Sunday, October 14, 2012

Morning of Design

The weather was a perfect suny, autumn day in Fort Washington, MD.  St. John's Episcipal Church was the perfect venue for a Morning of Design.  Tanta-Cove Garden Club did a fabulous job hosting for District 1!  Many first time attendees were wowed by the designs of Babs McClendon, Karen Lucas and Jane Goodman.  

Here are just a few pictures of such a wonderful 

Babs prepared a handout that many in the audience found very useful.  She also told a story of buying fishing equiment to give motion to a display.  

Karen displayed some of her favorite treasures which she finds out and about like pieces of driftwood.  She talked about the importance of a base not distracting from the sculpture.

Jane, as well as Karen, demonstrated how changing the background color can change the arrangement.  Here Jane is adding flowers to an arrangement with a red background and then check out the arrangement with a yellow background.
Jane also stressed the importance of depth.

Everyone had a chance to walk around and look at the arrangements after the presentations.

September NCA Fall Meeting

Evalee Ciuca Inspiration
Dr. Colleen Hefferan

What a fabulous meeting the NCA held on September 25th at the Cheverly Community Center.  President Godwin welcomed us all and then Evalee Ciuca gave a wonderful inspiration!  The meeting proceeded with informational talks by Dr. Colleen Hefferan of the USNArboretum and Scott Aker.  The importance of the 5 rain gardens, President Godwin's project, is really astonishing to help decrease financial burden on the Arboretum with their impermiable surfaces.

Pertula George-Redd and Anita Adalja
Scott Aker

In addition, all attending were given a wonderful introduction to the Common Good City Farm by Pertula George-Redd, Executive Director of Common Good City Farm along with Urban Grower,  Anita Adalja.  It is very impressive how much produce the farm grows.

President Godwin also presented a certificate to acknowledgement to  Karen O'Meara for completing all the NCA Schools!  Three Garden Club's celebrated anniversaries: Capital Hill Garden Club,  Goddard Garden Club and Mount Airy Claybreakers Garden Club.  

Each of the District Directors gave an image of the future and then there was the discussion on the changes to the Bylaws.

The featured presentation by Barbara Glickman of Acorn Garden Club was fabulous.  So many wonderful gardens and parks are in the Washington DC area.  Her book quite appropriately titled Capital Splendor is fantastic!

Mount Airy Claybreakers provided 4 beautiful centerpieces to help pull the beautiful autumn day into the community center.