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Green Tea and Open House

Free Event!   All are welcome!  

The Garden Club of Danville invites the community to its annual Green Tea and Open House!

Club members will decorate the historic McDowell House with holiday arrangements appropriate to the early 19th-century.  

Date:     Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time:     2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where:  McDowell House Museum

Event Flyer: Click Here!

125 S. Second St. Danville, KY 40422

Refreshments will be served.  Holiday music is courtesy of The Danville Dulcimers.

Contributions are welcome and may be made to the Salvation Army or the Family Services Association of Boyle County.


Saving Your Own Historic Garden

Susan Haltom
Susan Haltom

Free Event!   All are welcome!

The Little Garden Club of Woodford County presents “Saving Your Own Historic Garden” with Susan Haltom

Date:     Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time:     11:00 am
Where:  Versailles United Methodist Church, 230 Paynes Mill Rd., Versailles, KY

Susan Haltom is past president of the Southern Garden History Society and co-author of “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place”


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.

Special Projects Award Program – Application (updated 7/13/2018)

Beginning Home Gardening Guide From Angie’s List

Growing a garden at home is an activity that the entire family can participate in, and it provides a household with a wealth of benefits.

These include a healthy amount of outdoor exercise and a greater understanding of horticulture, and gardening is also a good method to improve mental health and fight stress. Fruit and vegetable gardens offer even more benefits, including increased access to foods that are fresher, healthier, and, in the case of organic gardening, exposed to fewer pesticides. Producing food in a home garden also leads to an increased level of self-sufficiency and lower food costs. People can participate in community gardens that spread these benefits to many households at once, and even “apartment residents can make gardens” to grow their own food. Of course, coaxing food from the soil requires some amount of trial and error to master, but there are techniques and strategies that people can learn in order to get the most out of their garden.

A Plant’s Basic Needs

Before starting a garden, it is necessary to understand what plants require in order to survive and grow. Different species of plants can have unique needs, but some traits of a hospitable growing environment are the same for the vast majority of cases. Because plants use photosynthesis to gather energy, they require exposure to sunlight as well as water and soil. Plants also need chemical nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorous, and the soil must have a proper pH level. Before trying to plant, it is advised to test the soil for its pH as well as for contaminants such as lead or other toxic metals. If the nutrient level in the soil is low, it may be necessary to add fertilizer or compost. Plants will also need varying amounts of soil and space in order to grow properly.

Climate Tolerance

When setting up a garden, it will be necessary to know the area’s climate and the plant hardiness zone that it is in. The hardiness zone is an area that is defined by the coldest temperatures in the region. Plants that can survive in the lowest temperatures in the area are best suited to grow there. It is also necessary to know the length of the growing season in a given region, as this will help with deciding when and what to plant so that the plants have time to mature and become ready for harvest.

Choosing a Location

Gardening is typically an outdoor activity done in one’s yard or in a public plot at a community garden. It’s also possible to grow a garden in a windowsill or on a balcony. While an individual plant’s needs will vary, a garden can be made anywhere that one can place a proper-sized container of soil. The right place to grow plants will depend on its access to sunlight, nutrients, soil, and water. Containers for growing plants can take any form, from flower pots to more creative spots that have been properly prepared, such as the inside of an old school desk, a cistern, a watering can, a lunch box, a wooden drawer, or a bathtub. Containers tend to run out of moisture faster than traditional garden beds, but they also take less time to water.

Important Decisions

Before getting started, it’s important to determine the nature, design, and placement of the garden. For instance, think about what plants will be fun to grow or pleasant to look at. It is also crucial to think about how much time a person is willing to dedicate to gardening. The amount of space and sunlight available are also important to consider. When growing a fruit or vegetable garden, one may need to research which crops are capable of growing indoors or in outdoor containers.


Plants require water to survive. They should be watered slowly using a soaker hose or a watering can, and the amount of water needed will depend on factors such as the species of plant, the climate, and the type of soil. Areas that are damp and cool, for example, require less water than plants in areas that are hot and dry. Soil texture also plays a role in how frequently a plant should be watered. Fine soil holds more water and can be watered less frequently; coarser soil requires more frequent watering with smaller quantities of water. Whether the soil is fine or coarse, the total amount of water should be at least one inch a week. To determine whether plants need watering, stick a finger into the soil to feel how dry it is.

Necessary Equipment

Every gardener requires the right tools to plant and tend to their garden. Common tools that can be used for small container gardens, medium-sized bed gardens, or larger gardens include gloves, spades, pruners, shears, hand trowels, and a watering can. For garden beds, one may consider adding a digging fork, a shovel, and a hoe. A rake, dutch hoe, garden hose, wheelbarrow, loppers for thick branches, and edgers for clean lines around the edges of the garden can be added for use in larger areas.

Purchase and Plant

Once a person understands what’s needed to successfully start a garden, it’s time to purchase plants and get started. There are a number of ways to go about this. One option is to start growing plants from seeds, but one can also buy seedlings or young plants. One can start their garden more quickly with young plants, but this is a more expensive option. Seedlings are quick to start but require more time and attention than young plants. They must be handled carefully and potted and watered as soon as possible, and they are a good option for people with limited space. Seeds are the least expensive option, but they take time to raise, require daily care, and often must be sown indoors. While it’s cheaper to buy seeds, there tend to be more equipment costs, such as containers and trays, a seed-starting mix, and grow lights in some cases.

Planting directions vary according to the plant type and whether it is a plant or seed. When starting seeds, refer to the packet for specific instructions. In general, the process begins by planting them in loose soil. Depending on the plant, they may need to be buried or simply sprinkled on the surface of the soil and gently pressed down. With plants, dig a hole that’s roughly the same depth as the pot the plant or seedling is being removed from and twice as wide. The extra width is important to allow the roots to spread and grow. Place the plant’s roots and the attached soil into the hole gently, cover the roots with the dirt, and carefully pat it firm. With both seeds and plants, water them and provide sufficient light.

Control Pests

Once planted, a garden is susceptible to problems such as pests, disease, and weeds, but these common issues can often be treated or prevented altogether. Weeds can typically be managed by pulling them out or reducing their growth by covering the soil with mulch. Pests and diseases can be kept at bay by removing any unhealthy plants, using compost, and clearing debris that may harbor destructive insects. Planting pest-resistant plants is another tactic. There are also many do-it-yourself natural pesticides and organic solutions that can be used. Physical barriers are also a way to keep both bugs and critters such as dogs or rabbits from one’s garden. These can include row covers, cloches, netting, and even fences.


Landscape Design School – 2018

Sponsored by
The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
The Kentucky Landscape Design Consultant Council

Accredited through
The National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Brochure for the Event – Click Here!!

Registration Deadline is May 10, 2018

Refresher or New $60 & Exam Fee $5 – FEES INCLUDE LUNCH BOTH DAYS

Baker Arboretum, Bowling Green, KY

8:00 Registration
8:45 Welcome/Orientation
9:00 “The Private Garden” – Peggy McKillop
10:00 “Planning Your Home Grounds” – Kristin Hildabrand
11:00 Break
11:15 “Design for the Environment” – Jared Weaver
12:15 Lunch
1:30 “Landscape Design Resources” – Dennis Williams
2:30 “Development of Landscape Design” – Elinor Markle
3:30 Exam for Day 1

8:30 Registration and Comments
8:30 “Space, Design, and People” – Dr Martin Stone
9:30 Tree ID – Dr Martin Stone
10:30 Break
10:45 “Principles, Elements of Landscape Design” – Rickman Freeman
11:45 Lunch
1:00 “Public Landscapes” – Rachel Hurt
2:00 “Basics of a Site Plan” – Elinor Markle
3:00 Exam for both days

Contact Information:
Jim Mullen, Ky. LDS Event Chairman
657 Al Henn Rd
Cadiz, Ky. 42211
270-522-4139 (h)
270-350-5566 (c)

Anna Mullen
657 Al Henn Rd
Cadiz, Ky 42211

Dr. Martin Stone, PhD
Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture, WKU

Peggy McKillip, B.S.
Horticulture Researcher

Elinor Markle, RLA
Landscape Architect

Kristin Hildabrand, B.S.
Horticulture Agent
Warren County Extension

Jared Weaver, B.S.
Parks ISA Certified Arborist/Forester

Rachel Hurt, M.A.
City-County Planning Commission

Dennis Williams, B.S.
Horticulturist WKU/ Baker Arboretum

Rickman Freeman, B.S.
Horticulturist WKU/Baker Arboretum

Berea Standard Flower Show, June 16

The Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges is delighted to welcome you to “Berea, Where Social Reform and the Arts Continue to Bloom”, a celebration of traditional Appalachian history and crafts. This NGC Standard Flower Show will be held at Boone Tavern Hotel on Saturday, June 16, 2018, and is free and open to the public from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Location: Boone Tavern Hotel
100 Main Street
Berea KY 40403

Contact: Garden Club of KY

Program Schedule
2018 – 2019

Regular meeting are at 1:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month, except January and July. Meetings are held at the Boyle County Extension Office unless otherwise specified. For directions to the Boyle Country Extension Office, click on the following link

Details on additional outings and social events throughout the year will be available on the website prior to the events.

Carpools for field trips depart from the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, lower level parking lot off Third Street.

Upcoming Nature Walks

April 14, 2018     Spring Wildflower Walk

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge (

Anne Lubbers, Centre College biology professor, will lead a public walk at 10:00 AM

April 28, 2018    Spring Walk

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge (

Rob Pendygraft, CKWR Educational Director, will lead a public walk at 10:00 AM.

Regular Club Meetings and Events

May 2, 2018        Time to Pot: Potting Soil

What is in it? How is it made? What to look for to get the best?

Keelan Pulliam, guest speaker and husband of member Diana Pulliam, will share his knowledge

Design: Creative Line Design with live plant material (HB p 199)

Horticulture: Single cut specimen Paeonia (Paeoniaceae) (HB p 144), Tulipa (Liliaceae) (HB pp 148-149) or any worthy specimen

May 9, 2018         Henry Clay Estate Gardens Club Outing

It is peony time and we are invited by the Lexington Garden Club to visit the peony and walled gardens of the Henry Clay Estate during their Wednesday work session. Lunch on your own or at the Gingko Tree Café on the grounds. Members and their guests are invited

June 6, 2018        Summer Table Arrangements

Beth Leahy and other club members will share ideas for festive center pieces for summer picnics and events

Design: Designer’s Choice floral design in a tea cup or coffee mug (HB p 203). Size change not to exceed 7 inches in height and width

Horticulture: Rosa (Rosaceae) (HB p 147) or any worthy specimen

August 1, 2018    The Ephraim McDowell House formal garden tour

Linda Porter, club member and McDowell House Garden Manager, will take us on a tour and describe the features of the gardens in the early 1800’s. Dr Ephraim McDowell presented his wife with a formal garden beside their house. This garden is typical of gardens of that era. The bones of the original garden still exist today. Meet at the McDowell House on 2nd Street.

No Exhibits

September 5, 2018             Plants for Pollinating

It is important to provide nectar and pollinating plants for all pollinators throughout the growing season. The session, prepared by club members, Janis Scott, Mimi Gosney and Linda Porter, will cover various plant materials, and the months they bloom, to provide food for bees and butterflies.

Design: Designer’s Choice using a recycled or upcycled container. We will work in member pairs. Diane, Fran, Susan, Kay and Jan will contact a member to plan and make a design. Members may form additional pairs to make their designs. Get a partner and join in on the fun.

Horticulture: Dahlia (Asteraceae) (HB p 129) or any worthy specimen

October 3, 2018                  Houseplant Care Year Round

Alexis Amorese Sheffield, Boyle County Extension Office Horticulture Agent, will discuss the care of houseplants including types of soil, how much moisture and light and potting techniques to help plants flourish.

Design: Pot-et-Fleur (HB p 207)

Horticulture: Fruit, nut or vegetable or any worthy specimen

November 7, 2018              McDowell House and Green Tea

Linda Taylor, club member, will take the mystery of the making arrangements and enlighten us with information on materials appropriate to the time period of the McDowell House. Members will prepare designs as examples.

There will be sign-up sheets for designs for the McDowell House decorations, wreath making and refreshments for the tea at this meeting

Design: Designer’s Choice Still Life Design (HB p209) using greens and 1 or 3 piece(s) of fruit or vegetable

Horticulture: Arboreal Specimen not to exceed 30 inches in length (HB p 106)

November 30, 2018              Wreath Making for McDowell House

December 1, 2018              Decorating for McDowell House Green Tea

December 2, 2018             McDowell House Green Tea 2:00-4:00 PM

January 2019                      Club Social Gathering Date, time and place to be announced

February 6, 2019               Soil and Insects in Our Gardens

Jessica Besson, Horticulture Agent for Mercer County Extension Office, will share information on soil and its content, and insects to make our gardens successful.

Design: Designers Choice Reflective Design (HB p207) working in pairs

Horticulture: House plant or any worthy specimen

March 6, 2019                    Gardening for the Birds

Nic Patton from Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss gardening for birds including year round feeding to care for our feathered friends.

There will be a sign up sheet for centerpieces for the annual meeting

Design: Stretch Design (HB pp 209-210) with green and dried plant material

Horticulture: Forced Arboreal Specimen (HB p 106) or any worthy specimen

April 3, 2019                       Annual meeting. Details to be announced

Heritage Hospice
Blue Jean Ball

From left to right: Sandy Reigelman, Diane Meshako, Marg Hasty, Fran Halloran, Beth Leahy, Kay Arnold, Alice Biggars, Dede Turner

For the past six years, The Garden Club of Danville has donated labor and floral materials to arrange centerpieces for the Blue Jean Ball. Monies raised on the evening of the Blue Jean Ball, through individual contributions and the Silent Auction, go directly to the Heritage Hospice general operating fund. We are pleased that our efforts reduce the overall expenditures of this event.

This year, members Marg Hasty and Fran Halloran coordinated the arranging session at Pioneer Playhouse where the Blue Jean Ball is held. The day prior to the event found club members Kay Arnold, Alice Biggers, Beth Leahy, Diane Meshako, Sandy Reigleman, Dede Turner, Marg Hasty and Fran Halloran arranging flowers and floral branches from their gardens. Additional plant material was donated from the gardens of Martha Caywood,Ginny Eckland and Linda and Terry Taylor. The group assembled over 35 arrangements using daffodils, narcissus, flowering quince, redbud, wild mustard and hyacinth, as well as other material. Garden club members Andrea Perkins and Susan Jonas are credited with capturing the beauty of the day on film.

When Fall Comes, The Fun Continues

From left, Susan Jonas, Joyce Eulner, guest Mayumi Schalkoff, and Barbara Ferguson.

Making a jar full of flowers look pretty isn’t as difficult as it might seem, with help from an expert. At the November meeting of the Garden Club of Danville, member and interior designer Jennifer Shevlin demonstrated how to make a simple autumn arrangement for a side table.  She provided containers and a selection of fresh flowers, greenery, and autumn floral accessories for the members to create their own designs to take home.  These women show their arrangements in progress, each one different.


From left, Linda Taylor, Kay Arnold, Fran Halloran, and Carol Seidel.

For many years the Garden Club of Danville has been planting and maintaining the Apothecary Garden at the Ephraim McDowell House Museum.  The garden is planted with medicinal herbs that Dr. McDowell might have used in his medical practice in the 19th century. Visitors to the house can tour the gardens and the adjoining Apothecary Shop. From early spring until late fall, a team of Garden Club members visits weekly to keep the garden looking its best.  Team members recently put the garden to bed for the winter, cutting back dead foliage and raking up leaves to be mulched.