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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.

Garden Tips – June 2019

Visit the Wallis Arboretum’s Butterfly, Entrance, Children’s and other gardens throughout. Come enjoy. Share the adventure with children.

Birds – Filling bird feeders can be messy. Measure how much each feeder will hold fill several self-sealing bags, or gallon milk jugs and mark for which feeder. As a feeder needs filling use one of the pre-measured containers.

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  • Remove rose blackspot foliage from the plant and surrounding soil. Spray foliage top and underneath, and replace the soil of container grown roses. Destroy foliage and soil. Start a blackspot program.
  • Divide hosta and plant in afternoon shade location. Varieties that are deep green and have a blue cast need dappled or full shade.
  • Plant marigolds, lavender and other highly scented plants to deter deer and rabbits.
  • Hummingbirds love pineapple sage’s red flowers and sweet fragrance.

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. 

President’s Message – Summer 2019

Dear Fellow Gardeners,

Thank you all for giving of your time and talents to this wonderful organization, The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

I look forward to serving as your president for the next two years, and I am honored to have been chosen for this position.

My theme is ‘Let’s Grow’, and that is what I feel we must do.  We must grow the number of members in our local clubs, grow the number of clubs in Kentucky, grow in knowledge by attending NGC schools. We must share our knowledge by hosting Flower Shows, open garden tours, and volunteering to present programs for other organizations. We must grow the number of youth gardening activities we sponsor, so that our youth can become adults that make wise choices for this earth.

My special projects will be Gardening with Native Plants, and Habitats for our wildlife: animals, birds, insects and plants. Our native plants co-evolved with our wildlife, our soil microbes and our insects, and are deeply dependent on the relationship that exists between them all. By planting native plants, we build a healthy eco-system, one that provides food and shelter for the total population of living things.

Our incoming National President, Gay Austin, will continue Nancy Hargrove’s theme. It is “Plant America”. Our SAR Director Carolyn McCafferty’s theme is “Jump at Every Opportunity”. I charge our Kentucky members to plant and maintain personal and public gardens across our part of America, and to jump at every opportunity to grow our gardens and our organization. Let’s have fun and work hard. “Let’s Grow”.

Donna E. Smith

GCKY President

Ziesmer Awarded GCKY Enrichment Award

Robert L. (Bob) Ziesmer, Danville, was awarded the Garden Club of Kentucky Enrichment Award at the 2019 state meeting held in Berea in April 2019. The award is given annually to a non-garden club member or organization that exemplifies the goals of the Garden Club of Kentucky.

Bob Ziesmer supplies not only his friends in the community with produce from his gardens, he supplies Grace Cafe, a local non-profit pay-as-you-can restaurant committed to serving fresh, healthy, local food regardless of the patron’s ability to pay for it.

His newest project is to raise vegetables which are typically found in Syrian markets for the two Syrian refugee families who have recently settled in Danville. Not only does he provide for his Syrian friends, he has introduced these exciting and exotic vegetables into the greater Danville community.

Working with Centre College students and students from Boyle County High School, Bob has expanded his efforts in planting more and larger gardens to provide these “new” vegetables. Around town, he is known as “Centre Grandpa.”

The award was presented by Donna Smith, GCKY first vice-president, and Gigi Biles, state historian and member of the Garden Club of Danville, who nominated Bob for the award.

Submitted by Gigi Biles

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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.

 

Looking ahead to 2018

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.

Paula

History of the GCKY

History of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

2015-2017

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.

  

Edith Nelson

President Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

President’s Message – SAR 2017 January

This letter was sent to the South Atlantic Region Key Notes

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year and a time to plan and focus on new ideas and projects for 2017. As you spend winter days with your gardening books and seed catalogs, remember to select seeds for native plant pollinator gardens and monarch waystations.

The Garden Club of Kentucky has seen a big increase in the number of certified gardens that ensure a brighter future for pollinators in our state. Kentucky has increased the number of Certified Monarch Waystations from 36 in 2013 to 404 through October 2016. Thanks to State Park Chairman, Joanna Kirby, we now have Monarch Waystations in 15 Kentucky State Parks. Linda Porter, Pollinator and Butterfly Chairman reported that public and private agencies across the state have joined forces to develop a Monarch Conservation Plan for Kentucky.

A park in Henderson, Kentucky has been offering to the public the opportunity to catch and tag Monarch butterflies to aid in tracking their migration paths to Mexico for the winter. Before being released, a small round sticker with identifying information is placed on the underside of the Monarch’s back wing.

Our garden club members have a huge impact in their communities as they beautify and improve them with the many volunteer hours spent each year. They continue to maintain gardens and waystations at Regional Airports, Arboretums, Nursing homes, Assisted living homes, Historical Society, National and State Parks, City welcome signs, and our State Headquarters. Garden Club for Noble Park received a $5,000 watershed grant to sponsor a rain garden workshop and to develop a rain garden to remedy a major water problem in the Parks Children’s Memorial.

While Paving the Pathway to the Future, we are making progress with our youth clubs. Youth Chairman, Ann Kowalkoski, and her committee report that all five districts have participated in youth activities including projects at a public library, work day at a park with pollinators, hands on activities, and applying for Youth Awards.

Many flower shows have been held this year. One show was held in conjunction with a district meeting. Members placed entries in shows at fairs and city celebrations. Programs included creative designs and how to prepare for a flower show. The Garden Club of Kentucky and Middlesboro Garden Club will host Flower Show Course IV on March 16 17, 2017 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Our Symposium, sponsored by Kentucky Council of Nationally accredited Flower Show Judges of GCKY, will be held June 14 15, 2017 at Carter Caves State Park, Olive Hill, Kentucky.

Corbin Garden Club and Lady Slippers Garden Club in Mountain Laurel District, each installed and dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker for Veterans Day. What a beautiful way to honor our servicemen and women with a memorial that will beautify and preserve the land for which they fought.

I’m looking forward to seeing each of you at South Atlantic Region Convention in White Sulphur Springs, WV, on March 26-28, 2017.
Edith S. Nelson, GCKY President

District Meetings

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Visiting the District meetings was the highlight of my year.

Edith Nelson

GCKY President