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State Champion Red Oak at Wallis Arboretum

Champion Red Oak TreeThe GCKY was presented an award on June 19, 2019,  from the Kentucky Division of Forestry for the State champion Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) located in the front yard of the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum, headquarters of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

The certificate was presented to Judy Ferrell, Arboretum Chair, and Joanna Kirby, State Headquarters Chair, by Philip Horsley with the Division of Forestry.
Champion Red Oak Awarded to GCKY

Save Oct 7 for Carriage House Dedication

Wallis Arboretum Carriage House Restored

Carriage House at Wallis HouseThe Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum Committee has announced the “Save This Date” for the newly restored 1903 Carriage House dedication. Monday, October 7, 1:00, The Garden Club of Kentucky will sponsor the ribbon cutting and special presentations to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for its emergency grant and to GCKY members and clubs that made possible the restoration. The public is invited to join in the celebration followed by refreshments and tour of the Carriage House.

The restored Carriage House is taking on a new function in the Arboretum. It will be used for classes, workshops, and rentals for parties, weddings and other special events.

Mrs. Wallis’ father, Thomas Clay, built the Carriage House when he purchased the 616 Pleasant Street property from his uncle’s estate. The house was in the Clay family from 1856 until 1970 when Mrs. Wallis bequeathed it to GCKY.

In the Arboretum – June 2019

Traditionally, the first full week of June is National Garden Week. What better way to celebrate gardening than at The Garden Club of Kentucky – Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum annual Arbor Day Celebration, Friday, June 7. The dedication of plants given in honor and remembrance will begin at 1:30pm at the front entrance of the Wallis House-GCKY Headquarters with Judy Ferrell, Arboretum Chair, and GCKY President Donna Smith welcoming friends, families and all who enjoy gardening.

The Arboretum is at its most lush and flowery due to the mild winter and long wet spring particularly around Mrs. Wallis’ Rose Arbor. In preparation for Arbor Day, the Arbor was scraped, cleaned and newly painted by GCKY members. Mrs. Wallis planted it with climbing roses under planted with iris. Today, the very popular New Dawn (introduced 1989) donated by Millersburg Garden Club several years ago covers the Arbor. Connecting the Rose Garden and Arbor is one of two original elves that sits on a pedestal surrounded by low growing roses and hellebores.

American Pillar (introduced 1902), planted by Mrs. Wallis continues to grow on the left end of the Pergola. It has proved to be one of the hardiest ramblers, vigorous, drought resistant and one of the few tolerates partial shade.

Mrs. Wallis always planted the newest and best varieties when introduced. As a demonstration garden, the Arboretum continues to plant new while maintaining those that are best suited for our area.

Emphasis this year has been the addition of sun-loving annual including alyssum, begonia, lantana, marigold petunia and perennial verbena that will provide color through and into fall. and alyssum in the border beds.

May blooming Cornus kousa (Korean dogwood) are in full bloom. Unlike C. florida whose foliage appears as blooms fade, C. kousa’s foliage emerges first to highlight its stunning pointed white blooms. 

Carriage House received Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Grant

The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., applied for an emergency grant from the Kentucky Colonels to repair and restore the Carriage House in the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum. Built in 1903 by Mrs. Wallis’ father, Thomas Clay, its siding and doors had considerable rot due to water damage. It was not until the affected siding was removed that the extensive amount of rot was revealed.

The original single sliding doors on the driveway and opposite side were replaced with two opposing sliding doors to make it easier to open and reduce the weight on the rail when open. Stall and cupola windows, three posts, and siding where needed were replaced. Due to rains and temperature, painting will wait until dry weather later this spring.

The Carriage House has now found a new use. It will be part of our educational programs beginning with the Kids Day at the Arboretum, July 29. The free day of exploring and learning about pollinators is open to children 6-12 when accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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“The objects of the Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges is to share information on topics relative to Flower Show Judging; to encourage study of information of current interest; to seek to improve both arrangement and horticulture judging in accordance with National Standards; to uphold the rules of National Council; to stress and encourage better Flower Show Procedure.”  (Bylaws, Article II)

“NGC Accredited Judges must exemplify the finest qualities of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Their responsibility is to serve with integrity and dignity at all times.  Judging is the thoughtful assessment of the work of others by qualified individuals.  Therefore, an NGC Accredited Judge’s obligation is to be knowledgeable of the Handbook, aware of any official changes to policy and rules, fiar and unbiased, gracious and helpful to those they serve.”  (Handbook, Chapter 14)

Flower Show Judge’s Silent Oath

“As an NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge, I will always evaluate the work of others fairly, based on knowledge and integrity.  When asked, I will share my knowledge with those who feel less informed and serve as an educator to the exhibitor by making clear and meaningful comments to improve the exhibitor’s skills in growing, designing and exhibiting.  I will show compassion to other judges on the panel, remain humble, refrain from anger, raising my voice or refusing to agree with others on my panel when a majority has been achieved.  I will never make fun of an exhibit or exhibitor; but be fair and honest with all of my decisions.  Finally, I will be appreciative of the honor and opportunity given me as a judge to evaluate the efforts of others.  (Author unkown)

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NGC Flower Show School

Flower Show School 1

~Contact: Sue Kirkman 502-229-5976 suek0551@gmail.com | Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges
~What: NGC Flower Show School
~When: Tue 1 Oct 2019 – Thu 3 Oct 2019 (All Day Eastern Time)

in Frankfort

Details coming soon

4th of July Concert



Concert In The Garden

The Central Kentucky Concert Band entertains more than 250 guests in the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum on the 4th of July weekend. It was a beautiful evening to picnic and enjoy the wonderful music. Maybe you would like to attend next year!



Welcome to Our New Site

Welcome to Our Web Site

Thank you for your interest in the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. by visiting our new website. We are a dedicated group of gardeners all across Kentucky that love to share our passion and knowledge of horticulture, gardening and our dedication as stewards of the land. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to locate or start a club in your community or just need advice in your garden.
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