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 A Spring message from your Council President ……………..

Happy New Year to Everyone! 

I hope all of  you are looking forward to another busy and fun filled year in 2019.  If you are like me, you are ready for some warm sunny days.  My gardens are calling out to me and believe me, they need a lot of TLC.  God grant us patience.

February 5-Our fun year will start with a Kokedama educational program with Karen Oliver, President of the NAJCSC. This is a hands on program that will be lots of fun so please sign up to come!

March 5 – Our West Piedmont District Award Luncheon in Salem , SC at the Keowee Key Club.  I know our clubs have been busy with projects and I hope you shared them with the District by submitting lots of awards. Let’s have a great turnout from GCGC!

April 1 –  An educational program on  “Waxing Camellias” with one of our own council members Debbie Sizemore is one that you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to sign up!

April 11-13– Our State Convention will be held in historic  Beaufort, SC. this Spring.  Along with the  Convention, we will be having a State 12” Miniature Design Flower Show. I know this will be a sight to see.  I can’t wait to see all of the creative miniature designs. 

April 18– We will again have our Arbor Day Program and Urban Forestry contest.  I hope everyone will attend and support the students who have participated. This educational event is important to our mission and to the City of Greenville as a member of Tree City, USA for the last 39  years.

Thanks for your generosity and hard work that is needed to keep our historic Kilgore-Lewis House, Gardens and Arboretum looking beautiful so we can share the beauty with others.

Share a Smile Today, 

Joan Wilson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                            

Spotlight on.…Gail Brewer, Board Recording Secretary

 

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I grew up on the outskirts of Schenectady NY in the town of Niskayuna.  It was much like Taylors, SC, fifty years ago.  There were farms behind our house, an apple orchard, pastures with a big old hickory tree in the middle by a stream, and new growth woods.  I did my homework in a red Maple tree out back, and rode my bike miles to meet friends at Lock 7 on the Mohawk River.   Weeds, wildflowers and wildlife were great friends.  

When we moved to Greenville in 1969, a neighbor said, “Well, it must be quite a shock moving here from up North.” But I felt as if I had struck gold!    It it was a delight, because the trees were huge compared to the ones I climbed as a child.  We saw 75 year old Oaks, Poplars, Maples, and smaller Dogwoods and Crepe Myrtle trees, and Brushy Creek running along the small road nearby.  

From the sixties, Greenville County has grown tremendously and the fields and woods I loved disappeared to housing developments and shopping malls with big parking lots.  

Enter the heroes of the Upstate.  Our gardeners!  

If it weren’t for gardeners like our club members and others who care about nature, we would have been a tarmac County!  That is why I enjoy being a member of two garden clubs and the GCGC.  Garden club members have been beautifying their own homes, neighborhoods, nursing homes schools, untended places all over Greenville.  

They rescued our headquarters, the c. 1830 Kilgore-Lewis House, and planted lovely gardens for birds, pollinators and native plants.  They have preserved our artesian well, the first water source for the town of Greenville.  We are applying now for Level I certification for our Arboretum.  

Greenville has had a long tradition of gardening.  I am glad to be a part of that.  

Gail

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Elegance and spaciousness make the Kilgore-Lewis property a favorite spot for weddings and other events. This lovely house and the spring in its gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kilgore-Lewis House serves as the headquarters of the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs.
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Expecting THE ring soon? Kilgore-Lewis, a truly historic house with 3.5 acres of gardens on a small lake, is the ideal place for a wedding day that will be more beautiful than you can dream in a location that is close to downtown but feels like a secret romantic hideaway! Come see for yourself!

E-mail council@kilgore-lewis.org, call us at 864-232-3020 or drop by on Wednesdays through Fridays during the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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