Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri hosted by Springfield

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The Blue Star Memorial honors veterans at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

The Blue Star Memorial honors veterans at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

Springfield’s four federated garden clubs will be the hosts for the 83rd State Convention of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center on May 16-19, 2016.

“Caring for our Beautiful Missouri” is the theme for the convention, includes a bus tour of Traveling on Route 66 through some of the most beautiful highways in the Ozarks.

Information for vendors is available by calling her at 417.858.9590, or by e-mail at bvds4ever@yahoo.com.

Even if you are not yet an active member of a local FGCM garden club , it’s not too late to join and register to attend the convention in Springfield.

Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri (FGCM), Inc. is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) with headquarters in St. Louis. FGCM was officially organized in 1933, in St. Louis, by representatives of nine clubs from various sections of Missouri, who joined NGC in 1937. There are 104 affiliated garden clubs with 2,131 members in Missouri in 10 districts.

The Springfield Council has four garden clubs: Brentwood, Cherry Court, Ever Green Garden Club and Hillbilly Gardenerss. The Southwest District has a number of other clubs  in 13 counties. More information is at www.fgcmo.org

The Southwest District Spring breakfast meeting, will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Branson United Methodist Church and Family Life Center Building, 1208 West Highway 76 Country Boulevard in Branson. The meeting will be in the Susanna Wesley Room.

The Second Annual Gardening Study Course hosted by the Springfield Federated Garden Clubs Inc. at the Botanical Center. The three-day event is June 6, 7 and 8.

There will be several great speakers including two MU Extension horticultural educators, Kelly McGowan, Patrick Byers, and Katie Steinhoff, director of the Botanical Center.   Two MU Extension specialists, Robert Schultheis, and Robert Balek, will also be among the presenters

Topics include “Growing Vegetables”  and “Growing Fruits’; “Irrigation and “Water Management’” “Plant Diseases and Garden Pests”; “Growing Grass and Lawn Alternatives”; and “Heirloom Seeds.”

Registration fee is $ 70. The deadline for reservations is May 16. Further information is available from Carolyn Harris (417 881 7465) or Karen Erickson (417 894 0224), or at jraborar@sbcglobal.net .

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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