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NewsBud - September 2020

In this month's NewsBud:
  • President Molly Morris explains how 2020 will be different for our members
  • Fall kickoff in Tricia Saul's garden
  • September's Workshop:  Autumn Living Wreaths
  • GCA's Frederick Law Olmstead Public Park project
  • GCA's Shirley Meneice Virtual Horticulture Conference

A letter from our President 

My dear ladies:

I am hopeful that this NewsBud finds you safe, healthy and enjoying the last days of summer with family and friends.  I want to updated you on how we will be handling the coming months with regard to meetings and programs.

In an effort to gauge how you felt about meetings and programs during this uncertain time, the Executive Board surveyed our active members.  Impressively, 38 out of our 41 members responded.  The Executive Board met to review the results and structure the upcoming year according to your responses. 

Based on the results, with the exception of our annual meeting in September, we will move to smaller outdoor workshops of 10 or fewer participants rather than monthly meetings and programs this year. 

Here's how it will work:

Read the NewsBud.  Each month, the NewsBud will provide details of that month's workshop and how you can sign up.

Sign up.  We will have as many workshops each month as needed in order to handle all the members who would like to attend.  You will need to rsvp in advance.

Not always Tuesday.  Because we'll schedule several workshops, "Garden Club Day" may not always be the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Month to month.  Because things change so quickly these days, the NewsBud will only detail that specific month's programs.

Zoom.  Realizing the weather will turn, we've scheduled some Zoom programs with Perennials and Westmoreland Hills for the winter.  All the details will be included in that specific month's NewsBud.

No monthly meetings.   Unless we need to present issues or take action on specific topics, we will suspend monthly business meetings this year.  We will use SurveyMonkey to do all voting on issues.

While I would love to see all of you every month at our meetings, that simply isn't possible at this time.  Keeping everyone safe while having fun, educational and interesting workshops will allow us to still come together in smaller, outside gatherings.

I want to thank my wonderful and dedicated Executive Board for all their hard work and advice.   Please know I'm thinking of all of you and hope you are all safe and healthy.   We will be together again, but in the meantime, we will make lemonade out of lemons!

Very truly yours,

The Board socially distanced in Molly's garage while it rained outside (which seemed to happen every day in August!).

Annual Meeting at Tricia Saul's


The annual meeting, which had to be postponed in June, will be held on Tuesday, September 15th from 10am to 11am at Tricia Saul's on 1 Quincy Street. Please bring your own folding chair.  We will all be gathering on the lawn socially distanced from each other for the meeting. 

The meeting will be cancelled in the event of rain.

September's Workshop:
Autumn Living Wreaths 


The first workshop will take place on Monday, September 21st at 9:30am in Molly’s garden.  

Cost of the workshop is $40 which includes the living wreath form (which can be used over and over again), potting soil and moss.  All participants must supply their own flowers.  

To sign up for this workshop, please email Molly at by Thursday, September 17.  You will receive specific information about the workshop once you have signed up.  

RSVP to Molly by September 17

Frederick Law Olmstead Gardens


The Garden Club of America Bulletin Committee is embarking on a compelling and informative beauty piece on the nationwide Frederick Law Olmsted legacy.  Olmstead was a landscape architect who designed some of America's largest and most important gardens, including the Capital Grounds and The National Zoo. 

Do you have a relationship to a particular Olmstead park in our Zone?  GCA is looking for volunteers willing to photograph the parks through the coming seasons and assist in writing informative captions. If you're interested, please email Liz Evans. 

The Garden Club of America's
Shirley Meneice Virtual Horticulture Conference


Attend this year's GCA Horticulture Conference from the comfort of your own home!   
Join other passionate plant enthusiasts, virtually tour world-class gardens and attend horticulture demonstrations right from your computer. 

The conference is September 22 and 23, with morning sessions at 11am and afternoon sessions at 4pm.  

Check your inbox for an email from GCA or click here for more details.  

Register by September 18

Help keep us connected

The NewsBud will be our lifeline this year.  We'd love to include pictures of your personal gardens or arrangements, or conservation news and articles.

Send your pictures and ideas to Michelle Dolge at

Let's stay rooted together!
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