Celebrating 70 Years!!
The Simpsonville Garden Club installed new officers and received and gave awards at three separate events this Spring. The first event, the Garden Club of SC Annual Conference was held April 28-29th in Greenville at the Poinsett Hotel. SGC took First Place prizes for its website (www.simpsonvillegardenclub.com) and its 2016-17 Yearbook, and honorable mention in the category of Publications for the cookbook the chapter published and sold to raise funds for its ongoing community beautification projects.
In May, SGC held its annual Awards Luncheon at the Garden House Bed & Breakfast on South Main Street in Simpsonville. Newly elected officers for 2017-18 are: President Judy Rogers, Vice-President Judy Wood, Secretary Debbie McWhite and Treasurer Sylvia Lockaby.
The luncheon also included three local chapter awards. Outgoing Vice President Judy McGinty received the Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her meritorious accomplishments and her dedicated service to the club. A Past President of SGC and out-going Secretary, Christine Barnett was awarded the club’s Horticulture Award in recognition of her contribution to the club’s knowledge and love of horticulture. The President’s Choice Award was given to Nancy Barton for her service, dedication and loyalty to the club and the President during the year.
Finally, at its Awards Celebration Luncheon, the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. awarded the Simpsonville Garden Club with a $250 grant to continue its work beautifying the Simpsonville Police Headquarters gardens, accepted by Vice President Judy Wood. President Judy Rogers accepted the award for SGC’s Yearbook. Club member. Judy McGinty was recognized for logging the highest number of volunteer docent hours at the Kilgore-Lewis House in Greenville, and Past-President Christine Barnett was recognized for her outstanding contributions and service to the Kilgore-Lewis House.
The Simpsonville Garden Club created a one of-a-kind cookbook entitled Favorite Recipes. Profits benefited beautification projects in downtown Simpsonville, such as the Clock Tower planter. Members of the Simpsonville Garden Club compiled their tastiest tried-and-true recipes into a single book that will be treasured for generations to come. This mouth-watering cookbook contains over 230 recipes…everything you need from appetizers to desserts.
Special features included Helpful Hints, Pantry Basics, Tips for Baking Bread, Desserts. Vegetables and Fruits, as well as napkin-folding techniques, measurements and substitutions and calorie counting charts.
Bill Bradshaw, Owner and Designer of Stony Wtaters Garden on Paris Mounbtain treated the Simpsonville Garden Club to a tour of his spawling hillside property on Paris Mountain on April 18, 2017. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photos in the slideshow below speak volumes.
The Simpsonville Garden Club presented their annual standard flower show as part of the 59th South Greenville Fair at the Simpsonville City Park, Saturday, September 17th. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Days of Love and Courage”.
Over 170 horticulture entries, 20 artistic flower arrangements and two special exhibits were entered in the show. A panel of judges used the award criteria established by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to select the following winners:
Division I – Artistic – Flower Arrangement
Class 1 – Mother’s Day Blue – Marsha Alexander, Reidville Club
Red – Meta Armstrong, Greenville Club
Class 2 – Olympic Day Blue – Joan Wilson, Fountain Inn Club
Red – Judy Wood, Simpsonville Club
Class 3 – Purple Heart Day Blue – Joan Wilson, Fountain Inn Club
Red – Debbie Sizemore, Clarice Wilson Club
Class 4 – Memorial Day Blue – Bobbie Bogan, Westcliffe Club
Red – Margaret McCarter, Laurens Road Club
Class 5 – Valentine’s Day Blue – Karie Petersen, Fountain Inn Club
Red – Judy Rogers, Simpsonville Club
Division II – Horticulture (cut flowers, plants)
Awards of Merit – Kayetta Meadows, Simpsonville Club (2); Fran Swanson, Fountain Inn Club; Cathy Minch, Lady Slipper Club, Joan Wilson, Fountain Inn Club, Judy Wood, Simpsonville Club
Sweepstakes (most blue ribbons) – Kayetta Meadows, Simpsonville Club
Blue Ribbons – Christine Barnett, Thelma Barnett, Nancy Barton, Bobbie Bogan, Sara Connor, Sara Crittenden, Paulette Ellis, Sally Handley, Bill Keener, Andrea Komegay, Sylvia Lockaby, Kayetta Meadows, Cathy Minch, Betty Ann Payne, Karie Petersen, Paula Rhea, Judy Rogers, John Sperry, Lori Sperry, Fran Swanson, Joan Wilson, Judy Wood, Irene Yann
Division III – Special Exhibits
Special education exhibits were displayed as follows:
The Simpsonville Garden Club held a fundraiser on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 PM at the Simpsonville Community Center. The combination Tag Sale, Plant Sale and Bake Sale netted over $1,400, all of which will go towards downtown Simpsonville beautification projects and other garden club projects.
Tag sale items included household articles, small appliances, record albums (LP’s), books, and much more. Club members potted up plants from their home gardens including locally grown annuals and perennials. Baked goods were home-baked treats by garden club members. Local merchants also offered support by generous donations of gift certificates and merchandise. Donors included:
Three Generations Boutique; Ice Cream Station; Patio Imports, Greenville; Merle Norman; The Hallmark Shop; Frank & Co 's Pizza Cafe; Sheila’s Sheer Elegance; Carolina Olive Oil; Vaughn’s Country Store;
Beneficial Massage and Bodywork; Bi-Lo; Mr. Billy McWhite; and Mr. Mike Burton.
President Judy Rogers said, “We were delighted with the turnout and the support of the community and local businesses. The funds raised will go a long way towards helping us fulfill our mission to accomplish civil plantings in town.”
Leftovers from the bake sale were donated to the local firefighters and policemen. Leftovers from the tag sale were also donated to Miracle Hill.your paragraph here.
Herbalist, Realitor, and Greenville native, Jane McCutcheon shares her tips on how to grow and cook with cullinary herbs.
How to grow tasty herbs for the kitchen was the topic of interest at The Simpsonville Garden Club’s February monthly meeting. Master Gardener and Realtor Jane McCutcheon shared lessons learned from her mother and her own experience growing and cooking with culinary herbs.
A native of Greenville, Ms. McCutcheon assured the audience that growing herbs requires just a little time and effort. To grow herbs, you need a garden spot which receives 5 to 7 hours of sun a day and well-drained soil with a moderate amount of organic moisture. An eastern exposure is ideal for growing herbs because it provides morning sun and afternoon shade. Ideally, an herb garden should be located near the kitchen.
Ms. McCutcheon brought along a few herb samples and demonstrated how to cut plants and how to remove herbs from their stems for cooking. She also shared some unique garden tools she uses for cutting herbs.
To learn what herb flavors you like best, Ms. McCutcheon recommended starting out by cooking chicken breasts with just one herb only. Each attendee received Ms. McCutcheon’s Herbal Notebook & Cooklet containing information about herbs and their uses as well as recipes and a bibliography of sources for more information about growing and cooking with herbs including Herbs in the Kitchen by Dill and Belsinger and The Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics by Ina Gartner.
Lorraine Brown, an international birder and member of the Carolina Bird Club and the Greenvillle County Bird Club treated the Simpsonville Garden Club to a wonderful introduction to the world of birding at the club's monthly meeting on January 17, 2017. Ms. Brown's lecture on books, field guides and other birding resources provided timely preparation for the upcoming 2017 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count that will take place internationally from February 17 to February 20th.
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
The public is invited to participate. For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017, you simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish. For more information go to birdcount.org.
Ms. Brown brought along her collection of field guides and books that help birders identify birds in the wild. Among her recommended sources were:
Websites she recommended include:
Ms. Brown credits her father for her interest in birding. She's travelled extensively in both the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Australia and estimated she has probably viewed between 2,000 and 3,000 species of birds in her travels and her own backyard here in South Carolina. Ms. Brown is rarely without her binocular close at hand.
Lorraine Brown speaks to the SGC about her many experiences as an international birder.
Every year the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs decorates the historic Kilgore-Lewis House located in downtown Greenville. This year the Simpsonville Garden Club decorated a table in the historic house’s dining room. In accordance with this year’s theme, The Music of Christmas, club members Sally and Mary Ellen Handley chose the traditional British Folk Christmas Carol, The Holly and the Ivy.
The garden club’s display featured a wreath of holly and ivy surrounding the Christ Child, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph. Further interpretation of the song lyric’s “wweet singing of the choir” included Victorian Christmas Carolers. Illustrating “the running of the deer”, a variety of playful deer completed the arrangement.
The Greenville Council of Garden Clubs hosted a preview party at the Kilgore-Lewis House on Satrurday, December 1st. The festive decorations provided by all the member clubs of the Greenville Garden Council were on display at the Kilgore-Lewis House until December 15th.