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Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary!

In June, the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs (WSFGC) celebrated its 90th anniversary with a gathering that attracted over 100 members. The event, which took place over three days from June 11 to 13, 2024, was hosted at the Little Creek Resort in Shelton, Washington. The celebration included the WSFGC's Annual Meeting, a State Flower Show entitled "Our Extraordinary Earth," a 90-year Dinner Celebration, and the WSFGC Annual Awards Dinner. The event honored the state's heritage, acknowledging individuals whose memberships ranged from one to sixty years and Garden Clubs with twenty to over one hundred years of service.

The WSFGC organized a series of workshops and activities. Highlights included workshops featuring "Kokedama", (a Japanese mud ball covered in moss) by Jeff Johnson from the Olympia Garden Club, a corsage workshop with WSFGC's Tory Bennett, and "Nurturing Herbs & Uses" by Susan Goetz and who also presented a evening program on "Gardening through the Years". Additionally, self-guided tours in Thurston and Mason Counties covered the Outdoor by Design, Bamboo Nursery in Shelton, Lael's Moon Garden Nursery in Rochester, and the Monarch Sculpture Park in Tenino.  The WSFGC made a donation during the event to the Monarch Sculpture Park in recognition of its contribution to the community through its art and outdoor sculptures.

The WSFGC extends heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to making this event a success and acknowledges the tremendous effort that ensured a splendid celebration!

Enjoy some of the photos of the event!

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The first WSFGC Membership Bulletin

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1st Vice President, Dorrie Carr presenting a donation to the Monarch Sculpture Park.

Kokedama Workshop presented by Jeff Johnson

Rose Ceremony led by Sharon McKissick for Garden Club members no longer with us.

Award Presentations

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Tory Bennett hosted the Corsage Workshop.

AUBURN GARDEN CLUB CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY!!!

 

On April 13, 2024, the members of the Auburn Garden Club celebrated its Centennial Anniversary with an Afternoon Tea at the Millennium Ballroom at Les Gove Park in Auburn, WA.  Honored guests included WSFGC President Suzann Stahl, immediate past Chinook District Director Linda Haas, Marine Hills Garden Club President Carrie Asselin, Des Moines Garden Club President Christine "Teenie" Dillinger, and Enumclaw Garden Club President Marily Cooper.  Our guest speaker was Marianne Binnetti who delivered a fabulously entertaining program on spectacular English style gardening.  The club members and their guest enjoyed a wonder afternoon of fun, reminiscing and camaraderie.  Congratulations to the Auburn Garden Club!!! 

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WSFGC President, Suzann Stahl

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Guest Speaker, Marianne Binnetti and AGC President, Erin Gregory

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Honoring All Who Serviced Our Country 

On August 12, 2023, Chinook District of Garden Clubs held a rededication ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA, to celebrate the recent restoration of the Blue Star Memorial Marker and the completed refurbishment of it's surrounding flower bed. Originally dedicated in April 2000, all donors to this project's fund, as well as many garden clubs' individuals, were invited to revel in this success. Jill Cooke, past President of Parkside Garden Club, gave the inspiration, and Jeremy Meade, the Assistant Tahoma Cemetery Director, gave a brief history of the ceremony. Before breaking for refreshments, Tanya Galat, co-chairperson for the project, thanked all those who helped on the project. A special word of appreciation goes to Past District Directors, Barbara Smith, Susan Nash and Linda Haas, and their officers for their encouragment and support, especially during the covid pandemic, that enabled the successful conclusion of this venture. The generous outpouring of not only money but appreciation from various organizations and veterans' groups, was overwhelming and the District is grateful for their contributions. Tanya Galat, Tahoma Blue Star Memorial Marker & Chinook District of Garden Clubs

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 Co-chairperson's Tanya Galat and Matti Munson, next to the Gettysburg Address Memorial adjacent to the Blue Star Memorial Garden.

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An inspirational reading by Jill Cooke of Parkside Garden Club by the renovated Marker and Flower Garden.

Photos: Erin Gregory, VP Auburn Garden Club

Floral Arrangement: Tory Bennett, Enumclaw Garden Club

The renovated Tahoma Blue Star Memorial Marker

To view before and after photos and to thank all who helped along the way!  Click HERE 

Has your District or Garden Club given thought to participating in the Blue and Gold Star Memorials program? Click HERE for more details. 

Happenings in October, November & December, 2023 with our Garden Clubs...

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The Kelso Garden Club dedicated a new Gold Star Memorial Marker on November 11, 2023, in Tam O'Shanter Park, Kelso, WA.

The Port Angeles Garden Club dedicated a Gold Star Memorial Marker on October 25, 2023, in Port Angeles, WA at the Captain Joseph House.

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