Congratuations to Debbie Hiller                             Outstanding Garden Club Woman of the Year!         For her long service to Lake Forest Garden Club and to the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs

GCGC Board Secretary, Debbie Hiller, has received the Lois Russel Bowl Award for “Outstanding Garden Club Woman of the Year,” as well as the Lake Forest Garden Club’s Mary Orr Woman of the Year Award.  Both awards honor a member’s significant contributions over a period of years to their individual club and council.   

Debbie’s contributions include acting as GCGC Board Secretary five years, co-chairing a successful Garden Tour fundraiser, supporting  plant sales, West Piedmont District Meeting and  State Conference in Greenville.  She served on the Finance & Budget Committee, is Notification Chairperson, and is one of the Website Chairpersons.

In Lake Forest Garden Club, she has served as Recording Secretary, Adopt-a-Highway Co-Chair, and  President.  Debbie’s friendly manner has helped to increase membership and her encouragement and work with civic projects have helped create a county-approved garden at a nearby floodplain park.  She has worked with 5th grade Beta Club students on the Butterfly Garden at Lake Forest Elementary School. 

See more photos and awards at the Garden Clubs of the Council page

A message from your Council President….Joan Wilson

What a fabulous fun Garden Tour on May 11th and 12th.  I would like to say “Thank You” to everyone that took part in the tour.  I received so many compliments on the different garden styles, the participation of the home-owners with visitors and the many gardening ideas that our visitors took with them. We are so thankful that the Lord blessed us with two beautiful days for the tour.  All funds from this tour are used for the maintenance of our beautiful historical Kilgore-Lewis House and Arboretum.

Again, a big “THANK YOU” for our homeowners, sponsors, tour co-chairpersons, ticket vendors, artists, behind the scenes workers, and to the many docents that volunteered their time in the gardens to make this year’s tour a great success!

Thanks to all of you for the many volunteered hours and the monetary donations that you lovingly give. What a fabulous organization we have!!!!  I thank each and everyone of you for your friendship and your help in making my leadership a “Fun” position to be in.

Share a Smile today,

Joan Wilson

Spotlight on.…Roberta Casaceli, Headquarters Chairman

In 2006 my husband and I decided it was time to retire from the business we had built in Florida. After twenty years we also decided retirement would not be in Florida. Not wanting to return to a cold climate we searched the South and discovered Greenville. It was the perfect choice for us, temperate but not as cold as the North. We are both life-long gardeners, and I joined a garden club right away to meet people of like minds and become a part of my new community. When I saw Kilgore Lewis House I fell in love with it. I got involved first as a docent for many years, later a hostess for rental events, and am presently the Second Vice-President of the Council. This position serves as Headquarters Chairman securing all service contracts necessary to the operation and maintenance of the house. It also means serving as the go-between with personnel and the Board of Directors. All of the wonderful members are a great help with this often weighty position. Along the way I became a Master Gardener which affords me a better understanding of the plants in this beautiful part of the world.


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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.

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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