A Letter from the President!
The months of September and October are very busy for the TGCI President! Attending all of the district meetings is always a great experience. I love hearing all of the great things that the clubs are doing in their communities. It is also a chance for me to visit some places that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see and an opportunity to hear some very informative speakers.
The meetings began with the Central West District where we listened to Emily Wood, the Executive Director of The Indiana Wildlife Federation, who spoke about native plants for pollinators, and Susan Yoder, Executive Director of Seed Your Future, who spoke about the organization’s efforts to encourage more young people to choose horticulture related careers. The South West District met in Boonville and was entertained by the Spirit of Evansville chorus and listened to Robin Kaiser of Robin’s Nest greenhouse who gave us insight into plant combinations that work well together. The South East District met at the lovely Stream Cliff Farm in Commiskey and learned from the landscaper how to garden for the senses. The speaker at the Central District meeting was also Susan Yoder of Seed Your Future, and I am happy to say that she is a member of the Hendricks County Garden Club. The North West District meeting was held in Hobart and the speaker was Mont Hadley, who has developed an alternative to peat moss made from recycled newspaper. The Central East District meeting was hosted by the Garden Club of Marion at beautiful Matter Park, and we were shown beautiful aerial views of the park at different times of the year. In Elkhart, at the North Central District meeting, we were enlightened on the process that goes into the development of the beautiful quilt gardens in Elkhart and LaGrange counties. I want to thank all of the clubs and district officers who helped with hosting and planning these meetings. It was obvious that much thought and work went into the planning!
In addition to the district meetings I attended the NGC Fall Board Meeting in Orlando, Florida as well as the Central Region Meeting in Frankenmuth, Michigan. In Frankenmuth three of our clubs received Central Region Awards. The Fort Benjamin Blossoms won a first place award for Promoting National Garden Week and a third place for Planting Community Gardens. The Hobart Garden Club received a first place for Partnering with Girl Scouts. Crown Point Garden Club received a first place for Sharing Creativity-best Standard Flower Show Horticulture Division and also awards for Flower Show Educational Exhibit and a second place for Honoring Veterans –Blue and Gold Star Memorials. Congratulations to these clubs!
As we prepare for the holiday season ahead my wish is that all of you have an enjoyable time with family and friends!