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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 seven 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.

This year’s Blue Jean Ball will be April 3, 2019.

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Officers and Chairpersons

2019-2020 Officers

President Pam Leinauer
First Vice President (President Elect) Martha Caywood
Second Vice President (Membership Chair) Jennifer Shevlin
Third Vice President (Projects Chair) Carol Seidel
Secretary Sandy Hartner
Treasurer Geri Trinler
Past President (Nominating Committee Chair) Pat Boatwright
Standing Committee Chairpersons
Awards Jane Snowden
Beautification Kay Arnold
Communications Sandy Reigelman
Concern for Others & Garden Therapy Pat Boatwright
Conservation  Alice Biggars
Exhibits Diane Meshako, Jan Messamore
Librarian Gigi Biles
Program Fran Halloran
Youth James Ross
GC Representative, Wildlife Refuge Board (ex officio, GC Board) Ginny Eklund
GC Representative, City of Danville, Beautification Committee Pat Boatwright

Affiliated Organizations

National Garden Club, Inc.

Nancy L. Hargroves, President
4401 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Telephone: (314) 776-7574
E-mail: inbleum@me.com
Website: http://www.gardenclub.org

South Atlantic Region

Ann Fiel, Director 2255
McBrayer Road Clearfield, KY 40303-9600
Home Phone: (606) 734-8207
Cell Phone: (606) 776-3153
Email: gckyann@fiel.us
Website: http://www.southatlanticregiongardenclubs.org/

The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.

Donna Smith, President  424
Englewood Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965
Home Phone: (606) 248-6014
Cell Phone: (606) 269-2940
Email: donnasmith1945@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.gardenclubky.org

Bluegrass District

Carla Hawkins, Director 749
Wash Road Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 319-2192
Email: cchawk749@yahoo.com

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.