President’s News



A Letter from the President! 

I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable and safe summer.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the traveling around the state that I have done on behalf of The Garden Club of Indiana.  I was invited to attend the 50th anniversary celebration for Four Winds Garden Club in Elkhart on August 17th.  We began the event with a tour of Wellfield Botanic Gardens.  If you have never been there, it is definitely worth the trip!  We then went to the church for a delicious meal and a celebration of the club’s history.  The first president of the club traveled some distance to join in the celebration and she gave insight into the club’s beginnings and how they chose the name. It was a great day and the club is to be congratulated on their accomplishments, particularly their contributions to the TGCI Scholarship fund over the years.


I also attended meetings of the Brochure Committee and the Pollinator Garden Grant Committee.  Those members who staffed the TGCI Booth at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show last March felt the need for a new handout to give to prospective members.  The design, in a bookmark format, was approved at the September board meeting and will be available for distribution in the near future.  At the same time, the committee designed a similar bookmark that will be made available for clubs to adapt for their own use by adding their own information to it.


The Pollinator Garden Grant Committee met to work on the guidelines and application for the grant.  This too was approved at the September board meeting and will be available to you on our website and from your district director.  I encourage each club to plant a garden with plants that are beneficial to pollinators.  For the garden I planted this year at my home, I used a plan that I found in the NGC booklet #5432, “Program Ideas for Garden Clubs.”  (Pages 11&36)   I don’t think that this particular booklet is still available, but it may be something that your club or one of your members purchased some time ago.   I purchased a booklet at the NGC Convention titled “Inviting Butterflies into Your Garden.” It too can be a valuable resource and it is only $3.00.  It is also available for download on the NGC website.


The Mudlarks Garden Club of Columbus had a wonderful floral design show at the Bartholomew County Historical Society.  “Breaking the Mold” recognized trail-blazing women of early 20th century Bartholomew County.  The designs were outstanding! I also enjoyed seeing the work the Mudlarks club does around the Bartholomew County Courthouse.


I had the privilege of presenting to a group of students in a local summer program.  Their summer theme was “Wild and Wonderful” and they had one day devoted to pollinators.  I taught the students, ages 6-12, about pollinator-friendly plants.  I gave each student a plant to take home as well as a packet of seeds. The director told me later that the students wrote in their journals about all of the new plant names that they learned. I believe that education is the key to creating environments that are friendlier to our pollinators.                                                                              

 Congratulations to the Hobart Garden Club who was the recipient of the first grant in the NGC/Espoma Company partnership promoting the NGC theme of Plant America. They received $250 worth of Espoma products for the rooftop garden project at an apartment complex housing veterans.  The club has been notified that the next issue of The National Gardener will have an article about the project.  Be sure to read all about it!   

Also be sure to read about the Spring Green Garden Club’s National Garden Week project, which is also featured in the next issue of The National Gardener.


A special thank you goes out to the South East District for the wonderful September Seminar!  All who attended had a wonderful time.  The speakers were informative and entertaining; the food was great; and the fellowship with our fellow garden club members was something that I think we all look forward to each year.  Great job Sarah, Susan, Sharon, and all of the members of the district!


At the NGC Fall Board Meeting in St. Louis several items of interest were announced.  I will be giving you more information at the district meetings, but here are some highlights.  The Chairman of the Natural Disasters Committee reported that she is asking for $1 per member for the Natural Disaster Fund.  This fund gives grants to garden clubs in communities touched by the recent disasters.  We all know that the need will be great due to the number of communities affected.


NGC President Nancy Hargroves announced a special partnership with P. Allen Smith that will provide funds for the Plant America grants provided by NGC.  If you haven’t already investigated the Plant America Grants, do so quickly.  This is a chance for your club to receive funds for a project that you wish to do.  More details about this partnership will be available later. 


As I write this I’m looking forward to attending each of the district meetings.  I hope that I’ll see many of you there!  

Happy Fall!