2015 was the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Nelson County Garden Club. The club had its first meeting at the home of Mrs. G. A. Tower of Rockfish, and the founder and first president, Gertrude Ligon, presided at the meeting. The club, at that time, had 63 active members. One of the club's past presidents, Lillian Schilling (photo below), was founder of the Nature Camp.
We celebrated by having a large cake and by dressing in hats and gloves to honor our founding mothers, some of whom are seen above.. Advertising for the event was done by e-mail and via the newsletter by Shirley M. who graciously consented to model vintage clothing from the various eras of our club history. Here she is in a 1960s Adele Simpson suit of yellow silk, Jackie O hat and mink scarf draped jauntily over one shoulder.
As a result of the enthusiasm which only a woman like Shirley could generate, club members came to the meeting outfitted for the occasion.
Sharon Gress and Grace Morris demonstrated the construction of small Christmas trees to be sold at our annual greens sale in December at the Nelson County Christmas Market. Sharon demonstrated a boxwood tree while Grace used various evergreens and cypress.
The VFGC-sponsored Woodsey Owl poster competition was sponsored by our club at Tye River Elementary School. The club voted on the best posters, and winners will be awarded five dollars each.
As part of the continuing Save the Monarch campaign, more milkweed seeds were distributed to members along with planting instructions. Previously, seeds were given to all members either by mail or by hand delivery.
The club now has 38 members of which 29 were present along with five guests, some of whom are prospective members.
The photo below is the earliest club photo of the founding members.