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2018/19 GCNC District Meetings

Half the Districts have meetings with the state officers  this year and the other half next year.

Check the years of your meetings as well as the date its self.

(Bold with state officers)

District # — City —— Date

District 1 — Tryon Clubs — October 14, 2019

District 2 — Banner Elk —

District 3 — Statesville — October 15, 2019

District 4 — Unknown —

District 5 — Reidsville —

District 8 — Erwin — October 16, 2019

District 9 — Chapel Hill — October 28, 2019

District 10 — Raleigh —

District 11 — Jacksonville —

District 12 –TBA — Oct 29, 2019

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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

2019 2 February NewsletterTRYON GC

2019 4 April Newletter

SCNP Society is inviting you to attend its program at the Landrum Depot at 211 North Trade Avenue, Landrum, SC, April 16, a week from tomorrow.  The event is free and open to the public.  The program starts at 7pm.  Arrive at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing.  The topic is Oconee Bells.





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 Instillation Ceremony Service was conducted biggest Linda Ernst, pictured are president, Jacquelyn Baroil, Linda Ernst, Vice Presidents, Cinde Rinn and Francie Dudley, Secretary, Cinda Mann and Treasurer, Brenda Davis




Advance Garden Club members enjoyed a March meeting program, “Caring for Orchids”,  by Barbara Specter.  Mrs. Specter discussed potting materials, popular potted orchids, and favorite orchid flowers like Cymbidium. She also demonstrated how to repot and care for orchids.

Spreading Valentine Cheer

Members of the Advance Garden Club have been busy this past week spreading the joy of Valentine’s Day. Members made colorful table decorations for the residents at Bermuda Commons Nursing Center. They followed it with a visit to Trinity Elms Assisted Living where they helped the residents design their own colorful Valentine flower arrangements. Jean Hyack is shown helping one of the residents at Trinity Elms Assisted Living Center


The Advance Garden Club members joined with the Davie County

Advisory Committee Ombudsman to present a dual program for the residents at the Mocksville Senior Living facility.


Sister Martha Hoyle spoke to the residents about their resident rights and the role of the ombudsman as their advocate.


The members of the Advance Garden Club followed with a program. Each club member selected an antique not normally associated with gardening and filled it with a plant. After the members discussed their plants, the residents were asked to guess the real purpose of the container. What followed was a great deal of spirited guessing. The club members all spoke later about how much they enjoyed the afternoon interacting with the residents.

Sharon Murphy showing her plant and antique turkey caller.                      Jacquelyn Bargoil asking for guesses on her antiqu


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



With a gentle breeze and a warm morning sun, the weather was perfect for Cedarwood Garden Club’s April 11 tour of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at High Point University.  Their guide was Matt Mahoney, Landscape and Exterior Enhancement Manager.  As the members gathered at various garden areas, Matt gave interesting histories of the development, the processes and reasons for the designs, and unique information on plants ranging from rare trees to familiar perennials.   It was a delightful morning and many members plan to visit again in the near future, possibly with family members to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

             After the tour, many members went to the Rice Paper, a Vietnamese restaurant,  for lunch, where they  relaxed, chatted and enjoyed some delicious food.  It was a lovely time to be together.

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


The Hillsborough Garden Club in partnership with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will host “Beyond the Garden Gate”, a garden tour.  This self-guided tour is on Saturday May 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine). This biennial tour, held in odd years gives visitors a rare opportunity to explore gardens in the Historic District of Hillsborough, as well as discover new gardens nestled in the nearby countryside. These are often gardens that are rarely, if ever, open to the general public. This is a not-to-miss event for any garden or horticulture enthusiast.

The 2019 Garden Tour offers a wide variety of gardens, each with their own personality.  Several gardens are oriented around special mature trees and structures.  Some gardens are casual, surrounding small cottage style homes. Other gardens surround historic homes and some gardens share space with chicken coops.  Visitors to the gardens will discover ponds with fish and frogs and that some weed encouragement alongside cultivated plants attract a variety of pollinators.  All of the gardens are the result of owners who find challenge, peace and creativity in their efforts to develop beautiful spaces.   They welcome the opportunity to share their gardening visions with visitors during the 2019 Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour. Come and explore “Beyond the Garden Gate”.

Tickets can be purchased on line at www.hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com or in person at the Visitor’s Center, 150 E. King Street, Hillsborough, NC.  Tickets are $20.00 before April 20, then increase to $25.00.  Ticket sales support the Hillsborough Garden Club scholarship program and community beautification projects.

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, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Wayne


Southport’s annual plant sale will be Saturday April 27, at 8:30-12:30 during Nature Fest in Franklin Square Park. The outdoor fundraiser, come rain or shine, will feature will feature perennials, annuals, houseplants and more. Local vendors have donated various items to be raffled valued at $150 or more. Cash or checks will be accepted for plant sales and raffle. Proceeds benefit Southport Gardens maintained by the club and the annual horticultural scholarship it funds.






Cape Fear Garden Club

Azalea Garden Tour©

April 5-7, 2019

Tickets may be purchased online, at various vendors, the Azalea Festival Ticket Office and in the gardens.


The Cape Fear Garden Club invites you to enjoy Southern hospitality amid the vibrant color of azaleas and spring flowers during the 66thannual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour.  One of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the South, the 2019 tour features 11 gardens – a variety of styles with something certain to inspire every gardener.  Three of the gardens are “Secret Gardens” and only accessible via a trolley.

The Azalea Garden Tour opens Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10:00 am with the Ribbon Cutting  and Azalea Queen’s Garden Party© at the home of Linda and Steve Smits, 1925 S. Live Oak Parkway, presented by WWAY-TV.  Entrance is free.  Arrive early and enjoy a preshow of live music by members of the Wilmington Symphony.   Highlighting the event will be the Parade of Belles featuring more than one hundred Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. Azalea Garden Belles© along with the introduction of the 2019 Azalea Queen and North Carolina Azalea Festival celebrities and entourage and entertainment by the Girls Choir of Wilmington.  After the ceremony, enjoy the Azalea Queen’s Garden Party in the garden of Linda and Steve Smits where members of the Cape Fear Garden Club will serve punch and over 5,000 homemade cookies.

The Cape Fear Garden Club reinvests proceeds from the Azalea Garden Tour into our community through beautification and horticultural grants, scholarships and support of the Battery Island National Audubon wildlife sanctuary.  More than $1.2 million has been granted over the 65 years.

Come celebrate the beauty of spring and enjoy the best the Azalea Coast offers.  Tickets may be purchased at any garden over the weekend.  For more information, please visit Cape Fear Garden Club on Facebook or on our website www.azalea gardentour.org

President Eric Kozen

2019 Chairperson Signa Stalvey

2020 Chairperson Sandy Cyphers

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