Category Archives: Activities

Program Schedule
2019 – 2020

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 Events


June 5, 2019 Japanese Gardens
Community Arts Center 401 W. Main St. – Danville

Robert Schalkoff, Director of the Centre College Lincoln Scholarship Program, will share his love of Japanese gardens
Design: Traditional Line Design (HB, p. 182)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
June 19, 2019 Field Trip to Daylily World in Lawrenceburg
Sign up for a prepaid box lunch at the June meeting
August 7, 2019 Kentucky’s Waterways and Native Habitats
Ward Wilson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, will give an overview of the health of our waterways including information on the KWA and its work with the National Wildlife Federation to protect wildlife habitat.
Design: Underwater Design (HB p. 212)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
September 4, 2019 Solid Waste Recycling
Angie Muncy, the new manager of Boyle County’s recycle program, will share information on our local program and the status of recycling in the county
Design: Designer’s Choice using a recycled or upcycled container (members are encouraged to work in pairs)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
September 18, 2019 Field Trip to Walter Bradley Park in Midway
Bring your own lunch to eat at the park’s picnic area
October 2, 2019 The Victorian Gothic Garden
Alexis Amorese Sheffield, Boyle County Extension Agent, will share the history of the popular Victorian Era Gothic Gardens which were surrounded in magical dark flowers and elements of lure. We will learn about different components of the gardens and varieties of flowers.
Design: Designer’s Choice of a Traditional Mass Line design using a black container (HB p. 182)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
November 6, 2019 Holiday Decorating Fun with Fran Halloran and Beth Leahy
Create a kitchen decoration. Bring a mug and some greens to share.
There will be sign-ups for designs for McDowell House decorations, wreath making and food for the Green Tea.
Design: Fall arrangement for Thanksgiving using a basket with floral, fruit, nut and vegetable plant material
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
December 2, 2019 Wreath Making for McDowell House
December 3, 2019 Decorate McDowell House for the Green Tea
December 8, 2019 Green Tea
McDowell House
2-4 p.m.
January 8, 2020 Installation of New Officers and Party
February 4, 2020 Boyle County High School Greenhouse Program
Matt Anderson, Agriculture teacher at the high school, will give an overview of the program, sharing information about the greenhouse and school garden. Students will provide information about the produce they grow for the school and Family Resource Center.
Design: Still Life Design with a Valentine theme (HB p. 209)
Horticulture: House plant or any worthy specimen (use botanical name
on the label)
March 4, 2020 Flower arranging with Joanna Kirby
Member of the Garden Club of Danville and past president of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Joanna will share her love of gardening and floral design with a PowerPoint presentation featuring her cut flower gardens. Information on conditioning and flower arranging will be shared. There will be sign-ups for center pieces for the annual meeting.
Design: Interpretation of a piece of artwork (painting, sculpture, fiber art) using plant material. Members should work in teams.
Horticulture: Forced floral arboreal or any worthy specimen (use botanical
name on the label)
April 1, 2020 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 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.

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.