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Luncheon helps educate gardeners

Posted: March 3, 2013 - 12:07am
 The Augusta Council of Garden Club's spring luncheon speaker will be Carmen Johnston, a garden designer and founder of the Macon-based event company Nectar and Company.  Special Photo
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The Augusta Council of Garden Club's spring luncheon speaker will be Carmen Johnston, a garden designer and founder of the Macon-based event company Nectar and Company.

In her two years as president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, Grovetown resident Judy Kirkland has seen her mission of “growing a gardener” come to fruition with the offering of several programs.

“My theme for the past two years was ‘Grow a Gardener: Educate, Mentor, Befriend,’ ” said Kirkland. “In that respect, I worked very hard to provide educational programs open to the public.

“Pat Hathaway got me started by asking me to plan a basic horticulture class before I became president,” she said. “Little did I know that we would host two of those seven sessions during the next two years.”

During Kirkland’s term as president, the club has held a basic floral design class, which allowed interested individuals to stay locally to take a class rather than driving out of town.

“Several experienced garden clubbers and rosarians helped us develop three classes of demonstrations only and a fourth do-it-yourself,” said Kirkland. “We used a National Garden Club publication for our basic text, but we added from other NGC sources and the knowledge from our speakers.”

Hoping for at least 10 participants, organizers were thrilled when they had 44 attend several of the classes.

“We also hosted the National Garden Club Landscape Design School with unexpected attendance,” said Kirkland. “One person drove in from Tennessee.”

The end of her term as president of the ACGC doesn’t mean that Kirkland’s mission of growing gardeners also should
end.

“These three classes have proven to me that there is a desire and need in our area for more education in gardening topics and I hope to continue actively planning new sessions,” she
said.

One of her final “official” efforts to bring new information to area gardeners will be at the ACGC Spring Luncheon on March 19 at the Augusta Country Club. Carmen Johnston, a garden designer and founder of the Macon-based garden event company Nectar and Company, will be the guest speaker.

Johnston, whose love of gardening is considered a gift from her father, is well-known for holding unique garden parties and is married to a second-generation greenhouse grower. She is also the Garden Lifestyle Expert for the Southern Living Plant Collection, where she has debuted a new designer container garden series.

Registration for the luncheon begins at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Registration costs are $25 prior to March 12 and $30 after that date.

A downloadable registration form is available at www.augustacouncilgc.org.

For additional luncheon information, contact Ginny Allen at vallenotr@aol.com.

Kirkland can be contacted via email at jukirkland@knology.net or by phone at (706) 556-3417.

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