The theme for the convention was “On the Green Track.” Six members from the Aldersgate Garden Club attended and enjoyed various programs and workshops each day.
The first day included a design program from Flower Show School instructor, Treece Chancellor, on making designs and common design mistakes. Monday night’s informal banquet theme was “Go Vintage” in which the club’s presidents were encouraged to wear green and something vintage of their choice — more than 50 years old, but less than 100 — during their parade.
On Tuesday, Pat Mitchell, “Auntie Litter,” was the guest speaker. She is nationally known for her conservation, litter awareness, recycling and beautification message. Also included on program were Mini-Plaque, Reflections Riding and Endowment Grant workshops.
TFGC Awards for 2009 were presented at each luncheon and banquet. The Aldersgate Garden Club was presented two first-place certificates in horticulture and bird protection, as well as a second-place Deep South certificate in the horticulture category.
The club also received four second-place certificates in public relations, yearbook (small club), publicity pressbook, and National Garden Week, as well as a third-place certificate in the garden therapy category.
Individual awards were presented to Kay Cox for first-place in conservation and third-place in special achievement. Lelia Ware received a second-place in Bird Protection.
Another highlight of the formal banquet on Tuesday night came when Aldersgate’s own Billie Blair gave her own spirit-filled rendition of “In the Garden” during the devotion.
Other members attending were Cynthia Humes, Charlotte Scott and Joan Steward.