Locals attend Kentucky Garden Club Convention this year
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The 80th Annual Convention of the Garden Club of Kentucky, inc. was held April 4 – 7 in Lexington.

Four members of the Gateway Garden Club attended the meeting. They were Jim Mullen, Anna Mullen, Jan Malmer and Becky Oliver.

Jim served as the Audubon District Director, Chairman of the Bi-Refresher for Gardening Studies and Landscape Design and President of the Gateway Garden Club.

Jan served as Wildflower Chairman and is the incoming Gateway Garden Club President. Becky served as Bylaws Chairman, Parliamentarian, Co-Chairman of the Bi-Refresher and former State President and secretary for the Gardening Consultants. Anna was in charge of her booth of gardening bags, aprons etc.

Jim and Becky took the Bi-Refresher classes. The course included a tour of the Wallis Arboretum with tree identification and growing habits. A Butterfly Takes Flight program by Richard Weber as he gave details of the butterfly garden he has designed for UK’s Arboretum.

Dr. John Strang gave lessons on pruning. Dr. Tim Phillips programs on roses was on the best to grow and enjoy. Dr. Rebecca Schnelle reported on the trial gardens at UK and the details of how they do a trial garden. Dr. Coolong program was about growing small gardens to sell produce to the public. Dr. Rick Durham is a Horticulture specialist at UK and he gave a program on Master Gardening.

The highlight of the Refresher was the LV Harkness Rooftop Garden tour by renowned Landscapist Jon Carlotis and then the group got a special surprise as Jon invited them to his private home and garden for a tour.

His home garden is featured in the current Southern Living Backyard Retreats.

At the Awards Breakfast, the Gateway Garden Club received three top awards for their activities. The South Atlantic Regional (five states) project was to improve soil and Gateway won first place and a blue ribbon. The Kentucky State Presidents project was to “Catch the Rain” and Gateway won first in the state and a blue ribbon.

One of the National programs was “Plant it Pink” for breast cancer awareness and Gateway won the state award for this. Other awards won were Attendance first place, Blue Star first place, Golden Days first place and Membership first place. Barb Larson won first place for the Three R’s Challenge Recycle Contest.

For more information about Gateway Garden Club, contact Jan Malmer at 522-7245 or Becky Oliver at 522-3150.

The club is a member of The Garden Club of Kentucky, inc. and the National Council of Federated Garden Clubs.
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