Council of Garden Clubs of Greater Charleston
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To serve as a force for good in our community through our love of gardening.
Planting Seeds of Awareness: Shifting our paradigm toward sustainable, organic, biodiverse gardening methods with native plants.
- To promote knowledge and love of gardening
- To aid in the protection of native plants and birds,
- To encourage civic beautification
- To support conservation work,
- To unite the garden clubs of the Greater Charleston area.
How we meet our objectives
Flower Shows – Each Fall our Council produces two Standard Flower Shows to showcase our local horticulture, floral designs and educational exhibits. These shows are free to the general public during the Coastal Carolina Fair and co-sponsored by the Exchange Club of Greater Charleston. All club members as well as the general public are welcomed to participate and compete. During the show, Council members are on hand to educate the public about horticulture and design, answer questions and promote garden club membership. 2016 – RETURN TO OZ – View Here
Flower Show School & Lecture Series – In conjunction with other GCSC clubs and Councils, our Council produces and facilitates Flower Show School so that local garden club members and the general public may study horticulture, floral design and flower show procedure according to the National Garden Club, Inc. Handbook for Flower Show Schools. Students may audit or attend this course for credit. Credits can be applied to becoming a NGC, Inc. Flower Show Judge.
Design Workshops – Throughout the year, our Council facilitates design and horticultural workshops. These workshops are open to Council members as well as the general public and teach about horticulture, floral design and artistic craft using horticultural materials.
Plant Exchanges – Every year Council arranges a plant exchange among our general membership to advance knowledge and awareness of local horticulture
Programs – Our Council has a wealth of educational resources, knowledgeable gardeners and talented floral designers within our membership that we offer as educational resources to the general membership and the community at large. We showcase these resources at membership meetings, in our annual yearbook and list them on this website so that local garden clubs, neighborhood associations, schools and other organizations may contact us to arrange for these free or low-cost programs.
Council has several methods of protecting native plants and birds.
Workshops – We educate our membership about native species through membership lectures, workshops and educational exhibits.
Resources – We encourage clubs to educate themselves by providing access to resources from the State and National Garden Club Libraries as well as local affiliates such as the SC Native Plant Society and the SC Horticulture Society.
Awards – We award clubs who complete charitable and educational projects within their own communities such as Carolina Fence Gardens, Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certification, Earth Day Recycling and litter control projects and youth gardening projects.
Protection Programs – During Earth Day, Council produces a free drama program for the community about recycling and litter control. We also donate the book, Wartville Wizard to local elementary schools and arrange to read this book to as many classroom children as possible during the school year.
Public Gardens – Each Council president selects a garden project that will beautify our local community. This term’s project is an outdoor horticultural learning lab for the special students of Pattison Academy for Comprehensive Education.
Floral Donations – Council members routinely beautify local public spaces, hospitals and retirement centers with floral designs and plants.
Wreathes & Tree Project – During the holiday season, Council donates hundreds of wreathes and holiday trees to local hospitals.
Our Council works very hard to promote the Conservation of resources and the Historic Preservation of public gardens.
Groves Plantation –Built around 1828, Grove Plantation is one of only three antebellum mansions in the ACE Basin to survive the Civil War. It is now owned and managed by the National Wildlife Federation. This 18,000 acre wildlife refuge serves as an outdoor classroom. In September 2003, our Council adopted Groves Plantation as an historic preservation continuing project. We maintain the natural garden areas around the mansion and slave quarters, plant trees during Arbor Day and offer clubs the opportunity to use the facilities as an outdoor natural classroom.
A volunteer group is only as productive as its membership. Our Council values every single member and takes every opportunity to acknowledge and reward the charitable and educational good deeds of our membership clubs.
Membership Meetings – Three times per year we host a general membership meeting at the Felix C Davis Building at Park Circle in North Charleston. Each meeting consists of a member’s workshop, a business meeting, a speaker or educational program and a membership news and announcement period. This venue allows clubs to share information on programs and projects, organize fundraising and volunteer activities, recognize special members and network with other clubs in order to improve our ability to perform our public charity.
Yearbook – Since all federated garden clubs are organized under the mission, objectives and supervision of our National Garden Clubs, Incorporated hierarchy, the Council Yearbook provides a resource directory of local chairmen for each garden club objective. Each chairman is responsible for assisting local clubs with their respective objective activities. Clubs can call on chairmen to deliver club programs, assist them in obtaining educational and charitable resource materials for club projects from State and National chairmen and direct them in their endeavors.
Website – This website serves as both a membership resource and a public outreach venue. Anyone seeking information on local garden club programs, projects, volunteer efforts and general information can contact us through this website.
A copy of our Bylaws and our Financial Reports are available upon request.
Our Council consists of twenty local clubs serving the Greater Charleston metropolitan area.
ALHAMBRA GARDEN CLUB (375EL)
President: Eve Smither Federated: 1956 32 members
BELLE ISLE GARDEN CLUB (590EL)
President: Betty Gourdin, Federated: 1998 28 members
BERKELEY HILLS GARDEN CLUB (112EL)
President: Sarah Ramsey, Federated: 1955 14 members
CAMELLIA GARDEN CLUB OF GREATER CHARLESTON (059EL)
President: Sherri Bardsley, Federated 1947 18 members
EDGEWATER PARK GARDEN CLUB
President: Janice Grant, Federated 1955 18 members
ISLE OF PALMS GARDEN CLUB (183EL)
President: Janice Ashley Federated: 1949 25 members
IVY GARDEN CLUB (262EL)
President: Sue Whiten Federated: 1959 16 members
LAWTON BLUFF GARDEN CLUB (087EL)
President: Kelly Wagner Federated: 1963 11 members
MAGNOLIA GARDEN CLUB (346EL)
President: Sue Lord, Federated: 1953 31 members
MELROSE GARDEN CLUB (380EL)
President: Carolyn C. Bean, Federated: 1967 14 members
RIDGEVILLE GARDEN CLUB (580EL)
President: Cheryl Bohart, Federated: 1993 13 members
RIVERLAND TERRACE GARDEN CLUB (418EL)
President: Linda Bowden Federated: 1950 35 members
SOUTH WINDEMERE GARDEN CLUB (135EL)
President: Nancy Carter, Federated: 1955 18 members
ST. PAUL’S GARDEN CLUB (542EL)
President: Virginia King, Federated: 1932 30 members
THE GARDEN CLUB OF CHARLESTON (180EL)
President: Jacqueline Weinzierl , Federated: 1932 425 members