Garden Club of America Centennial

The centennial meeting of the Garden Club of America was held this year in Philadelphia, PA…

Philadelphia, garden club of america

and I was fortunate enough to attend as a delegate from The Garden Club of Jackson.

 Recently I was asked to write a post describing my experience for the club’s October newsletter.

We checked in to the beautiful Loew’s Hotel…

Loews Hotel Philadelphia

and the fun began…

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Lee Threadgill, President, Garden Club of Jackson and Kathy Adams, President, Little Garden Club of Memphis

flower arrangements

The flower show was spectacular and that is an understatement.

Some of my favorites from the Horticulture division…

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 topiary

Amazing blooms…

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tulip

daffodil

In the Floral Design division,

the entries in Proportion and Scale were magical.

 These creations are tiny – maybe 4 inches square…

flower show

I loved the judges comments…

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flower show

 The entries in Balance & Form in Harmony were beautiful invitations to elegant parties…

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flower show

Best in Show…

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Photography entries…

flower show

flower show

We enjoyed meeting friends from other clubs…

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Me with Tempe Thompson and Kathy Adams, both from Little Garden Club of Memphis

One evening we were invited to have dinner in four private clubs throughout Philadelphia.

Our zone dined at The Union League of Philadelphia…

GCA Centennial

 The club was founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the policies of President Abraham Lincoln.

Its’ founding motto – “Love of Country Leads”.

A distinguished art collection adorns the walls.

It was a beautiful evening…

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We heard many inspirational speakers including Jane Golden, of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network.  Her work with underprivileged youth in the city has led to the beautification of neglected areas through mural painting.  The impetus for the project was the graffiti painting seen through her eyes as having the potential for turning a negative into a positive for both the city and its’ youth.  The youth now design and paint murals which inspire creativity and serve to motivate citizens to take pride in and take care of their neighborhoods…

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 mural

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Alice Waters, chef, author and proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California also spoke.  Her commitment to education led to a kitchen classroom, The Edible Schoolyard, which is now a model for public education programs across the country….

Alice Waters

The meeting was so organized, informative and entertaining.  It was very meaningful to see the national organization at work and to be able to take personal pride in the many accomplishments of the Garden Club of America.  When given the opportunity to attend such an event –

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