|Highlights from the Annual Meeting (top to bottom):
Club Presidents and Council Executives gather for
refreshments before the business meeting at the
John Sprunt Hill House; Strawberry cheesecake cups courtesy
of the Town & Country Garden Club;
GCNC 2016 award recipients in the Council included
the Durham Council, the Forest Hills Garden Club
and Croasdaile Garden Club. Photos by the Durham Council.
President Trish Stewart began the meeting with a historical presentation about the formation of the Council, officially dating 1945, but she recognized the first Durham garden club, was a club of Watts Street residents, organized in 1929.
On Wednesday morning May 15th, 1929, at the invitation of Mrs. S. C. Brawley, a group of women met at her home to consider the formation of a garden club.
With Mrs. Brawley acting as temporary chairman, the project was discussed and a motion passed to formally organize such a club. Officers were elected from the floor as follows
President - Mrs S. C. Brawley
Vice President - Mrs. C. N. Hibberd
Rec. Secretary - Mrs. S. M. Alexander
Treasurer - Mrs. W. E. Lipscomb
All of those present were requested to consider a possible name for the organization and to telephone suggestions to Mrs. Brawley before the meeting of the constitution committee on Friday morning May 17, 1929.
It was decided to hold a second meeting of the club at the home of Mrs. E H. Young, on Tuesday,
- Organization Minutes of the Preliminary Meeting of the Garden Club
Stewart recalled childhood contacts involved with the formation of more than one garden club, and herself was an original member of the Forest Hills Junior Garden Club.
Agenda items of the meeting included wrapping up the Council’s finances, individual garden club annual reports, chairman reports and future steps for the Council historical properties, member communications and media.
Marcia Loudon, District 9 Director of The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. presented four state level awards during the meeting. Trish Stewart was honored with a lifetime membership to The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. which includes gifts made to the Daniel Boone Native Gardens (Boone), the Elizabethan Gardens (Manteo) and the Martha Frank Fragrance Garden (Raleigh) in her name. Three annual state awards (for 2016) were presented to the following Council recipients:
- Durham Council of Garden Clubs - First Place, #173 Jennifer Corser Blog and Social Media Award
- Forest Hills Garden Club – First Place, #180 Shorts ’ N Jeans Award for Dogwood/Crape Myrtle Planting
- Croasdaile Garden Club – Second Place, #32 Frances Boyd Bluebird Award
|President Trish Stewart was honored with a lifetime |
membership to The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.