Cassina Garden Club members actively participate in
various garden club activities on the local, District and State level.
While these activities are included in our Newsletters on a timely basis, we
have established this page so that we may share these activities with website
visitors and highlight our members' efforts.
- Neil Henry, Cassina's first male member, has assumed
responsibility for heading up our "Golden Days" daffodil project
for the National Garden Club. An additional 250 bulbs have
been purchased for our daffodil area. Our planting date for
these bulbs will be Thursday, December 12 - all are welcome and
encouraged to help.
It Pink" - Our members weeding and
"fluffing" in our "Plant It Pink" garden at Hospice of the
Golden Isles. Cassina
began this project of the National Garden Club in the fall of
2012 and its members regularly work to maintain it. Nan
Fuller, 638-8029 is in charge of this effort.
Ronald McDonald Houses - For
a number of years, the Garden Club of Georgia has supported the
Ronald McDonald House Foundation by collecting pull tabs.
It has been very successful in generating much needed funds for
the support of the Ronald McDonald houses throughout the State.
Beginning this year, the Garden Club of Georgia announced an
expansion of their support of Ronald McDonald houses to include
the donation of personal size toiletry items. Beginning in
November, we are asking members to bring personal size
toiletries to each of our meetings throughout the year.
Joan Wilson is our Ronald McDonald coordinator.
Penny Pines - Cassina
participates in Penny Pines, a partnership between the NGC and
the USDA Forest Service sustaining our national and urban
forests through this forest education program. We contribute
$68.00 at a time to a Penny Pine plantation as part of the costs
of reforestation with trees indigenous (not just pine trees) to
a particular damaged area. According to Art Loesch, NGC Penny
Pines chairman, $68 now covers the cost to plant approximately
350 seedlings, which translates to about one acre. Bring your
pennies (or any change) to each meeting! Sallie Sasser
is our Penny Pines Chairman.
2013 Oleander District Meeting
- Eleven members represented Cassina Garden Club at the 55th
Annual Oleander District Meeting on October 22, 2013. The
meeting was held in the historic J.P. Morgan Tennis Center on
Jekyll Island which has been refurbished and repurposed as a
convention meeting place. Presiding at the meeting was Marilyn
Cheney, Oleander District Director, from Reidsville Garden Club.
Delegates learned of many state and district projects, including
a legislative effort to prevent hog farms from raising the
number of hogs per acre allowed, because of the pollution impact
on water sources. Highlight of the day was a talk by Dr. Terry
Norton, the founder, director and veterinarian of the Georgia
Sea Turtle Center. Since opening its doors in 2007, the Turtle
Center has welcomed 650,000 visitors of all ages, thereby
fulfilling one of its goals: to educate the public about the
need to protect chelonians.
The September Membership Meeting
will be the last date to purchase the 2014 Garden Club of
Georgia calendar. The calendars are desk size (5 ½ inches x 8 ½
inches). The calendar plus GA sales tax is $8.56 each. Please
make your check out to the Garden Club of Georgia and mail it to
Becky Stephenson, 143 Rosemont Street, St. Simons Island, GA
31522, or purchase your calendar at the September meeting. The
proceeds from this state fund raiser will go to the State
These calendars make wonderful gifts so make sure you get your
order to Becky before the September deadline. All calendars
purchased will be available in November in time for Christmas
giving. For more information, please contact Becky Stephenson.
Cassina Garden Club has contributed
to the GCG Roadside Beautification program to help
achieve lovely and welcoming roadsides for our residents and
GCG and the Georgia Department of Transportation have worked
together for many years to protect roadside wildflowers and
promote the seeding of annuals and perennials. Most recent
plantings in our DOT District (Jesup), include 30,000 daffodil
bulbs and many acres of wildflowers with Corn Poppy, Delphinium,
Coreopsis and Cosmos.
Deep South Convention - Cassina member Liz DeMato
attended the 52nd Annual Deep South Region of National Garden
Club Convention "Georgia's Treasures" in Savannah in March.
Members from Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and
Louisiana participated in this annual event.
Liz, Caroline Silcox, President,
Garden Club of Georgia and Winette Almon, DSR Historic
Preservation Chairman enjoyed an outdoor evening at the opening
of the convention.
The Golden Days Program of the National Garden Club.
Cassina has participated for the past three years. Our plan is
to encourage the planting of daffodils to honor Cassina members
who may now be confined to their homes or in assisted living or
nursing homes, those who have “downsized” and are no longer able
to garden or those who can no longer participate in garden club
activities. It was also to honor members who have made
significant contributions to the garden club such as past
presidents or long time or Life members. Over the years Cassina
has tried several different approaches to carry out the Golden
Days idea and honor our members. This year we will be delivering
approximately twenty-three Bud vases filled with blooming
daffodils. Each is tied with a yellow bow and includes
a personalized note from the Membership of Cassina. We have
received many thank you notes from those given daffodils this
The Garden Club of Georgia’s 85th
Annual Convention, “Gardeners on Parade,” will be held at the
Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center, April 16-18, 2013,
500 Powder Springs St., SW, Marietta, GA 30064. Hosted by the
Laurel District, the full three-day convention features a design
program, workshop, awards, vendors and an interesting tour. The
GCG sponsored Deep South Region of The National Garden Club’s
52nd Annual Convention, “Georgia’s Treasures” will be held at
the Hyatt Regency, Savannah on March 24-26th. For more details
please visit www.dsregion.org. Check the GCG website http://gardenclub.uga.edu
for the master calendar, forms and activities.
The Deep South Region of the
National Garden Club’s 52nd Annual Convention, “Georgia’s
Treasures” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah on March
24-26th. The event is sponsored by The Garden Club of Georgia,
Inc. For more details please visit www.dsregion.org. Dixie
Diffenderfer (Awards, Oleander) and Cassina’s Liz DeMato
(Legislation, Oleander), recently attended a Convention
committee meeting in Savannah.
Golden Days - Once again
this year we are participating in the National Garden Club
Golden Days project. This project honors our members who for
various reasons are no longer able to garden or participate in
gardening activities with the club as they have in the past. We
also are honoring members who have served Cassina as our past
presidents and others who have served in other ways and made
significant contributions to the club.
Last year we started our “Field on Daffodils” on our property
adjacent to the cabins. Some of those daffodils planted last
year are beginning to poke their heads up for this year’s
blooming. By allowing these to naturalize each year, we want to
make this an ongoing attraction.
This year we are adding to our original planting to make it even
larger and hopefully more special and beautiful. On Saturday,
January 12th members met to prepare the area for planting. On
Saturday January19th members gathered to plant approximately
another 250 daffodil bulbs. Over the next couple of months, we
will need additional help to keep these watered and cared for.
If you can help with this in any way, please contact Beverly
Nash. The more members participating in this project, the easier
it will be to make a success.
Pennies for Pines - Cassina has been participating in the
National Garden Club’s conservation project by collecting
pennies at each membership meeting, and has met the goal of
$68.00. This has been forwarded to the USDA Forest Service and
will be used to help reforest devastated areas in the
Chattahoochee National Forest in Northern Georgia.
Andy Baker, Blue Ridge District Ranger of Georgia’s northern
national forest is very appreciative of Cassina members’
A certificate to honor the donation will be dedicated to Cassina
Garden Club celebrating its 85th Anniversary.
It’s time again to start the prep
work for our Golden Days Daffodil planting project for this
year. Prep work includes cleaning off a new area for this year’s
planting. We have ordered another 200 bulbs for this year and
hopefully they will do better than last year’s bulbs. Our timing
this year should be much better.
Anyone interested in helping please contact Beverly Nash
so that a date and time for the work days can be set up (not
necessarily on Saturday). We need to be ready to plant by early
January. This is a fun project and the more helpers we have, the
easier and faster the job. Come help us out
fall, Cassina Garden Club participated in the National Garden
Club “Plant It Pink” project for Breast Cancer Awareness by
landscaping the new entrance to our local Hospice of the Golden
Isles. This project promotes the National Garden Club theme of
“Planting in Special and Public Spaces.” One of the main
initiatives of our Garden Club of Georgia President, Caroline
Silcox, is to encourage garden clubs to undertake such projects.
This project with Hospice certainly qualifies.
Cassina member Elaine Zeyock,
developed a landscape plan. Elaine and Anne Aspinwall then
selected our “pink” plantings which included azaleas, roses,
crepe myrtle, muhly grass, sedum, gaura, dianthus and obedient
plants. Our hope is that there will be something “pink” blooming
throughout the year. Working with Hospice landscaper Bill
McCauly, space was cleared, redesigned and planted. Cassina
members spent a morning planting, watering and putting out pine
straw. The whole effect is beautiful.
We are still getting praise from
Hospice personnel and visitors. Thanks to Frances Allen, Dale
Anderson, Martha Armstrong, Anne Aspinwall, Nan Fuller, Barbara
Murrah, Beverly Nash, Joanne Scott, Sara Taylor, and Elaine
Zeyock for all their hard work.
Our first phase is now complete,
and throughout the year there will be additions to our
landscaping plan. Watch for these opportunities and help when
you can. Please stop by Hospice to view what you, as a Cassina
member, helped make happen.
Nine members of Cassina Garden Club
attended the fifty-fourth annual Oleander District meeting in
Vidalia, Georgia. The meeting was conducted by Oleander District
Director, Sharon Flores and the honored guest was Caroline
Silcox, President of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. The
President of the Nominating Committee presented the slate of
2013-2105 Officers for the Oleander District, which was
approved. The incoming President of GCG, Suzanne Wheeler, was
The findings from the workshop
conducted by Oleander district officers at Brunswick Country
Club in May, “Great Programs Lead to Increased Membership”, have
been published. The first book was presented at the meeting to
the President of GCG, Caroline Silcox. A copy was given to the
President of each Oleander District Garden Club. The book will
be available for viewing on the Oleander website.
Upcoming events, including
Cassina’s Christmas Tour of Homes, were announced. Sales of the
GCG Calendar “Expressions” last year raised $64,000 which
provided scholarships for 22 students. Noted Bonsai expert, Merv
Greenburg of Bonsai Potensai Emporium, Alamo, Georgia, presented
a fascinating program, “The Art of Bonsai.” He demonstrated the
techniques of creating bonsai through leaf trimming, pruning and
wiring branches. Cassina received one District Award. It was an
exciting meeting for Cassina. Next year’s District Meeting will
be held close to home on Jekyll Island on October 22nd.
The National Garden Club and the
USDA Forest Service have formed a partnership sustaining our
national and urban forests. Living in the Oleander District,
surrounded by pine trees and motivated by recent fires that
burned throughout Georgia, Cassina Garden Club is participating
in this conservation project to replace and replant trees
indigenous to damaged areas. Our gift in multiples of $68.00
will be donated to a Penny Pine Plantation - $68.00 will seed
ten acres. Pennies will be collected at each membership meeting.
Mary Carnathan and Alice Marie Burnet are overseeing this
"Plant it Pink"
year Cassina will be participating in the National Garden Club
“Plant it Pink” program. This program seeks to raise awareness
and support for breast cancer and cancer research by planting
pink landscaping in prominent locations in the community.
Cassina will have the privilege of doing a “pink” landscape for
the newly-constructed entrance to Hospice of the Golden Isles.
We will be developing the landscape plan, choosing the “pink”
plantings and installing these as we complete the project. Once
completed, Hospice will handle the ongoing maintenance.
The garden club has already made a
specific monetary commitment to the completion of this project.
In addition, we are offering the opportunity to any members who
may wish to do so to have a special part in supporting these
efforts by making a “strictly” voluntary contribution to “Plant
It Pink.” Any additional contributions will allow Cassina to
enhance our plans to really make a statement with an outstanding
landscaping effort. Contributions of any amount would be welcome
and can be made to Cassina/Hospice to go specifically to this
project. Hospice is a non-profit organization.
Our community is fortunate to have
such an outstanding facility as Hospice of the Golden Isles. Not
only does Cassina have a unique opportunity to help them, but we
also, through “Plant it Pink,” have the opportunity to help in
our community to raise awareness for the need for research for a
breast cancer cure.
More plans on this project will be
coming shortly. For information on how you can be involved,
contact Beverly Nash or Elaine Zeyock.
Garden Club Council
The St. Simons Council of Garden
Clubs meeting was held on September 10th. Cassina hosted the
meeting with an Open House at the tabby slave cabins. Thirteen
Council and club members attended.
Anne Aspinwall, president of the
St. Simons Council of Garden Clubs, held a brief meeting to
discuss the Council’s projects and to distribute the yearbooks.
Each of the four Club representatives had a chance to discuss
their Club’s projects for the year. One of the activities of the
council is to promote and support each other’s fundraising
Sharon Flores, Oleander District
Director discussed ways to involve more garden club members in
support of the Council and District. One way is to attend the
Oleander District meeting in October. A registration form was
attached to the September Cassina Newsletter. Cassina members
are carpooling to Vidalia for the District Meeting. Contact
Beverly Nash for details.
Pull Tab Reminder
Don’t forget to save your aluminum
can “pull tabs” for collecting at each of our Cassina Garden
Club meetings. We have a new Ronald McDonald house that we are
using for collection. This is a GCGA project, and all of the
proceeds go to support the work of the Ronald McDonald houses
across our area. The Ronald McDonald Houses offer a “home away
from home” for parents who have hospitalized critically ill
children. So save those pull tabs from drink cans as well as
many other canned goods items (soups, fruits, meats, etc.)
Club of GA - Oleander District
Cordially Invites All Garden Club Members to the
Fifty-Fourth Annual Fall District Meeting
Friday, October 19, 2012
Hawks Point Golf Club
9:00 a.m. Coffee & Registration
10:00 a.m. Meeting begins
Program: The Art of Bonsai Trees
by Merv Greenburg of Bonsai Potensai Emporium
Registration form on page eight of this Newsletter
The Cassina Garden Club’s
Newsletter won First Place at the National Garden Club
Convention after also winning first place at the Garden Club of
Georgia Convention. Janis Rodriguez, editor of Cassina’s
newsletter, also credits Kay Harrell, Joanne Scott and Leslie
Carlton for helping Cassina win these awards. Cassina also
received the National Award for Historic Preservation. Well done
Our September meeting will be the
"last call" for orders for the Garden Club of Georgia's 2013
"Expressions" Calendar for Scholarships. You can make a
difference in the life of a Georgia student majoring in a garden
or historic preservation-related field by purchasing the
calendar. The calendar is 5.5” x 8.5” (the same size as
our Yearbook) and easily fits into a generous purse. The
photographs of winning floral arrangements throughout the
calendar are both educational and inspiring. Mary Lynch will be
accepting your check for $8.56 payable to "THE GARDEN CLUB OF
GEORGIA, INC." at the September meeting. Calendars will be
delivered at our November meeting.
2013 Garden Club of
beautiful 2013 “Expressions” Calendar , published by the Garden
Club of Georgia, is now available. You can make a difference in
the life of a Georgia student majoring in a garden- or historic
preservation-related field by purchasing the calendar or making
a tax-exempt donation. The calendar is one size this year, 5.5”
x 8.5” (the same size as our Yearbook), and easily fits into a
generous purse. The photographs of winning floral arrangements
throughout the calendar are both educational and inspiring. Mary
Lynch is taking pre-paid orders NOW. Please make your check
payable to THE GARDEN CLUB OF GEORGIA, INC. and send your check
($8.56) to Mary at 115 Shore Rush Circle, St. Simons Island, GA
31522. Calendars will be delivered at our November meeting in
plenty of time for holiday gift giving.
Garden Club of Georgia
The Garden Club of Georgia State
Convention, “A Garden Jubilee”, was held April 16-17 in Macon,
Georgia. Cassina members attending were Liz DeMato, Sharon
Flores, Beverly Nash, and Janis Rodriguez. The convention was
held at the Macon Marriott City Center and over 250 Garden Club
members from around the state attended the one day event.
Adding to the excitement this year,
Cassina Garden Club won eleven awards for achievement. There
were seven first place awards, two first place with trophy, and
two second place awards. Several projects will be sent to the
National Convention to be judged.
Club of Georgia State Awards:
First Place and Trophy, Special Achievement Award
#7–A-iii for Archive Preservation
First Place and Trophy, Horticulture Achievement Award #14–A-ii
for Cassina Gardens,
Spanish Gardens, Red Cedar Tree, Olive trees, Golden Days
First Place, Historic Preservation Award #15-A-iii for
Preservation of the Cabins & grounds
First Place, Publicity Press Book Award #28-A-iii
First Place , Publications Award #37-B-5-A-iii for Membership
First Place, Publications Award #37-A-2-A-iii for Newsletter
First Place, Website Award #53-A-iii
Second Place, Yearbook Award #16-A-6
Deep South Region Awards:
First Place, Certificate of Achievement Award #11-A-iii for
First Place, Special Achievement Award #10-A-iii for Archive
Second Place, Certificate of Achievement Award #31-A-iii for
Publicity Press Book
Garden Club of Georgia
As we look forward to our 85th
anniversary next year, the Garden Club of Georgia will be
celebrating the 60th year of it’s “Expressions” calendar for
scholarships. The Garden Club of Georgia awarded $20,000 worth
of scholarships from the calendar sales this past year. Let’s
help them maintain this tradition! Please plan to place your
orders for the 2013 calendar at our September meeting.
National Garden Club
Project - Golden Days
Come by the cabins and see! Our
daffodils have begun to bloom. Many are still growing and will,
hopefully, give us more beautiful blooms over the next few
weeks. This is just the beginning. As we plan to add more bulbs
in coming years, we anticipate a larger spring spectacle of
blooms each year. We will shortly be preparing an
acknowledgement to present to those we wish to honor through
this National Garden Club Golden Days Project. Many thanks to
the more than 50% of our club membership that helped in this
The Garden Club of Georgia
Convention will be held April 16th and 17th, in Macon.
Registration forms are available online at
If interested in attending, please contact Janis Rodriguez.
Beverly Nash, Liz DeMato, and Janis plan to attend and carpool
Lee Dunn, Member
of the Georgia Historic Preservation of Gardens & Sites
Committee Addresses Cassina's Annual Luncheon
Our February luncheon was a great
success. What a treat it was to be at “A Cottage Garden Party”
and to enjoy the beautiful setting at Epworth and all the
spectacular floral decorations contributed by members and
One hundred twenty attendees heard our guest speaker,
Lee Dunn, explain about the Garden Club of Georgia’s
preservation of historic gardens and sites. Lee also enlightened
us about the activities of the Cherokee Garden Library in
Atlanta. Lee’s talk truly related to Cassina because our club
had completed a survey of the historic Eugene Lewis Garden. Both
the photography contest and floral competition added to the
excitement of this special yearly event. Thanks to all who were
a part of making this a wonderful day.
Garden Club of
This year’s Garden Club of Georgia
Convention will be held April 16-17th in Macon. Registration
deadline is March 26, 2012. Registration forms are available
online at www.gardenclubofgeorgia.org. Janis Rodriguez and
Beverly Nash will be representing Cassina at the State
Convention and would love for other members to join them.
Two other Garden Club of Georgia events in our area that may be
of interest to members are the following:
* Basic Design Fun with Flowers in LaGrange on March 13, 2012, 9
a.m. to 3 p.m.
* South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium in Tifton
on March 28, 2012.
For more information check the
Check the GCG Website http://gardenclub.uga.edu for the master
calendar, forms and activities.
Golden Days Project
year Cassina’s Golden Days Project has a new twist. Coordinated
by Beverly Nash, daffodil bulbs were planted in an area on our
newly leased property. Fourteen members met at the cabins to
till the soil and prepare for the planting of the bulbs the next
Saturday when twenty plus members arrived with trowels in hand
to plant almost 260 bulbs. Some of the bulbs were donated by
members in memory or in honor of someone special. The hope is
that our Golden Day Project will bring joy to the community when
visitors come to the cabins this spring and the daffodils are
all in bloom. We will continue this project again each year as
there is room for more daffodils which would truly make a great
statement when they bloom each spring.
The Oleander District Board of
Directors attended their Winter Board Meeting in Jesup on
January 25th. The meeting was hosted by the Wayne County Council
of Garden Clubs. Cassina members on the District Board include
Director, Sharon Flores, and Committee Chairs Liz DeMato,
Beverly Nash and Julie Spivey.
“Golden Days” Time
again this year we will be participating in the National Garden
Club “Golden Days Project.” This project honors our members who
are no longer able to participate actively in gardening
activities but who have served our garden club faithfully in the
Previously we have prepared potted
Daffodils and presented them to past presidents and many members
and associates who are no longer able to garden with us. This
year we have decided to take a little different approach. We
will be planting daffodils on our newly leased grounds at our
cabins. These will be bulbs that are appropriated to our area
and that will come back year after year. When the bulbs are in
bloom, a picture will be sent to designated members with an
invitation to come by and view the daffodils planted in their
We will start this year with one
section of our grounds. Next year we will hope to add another
section. Eventually, perhaps we can have most of our grounds
abloom each spring with these beautiful flowers. These will
certainly beautify our grounds and not only will they be enjoyed
by our members, but also by our whole community.
When our bulbs arrive, we will set
up a planting day for those of you who may wish to participate
and help us with the planting. With each person planting a few,
this should not take us long and will be lots of fun as well.
Please look for a sign-up sheet at our January meeting.
record gathering of two hundred ninety members of the Garden
Club of Georgia made the 53rd annual Oleander District meeting
on St. Simons Island on October 11th a huge success. Hosted by
the five clubs of the St. Simons Council of Garden Clubs, the
meeting held at Epworth by the Sea attracted members from across
the State. The honored guest was Caroline Silcox, President of
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. The meeting was conducted by
Oleander District Director, Sharon Flores.
Cassina members made huge
contributions to the success of the meeting—from creating the
magical centerpieces to serving as hostesses to directing guests
to the various venues throughout the day. Beverly Nash and Ruth
Kolumber led the floral centerpiece team, and Jane Bangert
contributed hundreds of yards of ribbon for both the
centerpieces and the eleven door prizes. Ann Caswell, Anne Marie
Dalis, Jane Rives and Sandy Storino were in charge of the sale
of Ryan Gainey’s book, The Weekly Weeder, with proceeds
benefiting the Oleander District.
Hogan and Becky Stephenson served as Timekeepers during the
Business Session, and Elizabeth Freyer and Ann Worthington
served as Tellers. Libby Hogan and Jane Bangert collected
thousands of pull tabs that will be taken to the Ronald McDonald
House in Savannah. The sale of these aluminum tabs provide
operating funds for this important non-profit. In addition, they
accepted huge donations of underwear and socks for the Fig Leaf
Project. These clothing items are desperately needed for
patients at the State Hospital in Savannah.
Edward Armstrong’s floral
demonstration of The Magic of Flowers enthralled the audience.
Cassina received two District Awards. It was definitely a day of
Magic for both Cassina and the Oleander District. Next year’s
District Meeting will be held in Vidalia on October 19th.
National Garden Club
The National Garden Club is
offering several contests to bring gardening and our youth
together. This exciting process can be fun for parents,
grandparents or other adult friends. Reach out to your
grandchildren, youth groups already formed or classes at school
and encourage them to enter the NGC contests. There are several
contests available for different age groups from high school to
The High School Distinguished Service Project Award is offered
for grades 9 through 12. A high school student will be awarded
$100 first place or $50 second place for an outstanding civic
project making a significant improvement for public benefit,
e.g., the environment, conservation, recycling, horticulture,
etc. The Youth Sculpture Contest is for children in the 4th
through 8th grades. The purpose is to encourage youth to keep
our planet green and to get involved with saving our planet by
recycling items to make a sculpture. Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl
Poster contest is for children in 1st through 5th grades. The
winner will receive a $100 Savings Bond.
Contact Ruth Kolumber for more information regarding these
contests. Your grandchild is eligible to enter and the
application will be sent by Cassina Garden Club.
Our successful fundraising events,
the Christmas Tour of Homes and the Tabby & Tillandsia Garden
Walk, enable Cassina to make contributions to projects that
relate to Cassina’s mission statement in addition to providing
funds to self insure our cabins. The funds for projects and
contributions to the following organizations totaling in excess
of $10,000 were approved by the Board and Membership:
National Garden Club:
Garden Club of Georgia:
Arboreal, Memorial and Botanical Gardens
Garden Related Contributions:
Botanical Garden (Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs)
Georgia Southern Botanical Gardens
Historic Southern Red Cedar Tree Project
Leconte - Woodmanston Foundation
Live Oak Garden Club Tree Project
St. Simons Council of Garden Clubs
Signature Squares - Brunswick
Arthur J. Moore Museum at Epworth
Coastal Georgia Historical Society
Epworth by the Sea
Georgia Heritage Day (Oglethorpe Elementary School)
Hospice of the Golden Isles
St. Simons Land Trust
St. Simons Public Library
Oleander District Club
& Council Officers Workshop
Garden Club of Georgia—Oleander District Club & Council Officers
Workshop was held on Wednesday July 13 at the Sapelo Hammock
Golf Club on Shellman’s Bluff. The Workshop was designed for
incoming and returning garden club officers and interested club
members. Conducted by Sara Lanier, Deep South Regional Director
and past President of the Garden Club of Georgia, the workshop
focused on ways to enhance leadership qualities,
responsibilities of Club Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers,
along with ideas for increasing membership. Anne Aspinwall, Liz
DeMato, Sharon Flores, and Janis Rodriguez represented Cassina
at the workshop.
Garden Club of Georgia
The 2012 calendars, “Expressions,”
published by the Georgia State Council of Garden Clubs, is now
available. The photographs were taken at Deen Day Sanders’
Garden House in January and the designs are exceptional. Two
sizes are offered, Purse and Desk, same price for either, $8.56,
tax included. Proceeds from the calendar sales go to the
MJ Choate is taking pre-paid orders
NOW. The Desk style is plentiful, but only 1000 of the Purse
style were printed and they are popular. No more will be
printed. The early bird is more likely to get her choice!
Make out your check to Cassina Garden Cub and indicate your
style choice on the memo line. Mail you check to MJ Choate, 103
Spyglass, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Contact MJ for any
Oleander District Fall
We are all excited that the 2011
Oleander District Meeting is going to be held here on St. Simons
Island. The five member clubs of the St. Simons Council of
Garden Clubs will be in charge this year. The Council has
already been busy with much of the planning necessary for
staging such an event. Each club will have a major designated
responsibility for the meeting and Cassina has been asked to
provide the table decorations for the meeting and luncheon.
The theme for this year’s meeting
is “The Magic of Flowers” with our own Edward Armstrong as the
feature speaker and “floral magician.” We need to make sure we
provide the most STUPENDOUS magical floral arrangements that
will WOW our guests. A committee is being formed to get things
started. All those interested in helping are encouraged to sign
up at our May meeting or call or e-mail Beverly Nash.
We need all your creative ideas,
your floral arranging expertise, and many willing hands for all
the big and little jobs that will be necessary to make this
event a success.Start thinking of “magical” ideas now and sign
up at the May meeting. We need to start meeting during the
summer months to begin planning and preparation.
Garden Club of
Georgia State Convention
Garden Club of Georgia State Convention was held April 26—28, in
Athens, Georgia. Cassina members attending were Anne Aspinwall,
Sharon Flores, Beverly Nash, and Janis Rodriguez. In keeping
with this year’s theme, “Where it all Began”, our members had an
opportunity to visit the State headquarters and the State
Adding to the excitement this year, we were especially glad to
have Cassina representatives on hand to see our own former
president Sharon Flores installed as the new Oleander District
Garden Club of Georgia
The Garden Club of Georgia’s 83rd State Convention will be held
April 26 -28 in Athens. Recalling Athens as the birthplace of
all garden clubs in the U.S., the theme this year is “The
Beginning Was Here”. The keynote speaker will be Allan Armitage.
See your winter Garden Gateways for other details and
A Garden Club of Georgia Flower Show School Course III
will be held in Millen, Georgia March 1 - 3. Registrations are
due by February 25th. If interested, details may be obtained
Remember the State Ronald McDonald Project for collecting
your aluminum pull tabs. Save all you can each month and bring
to each meeting. Let’s all “PULL TOGETHER” for this very
Garden Club Member
Elected To State Office
L-r; Winette Almon, current Oleander District
Director; Betty Grimes, Garden Club of
Georgia President; Sharon Flores, Oleander District
Immediate Past President of Cassina Garden Club was elected to
the position of District Director of the Oleander District for
the Garden Club of Georgia. The announcement was made at the
annual District meeting in Savannah. She joins the State Board
of Directors for a two-year term. There are seven districts in
the State, and the Oleander District represents twenty seven
counties and seventy five garden clubs. The responsibilities of
the District Director include supervision of all clubs in the
district, encouraging the formation of new clubs and promoting
National and State conservation, preservation and civic
beautification projects. In addition, she will be responsible
for working with local clubs to organize the annual District
meeting. The 2011 Oleander District Meeting will be held on St.
Simons Island in October.
Starting this month, Cassina will
begin participating in the Garden Club of Georgia Project to
collect aluminum pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses
throughout the state. Pull tabs from any aluminum can will be
accepted. We want to encourage all members to start saving these
for this very worthy cause. Susan Baltzell will be heading up
this project for us and will be providing a collection box at
each of our meetings. She will also be sending us reminders, so
START COLLECTING NOW.
to Sharon Flores who was announced at the district meeting in
Savannah as the next Oleander District Director. Eleven Cassina
members traveled to Savannah on October 12 to attend the annual
Oleander District Meeting. We were all glad to be there to
support Sharon and to represent Cassina. Of particular interest
to us was a program which provided information on the Garden
Club of Georgia’s Bulletin Board Project with our elementary
schools. We also brought back information on the Floral
Arrangement Competition to share with members for next year’s
calendar competition. As a part of the St. Simons Council,
Cassina will be taking part in next year’s district meeting
which will be held on St. Simons. We all came away with many
good ideas and possibilities for helping Sharon make the next
district meeting a big success. Cassina also came away with
several major awards and numerous door prizes and “goodies” from
the Country Store.
Golden Days Project
Garden Club President Renee Blashchke’s Golden Days Project
promotes planting of daffodils as a way to recognize our
gardening friends who are no longer in their homes or no longer
able to plant flowers. Cassina will be participating again this
year in the National Garden Club project by potting daffodils to
deliver at bloom time. Help is needed to pot the daffodils as
well as to deliver them. If interested in helping in either of
these areas and you have not already signed up, please call
Caroline Fleetwood. Planting date will be announced as soon as
the daffodil bulbs arrive.
and Community Outreach
Through club efforts and the
success of our fundraising with the Tabby and Tillandsia Garden
Walk and the Christmas Tour, Cassina was pleased to be able to
make donations to the following non-profit organizations in our
community and throughout the state for 2010.
Frederica Park Gazebo Project; St. Simons Land Trust ($12,500)
Altamaha Riverkeeper ($100)
Hospice of the Golden Isles ($1000) Signature Squares Brunswick
Coastal Georgia Historical Society Corporate Sponsorship
St. Simons Library League ($100)
St. Simons Land Trust Live Oak Membership ($1,000)
LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation ($100)
Garden Club of Georgia; Cassina Scholarship ($1,000)
St. Simons Council of Garden Clubs ($100)
Epworth By The Sea Conference Center 60th Anniversary ($2,000)
Southeastern Horticultural Society ($100)
Epworth By The Sea Historical Museum ($2,000)
Garden Club of Georgia Therapy Project ($100)
Garden Club of Georgia Community On My Mind Project ($400, Oak
Coastal WildScapes ($100)
A large part of the mission of Cassina has always been to work
toward promoting our local community and preserving our local
history. Through these donations this year, Cassina is certainly
fulfilling that mission.
Garden Club of GA 2011
year’s edition of the Garden Club of Georgia 2011 Calendars are
still available. If you did not order yours last month, they
will be on sale for the last time at the October meeting. Pocket
size is $7.00 and large size is $9.00. These must be paid for at
the time of purchase. These calendars are offered in support of
the scholarship program of the Garden Club of Georgia. All
proceeds go to awarding scholarships to worthy applicants
attending our state schools for degrees in landscaping,
horticulture, and historic preservation. This is such a
worthwhile program and certainly deserving of our strong
support. Calendars are great for our own use, but they also make
great gifts for friends and family. Let’s get behind this
wonderful program of our State Garden Club.
The Oleander District Meeting will
be October 12th in Savannah. Cassina members will be carpooling
from the Cabins on Tuesday morning. We will depart at 8 a.m.
Please note that your reservation for the meeting does also
include your lunch. Please confirm with Beverly Nash if you have
sent in your reservation so we will not leave anyone behind.
Although we do have a good group signed up to go, there is
always room for more. If you would like to join us, place
Island Garden Club
Neptune Garden Club is once again
selling fresh greenery for Christmas. To order call Sheri Bowen
at 268-2022 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Oak Garden Club will also be selling Poinsettias again.
Orders can be placed with Chris Salo at 262-0144 or e-mail at
All garden club members are invited
to the 52nd annual Fall Oleander District Meeting. The meeting
will be held in Savannah on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at The
Coastal Georgia Center located at 305 Fahm Street. Coffee and
Registration begin at 9 a.m. Betty Grimes, President of The
Garden Club of Georgia will be a special guest and the program
will feature garden lecturer Norman Winter. Cassina members are
encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $25 or $30 after
October 1st. Contact Beverly Nash for details or go to the
“What’s New” inset page on the Cassina website.
GARDEN CLUB OF GEORGIA
The Garden Club of Georgia 2011
Calendars are now available. Prepaid orders for the
calendars will be taken at the September Meeting. The calendars
will be priced at $7.00 for the pocket size and $9.00 for the
Proceeds from calendar sales will fund scholarship recipients
who attend Georgia colleges and universities and major in fields
related to gardening. The 2009-2010, calendar sales provided
$61,000 for scholarships, the largest amount in the Garden Club
of Georgia history. The goal this year is to exceed this figure.
Everyone is encouraged to sign up
for their calendars and exceed Cassina’s contribution to help
deserving and aspiring young people begin careers in an area we
all love. Consider buying several as they make nice, reasonably
priced gifts for someone you would like to please.
May 15 and 16, 2010, Beverly Nash, Sharon Flores, Elizabeth
Freyer, and Janis Rodriguez traveled to Atlanta to attend the
National Garden Club Convention. This was a huge event with both
national and international garden clubs represented. Elizabeth
Freyer attended a Saturday session to hear a presentation by
feature speaker “Pearl” about his South Carolina Topiary Garden.
Beverly, Sharon, and Janis attended the awards banquet. Cassina
received a National First Place Special Achievement Award for
our Garden Walk.
On May 12th, Beverly and Sharon traveled to Macon to attend the
Garden Club of Georgia Convention. We can proudly say that
Cassina came away from this meeting with first place awards in
all categories in which we entered a submission. Look for your
September Newsletter with a complete listing of winning awards.
Thank you for all you do to make these awards possible. They are
National Garden Club
Members of Cassina will represent
the Club at the 2010 National Garden Club Convention held this
year in Atlanta. Attending will be Caroline Fleetwood, Sharon
Flores, Elizabeth Freyer, Beverly Nash and Janis Rodriguez.
Golden Days Project
clubs nationally are participating in the Golden Days project
which was conceived to honor our senior members by creating mass
plantings of daffodils or potting the bulbs to give to these
members. Barbara Murrah, Cassina’s Golden Days chair reports
that our 37 pots of daffodils were potted in November by her,
Anne Aspinwall, Anne Caswell and Beverly Nash. The green nubs
began to appear in January and thenthe beautiful yellow blooms.
The committee is delivering this special “ray of sunshine”
throughout the month to past Cassina presidents and members who
have moved to retirement homes. Beverly Nash & Anne Aspinwall
Garden Club of Georgia
Historic Garden Initiative
The Garden Club of Georgia
requested that Cassina participate in the Historic Garden
Initiative for the Cherokee Garden Library, Atlanta History
Center, to research the Hamilton Plantation Garden that was
developed by the Lewis family during the first half of the 20th
The garden was located on land that is now Epworth-by-the-Sea.
Frances Allen volunteered to lead the project and assembled a
team consisting of herself, Beverly Nash, Janis Rodriguez, Julie
Spivey, Jennifer Kuja and Sharon Flores to document the garden.
After months of research that included unearthing old photos,
reading private papers, tracing the changes in the landscape and
interviewing personnel at Epworth, Coastal Georgia Historical
Society and local historians, a comprehensive report was
produced and sent to the Garden Club of Georgia. A copy was
presented to Judi Fergus and David Ogletree, Epworth-by-the-Sea
Museum on March 18th, and Cassina retains a copy for our
(l-r) Beverly Nash, Janis Rodriguez and Frances Allen with Judi
Fergus and David Ogletree of Epworth-by-the-Sea Museum
District Meeting in
than 240 garden club members attended the meeting on October 15.
Representing Cassina L-r: Jennifer Kuja, Sharon Flores, Anne
Aspinwall, Janis Rodriguez, Elizabeth Freyer, Anne Caswell and
Presented to Historical Society
years of Cassina scrapbook history was officially presented to
the Coastal Georgia Historical Society as part of the Cassina
Garden Club Collection on September 1. Future installments will
include club yearbooks, copies of documents, newsletters and
other paper records, as well as copies of contemporary meeting
minutes and reports. The
efforts are being organized by current Club Historian Peggy
Golden, Historic Preservation Chair Ruth Kolumber, and committee
members Frances Allen, Wendy Reilly and Sharon Flores.
Rose Ann Williams (left) and Mary Lynch move scrapbooks from the
Cabins to their new home at the Historical Society.
Society Director, Pat Morris, Curator, Jenny Herring and Cassina
President, Sharon Flores celebrate the placement of the historic
scrapbooks in the vault at the Society (right).
District Officers Workshop
President, Sharon Flores and Recording
Secretary, Anne Aspinwall traveled to Reidsville on July 21st to
attend the Oleander District’s annual Workshop for club
officers. The Workshop was conducted by the Garden Club of
Georgia’s Immediate Past President, Sara Lanier. Pictured below
(l-r): Sharon Flores, Winette Almon, District Director, Sara
Lanier, Anne Aspinwall.
Garden Club of Georgia Engagement
orders for the 2010 Calendar will be taken at the September
Meeting by Chair Betty Davis. The price for the pocket size is
$7.00 and the standard size is $9.00. Revenue from the sale of
these calendars funds scholarships for deserving students
attending Georgia colleges or universities and majoring in
garden related fields.
District Meeting to be Held in Jesup
The 51st annual Oleander District
Meeting will be held in Jesup on Thursday, September 15th at
10:00 a.m. at Altamaha Technical College. This is an important
and informative Garden Club of Georgia event, and Cassina
members are encouraged to attend. The honored guest will be
Betty Grimes, President, The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
The registration deadline is October 6th and registration forms
will be available at the September meeting.
Cordially Invites All Garden Club Members
To the Fifty-First Annual Oleander District Meeting
“Our Future - Beautify it, Conserve It”
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Coffee/Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Meeting: 10:00 AM
Altamaha Technical College
Curtis P. Scott Center
1777 West Cherry Street
Jesup, Georgia 31546
Honored Guest: Betty Grimes, President, The Garden Club of
Program: “Gourd Art Work” presented by Louise Horesovsky, a
graduate of Florida State University with a BS degree in Art.
She is a member of the American Gourd Society, the Georgia Gourd
Society, and the Florida Gourd Society.
Directions: Coming into Jesup from Hwy 341E, it is on the right.
From any other direction, follow West Cherry Street, take a left
onto Hwy 341W. It is on the left past the intersection.
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205 Hwy 301N 1090 Express Lane 1100 Express Lane
Rates: $59.00 + tax $55.00 + tax $57.80 + tax
Phone: 912-427-6800 912-427-2980 912-427-7760
Exhibit Space Chairman: Liz Dubberly, 912-427-6571 or email:
Registration Form - Oleander District Fall Meeting October 15,
Last Name_______________________ First ________________ Phone
Check all that apply:
___Nat’l Board Member ___Former State President ___District
___Nat’l Life Member ___State Board Member ___Council President
___Deep South Board Member ___State Life Member ___Club
___Deep South Life Member ___District Director ___Club Member
___State President ___Former District Director ___Club Voting
Complete the form above, make check for $22.00 to Wayne County
Council of Garden Clubs,
and mail to: Willie Burch, 1579 Stanfield Rd., Screven, GA.
Telephone: 912-579-6620. After October 6, 2009 registration cost
will be $25.00.
The following are links to Garden
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Region of NGC
Garden Club of Georgia,
Oleander District of