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Green Tea &
Holiday Open House

The Garden Club of Danville’s Green Tea and Holiday Open House

When: Sunday, December 3, 2-4 p.m.
Where: McDowell House Museum, 125 S. Second Street, Danville

The event is free but donations will be accepted for the Salvation Army and Family Services Association of Boyle County


There will be a lavish afternoon tea of homemade refreshments, with traditional Christmas music by the Danville Dulcimers.

Garden Club members decorate each room of the house using natural materials in traditional styles.


The Ephraim McDowell House, a National Historic Landmark, is restored and furnished in the style of the early 1800s, when the home was owned by Dr. Ephraim McDowell and his family.  Dr. McDowell performed the world’s first successful abdominal surgery here in 1809.



Officers and Chairpersons

2018-2019 Officers

President Pam Leinauer
First Vice President (President Elect) Sandy Reigelman
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 Jan Lanham
Beautification Kay Arnold
Communications Sandy Reigelman
Concern for Others & Garden Therapy Pat Boatwright
Conservation  Alice Biggars
Exhibits Diane Meshako, Jan Messamore
Historian Martha Caywood
Librarian Gigi Biles
Program Fran Halloran
Publicity Susan Jonas
Youth James Ross
GC Representative, Wildlife Refuge Board (ex officio, GC Board) Kay Richardson
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
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.