District, Council and Club News

2018/19 GCNC District Meetings

Half the Districts have meeting this year and the other half next year. Check the years of your meetings as well as the date its self.

District # — City — Date

District 1 — Tryon Clubs — October 14, 2019

District 2 — Banner Elk — October 9 , 2018

District 3 — Statesville — October 15, 2019

District 4 — Unknown — October 11,2018

District 5 — Reidsville — October 10, 2018

District 8 — Erwin — October 16, 2019

District 9 — Chapel Hill — October 28, 2019

District 10 — Raleigh — October 5, 2018

District 11 — Jacksonville — October 4, 2018

District 12 –TBA — Oct 29, 2019

For District News & Photos click on the District Number

District # Director Counties

District 1
Elaine Hefner Buncombe
Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Swain, Transylvania

Tryon GC 2018 8 Aug Newletter 3


District 2
Bootsie Seaabock
Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancy

Banner Elk Garden Club decorating the music stage for performances during the 41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk on Saturday and Sunday October 20 and 21,2018.

Photos from District 2 Garden Club meeting Tuesday October 9,2018 at Holston Camp Banner Elk,NC.


District 3
Barbara Miller
Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenberg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Rutherfordton, Stanley, Union

District 4
Charlotte Croft

Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin, Part of Guilford


Advance Garden Club members had two classes on floral design prior to their submissions to the Dixie Classic Fair.  A class on creative design was conducted by Charlotte Croft, District Director and the second class involved members critiquing each others design.


Advance Garden Club members attended the District 4 Garden Clubs of North Carolina meeting held at the Old Town Club where the club received a certificate of honor and won second place for their yearbook.

  • Pictured are:
  • Jacquelyn Bargoil, Pat Mitchell, Katherine Creasy, Brenda Davis and Cindi Mann

Mary Ann Spainhour presented a very informative program to the Advance Garden Club on “Raising and Managing Orchard Mason Bees”. The members learned that these bees do not sting unless greatly provoked, do not live in a hive and are great pollinators of our spring flowers, fruit trees and vegetables. The members also received instruction in how to build their own bee houses.

The Advance Garden Club has awarded the October Yard of the Month to Heather and Rob Freeland of Magnolia Acres in Advance. The fall theme that surrounds their entry and perfectly kept lawn presents an appealing picture to anyone passing their home.  They both work on their garden in their spare time after work. Heather’s mom is a Master Gardner in another state.

Advance Garden Club Roadshow to Trinity Elms Sept 2018

Advance Garden Club did a presentation for the ladies at Trinity Elms Assisted Living Center. Each member brought a plant in a container not normally used for plants. After each member discussed their plant/flower, the residents were asked to guess the normal use of the container. The ladies became involved in guessing and telling others about similar containers they had when they were younger.

The result was that the ladies did such a good job guessing that they were rewarded with prizes and the club members were rewarded with a fun afternoon meeting them.




Advance Garden Club Learns About Horticultural Therapy

The Advance Garden Club took a field trip to the Children’s Center to listen to Joanne Yates speak about her role as a trained horticultural therapist working with children with special needs. Horticultural therapy involves a person in nature and garden related activities to help them reach a specific treatment goal. She toured the group thru the therapeutic garden discussing different plants and how she is able to involve the children in the classroom and the garden awakening them to the awe of nature.

District 5
Beverly Cooper
Randolph, Rockingham, part of Guilford

District 8*
*No 6 or 7
Sandra Williams
Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Robeson, Scotland

District 9
Marcia Loudon
Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Warren, Vance


Congratulations to Martha Sanderford, Heritage Garden Club, who won the impressive –

Margie Watkins Volunteer Spirit Award for her volunteer work at the beautiful Duke Gardens.  It is a beautiful bronze statue which I am sure she would be willing to show at the next meeting in November (which will be at her home).


CHAPEL HILL  flower arrangeing for evacuees. 9-18

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who made the flower arranging activity possible for the young North Carolina flood evacuees staying at the Friday Center.  It is amazing what this club can accomplish in under 24 hours.  You received the email late Thursday and Friday afternoon children were enjoy being under the trees and “arranging/playing” with flowers.  The children had definite opinions on color combinations.  And let me tell you they knew exactly where they wanted us to cut the stems their scissors wouldn’t handle. The care they gave planning their arrangement for Mother was heart warming.  One adult who had lost everything said just looking at the flowers gave her peace.

A great outreach!

Thank you CHGC and thank you Katie Stoudemire for the idea,



District 10
Darline Johnson
Franklin, Johnston, Wake

For the past 4 years, Cary GC have been working with the Town of Cary, the Friends of Page Walker, and the Cary Women’s Club to cultivate this beautiful garden. Officially it is called thePollinator Garden, but at this time of year, it functions more as a Butterfly Gardenfilled with various types of milkweed. The Garden has been certified as an official Butterfly Garden and recognized by the Wildlife Foundation as an official Wildlife Habitat.; both signs can be found on display within the garden space. The monarch butterflies have been busy munching and have recently started to emerge. You can actually see a caterpillar on the milkweed leaf and a chrysalis nearby in one of the photos.A couple of the Monarchs are testing their wings in the other two photos. This has been a great joint venture with the work and expense of up-keep being shared among all the partners involved.  Before long, the Monarchs will be on their way to Mexico….and then the cycle begins again

District 11
Barbara Walters
Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Greene, James, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Wayne

District 12
Carolyn Ashbrook
Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Currituck, Date, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northhampton, Perquimans, Pitt, Pasquotank, Tyrell, Washington and Wilson.