Monday, November 30, 2009

A BIG Thank You to everyone for the 148 Poinsettias for VA Hospital

These photos are not in order but show some of the work done today (Monday Nov 30) in decorating the VA Hospital in Durham with Poinsettias.

When we arrived at the VA Hospital the driver of the truck helped us get the poinsettias up to the 3rd floor chapel.

Along the side of the chapel are the windows complete with a prayer wall here. This is new this year to the VA Chapel.

At 8 this morning 6 members of Heritage went to the Poinsettia growers and picked out 183 plants of which 148 were for the VA Hospital in Durham. This is a pic of all the plants before loaded into the truck and delivered to the Hospital. A total of 11 members of Heritage Garden Club worked on this project today.

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There is not a single picture which will show all the poinsettias. This photo is of some near the alter.

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Project leaders: Dutton M - Project chairman, Marcia L - Heritage President, Jean G - Council President and Carol K - District 9 Director.

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Chaplain Oliver with Jean, Marcia and Carol.

Becky N putting saucers down as the plants find a home in the chapel.

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Arlene, Jean, Carol and Becky working on the tags preparing them to be attached to the plants.

The veterans at the VA Hospital will have a wonderful month with the chapel so festive.
As we don't have to pay for delivery all profits will go to Chaplain Oliver and his private flowers on the trays for Memorial Day fund.

Members of Heritage Garden Club

Monday, November 16, 2009

T&C Auction Sets New Records

Town and Country Garden Club’s 2009 Benefit Auction produced proceeds surpassing last year’s record-setting total and also set a new record for attendance. Members and their guests enjoyed a luncheon on November 11 at Hope Valley Country Club, after which they bid furiously in both the “silent” and “live” auctions.

Member-donated items offered in the auction ranged from paintings to pearls to their own kitchens’ specialties – and everything in between. Auctioneer Barbara Collie presided over a lively “live” auction and cajoled the bidders, urging them on with great success. The event’s co-chair, Carol Garbutt, organized and oversaw committee members’ work on the extensive silent auction.

"The proceeds from our Annual Holiday Auction have financed many projects throughout our community, including the cistern at the Durham Farmer's Market and beautification projects in historic Hope Valley,” Town and Country President Katherine Kirschner said. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of strong community service in the coming year."

The Projects and Beautification Committee will propose projects for 2010, which will be researched and discussed, then voted upon at the club’s February meeting.

T&C thanks all Durham Council garden club members who supported the auction.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

District 9 Meeting Sarah P Duke Gardens

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Friends of the Durham County Library

The Friends of the Durham County Library has a critical need of book donations for its spring and ongoing satellite book sales. The library accepts used books, CDs and DVDs. (No textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or cassettes.) Donations can be taken to any branch of the Durham Library. The sales of used books by the Friends of the Durham Library earns approximately $100,000/year which finances many library programs including the summer reading program, college scholarships for library staff and Durham Reads. For more information, visit If you have a large donation (more than 4 boxes) contact Aviva Starr, to arrange. Donations are tax-deductible.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Town and Country "Mulch Party"

Members of Town and Country Garden Club took advantage of the beautiful weather on November 5 to spread mulch at the Windsor Way median plantings, installed by the club earlier this year. The plantings project was the 2009 community beautification project funded by the club with part of the proceeds from last year’s Benefit Auction. This year’s auction, noted in an earlier post to this blog, takes place Wednesday, November 11.

Members pictured here are Jackie E, Chasie H, Carol G, and Millie G.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Garden Study School III - Wilmington

This is a letter about the Garden Study School III in Wilmington.
I will attach the class schedule and if you want a registration form
go to this site and download.

Gardening Study School Students and Consultants

I invite you to attend the NC Gardening Study School Series 2, Course III that will
be held at the New Hanover Arboretum in Wilmington, NC on Nov 20, 21 and 22
(test day). This is a wonderful opportunity for Garden Club members, interested
friends and neighbors to learn from expert instructors. The courses are fun and
interesting. The instructors are top notch. The list of courses and instructors are
in the 2nd attachment. The registration form is the 1st attachment.

As you already know we need a minimum number of students to cover the
expenses. We really didn't have enough for Course II last year and I already
know of two students who will be unable to attend this Nov. Adding the current
financial climate, I'm very concerned for Course III. So, I have a few
suggestions. One: if you know of anyone who would be interested, bring them
with you or encourage them to attend. One does not have to be a Garden Club
member to attend (only to become an Accredited Gardening Consultant). Who
knows we might even gain several new Garden Club Members. Two: ask your
garden club if they would sponsor a student ($120.00, $100.00 or $65.00). The
student might return the favor by giving a program on one of the subjects taught.
Actually any donation amount would be helpful so our students won't have to go
out of state to finish the last two courses for accreditation.

Gardening Consultants; You may attend the school and use it as a refresher if
you haven't done so already this year. You need to refresh 4 times to become a
Master Gardening Consultant and may only refresh 1 time per year.

Checks should be made out to Polly Kopka/GSS. Registration forms should be
filled out and mailed to Polly Kopka, 158 Leslie Drive, Hubert. NC 28539 by Nov

Past students and Gardening Consultants; if you cannot attend would you please
email mail me and let me know poilv(a) or call and leave a message
910-326-6830 (Best time is before 10:00 AM.)

If you have questions and need to speak with me, call me on my cell phone -

Hope to see you all soon,

Polly Kopka
North Carolina Gardening School Chairman

What a woman needs

What a woman needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
- Charles Dudley Warner, 1829-1900
My Summer in the Garden, 1891

Monday, November 2, 2009

Helen D of Homestead Heights GC won many ribbons at State Fair

Helen D of Homestead Heights GC won 9 ribbons at the State Fair (3 Blue, 1 Red, and 5 White) in design and horticulture categories. She won a blue ribbon for this entry in the Petit Award Flower and Garden Show.