A Spring message from your Council President 

Spring is in the air- lots to do!

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.

April 11-13State 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 13- The Native Plant Society’s Spring Sale: at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville.  Hours: 8:30 a.m. paid Native Plant Society members only, 9:00 a.m. general public. Sale ends at 1p.m.  There will be good selection of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, and grasses. 5 vendors including Carnivorous Plants, Carolina Wild, Earthen Organics, Natives, By George, and Wildside Garden will there.

April 25–  Arbor Day Program & 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 38  years.Thanks for your generosity and hard work that is needed to keep our historic Kilgore-Lewis House, Gardens & Arboretum looking beautiful so we can share the beauty with others.

May 4– BBQ & Bubbly Bash on the Patio! Join us for this family-oriented celebration of the Spring Garden Tour as we honor our homeowners and patrons this year. Tickets are $12.50 each for a BBQ plate with sides, tea and a glass of champagne.  For tickets call KLH.  

May 10 & 11– “Garden Greenville! The Spring Garden Walk”  Nine delightful gardens in the North Main area will be open from 10am-4pm Friday & Saturday.  Tickets are $22 in advance by calling the KLH or $25 at the gardens. Children under 18 are free. From tiny front pocket gardens to shady rooms to a farm style plot in the city, all are fun and worth spending a day or 2 to visit. 

June 3Deadline for entries to the NGC Flower Show..  For details visit  http://www.gardenclubofsc.org/sc-flower-shows/ 

June 4– NGC Flower Show titled “Not Your Mama’s Wedding” will be on display at the Kilgore-Lewis House from 300pm-400pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

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.  


Click here for information on WEDDINGS & EVENTS. Click here for information on the HOUSE & GARDENS. Click here for information on GARDEN CLUBS.
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.

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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