President’s Report (June 2016)

IMG_0122-2Greenwich Garden Club has had a fun and exciting year. I’m so grateful for everyone’s dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm for the GGC. Here are a few of the highlights:

Our Program chairs provided a wonderful variety of educational and inspiring speakers. Howland Blackiston, Ellen Hoverkamp, and GGC member Cocky Huber were particular standouts! We learned from Howland about the decline of the Honey bee, from Ellen how to create our own scanner photography images, and from Cocky the process behind Abstract Creative Designs. Photography, Horticulture, and Flower Arranging all provided opportunities throughout the year to learn new skills and to participate in creative sweepstakes. A bulb planting workshop, a photo shoot at Tod’s Point, and the “Last Minute Special” flower arranging sweepstakes were just a small sample of the many fun activities.

Our new members participated in every area of the club, including the Town’s birthday parade and many flower shows, and we’re thrilled that three additional new members have recently joined us. Thanks to the New Member chairs for all the guidance you provide throughout each year!

GGC members enjoyed touring Central Park and visiting the New York Botanical Gardens for the Orchid show and the Impressionist show. Education Outreach planned four wonderful days with the children in the Head Start program at Armstrong Court and with the seniors at River House. All who participated enjoyed working side by side with the young and old. Continuing again this summer, our Kids in the Garden program will bring the children outside to the Community Garden to learn about pollinators and how plants grow.

New this year, the Conservation Committee created a fun and informative potluck dinner and lecture series, partnering with local environmental organizations, (Audubon, Greenwich Land Trust, and Garden Education Center). Focusing on supporting pollinators and other wildlife in our backyards, these events were well attended by GGC members and the community, and they were a huge hit!

Working with Hortulus, Green Fingers, and the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Civic spearheaded the planting of six oak trees in Byram Park. This effort was funded by a grant from Federated. Greenwich Garden Club also approved at the Annual Meeting a gift to Greenwich Audubon for their Nature Play Trail. Be sure to visit the Toddler Play Circle with your children and grandchildren.

Meanwhile, so many internal committees, officers, and liaisons were hard at work:

Our Webmistress/Recording Secretary created both a new GGC website and a new way to share timely news with club members through “Clippings,” a monthly online newsletter that is just fabulous! Be sure to look there first for photos and articles about club news and upcoming events!

Garden History and Design sprang into action this year gathering the necessary documents and photos to enter Margaret Bragg’s garden into the archives of the Smithsonian. When completed, this will be GGC’s first entry. So exciting!

Our Corresponding Secretary worked in tandem with several committees including Membership, Policy, and Club History to keep the contents of the handbook updated.

Public Relations wrote several articles for local news outlets, and GGC’s Pollinator Potluck Series will be featured nationally in this summer’s GCA Bulletin! Club Liaison, kept us up to date on selected GCA and Federated news including Scholarship opportunities. Visiting Gardens, shared news of gardens to visit both near and far.

Medals and Awards was busy, too, and happily accepted the gift of a silver urn from Karen Marache to establish a new award this year, the Nancie Allen Marache Spirit Award.

Finally, to our amazing Treasurer/Head of Finance, thank you for your time and efforts to keep the budget balanced. Not an easy feat, but with your guidance, we are ready for 2016-2017!

-Libby King