After learning how to make terrariums for ourselves last week, we took our glass containers, potting soil, sand, moss and all sorts of decorative stones over to Peachtree Village at Holiday Island. There were about 15 residents who participated in the garden therapy and built their own terrariums. It was fun for them and great fun for our garden club. We plan on doing this again next year.
What a fun day! We learned all about the history of terrariums, the different types, how to choose plants and containers, how to assemble and how to care for them.
We had a fun program and activity at this garden club meeting. We learned flower bulb forcing basics. A few videos by P. Allen Smith gave us a head start, with materials given to us by the Carrol County extension office. Monica Kidwell, our resident retired florist, helped us design our centerpieces with bulbs. Pictured above are some of the garden club members with their creations, as well as photos of one of the centerpieces after growing for only 2 weeks!
Sherry started these bulbs only four weeks ago and look at them now!
Christmas bags were donated to Eureka Springs preschool classes from the Holiday Island Garden Club.
On the final Holiday Island Garden Club meeting of 2018, we held our annual Christmas party potluck.
We all enjoyed the wreath workshop – taught by Monica Kidwell – and created some beautiful holiday wreaths.
At the same time, some of the members filled the ABC Christmas bags with all of the member donations. These bags will be given to the Eureka Springs Elementary Preschool, which is part of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) for School Success program.
The Community Gardens Award is for the most outstanding community garden project, providing green space, and/or opportunities for social gatherings, beautification, education, recreation or the growing of food. The winning category, CS-1(Bi), is for the Establishment of a new community garden while partnering with another organization (HIHA and HISID). This was truly a thrill and a tribute to the Club’s hard work and participation in its newly formed Community Garden started in 2017.
The Social Media/Website Award is for the most outstanding website or social media page promoting the sponsoring organization and NGC objectives www.holidayislandgardenclub.org. Holiday Island Garden Club is considered a “small club” category and won its first place awards in that category size.
Holiday Island Garden Club became a member of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs in 2016, and thereby became an official member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. as well as the Northwest District of the AFGC and the Southwest District of NGC. HIGC has won several state awards but this is their first time to win Nationally.
Past Presidents Tara Lawson and B.J. Dennis accepted the awards at its recent October meeting in Holiday Island. Dennis is Administrator for the Holiday Island Community Garden and built the winning website.
Nancy Hargroves, President of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. presented Holiday Island Garden Club two First Place National Awards at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
National Garden Clubs, Inc. boasts 5,000 Garden Clubs; 165,000 Garden Club Members 50 States and the National Capital Area; 60 National Affiliate Member Organizations; and 330 International Affiliate Member Organizations. Their website is http://www.gardenclub.org.
HIGC celebrates 2018 Garden Week with a garden party, plant and garden sale.