Would you Sponsor a GCKY Award?

Every year, GCKY recognizes individuals, clubs, councils, districts and youth for outstanding projects and activities during the previous year. These awards reflect GCKY’s efforts to promote the goals of National Garden Clubs, Inc. A significant amount of money is included with the first-place awards won each year. Our awards program needs your generous support to continue in this new term.

Please consider sponsoring one or more awards – most are $20 each but we also have a few at $25 – by using:

 Award Sponsor Form (MS Word) or Form (PDF)

Your donation is tax deductible! If you wish to sponsor a specific award, please designate that award. These requests will be honored on a “first come” basis. If your donation may be used where needed, please write “ANY” after Award #. If your sponsored award is not given in 2022-23, please indicate whether the donation money should be refunded, carried over for the next year or placed in the Awards General Fund (to be used for ribbons and certificates). This information is mandatory to keep GCKY in compliance with IRS regulations.

Thank you for your generous support of GCKY’s Award Program.

Sharon Burcham, 2nd Vice President & Awards Chairman

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New Awards and Changes for the 2021-22 Season

GREAT NEWS! we are adding some new Awards for the 2021-22 season.  Please see the 2 new Awards for Flower Shows and the change in point scoring for our Club Scrapbooks.  We are happy to offer these changes for you.  Good luck to everyone, and we hope to see you at the Awards Ceremony.

Download GCKY Awards-FINAL-22

NEW:   #35A – Social Media/Website designed and managed by club members. ONE CLUB/COUNCIL $20 and certificate. May apply for NGC MAE-2

Recognizing the most outstanding website or social media page promoting the sponsoring Garden Club. At least a portion of the site/page must be available for viewing by the general public. Include website/media address, who maintains site, frequency of updates, and cost in the application. Ease of navigation will be considered while judging from the address given.  May apply for

  • 20 members and under
  • 21–50 members
  • 51 + members

NEW:  #35B – Social Media/Website professionally designed.
ONE CLUB/COUNCIL $20 and certificate. May apply for NGC MAE-2

  • 20 members and under
  • 21–50 members
  • 51 + members

Flower Shows Awards

NEW:  #59- Patriotic Standard Show – ONE CLUB or COUNCIL $20 and certificate. May apply for NGC #FS-3

NEW:  #60 – Patriotic Small Standard ShowONE CLUB $20 and certificate. May apply for NGC #FS-7

Notice the change in NGC award numbers for these Flower Show Awards:

  • #53 BEST SHOW – TWO OR MORE CLUBS OR COUNCIL $20 and certificate. May apply for NGC #FS-9, or NGC #FS-10
  • #54 HOLIDAY SHOW – ONE CLUB $20 and certificate, May apply for NGC #FS-2 or NGC #FS-6
  • #55 HOLIDAY SHOW – TWO OR MORE CLUBS OR COUNCIL $20 and certificate, May apply for NGC #FS-2,
  • #56 COUNCIL SHOW $20 and certificate May apply for NGC #FS-10

Notice Scale of Points to align with NGS for GCKY #51 FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE-

For scale of points please see National Garden Club Form 29 (3/2021).  The form is entitled “Scale of Points for Evaluating Standard Flower Show Schedules”.  You can locate this form on the NGC website, gardenclub.org in the Forms Library, FSS-29

Changes in Scrapbook Award

Point scoring for Wallis Scrapbook Award has been changed as follows:

#17 WALLIS SCRAPBOOK Award will be given in each District: Audubon; Blue Grass; Dogwood; Limestone; and Mt Laurel.  $20 and certificate to each District first-place winner

SCALE OF POINTS (100 total) new changes in bold

  • 5 points: Title
  • 5 points: Table of Contents
  • 10 points: Yearbook – should be easily removed for reviewing
  • 8 points: Neatness
  • 12 points: Beauty
  • 5 points Durability
  • 15 points: Originality
  • 10 points: Publicity
  • 10 points: Balanced Programs: Actual programs presented in meetings; Birds, Civic Development, Conservation, Flower Shows, Design, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Legislation, Litter Control, Butterflies, Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels, etc.
  • 20 points: Club Activities: Continuing or New projects/activities. Pictures have typed captions, neatly cut and attached, not crowded on page. Show attendance and participation at District and State Meetings.

Changes in Native Trees Award

Native Trees will be added to this Award:

#6 NATIVE PLANTS AND TREES:  $20 and Certificate – May apply for SAR #1, #11, #14, NGC #CE-1 and NGC EC-5. To a club or group of clubs for promoting the use of native plants and/or Trees through educational programs, planting new or maintaining native plant gardens or trails, or using native plants or Trees in parks, historic gardens, or other suitable locations.

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Louise McCabe

Master Gardener

Louise McCabe

– Sun 7 Aug 2022

Garden Club Member

  Clear Creek Garden Club, Lyndon Garden Club 


M. Louise McCabe
Martha Louise McCabe, 92, of Juno Beach, Florida passed away on April 6, 2022. Louise was born on June 29, 1929, in Shelbyville Kentucky and attended high school and university in Alabama. Before returning Louisville in the 1960’s, Louise lived in Dearborn Michigan, Cleveland Ohio, and abroad in Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, and England.
Many will remember Louise for being “hostess extraordinaire” always welcoming friends & family with a beautiful, warm smile, an exquisite table, and delicious food! She was an avid gardener, best known for her award-winning roses and thrived as a member of The Clear Creek Garden Club. Her other societal commitments included dedicating her time to The Louisville Woman’s Club, Actor’s Theatre, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and many more.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Carl J. Bergquist of Skovde Sweden, her second husband, James A. McCabe of Springfield KY, daughter, Ann Bergquist Caldwell of Danville KY, and brother David Layson of Indianapolis IND.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan Bergquist Wood of Juno Beach FL, granddaughters Lindsey Maria Wood of Marlow, England, Alexandra Louise Wood of Norfolk, England, and step-daughter Allison Ann McCabe of Louisville KY.
A memorial will be held at the Grove Hill Cemetery Chapel, Shelbyville, KY. followed by interment, on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
Gifts to celebrate the life of Louise McCabe may be given to the effort to build a botanical garden in Louisville. Please send any donations to Waterfront Botanical Gardens, PO Box 5056, Louisville, KY 40255 or visit www.waterfrontgardens.org


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The GCKY 2022 Awards Show

From Sharon Burcham

Dear Club Members,

I cannot put into words how much fun it was to recognize the clubs that participated in Awards this year.  Even though the past year was compromised by Covid, our members continued to promote, work together and make their gardens and hometowns a better place.  I want to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who sent in applications.  The more clubs we have entering, the more prizes we can award.  Please think about submitting all the projects and hard work you have accomplished next year for an Award.  I am willing to visit your club and show you how easy it can be.  Just invite me, I’ll show up.  Listed below are the categories and winners for the GCKY Awards and the winners of SAR Awards.  At the printing of this Bulletin, the National Awards have not been announced so look for those winners next time.  

Garden Club of Kentucky

1. Nannine C. Wallis Bird Protection

Sponsored by Ann Fiel 

1st -Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd -Gateway Garden Club

2. Butterfly Award

Small Club 1-20 (Sponsored by Lexington Council of GC)

1st -Gateway Garden Club

2nd – Two Creeks GC

Medium Club 21-50 (Sponsored by Linda Porter )

1st – Glasgow GC 

2nd – Bowling Green GC

3. Wildflower Award

Sponsored by Linda Porter 

1st – Gateway GC

4. Charles Law Arboriculture Award

NONE submitted 2021

5. Tree Planting Award

Sponsored by Susan Throneberry 

1st– Garden Club of Danville 

2nd -Laurel Oak Garden Club

3rd  -Garden Club of Elizabethtown

HM  – The Richmond Garden Club

6. Native Plants

Sponsored by Ann Fiel 

1st – GardenClub of Danville

2nd -Two Creeks Garden Club

3rd – Bowling Green Garden Club

7. Garden Therapy

Small Club 1-20 (Sponsored by Jo Jean Scot & Ann Fiel)

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

Medium Club 21-50 (Sponsored by Carla Doyle White)

1st–  The Richmond Garden Club

Large Club 51 + (Sponsored by Bourbon County GC)

1st – The Garden Club of Danville

8. Civic Achievement

8 Ai – One Project -Single member Club (Sponsored by: Bourbon County Garden Club)

1st–  Franklin-Simpson Garden Club 

2nd -Bowling Green Garden Club

3rd  -The Garden Club of Danville

HM –  Galsgow Garden Club

8 Aii – One Project -Group of clubs/councils  (Sponsored by Bourbon County GC) 

1st -Laurel Oak Garden Club

9. Environmental Education w/Youth 

9ii Club  21 members or more

1st  – Laurel Oak Garden Club 

10. Jo Jean Scott Daffodil 

Sponsored by Becky Oliver

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club 

2nd -Bowling Green Garden Club 

11. Saving The Monarchs

Sponsored by Carla Hawkins 

11B. Club with most effective Monarch Station 

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd –  Glasgow Garden Club

14. Memorial BlueStar Marker Landscaping

14A. One Club (Sponsored by Sandra Robinson)

1st  -Glasgow Garden Club

2nd –  Franklin-Simpson Garden Club

3rd  – Bowling Green Garden Club

15. Plant It Pink 

NONE for 2021

16. Garden Tour Award

Sponsored by Bud Qualk 

1st – Laurel Oak Garden Club

17. Wallis Scrapbook 

Audubon District Sponsored by: Anonymous Donor

1st Place-   Laurel Oak Garden Club

Blue Grass District Sponsored by Kay Fisher

1st Place  – The Richmond Garden Club

Dogwood District Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

1st Place –  The Garden Club of Elizabethtown

Limestone:  none

Mt. Laurel:  none

18. Yearbook

Small Club 1-20 (Sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Garden Club in honor of Shirley Snoddy)

1st – The Potted Few Garden Club

2nd  -Two Creeks Garden Club 

Medium Club 21-50 (Sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Garden Club in honor of Shirley Snoddy)

1st – Garden Club of Elizabethtown

2nd -The Richmond Garden Club

3rd  -Laurel Oak garden Club

HM – Frannklin-Simpson Garden Club

Large Club 51+ (Sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Garden Club in honor of Shirley Snoddy)

1st – The Garden Club of Danville 

19. Club Program

19A. Club Program without Flash/CD

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

1st – Laurel Oak Garden Club

2nd – Gateway Garden Club

19B.  Club Program with Flash/CD 

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

20. National Garden Week 

A. Single Club 

Sponsored by Teresa Walker

1st  -Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd -Bowling Green Garden Club

3rd – Garden Club of Danville

HM – The Richmond Garden Club

21.  Single News Story 

Sponsored by Susan Leo & Anonymous Donor

1st – The Richmond Garden Club

2nd – Laurel Oak Garden Club

22. Press Book Publicity

A. One Club 

Small Club 1-20

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – The Potted Few Garden Club 

Medium Club 21-50

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st– The Richmond Garden Club

Large Club 51 +

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – The Garden Club of Danville 

23. Photo Archiving of Accomplishments

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd  -Laurel Oak Garden Club

25. Garden Club Member Recruiting Most New Members

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st TIE  – Gateway Garden Club 

1st  TIE – Two Creeks Garden Club

2nd – Garden Club of Elizabettown 

26. Membership 

Small Club 1-20

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – Gateway Garden Club

2nd  -Two Creeks Garden Club 

27. Sponsoring New Club

NONE submitted for 2021

28. Attendance 

Sponsored by Anonymous Donor 

1st – Garden Club of Danville

2nd – The Richmond Garden Club

3rd  -The Garden Club of Elizabethtown

29.  Three R’s Recycle, Repurpose, Remix

29A: Club

Sponsored by Jo Jean Scott 

1st– Laurel Oak Garden Club 

2nd –  Bowling Green Garden Club

33. Best Presidents Report from District Meetings

Sponsored by Edith Nelson 

1st– Dogwood District:  Franklin-Simpson Garden Club

34. Rose Award 

None submitted for 2021


#51- Flower Show Schedule

Sponsored by Flower Show Judges’ Council 

1st–  Cardinal Council of Garden Clubs

GCKY submitted 16 awards to the South Atlantic Region.

Of the 16 awards submitted Kentucky had winners for the following Awards:

SAR Award #2- Bird Protection: First Place – Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award #3 – Protecting Pollinators – First Place – Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award #7 – Garden Therapy – First Place – Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award #10 – National Garden Week – First Place -Two Creeks Garden Club

SAR Award # 11 – Roadside Improvement – First Place – Garden Club of Danville

SAR Award # 18 – Newsletter Publication – First Place – Franklin-Simpson Garden Club

SAR Award #20 – Club Program with Slides/CD – First Place – Laurel Oak Garden Club

SAR Award #22 – Yearbook (small club) – Third Place – Potted Few Garden Club

SAR Award #22 – Yearbook (medium club) – Honorable Mention – Garden Club of Elizabethtown

SAR Award #23 – Publicity Press Book – Potted Few Garden Club

SAR Award #24 – Flower Show Schedule Award – First Place Cardinal Council of Garden Clubs

SAR Award #Y4  – 6th Grade Poetry – Two Creeks Garden Club

Congratulations Everyone!  

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Boone County Garden Club Thanked by Fiscal Court

On June 8, 2022, the Boone County Fiscal Court presented a Proclamation for National Garden Week  to the Boone County Garden Club: “Thank you for all you do for the County.”

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Franklin Garden Tour Resumes in 2022

After a three-year hiatus, the Franklin-Simpson Garden Club resumed the popular garden tours of local homes and landmarks on Saturday, June 4.

Gardens need not be botanical wonders; sometimes a simple, quiet place with pleasing displays of plants that soothe and delight, that offer a green retreat from daily chores, is all that’s needed.

A good place to start or end this year’s tour was the Peace Garden located between the Presbyterian Church and the Cornerstone Building. A pleasant gazebo provided a shady spot to enjoy the galley style landscape. Refreshments, provided by garden club volunteers, were also available at the Cornerstone. The raised bed along the church back wall is being developed in support of Breast Cancer research with a pink floral motif on display from spring bulbs to fall perennials. Next to the gazebo, two crepe myrtle shrubs were planted in memory of two of our founding members. Need a peaceful moment, a place to snack or just rest? The Peace Garden is open to all.

Across the street at the Old Jail is a lovely butterfly garden and Monarch Way station for a break on their migration route … or to spend the summer with us! With lots of food plants for many pollinators, this area offers ideas for attracting these helpful insects to our own gardens. A pavement mural in front of the garden depicts the life cycle of the Monarch.

From the City Square, it was a short drive along West Cedar to Jan and Jerry Ausbrooks’ home. Pathways and foundations are lined with eye-catching displays of blooming plants. Among the many flowers are coreopsis, day lilies, cornflowers also known as bachelor’s buttons, larkspur, blanket flowers and swamp milkweed, which is a favorite of the Monarch and other butterflies.; 

In shady spots are ferns and astilbes. Stones were used as ground cover to great effect at the Whitaker home on Rolling Road Drive. With sculpted greenery and raised beds, the front yard presents a dignified sweep of lawn while the backyard is divided into distinct parking and work areas again with the use of stone as ground cover to mark the areas. The lawn and shrubs provide an oasis of green as a cool contrast to the hardscape. An attractive patio with table, benches and umbrella, with hanging baskets and other containers of colorful flowering plants, invites visitors to linger awhile.

As with many gardeners, what started out as a small cottage-style garden embraced by curving pavers leading to the front porch soon morphed into multiple beds with pavers and stones outlining them at the Hall residence on South College.

Libby Hall said she used to grow different lettuces, mustard, kale and spinach right there with the flowers. However, the “salad” garden seemed to be taking over, so it has its own space in the backyard now, along with tomatoes, cucumbers, snow peas and various herbs. The shade garden is stalled for now due to development construction behind the homes in the neighborhood.

Rob and Kristin Wilson completed an ambitious plan to enhance their sloping lawn with stone walls that add elegance as well as multi-level terraces to benefit the many flowers that grace them. Along with a senior who needed a prom dress and all the accoutrements that graduation demands, these busy parents and homeowners managed to sail through with humor and “true grit.” A job well done on all fronts!

Hope you’ll join the Franklin-Simpson Garden Tour next year as we admire the efforts of our local gardeners who are busy as bees in that clover patch! The Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone.

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Edible Gardening

Watch the video “Edible Gardening” with Bud Qualk, Chair of Edible Gardening for National Garden Clubs,  now on our GCKY Youtube Channel.

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Berea College: Campus for Pollinators and Learning

Lauren Roefels shares how pollinators (and draft horses) have a home at Berea College, Kentucky.

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President’s Update

2022 SAR/NGC Report

I cannot believe it has been just over a year since I was installed as Garden Club of Kentucky State President.   Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving in this capacity.  It has been a quick year!  Lots of time at the computer…but a very enjoyable year! 

‘Let’s Grow’ needed to be part of a four-year plan instead of two.  We wanted to see our state garden club grow in every way possible and that included more new clubs.  With encouragement and leadership of several of our officers and members, we are slowly gaining new clubs.  We are still committed to this as all our officers.  The NGC Membership Mondays have provided us with new enthusiasm and ideas.  The best one is invite, invite, invite.

Special projects of ‘Gardening with Native Plants’ and ‘Habitats for our Wildlife:  Animals, Birds, Insects and Plants’ have continued this past year.  We met again with Department of Transportation Secretary to discuss planting wildflowers on highway medians and using signage to denote those areas.  Much of the discussion was how can invasive plants be decreased or limited.  We were pleased to hear that many acres are already being planted in native plants.  And Boone’s Ridge is slowly but surely making advances toward completion.  The Garden Club of Kentucky has partnered with this wildlife preserve in southeastern Kentucky to help furnish wildflower seeds to be planted over several acres of land, providing food for the many birds and animals that live there and for the migrating birds through that area. 

Still, many meetings had to be by Zoom.  Yet this was better than not being connected at all.  We had monthly zoom meetings with programs of interest to our members during less hectic months of the year.  The membership data base has allowed this president to get out information to our members quickly and efficiently.  We have been able to keep in touch despite Covid restrictions.

Our state has had Blue Star Memorial Dedications, including the one at the new Kentucky Welcome Center on I-75 coming in from Tennessee.   We are planning on having a Gold Star Dedication later this spring or early summer.  Flower shows were held across the state and a new series of Flower Show Schools began in early May at our state headquarters in Paris.  There are already many flower shows scheduled and garden tours, too, for this upcoming spring and summer.

Plans are being made to have another Kid’s Day at headquarters with this one having an emphasis on garden to table.  Our five state districts are asked to grow different vegetables and fruits and herbs in containers, taking them with seed packs intact, to headquarters for the children to see.  Behind the carriage house, a vegetable garden is being planted as well.  This will help educate many young children to learn how food is grown and where it comes from…from seed to ready to eat!

The SAR Convention at Boone Tavern was a huge success with many members present from all five states in the South Atlantic Region.  Many thanks goes out to SAR Director Marty Bowers, Carla Hawkins, Connie Crain, and all the convention committee members for their work in making this ‘the most welcoming convention ever’, according to one of the members in attendance from South Carolina.  

And you will all remember the devastation caused by tornadoes that ravaged western Kentucky.  Several of our clubs lost gardening tools and had their community gardens destroyed.  Garden club members in Missouri reached out with suggestions how to address this since they had experienced the same type of devastation a few years before.  Garden clubs from other states sent donations.  Our state Executive Committee established the GCKY Natural Disaster Re-Leaf Fund to help with this disaster and future ones.  Donations continue to trickle in and are being placed in a special account to be used to help provide trees and other plants, especially native ones.  We are making efforts to partner with other entities as well.  Recovery will take time.  There was a Kentucky Arbor Day Ceremony in Mayfield on April 1, celebrating trees with a ceremonial tree planting and tree seedling distribution.  What a great way to give hope to the community!

Let’s try to cautiously put Covid behind us and look to the future as we learn to live in uncertain times.  I challenge each club and club member to do more projects, do more programs, do more planting, and do more inviting this coming year, starting today.  Let’s Grow!

Carcille Carloftis Burchette, President

Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

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Lassie Gregory Page

Lassie Gregory Page

Mon 18 Mar 1918 – Sun 16 Jan 2022

Garden Club Member

Franklin-Simpson Garden Club   

Dogwood District


Lassie Gregory Page was a long-time member of the Franklin Garden Club, and a life-long resident of Franklin, Kentucky, where she was graduated high school in 1946 and attended First Baptist Church. She was a retired founding employee of Franklin Bank & Trust Company, from which she retired as Senior Vice President after 42 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, vacationing in Orange Beach, Alabama, traveling, playing cards, and gardening.

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