Friday, July 20, 2012

Fall Board Meeting News from Ardith

Saturday, July 14th was a pricing party for the Trash and Treasure donations received so far.  Jennifer C (FH),  Chairperson, was  hostess.     Anna B., Jean G., Ardith  P. and Jennifer priced the items for your buying pleasure.  There were pictures, puzzles, scarves, belts, costume jewelry, handbags, lamps, kitchen items, vases, and numerous Christmas items which we hope will find new homes with garden clubbers attending the Fall Board Meeting.   More items are needed  Contact your club president if you have donations.

Remember you can visit our vendors, the Silent Auction table and the Trash and Treasure table, even if you do not register for the Fall Board Meeting.  
So gather your garden club friends together, come to the Durham Hilton, shop, listen to the Men in Black ensemble, enjoy a libation and view the honor floral arrangements done by members of the Piedmont Judges Council.  This is another way to discover what is happening in your North Carolina Garden Club and District 9.  You can even be piped in for dinner, have an enjoyable meal and hear Scott Mason, The Tarheel Traveler and WRAL personality,  discuss his adventures  in North Carolina's out of the way place and the memorable people he has encountered.
  Bruce Wright, noted Raleigh piper and  well-known instructor, will pipe us into dinner and bring in the color guard. Bruce has been piping for more than 25 years, not only at the Highland Scottish Games, but at numerous private and public events
The 100 Men in Black ensemble will entertain at the President's Cocktail Hour with a wide selection of music.  They will perform standards, soul, doo-wop, etc.  for our enjoyment

  Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections for the J C Raulston Arboretum, will be the guest speaker at Monday morning's brunch.  Mark will discuss his work in creating and caring for one of the largest and most diverse landscape plant collections suited for use in Southeastern landscapes.  Mark has also generously donated some plant rarities from the Arboretum's collection to our Silent Auction

For detailed information and registration form go to
Fall Board Meeting registration and Call Letter download print
WOULD LIKE YOU TO ENJOY AND LEARN  about the State Garden Clubs and meet new people. Please support your own
garden clubs.

Northern HS is in need of our help.

A teacher at Northern HS sent this to the GC of NC and they forwarded it to us.
If your club is looking for a Garden Therapy project this should be easy. Read the other article about the VA and that Garden Therapy project. I would be happy to discuss this with you and give you the contact person ( Marcia at Heritage). Heritage has too many GT projects and can't do more this year but will work with any club interested in starting this.

It would be a shoo-in for one of the Garden Therapy Awards next year. 
I am a special education teacher at Northern High School in Durham. My class along with the PTO and Durham Water Resources are trying to make an accessible garden for our students who are severely handicapped and to provide a place to develop gardening skills for our less disabled students. I would love to have some input from the clubs as far as which plants we need, possibly donating some cuttings of plants, and any physical assistance as far as getting the garden started would be greatly appreciated. Is this something that would interest a garden club in Durham? IF so, who would I contact? thanks

Community Living Center Residents prove their thumb is green!

The Grown With Love Gardening Club (The resident's garden club at the Durham VA Hospital) is a therapeutic gardening group co-facilitated by Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  Any Veteran residing in the Community Living Center is welcomed to join in on the year-round fun.  This year the Veterans have planted sweet potatoes, squash, a variety of tomatoes and sweet peppers.  Watering, pruning and feeding, the Veterans have cared for the plants as a group and independently. 
The fun doesn’t stop there… once the vegetables are harvested, both the Grown with Love Gardening Club and the therapeutic cooking group are able to enjoy the benefits.  So far…the Veterans have been able to make fried green tomatoes, fresh salsa, and tomato sandwiches.  The Veterans also enjoy the vine ripened delicacies with their lunch and dinner.
The flowers and vegetable plants were donated to the Community Living Center by the Heritage Garden Club, March 2012.