President's Message

A message from your president:

The 2015-2017 administration began with a wonderful state convention in Batesville. A very special thank you to all who helped make “Azaleas to Zinnias” a most memorable event.

While attending the NGC convention in Louisville, KY, this officer gained much exciting information for the next two years to pass on to all GCM members. If you haven’t checked out the NGC, DSR and GCM websites, please do. They contain a wealth of information to guide your club towards its goals and objectives.

Our six spring workshops were very well attended and provided many educational and entertaining venues. Members were most enthusiastic. Three Blue Star Memorial Markers are already planned for the upcoming year.

The summer activities of GCM included the MSU Horticulture Summer Camp, Lanoux Youth Nature Camp and GCM Summer Board Activities. October 21st is the date for the 60th annual Edward C. Martin, Jr. Landscape Design Symposium. Speakers will include four MSU alumnus returning to share their knowledge in landscape design and gardening. GCM cosponsors this event, so, please make your plans early to attend.

This administration’s theme “Gardening Makes the Soul Blossom” will be evidenced with new and continuing projects and awards. New opportunities include our Plant-It-Pink grants, Penny Pines reforestation project and tour possibilities. During the next two years, we hope to offer a series of Environmental Studies Schools, a first for GCM.

Clubs are encouraged to participate in NGC, DSR and GCM Special Projects. Information is contained in this directory issue of Miss Gardener.

Plans are underway for the DS convention “Southern Bouquet” that will be held in Tunica, March 7-8, 2016. Please plan to attend and volunteer your time and talents when asked. We want to make this a grand event and support our own Carol Bullard, Director of the Deep South Region and Nancy Moore, Alternate Director.

April 12-13, 2016, we will travel to lovely Ocean Springs for our 87th annual convention. NGC president Sandy Robinson will be attending.

Summer has been a busy season full of gardening opportunities. The fall will be a time to begin your many garden club planned activities and reap the rewards as “Gardening DOES Make the Soul Blossom”

Thanks to all for serving with me to make GCM the best it can be.

Debby Cooper, President

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