Local Gardeners Named GCNC’s ‘Club Of The Year’
Linda Cooper (left) joins Tine Ligerot, Rebecca Bull Reed and Nan Chase at the Garden Club Of North Carolina’s annual conference. (Courtesy photo)
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. Members of the Transylvania Garden Club (TGC) who recently attended the Garden Club of North Carolina (GCNC) Annual State Conference in Asheville arrived back in Brevard with smiles on their faces and a coveted document in their hands. They had just been awarded first place and named “Club of The Year” (1-18 members) by the GCNC. It was an especially rewarding honor for this club, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary.
Award entries are sent from Federated Garden Clubs throughout North Carolina. These entries are judged on specific GCNC criteria and require each club to complete a form detailing their programs, projects, and activities during the previous year. Judged categories include horticulture, environmental education, historical restoration, contribution to community improvement, conservation of natural resources, flower arranging, beautification, and education of youth in the area of garden club activities.
Highlights of the three day conference attended by garden club members from every corner of the state included speeches by prominent horticulture specialists, gardening seminars, and addresses by the state and national Gardening Club presidents, recognizing the value of the thousands of hours of hard work club members provide for their state.
Although GCNC clubs work independently, they are divided into Districts. TGC is in District 1 and helped host this year’s conference. TGC treasurer Linda Cooper and Tine Liegerot TGC publicity chair and president of the N.C. Arboretum Society spent time with Rebecca Bull Reed, president of the E-Z Gardeners and associate gardening editor of Southern Living and E-Z Gardener’s Club member Nan Chase, published author of several gardening books.