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Presidents Message

Time to Spring Forward

When we hold our first meeting of the year on March 27th, spring will have offically arrived. Hopefully the weather has presented you with opportunities to start cleaning up your garden after the long winters rest. Please join us as we learn from Richard States "Tips for improving your garden photography". Richard is a Horticulturalist, retired Educator and published Author of an educational slide series for the Ohio State University. He has won numerous photography awards, including all three of the Judge's Choice Awards presented by the Men's Garden Club of America.

Our second meeting will

A New Beginning

As 2018 begins we are honored to be installed as the Co-Presidents of the Southern Butler County Garden Club. This is a new experience for our Club, as we always had a President & Vice President. Together, we will be sharing all of the responsibilities of the Office of President.

We are looking forward to working with our Club members as we grow in many different ways. As we work together to beautify our community, we strengthen our bonds of friendship and caring.

A Year of Accomplishments

As President of the Club for the past two year term, it has been a pleasure to work with Members. As the seasons change so do our Officers. We will install four new Officers to serve in 2018-19 at our Annual Holiday Social. I am so grateful for the opportunity leading this group has afforded me... Together we have accomplished so much!

It is fun to reflect back on the past two years. Our VOICe serenity garden is beautiful and so well cared for by our volunteer Memebers. We enjoyed seeing 500 pink tulips bloom at the entrance to UPMC Cranberry Passavant Hospital in April.

Thanks for your support

On behalf of all Garden Club members, I extend a warm THANK YOU to the wonderful guests that attended our Ninth Annual Garden Tour on July 15th. We enjoyed the most fabulous weather for touring and the gardens were spectacular. We have had the most amazing feedback from those that toured. Everyone loved the variety of gardens; many also commented on the vendors village with the selection of handmade crafts and the BBQ food truck ended the tour offering a yummy lunch...what a day it was!  A special thank you to the homeowners for sharing their lovely gardens with us.

May showers brought us June flowers

Working in our gardens has been so rewarding this summer. Not only do we have beautiful flowers thanks to all of the rain, we're also enjoying an abudance of growth in all of our plants...I love that!

Summer brings our 9th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday July 15th. This is always one of my favorite events of our Club year. This years tour promises to be one of our best yet. We have gathered a wide variety of gardens and are so excited to share them with you. Each year we strive to bring new and interesting touches to the tour.

Spring is when life's alive...

Spring is a time of celebrating all things new. Our friends from around the world celebrate in so many different ways. In Switzerland, a snowman is burned at the stake as soon as flowers begin to emerge. The Netherlands welcome spring with parades having floats made entirely of tulips, narcissus and daffodils. The Japanese have picnics under the cherry trees while admiring the blossoms. Here in Western Pennsylvania, we are more than happy to see warmer weather, longer stretches of daylight and buds on the trees and shrubs. Spring has arrived!

Southern Butler County Garden Club is

A Winter's Nap

Our gardens are now taking their winter's nap. Gardeners appreciate this time away from the daily maintenance and care to allow us time to reflect on the upcoming spring season. Will there be a makeover? Will I add those highly coveted perennials? How about some new, low maintenance shrubs or trees? I love this time of year to ponder over the catalogs that arrive daily. I think of what I could tuck into a special spot or what might need to be moved to make room for a new cultivar. Soon it will be time to make those decisions and I can't wait!

The same is true in the Southern Butler County

Warm Holiday Wishes to All

It's in the spirit of the Season of Giving, that I must share with you one of the service projects our Club has been part of. As members of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc. we are encouraged to participate in community service. We gladly take part in projects that better serve the communities in which we live and work. One project in particular has been close to our hearts for the past seven years...the beautification and addition of a serenity garden at a local Women's Shelter.

Autumn is a dream

Autumn is a gardener's dream...Warm days and cool evenings create an ideal environment for our trees, plants and shrubs. How lucky are we to be able to take in the glorious colors of the fall landscape! Living in Western Pennsylvania affords us this most wonderful time of the year. This is our reward for a spring and summer of hard work in the garden.

Our hard work has paid off in another way, as the Southern Butler County Garden Club just hosted the GCFP District IX 16th Annual Meeting on September 14th at the Twelve Oaks Mansion in Mars, PA.

8th Annual Garden Tour a Success

A heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all of the wonderful people that attended our 8th Annual Garden Tour on July 16th. As always, our raffle baskets at registration were amazing. I loved watching the winners arrive at the Victorian Garden  in Evans City to pick up their beautiful baskets. A glorious day provided everyone a fantastic time touring the seven gorgeous gardens on the tour. The flowers were lovely and the hospitality of our home owners and docents (at the Zelienople gardens) was unsurpassed.