain Service and was followed a flag presentation and laying wreaths led by Heritage Garden Club member Martha Sanderford. Wreaths were sponsored by the General Davie DAR chapter and the Durham Council of Garden Clubs. Chaplain Margaret March, CPE Supervisory Education Resident, then read “In Flanders Fields.”
In April 2014, the Durham Council of Garden Clubs unveiled the new Blue Star Memorial marker that its 10 garden clubs had purchased and installed with specially designed flower bed in front of the Durham VA Medical Center. In April 2015, the Council won the highest award, a “Certificate of Appreciation,” from The National Garden Club for the purchase and installation this marker. The NGC award came with a plaque, and at Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony, Pat Cashwell, Chairman for the Garden Club of North Carolina, presented this plaque to VA Medical Center Associate Director Steve Black to hang in the facility.
The history of Veterans Day was then presented by Durham Council First Vice-President Marcia Loudon who said that the day is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” The ceremony then concluded with a benediction read by Chaplain Margaret March
Veterans Day began in 1918 when the armistice between Germany and the Alllied Nations went into effect at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. “Armistice Day,” celebrating this laying down of arms and world peace, was subsequently set for November 11, and made a US legal holiday in 1938. In 1954, the holiday was amended as “Veterans Day” and is often honored with city parades and two minutes of s…
CLUB REPORTS from District 9 Meeting
|The Croasdaile Garden Club of Durham recently held its annual Bulb and Pansy Planting service day with its Junior Garden Club at Riverside High School. Croasdaile GC also sponsors raised garden beds on the school property.|