The garden club movement in the United States began in Athens, Georgia, in 1891. A National Council of Garden Clubs was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1929. The garden club movement spread and reached Arkansas by 1923, when the Little Rock Garden Club was organized by Mrs. H.N. Heiskell. Other clubs followed by 1931.
Forty interested women met at the Albert Pike Hotel, June 30, 1931. Mrs. H.H. Tucker, of Little Rock, was elected the first state President. Nine clubs joined as charter clubs that day.
The National Headquarters moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1958. 6.2 acres were purchased from the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the National Headquarters, as it is today, became a reality.
NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, INC. ~ MISSION STATEMENT
NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, INC. provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.
President Sandra Robinson- 2015-2017
Theme: "Leap Into Action"
Special Project: "Service in Action"
Pres. Project: Pollinators, Amphibians, Leadership
Visit www.gardenclub.org for more information and details.
Our educational exhibits at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show are always interesting. The show is scheduled for Feb. 24-26, 2017, at the State House Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.
Remember to include the following:
Blue Star Memorials - honor the men and women of the Armed Forces of America.
Celebrate National Garden Week - the first full week of June is a time to celebrate and publicize the activities of clubs.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - keeping things out of the landfills is a goal of all garden club members.
Increase flower design knowledge - club programs and state and district meetings should help in this area.
REMINDER... AFGC is selling wonderful note cards, $5 per package (10 cards + envelopes, blank inside). Where can you find designer cards for 50 cents each???
Consult President's Packet for more projects.
SCR Regional Director (Barbara Baker) will serve our region during the 2015-2017 term. Theme, "LEAP: (Leadership - Education- Achievement- Promotion"
Project: "Protecting the Migrating Path of the Monarch Butterfly".
Let's educate ourselves and others in the area of good gardening and environmental practices. See www.ngcscr.com to find out more about her theme, projects, etc.
Purchase your copy of A Gardener's Book of Inspirations, Smiles, Quips, and Quotes. $10. These also make wonderful gifts.