The Azalea District of The Garden Club of Georgia will hold its 55th annual meeting on Oct. 23, with the theme “Leaf It to Us.”
The 10 a.m. meeting will feature speaker Pam Kolb of Aiken, who will talk about Manipulating Foliage for Floral Design. Honored guest will be Suzanne Wheeler, president of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
According to Augusta Council of Garden Clubs President Judy Kirkland, Kolb’s interest in plants started at an early age. Her parents, Tom and Dot Evans of Aiken, were Aiken Camellia Society members and active camellia judges, exhibiting and judging shows from the Atlantic Coast through the Gulf Coast states.
“Pam first studied ornamental horticulture at Clemson and finished her bachelor of science degree in biology at Seattle University,” said Kirkland.
Eleven years ago, Kolb retired as a research biologist from the University of Washington and returned home to Aiken to garden. She has served as president of several horticultural groups, both in Seattle and Aiken, and is a past president of the Aiken Garden Club Council.
Kolb’s primary plant interest is orchids and her greenhouse holds nearly 300 orchid species and hybrids, as well as other tropicals.
She loves to be around plants and has found that floral design allows her to share her “weird and wonderful” foliage and flowers with friends and family.
The annual meeting will be held at the Kroc Center on Broad Street in Augusta and will feature a number of vendors who will set up outside of the meeting venue. Registration and hospitality begin at 9:15 a.m. During this time, guests can visit booths set up by Sue Shefts Designs, Nurseries Caroliniana, MJ Designs, Artisan Foods, Sue Beasley, Gift N’ Green, DL Designs, the Georgia Garden Club, Ted Hood, Jr., Jill Korn, Jeanne Mack, Tonya Davis and the Milledgeville Garden Club Council.
A Ye Old Country Store will also be open and will feature items donated by various garden clubs in the area. Some are homemade; others are not.
“The vendors will be outside the meeting room and open to the public,” said Kirkland. “The Country Store will be inside the meeting room.”
Registration is $30 prior to Oct. 14 and $40 after that date. To register, contact Dr. Ginny Allen at (706) 736-6793.