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)

Top Awards

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”.

Club Night Out

SGS  Visits Urban Garden Oasis

 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. 

Mission Clean & Green


Simpsonville Garden Club Mission: Clean and Green in 2018!

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  and serves on the board of the Environmental Education Association of  South Carolina.

SGC Celebrats Christmas at the Garden House

Simpsonville Garden Club Celebrates Christmas


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!

Designers Challenge


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.