Monthly Archives: May 2017

Special Projects Award Program

The Garden Club of Danville has initiated this program to provide funds for community projects that carry out the mission of the club: to encourage the advancement of horticulture and creativity design, aid in civic beautification, and promote conservation and protection of out natural resources.

Awards are based on the nature of the project and are generally given in the fall of each year. The garden club is looking for projects that:

  • Have a strong public impact
  • Show potential to be monetarily self-sustaining
  • Will come to fruition in 2 years, the maximum award length
  • Involve partnership or sponsorship with other organizations or agencies
  • Possess a strong educational component

For more information, please submit fill out this form. The form is in PDF format and is fillable and savable to your PC or printable and can be filled out by hand. You may also need to include other documentation with your form.

Click here for the GCD Special Projects Form – Fillable (UPDATED 9/18/2017)


Program Schedule for 2017 – 2018

Program Meeting Time: Regular meetings are at 1:00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month, except January and July, when the club does not meet. The meeting place is the Boyle County Extension Office, unless otherwise notified. The Program Committee is planning some interesting field trips and social gatherings this year, with. dates and details forthcoming. Ample notice will be given prior to each event. We generally carpool for field trips, departing from the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church at 330 West Lexington Avenue in Danville.

The June 7 Garden Club meeting at 1:00 pm at the Boyle County Extension offices will  feature City Engineer, Earl Coffey, speaking about “The New Face of Water Works Park.”

All are welcome!

Save the date for our July 12 field trip to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. We will have a guided walking tour followed by lunch at Isaac’s Cafe’. Reservations are due by June 30. More information coming soon.

June 7, 2017
Speaker: Earl Coffey, Danville City Engineer
Mr. Coffey will present landscape plans for the grounds at the new water treatment plant.

July 12, 2017
A guided walking tour, focusing on “The Edible Garden & Sustainable Design.” Lunch to follow at Isaac’s Café. Be sure to watch for specific details coming soon.

August 2, 2017
City of Danville Tree Project

Speaker: Alexis Amorese, Boyle County Extension Agent, & Beau Weston, Centre College, Project Grant Writer
Update on the Danville Tree Project, of which GCD is the largest financial contributor.

September 6, 2017
Speaker: Diane Meshako, Professional Landscaper & GCD Member
A presentation on starting your landscape “fresh” or “remodeling” you old landscape.

September 20, 2017
The members’ gardens are to be announced. A lawn Luncheon (box) will be held after the tour. Details to be announced.

October 4, 2017
Speaker: Kay Arnold, Member
Discussion and demonstrations of how to create floral designs with the intent of overcoming your fears.

November 1, 2017
Speaker: Jennifer Shevlin, Member, Interior Designer
This will be a participatory program with Jennifer assisting members in creating a “side table” arrangement for the holidays. Details concerning supplies will be announced in October.

February 7, 2018
Speaker: Alicia Bosela, Ironwood Native Plant Nursery, owner, Columbia, KY
Discover the beauty and bounty of using native plants; save water, add sustainability, attract pollinators, and so much more.

March 7, 2018

Officers and Chairpersons

2017-2018 Officers

President Pat Boatwright
First Vice President (President Elect) Pam Leinauer
Second Vice President (Membership Chair) Alice Biggers
Third Vice President (Projects Chair) Joyce Eulner
Secretary Jan Messamore
Treasurer Carol Seidel
Past President (Nominating Committee Chair) Fran Halloran
Standing Committee Chairpersons
Awards Bonnie Tanner
Beautification Kay Arnold
Concern for Others & Garden Therapy Sara Lamb, Beth Leahey
Conservation Sandy Reigelman
Exhibits Linda Taylor
Historian Martha Caywood
Librarian Gigi Biles
Program Donna Fairchild
Publicity Susan Jonas
Youth Charles Meshako, James Ross
Wildlife Refuge (ex officers) Kay Richardson

Affiliated Organizations

National Garden Club, Inc.

Nancy L. Hargroves, President
4401 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Telephone: (314) 776-7574
Fax: (314) 776-5108

South Atlantic Region of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Sarah Ann Parler, Director
P. O. Box 306
Elloree, SC 29047
Telephone: (803) 897-2304

The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

Paula Hyatt, President
State Headquarters
616 Pleasant Street
Paris, Kentucky 40361
Telephone: (859) 987-6158

Bluegrass District

Sallie Hubbard, President
824 Mason Headley Road
Lexington, KY 40504
Telephone: (859) 276-3641

Projects & Activities

Arbor Day
As a community service, the club buys and plants trees in conjunction with Danville’s Arbor Day ceremonies.

Bellevue and Hilldale Cemeteries
Living memorial gifts provide funds for planting and upkeep of trees, shrubs and flowers in the cemeteries. Club members work with the City of Danville’s Cemetery Committee to plan and implement landscape designs, as needed.

Boyle County Public Library
North Third Street, Danville
Memorial book gifts are made by the club in honor of deceased members. Members provide flower arrangements for special occasions. An annual National Garden Week exhibit is mounted by the club.

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
Carpenter’s Fork, Boyle County
An annual donation is included in the budget. Some members volunteer as a personal project.

Constitution Square Historic Site
Main Street, Danville
The Mary Akin Memorial Kitchen Herb Garden adjacent to historic Greyson Tavern on the Square was designed, developed and is maintained by club members. The club created a Certified Monarch Waystation in the garden in 2015.

Danville and Boyle County Schools
The Garden Club of Danville often works with schools in the area to support their gardening projects. Assistance has included financial help, consultations, and volunteering for specific school projects related to gardening.

Ephraim McDowell
Commonwealth Cancer Center
Members of the Concern for Others/Garden Therapy Committee meet approximately quarterly with the Cancer Support Group at the Cancer Center to share a meal and engage in a garden-related craft activity. The Committee plans the project and provides the materials. Members of the Cancer Support Group are individuals from many walks of life who are cancer patients, survivors, or family members of those touched by cancer. The group is led by devoted nurses, and, since 2012, the Garden Club has been honored to be a partner. In recent years, funds to help support the partnership have been donated by the Presbyterian Church of Danville.

Ephraim McDowell House, Danville
The Apothecary Garden, located beside the pharmacy at McDowell House, was originally planted by Dr. Ephraim McDowell, and was restored by The Garden Club of Danville in the mid-1970s. The club continues the garden’s renovation and maintenance.

Penny Pines Project
The National Garden Club partners with the USDA Forest Service to sustain our national and urban forests through reforestation and forest education programs. One of the ways our club supports this effort is by collecting small change at each garden club meeting. Every $68 collected is sent to the Nation Garden Club to support reforestation of our nation’s forests. Donations are made in honor of a garden club member the Board selects as someone deserving of recognition.