District & Club News

October 2019 THURSTON COUNTY FAIR UPDATE - "Adventures in South America - Adventuras en Sudamerica"

It was another spectacular flower show event this year, which ran from July 31st through August 4th.  The organizing committee did a wonderful job of planning and it showed!  Many thanks to all the club member volunteers.























Division I Horticulture

Sec. A. Annuals - Award of Merit, Debbie Spiller

Sec. B. Perennials - Award of Merit, Lily Award, Harleyjo Holman

Sec. C. Perennials - Award of Merit, Cheryl Pedrick

Sec. D. Foliage - Award of Merit, JoAnne Sandell

Sec. E. Ornamental Grass - Award of Merit, Cheryl Pedrick

Section F. Dahlia - Award of Merit, Sharon Warren

Sec. G. Gladiolus - Glad Award, Douglas Benn

Sec. H. Vines - Award of Merit, Vine Award, Mary Snyder

Sec. J. Flowering Trees & Shrubs - Arboreal Award, Erik B.

Sec. K. Foliage Trees & Shrubs - Marva Lee Peterschick Award, Diane Harper

Sec. L. Container Grown Flowering - Growers Choice, Mary Snyder

Sec. N.1 Herbs - Gourmet Award, Debbie Spiller


Sec. N.2 Fruits & Veggies - Harvest Award - Elizabeth Bachman

Horticulture Excellence Award - Harleyjo Holman

Betty Belcher Award - Sharon Warren


Sec. A. Designers Choice, Designers Choice Award, Louise Adams

Sec, B. Tables - Phyllis Danielson Table Artistry Award, Diane Harper​

Sec. C. Petites - Judith Juno Petite Award, Debbie Spiller

Ellen B. Swenson Award, Diane Harper

Award of Design Excellence, Diane Harper

Carolyn Erickson All Fresh Award, Louise Adams


Thurston County Educational Award and Carol Klingberg Educational Award, Diane Couraud


Horticulture Top Exhibitor Award, Molly Tedford

Design Top Exhibitor Award, Penelope Spiller


JoAnn Goldman Botanical Arts Artistic Craft Award, JoAnne Sandell



Horticulture: Theresa Lim, Lillium Distant Drum

Design: Debbie Spiller, "Tango"


Horticulture: Megan Garcia, Succulent Dish

Design: Marlene Lopp, "Coffee with Milk"


Horticulture: Cheryl Pedrick, Dahlia

Design: Louise Adams, "Meringue"


Horticulture: Sharon Warren, Dahlia Bloomquist Jeff

Design: Marlene Lopp, "Feast of Beast"


Horticulture: Cynthia Lobe, Dahlia

Design: Vicki Kammerer, "Double Pass"


September 1, 2019  CLUB UPDATES




Welcome back from summer and another spectacular growing season here in the Pacific Northwest.  The Black Hills Flower Designers Garden Club, have their first meeting on Friday September 6th. We meet at the North Olympia Fire Station located at 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NEOlympia, WA 98506.

For those of you in The Olympia Garden Clubjust keep driving past Gull Harbor Lutheran Church and past the Shell Station –Mini Mart. The Fire Station will be on the right.  

We meet at 10:00am, set up our Designs of the Month, have a brief business meeting and a snack, then critique the designs. Our process of viewing and critiquing the designs is truly a learning workshop. Members explain the design they have brought in:  how they assembled it and why they chose the components they did. The group makes comments and suggestions verbally. We often find ourselves moving components from one design to another, always in an effort to improve.  


The Designs of the Month are published in our annual yearbook. One need not follow it strictly, but may follow where their creative spirit takes them. We work with a range of diverse material, both traditional and nontraditional, as well as doing National Garden Club “Handbook” designs. 


Our Design for Sept. 6th is described as:   “Alfresco - Functional Table Setting”“Alfresco” HB Pg. 76.-means “dining outdoors with any degree of formality”. Your choice:  picnic, tailgate, patio, park, trail, balcony, piazzas etc.  Whatever you chose, your Table Setting components should be appropriate.”


The designers can pick out any outdoor meal they would like to imagine, set up a space for it and add their choice of plant material. It should be a great array of Table Settings. Please feel free to attend our meeting. Visitors are welcome.  I am sure you will enjoy yourself.  


Questions?  Contact me:  Debbie Spiller 206-755-3616   dunespill@gmail.com


Capital City Garden Club – No Report


Friendly Flower Garden Club


Although we have no meetings during the summer months, club members had a busy summer. Starting with the Flower Show at the Thurston County Fair. Members helped with setup early on July 31 and several brought in casseroles for the judges’ brunch. Members also participated as judges’ clerks. Clerking is a good way to learn about how displays are organized for a flower show as well as pick up pointers about what to focus on when preparing your own personal exhibits. Several members were rewarded for their participation with awards: Becky Flaherty First Place for South American Cowboy, Dorothy Bertram First Place for Paper Mache to Feathers and Third Place for Sipping Malbec, Peggy Blegen Second Place for Amazonia, Mary Snyder received the Vine Award for her Clematis and the Aboreal Award for her Orange Begonia in a container, and Cherry Pedrick received the People’s Choice Award for her yellow Dahlia. This year the show also included activities for children. They could decorate the outline of an Alpaca with real ‘alpaca fiber’ and other ‘fancies’ like ribbons, bangles, flowers, a cloth saddle, sparkles and much more. They turned out “adorable.”


In August Judy Smith arranged a guided tour of the Panorama City Pea Patch Garden for anyone who wanted to attend. It was quite an educational experience to find out the history of the garden spots. There are 120 plots being attended to by current residents of Panorama City. Much of what they grow goes to residents of Panorama City and is donated to the Thurston County Food Bank but some of it is available to the community. We enjoyed especially the many dahlias and sunflowers being grown.

Also, in August DeGoede’s Nursery in Mossyrock was the destination for field research for FFGC members Peggy Blegen, Veronika Dunnam, Char Lysne and Judy Smith. They visited the nursery on August 22 to learn more about growing bulbs and how to encourage bulbs to bloom when you want them to bloom. Jack gave helpful hints and we now understand how to use heat and cold to manipulate their blooming time. And what could be better? Perennials were 25 percent off, and garden club members receive a 10 percent discount, so they loaded Peggy’s SUV to the brim. On the trip home, lunch in Chehalis at Once Upon a Thyme was a delicious way to restore our energy.


Looking forward to a great year and our first meeting on September 9th, with the theme “The Incredible Potato.”


Friendly Neighbor Garden Club


Our summer was filled with watering our gardens and getting ready for the S.W.W FAIR.    We helped plant the flower boxes, clean up the building, and washed bottles.   We entered horticulture and flower designs, served as entry clerks, judge’s clerks and hostesses.  We put together a club project about last years Theme “Bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes”.  It looked great, Jeryl Fuchs did an outstanding job with an accompanying educational trifold.  Very successful project.


For the upcoming year we are going “Back to Basics”.  Every once in awhile we take a turn through this subject , there are always new things to learn and it’s what some of our new members joined for.   Our well-loved and well attended joint meeting with Illahee is in Randle this year.  Gail Gibbard will be talking about” Pruning.”  In November we hope to learn about ‘Edible landscaping and Hardiness Zones.”  We make Christmas wreaths, swags and centerpieces after Thanksgiving and have a Christmas potluck lunch and play Bingo in December.  February we have “Planting Seeds”.  March we’ll be doing a hands-on ‘Division of Perennials’.  May, we have an overview of ‘Landscape and Design’ and June we visit Dirt Works and Thurston County Demo Gardens to learn about Composting and admire their Peonies.  July sees the end of the year Potluck.  All in all it sounds  like a busy but fun filled year.


Illahee Garden Club


Our newly elected Co-Presidents Vicki Westerberg and Diane Harper have got us off to a great start in our 2019-2020 year of gardening by sharing their theme of “Gardening Is A Two Way Gift”.  This is the 88th year for our club, and we have so many ways we plan to share our “gifts” with others.


Several members participated in the Thurston County Fair as entrants, hostesses, and youth activity directors.  It was a great experience for all!


Every first Tuesday of the month has been designated as a Work at the Park Day!  Progress has been ongoing to keep up with our Illahee Roadside Park along the North side of Highway 12 just East of Randle.  Earlier this summer Vicki Westerberg and her husband Alan put in place a planter ring around our Blue Star Marker at the park.  Colorful blooms have bedecked the planter ever since highlighting the importance this marker is to us.  We are proud of our park and want to share it with all.  The local Cub Scout Pack #94 will be helping in the park this year as they did last year.  The Plant America Grant that was received last year helped us to purchase and place plant identification markers on native plants throughout the park.  Also in the planning stage is a kiosk that will house more information about native plants in our area.  Watch for it on your travels!


The First Graders will be SO delighted to see how the pumpkins they planted last spring as Kindergarteners have blossomed into such great pumpkins!  The picking of the pumpkins will happen the first part of October.


In July our club was saddened by the loss of our member Robin Egeland.  She had been a member since 1999.  She was an active member for many years and will be missed greatly.


We look forward to sharing our gifts of gardening in this new “year”, and hope you all will do the same.  See you October 11 at our District meeting, and some of you at our board member meeting in Chehalis on September 13. 


Olympia Garden Club


The summer began with the WSFGC convention in Olympia which two of our members, JoAnne Sandell and Bobbie Schoss, organized with our own Dorrie Carr being installed as the WSFGC President. Many organizational hours and help from all around the Black Hills District made this a huge success.  The beautiful table centerpieces and favors were planned by Debbie Spiller and implemented by all of the garden clubs in our district. 

This summer the Olympia Garden Club met on Thursdays to tour many of our member's magnificent gardens where we learned of unique flowers and shrubs, got new landscaping ideas and had "tea and crumpets" seeing 11 gardens from Shelton to Graham to Centralia and all points in between. Our members were such gracious hosts and it was fun to see their gardens and sip tea while visiting and planning our next event.  In June we enjoyed a family picnic at Priest Point Park where Flower Bingo, Tree Identification, and a very popular Scavenger Hunt had everyone searching and laughing. Our speaker, Cori Carlsen, having just returned from an international speaking engagement on recycling, gave us super information on that subject.   In early July we made our way to the Westport Winery and were amazed at the enlargement of their gardens. The lavender labryinth was in bloom and we enjoyed a nice lunch in their restaurant after our wanderings.  In late July we carpooled to The Old Goat Farm in Graham and learned about many unique plants on a tour of their wonderful gardens. We had a relaxing picnic lunch under umbrella tables and purchased a few plants to enhance our own gardens. Many of our members helped plan, organize, and entered the flower show taking some top awards at the Thurston County Fair in early August.

 Meetings are now well underway planning for the Black Hills District Flower Show on October 11th celebrating Olympia Garden Club's organization in the 1920's with the show theme of "The Roaring Twenties."  The theme has produced many interesting categories for all to enter so be watching for the show schedule to determine if you wish to make botanical jewelry or a very '20's themed design! Marlene Lopp and Gail Gibbard are the Show Chairs for this event.


This fall we'll be working on cleaning up the landscaping again at our host church, Gull Harbor Lutheran. Our fall meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month, except November, due to the holiday, when we will meet a week earlier. Our programs include Edible Flowers in a Salad, Floral Designs including Vegetables and Herbs, and Making Corsages at our September meeting. Floral Design and Horticulture Judging Criteria, Autumn Designs, and Creating Ghost Flowers will be the focus of our October gathering,  while meeting in costume....because it is Halloween! November we'll have a speaker from the Thurston Conservation District, learn how to make an arrangement for our Thanksgiving table, and make Homemade Bird Food and Bird Feeders using pinecones. Just before Thanksgiving we will have our annual Merrie Makings gatherings where we'll decorate purchased wreathes and create centerpieces and mugs. This is one of our major fund raisers. It is a fun, party atmosphere with carols playing, lots of chatter and smiles, and delicious soups, desserts, and coffee for sustenance. December brings a fun Christmas party complete with potluck ham dinner, carols, bingo with prizes, and a "re-gift and new" Christmas Bazaar. In January we will learn about Collecting, Storing, and Starting Seeds, learn about the Cascade design type, and make Cozy Birdhouses under the guidance of Peggy Starr. A fun Bunco afternoon will be on our agenda for one wintery day in January as only Marlene Lopp can create so be watching for that date so you can join us in the frivolity! In February our program will be on the Control and Prevention of Invasive and Noxious Weeds with the design of the month one that includes the use of twigs and sticks. We'll be making those fun and amusing Fascinator Hats for our hands on project so that we can all wear them to our "Mad Hatter Tea Party" Past Presidents Tea in March. All of our meetings include a social half hour, a short business meeting, a plant sales table, a presentation on birds, an inspiration, a horticulture presentation, and coffee, tea, and cookies to go with our lunch. We're looking forward to a spectacular year!


South Sound Saturday Garden Club


The Saturday Garden club did not meet for the summer. We are making efforts to increase our membership once again. Keep us in mind when discussing garden clubs with your friends. We meet the third Saturday of each month. 
Members of our club volunteered for hosts at the Thurston County Fair. Prizes were won and fun was had by all! 

July 1, 2019

   The Black Hills Flower Designers have had a great spring and a good start to a great summer. The last weeks of May found us preparing Table Favors and Centerpieces for the WSFGC Convention. June 12th found several of us visiting Court House Square in Tacoma WA and attending The Garden Club of America’s Flower Show “Bridges”. Lovely designs, great Horticulture and a good look at how another group runs their Flower Shows. I personally enjoyed their Artistic Craft Section. Jewelry made of plant materials included a very thorough Entry Tag, as well as a second horticulture card that not only listed the plant materials used, but had actual samples of those materials affixed to the card in their unaltered state. Very educational.

          We will be holding our annual summer picnic June 14th at member Louise Adams house. We will review the year, plan activities for next year by selecting Design Types to do monthly, a design component or sculpture to construct and plan a long awaited Leaf Manipulation Workshop for next term. Keep your eyes peeled for an update on the Workshop!

          Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Sept 6th at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Our meeting will start at 10:00 am and all District members are welcome to attend.

Many of our members will be entering the Thurston County Fair Flower Show. Hope to see you all there!


Capital City Garden Club

The fortunes of the members of the Capital City Garden Club continue to evolve  - fortunately in positive and exciting ways.  To keep up, the plans and activities for the 2019/2020 year will change and expand as well.


This coming year will see Capital City become more engaged in container gardening, houseplants, woodland flowers and trees, as well as pollinators and birds.  We will also look to expand our role in the community and to work with the district and the state to support their new directions. It is shaping up to be a year of interesting change and new ideas.


Friendly Flower Garden Club

Friendly Flower Garden Club had a busy and fun filled spring.

APRIL: Anne Stedham from Friendly Neighbors Garden Club gave a presentation on “How to prepare your horticulture for a flower show to win awards.” Just in time for the Spring District Flower Show “World of Color” the club presented. The show was very colorful and a success! Many thanks to Dorothy Bertram and Connie Foster for their beautiful display units!

MAY:     We unfortunately had to cancel our annual plant sale because we had to find a temporary meeting place where we were not able to put on the sale. Our regular meeting place was damaged during the February snow event. We should be able to continue our meetings there after the summer break. We did however, install our new officers. Co-Presidents are Becky Flaherty and Veronika Dunnam; Treasurer is Linda Hansen; Vice President is Judy Smith and Secretary is Charlene Lynse.

We also got together at Dorothy’s and planted succulents in recycled mini jars for favors and repurposed Bundt pans with larger succulents for center pieces at this year’s State Convention luncheon. They came out looking beautiful and were apparently a hit at the State Convention.

June:     Our club had several people chairing committees to make for a great convention in Olympia. Our very own Bobbie Schloss was the co-chair for the event. We should also mention that our club received Honorable Mention for our yearbook and our own Cherry Pedrick received 2d Place award for her dahlia she entered in the flower show last summer at the Thurston County Fair.

We finished our year with a “Potluck Picnic” and fun and games at Rainier Vista Park in Lacey.

July:      Getting ready for the Fair; entries, exhibits, as well as our Club is hosting a craft table with an Alpaca theme geared to children in the Floral building (July 31st, 10 am to 12 pm). Peggy Blegen is coordinating a brunch for the judges at 10 am that day.

August:  Plans are underway to take a tour of the “Pea Patch” garden at Panorama City (August 14th at 10:30 am).

September:  Regular meetings will resume with the first one on September 9th with a “Potato Harvest” theme!


Friendly Neighbor Garden Club

Saturday, July 1st was the perfect weather for our fundraiser “Tea, Cake and Roses”.  In the 70’s with clear blue skies and sunshine.  Approximately 200 people took advantage of the chance to enjoy a day in a garden of roses in full bloom.  People strolled around or lounged on benches enjoying the views.  Gail Gibbard and her two friends serenaded us with lovely music whilst people enjoyed a cup of tea with cake and scones at prettily decorated tables,  and shopped for interesting finds at the plant sale.  Thank you to all our gardening friends for helping to make this another great success.

We look forward in July to our end of year potluck where we welcome our newly elected officers and thank the outgoing ones for all the work they have put in over the past two years.  

In August we concentrate on our South West Washington Fair.   We have a club project we have been working on, growing and trying to time the flowering of examples of bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes.  We will again be bringing our free event for children “Plant a Shoe” and another club will be doing “Plant a Pot” on their hostess day….it would be great to have every day with a free event for kids - taking a family to the fair can be an expensive undertaking.


Please consider entering in our fair it is - Aug. 13 - 18  Theme: "Happy as a Hen - Come Celebrate 110” 

 Entry Day Monday, Aug. 12-New Entry Time - 1:00p - 7:00p  


2019 Handbook is now available online. http://www.southwestwashingtonfair.org



- Club entry selection now available online - Select "Clubs" then go down to OC (Open Class) where garden clubs are listed alphabetically. This will allow us to determine how many entries each club has.

- Online entry is the same as last year - if you prefer, we will enter for you on entry day.

- Set up a new account each year with user name and password - only takes a minute.


Enjoy the summer.  Anne Stedham, Friendly Neighbors Garden Club.


Illahee Garden Club

 We have been nice and busy this spring. At our March meeting we staged an in house horticulture show and our flower show judges taught horticulture rules.  We identified some invasive plants in our Illahee Roadside Park at our February meeting.  We also made plans to blaze a trail through the park for our self guided native plant walk.  In March the Illahee work crew took down two big English Holly trees ( invasive) and with the help of the PUD a big dead fir was removed, and the trail was blazed! Whew, hard work but great results. 

Illahee was in charge of the table decorations and the food for our General District Meeting in April.  It was cool to have many members help with this and attend the meeting. Our club met at the Illahee Roadside Park to install 15 native plant markers along the trail through the park.

Our plant sale in May was the most successful ever.  We really enjoyed meeting and greeting the public and were happy to note that many were repeat customers. We awarded three scholarships to high school seniors.  18 cub scouts joined us to spread bark dust on our newly blazed trail through the park. We also had a program on succulent wall hangings and we used this time to fill the cedar centerpieces that were to be used at the WSFGC State Convention in June.

Our club had 9 members attend the WSFGC State Convention and these members also helped plan and worked on committees for this event. We had plenty of reasons to cheer at the awards banquet. Awards included horticulture, educational and youth and many more.  We have installed new officers and are happy to note that our own Diane Harper will be the new Black Hills District Director.


Olympia Garden Club

We have been having a great spring and early summer.  In April we had our Arbor Day Celebration at Priest Point Park.  The week before several of us gathered to cleanup areas around our Memorial Kiosks.  Two names were added this year.  A Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) was planted during our celebration at the park.  This year instead of giving trees to people attending the event, we helped Tenino High School (one of our educational grant recipients) plant fruit trees in their expanded garden and orchard.


May was our last official meeting we call “Fun Day”. Dorrie Carr again opened her home to our club.  After a short business meeting, new officers and board members were installed.  Louise Adams officiated at this event.  Vicki Kammerer will take over duties as President July 1st.  At the close of the meeting I passed her the gavel. She will be great! We had a wonderful pot luck and then a “cut-throat” auction. Almost $400 was raised for our general fund for future programs.


Earlier this month, several of us attended the great state convention, “Forty Shades of Green”. A lot of planning and work was done by several of our members and others in the Black Hills District. JoAnne Sandell and Bobbie Schoss, from OGC, chaired the planning committee. Our own Dorrie Carr was installed as State President. Congratulations Dorrie!

This summer we have started visiting our own member’s gardens.  We have garden tours, a summer picnic and a trip to the Old Goat Farm planned for each Thursday through the end of August.  A great way to spend time with fellow members when we don’t meet over the summer.

We have a fun line up of programs and hands-on activities planned starting in September. Please feel free to visit one of our meetings. We meet the last Thursday of the month at the Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Social Time begins at 9:30 am with our Business Meeting starting at 10 am. We try and break for lunch (bring your sack lunch) about 11:15 and start our programs around 11:30, with hands-on project following. Hope you can join us!

Check out our website at:  https://www.olympiagardenclub.org/.

Ellen Caywood

President, Olympia Garden Club


South Sound Saturday Garden Club-No report


September 25, 2018


Wow, what a summer for gardeners! I hope everyone in our District is having as much gardening fun as I am.

The Black Hills Flower Designers are putting on the fall flower show Oct 19th which includes "The Great Pumpkin

Contest". An assortment of free pumpkin seeds was handed out at or April District Meeting. and the Pumpkins Contest is just a part of it.

Our Flower Show

"A Haunting We Will Go" will be Halloween themed. We hope all can attend and enter. Hope you are having as much fun growing pumpkins as I am.  We have programs for our regular club meetings selected for most of the year already.

Friday Sept 7th will find us  doing:

"Collections and Displays" and /or "Mass Designs-Traditional or Creative"


Interested? Our meetings begin at 10 am at the North Olympia Fire Station,5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Please feel free to drop on by and check us out. You don't know what you are missing.


Contact Debbie Spiller 206 - 755- 3616




This spring, the Capital City Garden Club was engaged in a plant growing project. The club had had growing projects

before but this was the most personal one they’ve done.

The granddaughter of longtime member Elizabeth Bachman was getting married in the Rose Garden of Priest Point

Park in Olympia in July. Elizabeth asked if we as a club would be interested in planting pots to line the aisle. The only

caveat was that there be no yellow or orange plants. All 15 members of the garden club quickly said yes. Most of the CCGC members started their pots in April and nurtured them through spring and into early summer.

Working independently each member designed their own vision of a wedding arrangement. By the big day, they were splendid sights of blues, purples, reds, and white. They enchanted the guests, pleased Elizabeth, and, most importantly, delighted the bride and groom. After the wedding, the pots were returned to the gardener. Some chose to mix their pot into their garden. Others to donate them. Whatever the final place for the pot, the project was fun and, as always, a great learning opportunity.


Friendly Flower is looking forward to another fun and busy year. We will be having interesting speakers again, fun

potlucks and a Holiday/Re-gifting Auction in November and our Plant Auction in May as our fund raisers again.

We are to present the Flower Show in April for the Black Hill District Luncheon and we will be working with Capital

City to make centerpieces and individual gifts for the first luncheon at the 2019 State Convention in June.

Dorothy and Connie, Co-Presidents



In July we ended our year with a Summer Potluck at Borst Park. Everyone  brought a cut flower from their garden as

well as scrumptious food. August we worked hard to prepare for the S.W. Washington Fair.

We had a terrific club project, we each grew either an Echinacea and Rudbeckia in a large turquoise pot.

Jeryl Fuchs made a wonderful poster/sign noting the differences between the two plants that are often thought to be in the same family. It pointed out that the Echinacea required summer watering and Rudbeckia preferred to be on the dry side once established. It made for a really terrific colorful display.

We entered horticulture and flower arrangements at the Thurston County Fair Flower Show. Were entry clerks, judges clerks and hosted for a day.

Carolynn and Phil did a wonderful job organizing, gathering shoes and dirt for our children's project “Plant a

Shoe”. Our club had a lovely time helping children plant sedum in the shoes. Our theme for next year will be “Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes and others”.

We will be having our yearbook meeting next week to organize our schedule.

We are looking forward to a very interesting year.


The summer has been quite a warm one seeing our Illahee members tending to their flowers and

gardens with diligence and lots of water!

At our June meeting we were able to honor our own Vicki Westerberg who was presented with 2nd

place for the LOIS DONAHUE WSFGC AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT. She certainly does “fit the bill” for

this award, and we are oh, so very proud of her for all her accomplishments with and for our youth,

civic beautification, birds and wildflower knowledge, horticulture, and garden therapy.

In July we took a “Field Trip” to the Moon Gardens in Rochester. It is truly amazing all that the

proprietors have done with plants and continue to create some awesome displays.

Several Illahee members had the opportunity to enter horticulture and designs in the Thurston

County Fair. Our club hosted the floral building on Sunday of the fair. A great time was had by all!

Blue, Red 90+, Red, Yellow, and White ribbons were won by our members! We all learn more each

time we do participate in a show. There is so much to learn from our mentors, or friends, should I

say! The Youth exhibits were well received and the time and hard work by Vicki Westerberg was so

well noted and respected!

Programs we have coming up this year are sure to please one and all! Our first presenter is a

professional photographer who will teach us more about the composition of our photos, lighting, and

actual camera use. Our October meeting will be hosted by our Sister Club, Friendly Neighbors, in

Chehalis. We always have a great time with our “Sisters”! (They have always prepared a great meal to share with us, and I’m sure this year will be no different.) Our program that day will be a Design Challenge.  It will be interactive, educational, and FUN! The design team will provide information and samples of types of designs, and the audience will take a pop quiz to NAME THAT DESIGN TYPE. Participants who get 100% will win a prize!

Enjoy the last few days of summer, with hopefully some clearer skies and a little rain would

be Great too! See you all at the District Meeting in October!



We’ve been having a fun summer. We visited several of our member’s gardens. Fun to see how different our

styles and locations are around town.I always come away with a new idea, a must have plant or some changes I can

make in my own yard. It has been a wonderful way to get to know each other better.

In June, we had our first annual picnic at the Memorial Garden at Priest Point Park. Family and friends joined us. We

had games and great food.

A lot of OGC members participated in the Thurston County Fair District Flower Show “In the

Henhouse.” We had members enter designs, table and buffet settings, the various crafts,

education boards, vegetables and horticulture. Several of our newer members participated and

did well.   We also hosted the Judges and Clerks brunch.

JoAnne Sandell had some of us over to make draped cement pots/planters using old towels. Messy and fun, like being a kid again playing in the mud. We will paint the pots and bring them to our September meeting to share our results.

We have a fun line up of programs and hands-on activities planned for the coming year.

Please feel free to visit one of our meetings. We meet the last Thursday of the month, starting again in September,

at the Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Social Time begins at 9:30 am with our Business Meeting starting at 10 am. We try and break for lunch (bring your sack lunch) about 11:15 and start our programs around 11:30, with hands-on project following.

Hope you can join us!

Check out our website at:https://www.olympiagardenclub.org/

.Ellen Caywood



Since its last report, the South Sound Saturday Garden Club has continued to grow-in many ways. One of the club members presented a program on composting in April, which was followed by "nursery stomping" with each other at Eastside Urban Garden Center. In May, members received an educational tour of a Bamboo Nursery in Shelton, WA.

We learned about the many varieties of bamboo and how the plants can be used in various ways in landscaping.

Capital City Garden Club and Saturday Garden Club enjoyed a combined meeting in June at the home of Theresa Lim.

Theresa provided a program on permaculture and a guided tour of her gardens. In July we learned how to create a functional greenhouse from recycled materials that was powered by solar panels.

Club membership at year end had grown to 15.

Suzann Stahl



May 25, 2016 Capital City Garden Club welcomed a program presented by The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate change.  Learn how you can be involved at www.climaterealityproject.org

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