The 2019 annual meeting of the Garden Clubs of North Carolina was held in Greenville April 7-9. Two Person County garden clubs – Garden Study Club and Roxboro Garden Club – were recognized by GCNC and the South Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs for their endeavors in 2018 community projects.
They were jointly awarded first place in the GCNC and SAR for the Roadside Improvement Overall categoru for their poppy project to commemorate the centennial ending of World War I, and first place from SAR for the Blue Star Memorial Landscaping Award for the Blue Star byway marker placed at the Person County Museum of History. GCNC awarded them Honorable Mention in that category.
Garden Study Club received Honorable Mention from GCNC for its garden therapy project of giving daffodil bulbs and an uplifting message to cancer patients and cancer survivors. Daffodils are recognized as a symbol of hope for cancer patients.
Garden Study Club also received third place in the Catherine Williams Yearbook Award from GCNC. Several photos by local photographers Kelly Horner, Eddie Talbert and Claudia Berryhill were chosen to be included in the 2020 GCNC engagement calendar.
There are 12 districts from the mountains to the coast. Local garden clubs are forming youth clubs, doing projects centered around conservation, beautification, pollinators (plants, birds and bees), recycling/ litter control and education to name just a few categories.
Members dues and volunteerism also support the following public gardens throughout the state: Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Elizabethan Gardens, Martha Franck Fragrance Garden, NC Botanical Gardens, The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, and DOT and Wildflowers.