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GCKY President’s Message
From Paula Hyatt, GCKY President
Since my last visit with you, I have toured the state for our District Meetings. Each district was very special. No district had the same program or the same meal. It was great to see previous friends and make new friends. I want to issue a special thank-you to my fellow officers. Your 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents and our Directors’ Advisor also attended all five district meetings.
Most of the districts have begun their “Bluegrass Project” and don’t forget there is a special award for this President’s Bluegrass Project. None of the districts were 100% in club representation BUT each district was able to fill their nomination committees and Wallis House Representatives.
As we put our plants to bed for the winter, let us use items from our own yard. Cover your bulbs with fallen leaves. Nutrients return to your soil as the leaves rot AND it does not cost an extra penny. When spring arrives, rake the leaves into garbage bags and dispose of. To hold the leaves in place during the windy weather, it is easy to toss on several broomsticks. Years ago, we used tobacco stalks and again fed the soil with the stalks rotted
It seems as though gourds are plentiful this fall. They are wonderful for decorations for the Thanksgiving table. It seems as though the Christmas Season comes faster each year. Our 6 grandkids are already working on their tree while I am trying to decide on the Thanksgiving menu. I am too old-fashioned to put our tree up before Thanksgiving, so we will start decorating on the day after.
Be sure to check the December Bulletin for the “Greenery Gallery” Sale on Friday, December 1st, beginning at 3 pm and Saturday, December 2nd, 10 AM to 3 PM at our Wallis House back porch. Maybe a special neighbor or a shut-in friend might appreciate a fresh green arrangement or wreath or would enjoy a trip to Paris (KY) with you.
There are several special dates in the December Bulletin. Please check carefully and mark your calendar. Of special importance is the SAR Annual Convention on March 18 and 19, immediately followed by our GCKY Annual Convention (both held at the Embassy Suites in Covington KY). PLEASE try to attend both functions. What better way to chase away the “winter blues”, get out of the house, and make new friends. Reservation info is in the December bulletin and on the website.
A special thank-you to Ann Fiel for agreeing to chair the SAR event and to Connie Crain, Limestone District Director, who is the chair for the GCKY Convention with the Limestone District being your hosts. Be sure to gather your unwanted jewelry for the convention fundraiser!
Invite a friend or neighbor to attend your next garden club meeting. Share your garden club experiences, spread your knowledge and love of gardening with those around you and help GCKY grow.
My wish for each of you is to have a happy Thanksgiving and a blessed merry Christmas. Remember those who need special care and assistance. A kind word or deed is always remembered and appreciated.
Please remember the “Reason for the Season”!
Holiday blessings to all.
History of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
Edith Nelson, President
As my term is nearly finished, I think back two years ago when I selected my theme Paving The Pathway To The Future with emphasis on Youth Gardening and Native Pollinator Conservation.
Awareness is increasing across the Commonwealth of Kentucky of the importance of involving youth in gardening projects. The purpose of youth gardening programs is to develop a love and appreciation of nature. Our youth is our future gardeners and I especially want the pathway to lead to the encouragement of youth involvement. To assure success, I appointed a State Youth Advisor Chairman and asked each of the five District Directors to select a youth representative from their district to serve on the youth committee. This committee compiled a quarterly report keeping me informed on youth activities across our state. The State Chairman of Native Pollinator Conservation and the Monarch Butterfly Waystations, continues to offer presentations in our state as well as sharing Pollination for Kids PowerPoint to be used for primary grade children and other materials with our clubs. We are supporting South Atlantic Region Director, Sarah Ann Parler’s theme Inspire Conservation through Education.
Kentucky has 4 new Youth Clubs this term bringing our total to 6 active Youth Clubs. They are sponsored by local garden clubs and partnering with local extension offices and libraries. Members are busy presenting workshops with Church Kids Club, working with 4-H directors who provide after School Youth and Junior Gardening Projects and working with a Girl Scout Troop to earn the Native Plant Patch. With our help, children will grow up knowing the wonders of nature and how to protect and care for the environment. Each of the six clubs was presented with an Appreciation of Youth Club Sponsorship Certificate and a copy of the recently released book Wildlife in Your Garden edited by Karen Lanier.
We are supporting National President Sandy Robinson’s special project Service in Action Protecting the Monarch Butterfly by planting and maintaining Monarch Waystations. We are partnering with the Kentucky Governor’s office and the Kentucky Department of State Parks to encourage conservation of one of our most important resources, our pollinators. Governor Steve Beshear has designated September as Monarch Awareness Month. Our first Butterfly and Native Plant Week-end was held at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. In 2017 plans are made for 2 more Friends of Pollinators Weekend to be held at State Headquarters Wallis Arboretum in Paris, KY and Kentucky Dam Village. As we build on the accomplishments of the previous administration, Kentucky now has over 400 waystations including 15 in state parks and more are being planned for this spring. Distribution of the Frightened Frog book has been donated by members and placed in several schools and libraries across our state.
Gardening for Pollinators was the theme for our 2016 and 2017 Photo contest. The three categories were: Pollinator Gardens for all Seasons, Bees, Birds and Butterflies and Gardening with the Youth. This contest proved to be very successful and enjoyable with digital photos accepted in 2017 and shown during our State annual meeting.
The Garden Club of Kentucky and Middlesboro Garden club has presented all four Flower Show Courses with success in obtaining 4 new student judges. The Symposium sponsored by Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges will be held June 14-15, 2017 at Carter Caves State Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
In Mountain Laurel District, two Blue Star Memorial Markers were installed and dedicated for Veterans Day. A wonderful way to honor our servicemen and women.
Thanks to our Garden Club of Kentucky Website Committee, a link has been added to our website to accommodate Online Registration for our Annual Conventions. Another member was added to this efficient committee to handle this extra responsibility. Betty Conner is Web team coordinator and has 4 volunteer committee members. They are continually moving forward with technology to keep our members informed.
We continue to support education through our State Scholarship Program. In 2016 Kentucky presented 6 scholarships in the amount of $10,000. This year scholarship recipients will be awarded a total of $12,250 to use in the pursuit of higher education. These students are studying in areas that will help our environment.
President Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
It was an honor and pleasure that I attended each of the 5 District Meetings in October. My first meeting was Friday, October 2, 2015 the Blue Grass District meeting at Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington hosted by Lexington Council Garden clubs. The district provided a wonderful overnight stay at The Inn on Broadway with dinner at the Campbell House. The program was Fun & Easy Container Gardens You’ll Love all Season Long by Kim Ellington of United Landscape
The next day, Saturday October 3, was Limestone District Meeting hosted by The Painted Hills Garden Club at First Baptist Church of Morehead. I enjoyed an overnight stay at the home of Ann Fiel which included a great dinner. The program was Landscaping for the Last Great Necessity by Dr. J.D. Reeder, Historian.
On Thursday, October 8, the Dogwood District meeting was hosted by The Cardinal Council and held at Bowling Green Country Club. A wonderful evening meal was at The Bistrol Restaurant with 10 people attending. The program was Beekkeeping-Finding the Pathway to Pollinators by Michelle Boling, Bee Keeper.
Thursday, October 15 meeting was Audubon District at Cadiz Christian Church hosted by Gateway Garden Club. My overnight accommodations was at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park with dinner in the dinning room over looking the lake. The program, Designing for Pollinators was presented by Carolyn Roof, Beth Carey and Carol Ullerich from Open Gate Garden Club
The last of the 5 District meetings was Saturday, October 24, at Corbin Center hosted by Corbin Garden Club and Cumberland Falls Garden Club. The program, Garden Club Tidbit, was presented by Sandra Robinson, NGC President. 0vernight accommodations at Comfort Inn Suites and dinner at the fantastic Season’s Restaurant.
Visiting the District meetings was the highlight of my year.
Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
President’s Special Youth Projects Awards
Award #1 Native Pollinator Conservation
Certificate and $25 to a club that presents the most outstanding program or activity in the field of environmental education and native pollinator conservation involving the youth.
1a Small club of 29 members and under
1b Club with more than 29 members
Book of evidence must include pictures and documentation of number of youth involved, list of native plants, and a copy of the program. Use the GCKY Application form. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Awarded each year of my administration.
Scale of points for judging
35 Involvement of youth
35 Use of Native Plants
20 Environmental education
Award #2 New Youth Garden Club
Certificate and $25 to each club that organizes and sponsors a new Youth Garden Club with a minimum of 5 members and 5 meetings a year as required by National. Award Application must include name of Youth Garden Club, address, number and picture of members, schedule of program or activities for the 5 meetings. Application form may be emailed to email@example.com by December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Use the GCKY application form. Awarded each year of my administration.
I left Bowling Green at 9:30 today to attend the Monarch Way Station dedication at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. After driving through heavy rain from Elizabethtown to Bardstown, it was a welcome change to see the sunshine at the Frankfort exit off Blue Grass Parkway. After parking in the Governor’s Mansion parking lot, I was happy to see smiling garden club members attending the dedication. It was a great presentation by Joanna Kirby and Linda Porter.
After leaving the dedication, I drove around the circle drive where I stopped and viewed the beautiful floral clock and admired the architecture of our Kentucky State Capital Building.
From there I stopped at the Governor’s Mansion and to my surprise met Bluegrass District Director, Evelyn Hance and Boone County Garden Club President, Judy Biedenharn. We were happy to get our photo taken in front of the Governor’s Mansion.
If you haven’t visited our Capital in Frankfort, I encourage you to make the trip. I enjoyed my visit and had a wonderful day.
The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
Edith S. Nelson, President
“Paving the Pathway to the Future”
Congratulations and many thanks to Ann Fiel, National Garden Clubs, Inc., 2015 Convention Chairman, and Joan Wipperman, Convention Co-Chairman, and the members of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., for hosting a wonderful National Convention. We give a “Big Thanks” to all the South Atlantic Region members who helped make the 2015 NGC Convention a success. We could not have done it without your help! We thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts.
The theme for The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., for 2015-2017 is “Paving the Pathway to the Future” with emphasis on Youth Gardening and Native Pollinator Conservation. Our youth is our future and we especially want the pathway to lead to the encouragement of youth involvement. If our youth becomes involved with conservation and environmental concerns, we will have a smoother pathway to the future.
Our garden clubs will be working within their own communities to explore ways to conserve pollinators through good gardening practices and the planting of pollinator and butterfly gardens and involving the youth.
Early reports of youth activities for Arbor Day and National Garden Week include children planting a flower garden at a local library with 17 children and 10 adults attending the program. Several clubs reported Arbor Day celebration with youth activities and tree planting ceremonies.
We are partnering with the Kentucky Governor’s office and the Kentucky Department of State Parks to encourage conservation of one of our most important resources our pollinators. Governor Steve Bashear has designated September as Monarch Awareness Month. Our first Butterfly and Native Plant Weekend will be held at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, September 25-27. Events will include seminars, field trips, plant sales and children’s activities on butterflies, native plants and native pollinators.
As the new president of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., I am looking forward to Paving the Pathway to the Future with our members and enjoying an exciting and wonderful two years
Edith S. Nelson
I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the President of The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. I truly appreciate the support and encouragement that you have given me as fellow gardeners. I am so grateful to my family and friends for their support and understanding in my undertaking of this position for the next two years.
My theme for this term is “Paving the Pathway to the Future” with emphasis on Youth Gardening and Native Pollinators Conservation. Our youth is our future and I especially want the pathway to lead to the encouragement of youth involvement. If our youth become involved with Conservation and Environmental Concerns, we will have a smoother pathway to the future.
I have appointed Ann Kowalkoski as Youth Advisor Chairman. Serving on her committee will be a representative from each of the five districts. I am asking club presidents to please appoint a youth chairman for their club. The committee will compile a quarterly report of youth activities and involvement across the state. This information will be used in the Bulletin and SAR Keynotes.
Linda Porter has graciously accepted the chairmanship for Native Pollinator Conservation along with continuing to chair the Monarch Waystations. Her involvement as Chair of Monarch Waystations Committee for Wild Ones has been extended to include all pollinators. She will be providing educational material and publications for our youth.
I appreciate those willing to serve as chairmen of the various committees. Together with the members across Kentucky, we can “Pave the Pathway to the Future” with and for our youth. Let’s keep the communications flowing.
If you plant it, they will come!
The Monarchs are here and they love the bright colors of zinnias and sunflowers as they float through the gardens of Kentucky, but they also need their only host plant, Milkweed, to lay their eggs on. Fall is ideal for planting and now many garden centers are offering discounts on their inventory. If you have an existing butterfly garden, you may only need to plant Milkweed to be complete and certify your garden through Monarchwatch.org, a non-profit group at the University of Kansas that tracks the migration and habitat of this declining beauty. You, too, can have a Monarch Waystation with a good plan and desire to help.
- Dr. Durham on Orchids - Wed 27 Mar 2019 Frankfort
- SAR Convention - Thu 28 Mar 2019 – Sat 30 Mar 2019 Williamsburg
- Roses in Kentucky - Thu 4 Apr 2019 Franklin
- GCKY Convention 2019 - Tue 9 Apr 2019 – Thu 11 Apr 2019 Berea
- Standard Petite Flower Show - Tue 9 Apr 2019 Berea
- May Day Baskets - Wed 17 Apr 2019 Franklin
- Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners Plant Market - Sat 27 Apr 2019 Frankfort
- National Garden Club Convention - Tue 30 Apr 2019 – Sun 5 May 2019 Biloxi
- Franklin GC Evening Program - Mon 6 May 2019 Franklin
- Down to Earth Garden Club Plant Sale - Sat 11 May 2019 Lexington