Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 C.A.R. Floral Tributes and State Invitationals

Bethesda, MD, October 25-26, 2013:
Floral Tribute to National Garden Club President Linda Nelson
by designer Joyce Overholtzer.
Floral Tribute to Central Atlantic Region Director Mary Warshauer
by designer Mary Ellen Alden.
Floral Tribute to National Capital Area President David Healy
by designer Muriel Turner.
C.A.R. Director Mary Warshauer, NCA President David Healy and NGC President Linda Nelson.

David Healy and Muriel Turner with her design.
Pow-Wow by designer Lisa Arni of Delaware.

Alice Ruch McKeon Tree Planting Project by designer Sylvia Deck of Maryland.

National Capital 4th of July by designer Arlene Stewart of National Capital Area.

Jersey Strong by Jan Warshauer of New Jersey.

Niagra, Feel the Roar by designers Marcia Beckker
and Dianne Sippel of New York.

Space, the New Frontier by designer Lynn Fronk of Ohio.

Penn's Woods - Highways and Byways by Mary Jane Martucci of Pennsylvania.

Restored Garden Hat Contest

Bethesda MD, October 26, 2013:  Restore and/or refurbish an old garden hat; decorate it with the C.A.R. pin, wear it to the cocktail hour and dinner and . . . you may be a winner!

Bill Schaffer WOWS C.A.R. Design Luncheon

Bethesda, MD, October 26, 2013:  Bill Schaffer of Schaffer Designs, a frequent "best in show" exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show, presented a design program TAKING THE FLOWER SHOW HOME.  Schaffer reviewed award-winning designs from past flower shows, taking the audience from concept to completion.

--photos by Bill Dean

NGC and CAR Life Members Recognized during 2013 Conference

Bethesda MD, October 26, 2013:  Life memberships honor garden club members for their participation in garden club activities and raise funds for scholarships.

National Garden Club President Linda Nelson (center) and C.A.R. Director Mary Warshauer presented a National Garden Club life membership to National Capital Area President David Healy.  The membership was a present from National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.
Mary Cottrell was the 2012 Award of Honor winner for the National Capital Area and the Central Atlantic Region.  She was honored along with the seven other regional winners at the 2012 National Garden Club convention in Seattle last May.   During the 2012 C.A.R. Conference - A MONUMENTAL EVENT -Cottrell  surprised to receive a C.A.R. life membership from C.A.R. Director Warshauer and C.A.R. Life Membership chairman Babs McClendon (right).

Other new recipients of C.A.R. Life Memberships were also recognized during the conference.

Behind the Scenes with the C.A.R. Flower Committee

Bethesda, MD, October 25-26, 2013:  Chairman Anne Bucher and her committee created all the floral arrangements for C.A.R. conference events.
Lydia Barbour, Mary Corley, Jean Rositol, Ellen Dutka,
Chairman Anne Bucher, Caroline Carbaugh, Arlene Stewart and Poss Tarpley

Bill Schaffer lends a hand.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A MONUMENTAL EVENT -- NCA Hosts the 2013 C.A.R. Regional Conference

Bethesda, MD, October 25-27, 2013:
The C.A.R. Board at the General Meeting
New York receives an award.

Only 12 short months,
Don't despair,
We'll convene again,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Yacht Haven Celebrates 30th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon

Fort Belvoir Officers' Club, VA, October 17, 2013:  Yacht Haven Garden Club's JEWELS OF AUTUMN fashion show and luncheon was a smashing success.  The 30th annual event attracted members of five other District II clubs.  Yacht Haven members modeled fashions from Bloomingdale's (Tyson Corner).

The finale.

View up the Potomac River from the Officers' Club

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rededication of The Bishop's Garden.

October 9, 2013:  Our affiliate All Hallows Guild rededicated the renovated Bishop's Garden at Washington National Cathedral.  The garden was beginning a planned renewal when a crane, erected for Cathedral repairs after the 2011 earthquake, was blown over uprooting a huge tree which fell into the garden causing considerable damage.  The guild champions the park like Cathedral close originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.  The garden was developed between 1916-1928.

The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde; the Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell; the Very Rev. Gary Hall; Joe Luebke, PECF director of horticulture and grounds; Deborah Page, president, All Hallows Guild; and Margaret Steuart, chair, All Hallows Guild Garden Committee participated in the rededication.  The Madrigal Singers from St. Alban's School and the National Cathedral School performed.

Monday, October 7, 2013

NCA Fall Meeting

The National Capital Area has lots to Shout About!  We have so many wonderful members that worked together to find an alternative location due to the closure of the U.S. National Arboretum.  How lucky that Green Spring Garden (Alexandria, VA) was able to accommodate on such short notice.   District I was able to rally and hostess at the new location.

                                                                      photo by Vickie Godwin
The National Capital Area Garden Clubs is one of the seven states that comprise the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  A few years ago, The Central Atlantic Region began an award to recognize our long-time garden club members who have tirelessly volunteered in our clubs.  Clubs in the National Capital Area nominate their candidate and then the Districts pick a winner.  Then out of the four districts, one winner is chosen to represent the National Capital Area a the fall Central Atlantic Region Conference.  Congratulations to Millie Norloff of District III's Five Hills Garden Club, a member since 1957!  She is National Capital Areas Perennial Bloom Winner!  All of the District winners have set wonderful examples of gardening and volunteering.  We are so proud of them and all our NCA gardeners!


The program, Rethinking Urban Rivers in an Age of Climate Change, was given by John Wennersten, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Wennersten has published eight books with his latest titled Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century.   We were fortunate to have such a wonderful program to brighten up a rainy day!