Garden Club plans for 2020 programs, projects

Richmond Garden Club recently met for a luncheon business meeting meeting. Pictured here are club members: front row, left to right, Bluegrass District Officer, Melba Hay; Treasurer, Brenda Underwood; Co-Presidents, Lolly Rist and Carol Dennhardt, Secretary, Mary McCurdy. Back row, left to right, Brenda Lewis, Nancy Thames, Kay McCarty, Martha Davidson, Lolly Harris, Angie Wright, Carolyn Kaso, Jan Quigg, Jane Sallee, Renee Williams, Jan Tunnell, Shirley Bortolon. Not pictured, Treasurer, Cindy Palka, Secretary, Cathy Begley; Helen Chenault, Javena Conlee, Kathy Eidson, Jerry Jenkins, Betty Murphy, Kim Owens, Carol Rogow, Susan Gay Taylor, Teresa Tope, Betty Worthington, Sandy Connor, Marilyn Hacker, and Doris Lash.

Richmond Garden Club recently began the new club year with a luncheon business meeting and planning session with Co-President, Lolly Rist presiding. Plans for upcoming 2020 Richmond Garden Club programs and projects were presented by various club chairmen.

Richmond Garden Club Chairman for Habitat for Humanity projects, Angie Wright, reported that the latest Richmond Habitat for Humanity home is being built on Parrish Street. The home's dedication will be in early Spring and the Richmond Garden Club will provide plantings for the home. In addition, Richmond Garden Club will also provide lilac bushes for Habitat for Humanity homes built last year.

Richmond Garden Club Chairman for RAAC events, Jan Tunnell, announced that a Millstone Festival is being planned in Richmond for in the Fall and suggested that Richmond Garden Club participate in the event. Tunnell also announced that the RAAC Derby event this year will be in the evening on April 25 at Lynnwood Estate with the theme, "Call to the Post." Tunnell thanked club member, Kay McCarty, for providing the Richmond Garden Club's flower arrangement at the RAAC "Evening of Elegance" event.

Chairman for Richmond Garden Club's Monarch Butterfly Garden, Bonnie Lewis, asked for club member volunteers to trim the Monarch Butterfly Garden's Hydrangea which need to be trimmed in February and March. Lewis led a discussion on the Richmond Garden Club providing signs in the club's Monarch Butterfly Garden to identify the garden's 19 varieties of plants. The club decided that individual club members will pay for the signs. The Monarch Butterfly Garden is located in Million Park on Tates Creek Road.

Richmond Garden Club Chairman for Gallery on Main programs, Renee Williams, announced there is an "Exploring Places through Lens, Brush and Words" exhibit opening at Gallery on Main on Feb. 11. Shirley Bortolon volunteered to provide the Richmond Garden Club's flower arrangement for the event. Renee Williams also reported that a "Women in Hats" event will be held on Feb. 28 at the Richmond Active Living Center. The event is free and open to the public in celebration of Black History Month.

Richmond Garden Club has continuous projects including: Civic Development with club representatives serving on the Million Park Board; Conservation with projects in Backyard Wildlife Habitat Nature; Conservancy Club which is supported individually by club members; Dollars for Scholars in which the club makes annual donations; Recycling which recommends that all members participate.

Dr. Michael Gordon will be the speaker for the February meeting of Richmond Garden Club and ​will present a program on "Eating Healthy with Plant Based Foods."

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