Celebrating 70 Years!!
The Simpsonville Garden Club presented a small standard flower show as part of the 60th South Greenville Fair at the Simpsonville City Park, Saturday, September 16. This year’s theme was “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow”. Horticulture specimens (cut plant material) and Design Entries were judged in accordance with The National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) criteria. Flower show winners are:
Division I – Artistic – Flower Arrangement
Top award - Design Excellence – Cathy Minch, Lady Slipper Club
Class 1 – Yesterday - 1960’s
Blue – Brenda Thompson, Heritage Club
Red – Debbie Sizemore, Clarice Wilson Club
Class 2 – Today-The Millennium
Blue – Cathy Minch, Lady Slipper Club
Red – Meta Armstrong, Greenville Club
Class 3 – Tomorrow
Blue – Joan Wilson, Fountain Inn Club
Red – Bobbie Bogan, Westcliffe Club
Class 4 – Always-Dining Enchantment
Blue – Judy McGinty. Simpsonville Club
Red – Nancy Barton, Simpsonville Club
Division II – Horticulture (cut flowers, plants)
Horticultural Excellence – Andrea Kornegay, Simpsonville Club
Arboreal – Joan Wilson, Fountain Inn Club
Awards of Merit – Kris King, Simpsonville; Andrea Kornegay (2), Simpsonville Club; Joan Wilson, Fountain Inn Club; Judy Wood, Simpsonville Club
Sweepstakes (most blue ribbons) – Judy Wood, Simpsonville Club
Blue Ribbons – Christine Barnett, Thelma Barnett, Mary Ellen Handley, Sally Handley, Bill Keener, Kris King, Andrea Komegay, Dee Mitchell, Judy Rogers, John Sperry, Lori Sperry, Lori Stojek, Brenda Thompson, Joan Wilson, Judy Wood
Division III – Special Exhibits
Alecia Elrod of the Clarice Wilson club won the education award with her exhibit on “How to Design a Dish Garden”.
Members of the Simpsonville Garden Club enjoyed a Night Out on Greenville’s trendy Augusta Road on February 20th. Following dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen, the club was treated to a Seasonal Table Display Demonstration and Workshop at Roots, an Urban Garden Oasis.
Wesley Turner, owner of Roots, provided the workshop, creating a delightful Easter dish garden. Mr. Turner’s work has been featured on HGTV’s We Bought the Farm which aired in June of 2017.
Afterwards attendees had fun crafting their own garden creations. Selecting from Root’s array of eclectic garden containers and collection of houseplants, the gardeners created holiday displays to decorate their homes.
January Guest Speaker, Jane Hiller, Director of Education at Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, SC.
Jane Hiller, Director of Education at Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, SC provided a special presentation on
how to create a healthier South Carolina by reducing solid waste and recycling at the January 16th meeting of the Simpsonville Garden Club.
Ms. Hiller discussed why waste is a problem and provided tipes and guidelines for practices we can all do to make less waste. Reduce, Reuse and Re-cycle are the keywords she used. Ms. Hiller suggested we start small, examine our garbage and decide what our garbage mostly consists of, then try to work on that reducing that one item. For example, using canvas bags for shopping will reduce the number of plastic bags we throw away.
Jane Hiller is a graduate of DePaul University and she directs the Sonoco Recycling Education Center, helping area municipalities, businesses, agencies, schools and congregations establish and sustain successful recycling programs.
Ms. Hiller also coordinates the South Carolina Green Step Schools Initiative http://www.greenstepschools.com/ and serves on the board of the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina.
Members of the Simpsonville Garden Club hosted a holiday celebration for members at The Garden House Bed and Breakfast, 302 South Main Street, SC 29681 on December 12th.
The holiday luncheon consisted of home-made dishes prepared by members, and the celebration included a gift exchange. A good time was had by all!
The Simpsonville Garden Club experienced a rare treat at their November meeting. Three garden judges were tasked with creating a design from the same cut horticulture using identical flower pots in thirty minutes.
President of the Greenville Council Garden Club Joan Wilson facilitated the program. Marsha Alexander, Brenda Thompson and Margaret McCarter provided the design talent.
The program delivered a lesson in creativity and design. A silent auction was held and all three beautiful arrangements were auctioned off to members.