Monthly Newsletter
Garden Club of St. Augustine, Inc.
Founded in 1926
Garden Club of St. Augustine, M
ay 2017  
May 12th, 1:00-3:00 – Batik Style painting class,
Sunflower Circle Fundraiser. Cost $25. Contact
Marla Ward,

May 19 - June 23 (Fridays) – Floral Design Study
Units 1-6, Fernandina Beach. Cost $65. Go to for more information.

June 3 – Garden Week Open House, with talks,
demos, and a plant sale. 9:00 to 1:00. Watch for
more information.

June 13, 10:00 – 1:00 – Boutique Workshop,
Garden Club

July 11, 10:00 – 1:00 – Boutique Workshop,
Garden Club

August 8, 10:00 – 1:00 – Boutique Workshop,
Garden Club

Presidents’ Message

In our final newsletter of our presidential tenure, we are reviewing our initial goals and some of the
accomplishments that we’ve all taken part in during the past two years.
In the summer of 2015, we identified four goals that we wanted to attain during our presidency.  
The first was to ensure that the Garden Club of St. Augustine is a well-known and respected
organization that reaches out to the community. We certainly have reached out! Our Circle Grants
have been amazing for the past two years! Through them, we reached young children, youth, and
the elderly in many settings: schools, rehab centers and nursing homes, wellness centers, and
more. Our programs for adults were fantastic and well-attended. We partnered with the Lightner
Museum and have plans with them for additional programs and decorating. Our “flower girls”
program was started and will continue to flourish.  And we had many articles in the local paper
about our activities, gardens of the month, and other accomplishments.

The second goal was to have more garden club members involved in committees and activities. If
we look around during our meetings and programs, we certainly see different faces. We’ve had
good attendance at the monthly meetings and different events, and feel confident that we’re
reaching our members. We even had a good number of “first-timers” at our recent District meeting.

The goal of completing our building addition has been met! The building looks wonderful and is
extremely usable. There are still a few items to complete, such as the repainting of the kitchen
floor, which the next administration will take care of. And the outside of the building has been
vastly improved. We can all feel proud to call this “our club house.”

And lastly, we wanted to improve communications within our club. These monthly newsletters have
helped, as has the constant awareness of our officers and members that we ALL need to know
what is happening within the club. Our committees have communicated their activities at our club
meetings and we’ve all been sharing information.

So… it’s been a good two years for us as presidents, and we hope that you have enjoyed them as
well. We give our sincere thanks to you all for the enormous support that you’ve given us, the many
kind words, the acceptance of new programs and ideas, and the many hours of your service and
hard work toward making our club so successful.  You are all wonderful!

Honor Plaque Awards

At our April meeting, Fran DeSteno announced that the following people have been awarded an
Honor Plaque Award by their Circles: Suzanne Cono-Shamrock, Jean Dowdy and Bryanne
Hamilton-Camellia, Mary Hamlet- Hibiscus, Gloria Hopkins-Woodland, Teresa Lopez-Poinsettia,
Martha O'Reilly-Geranium, and Ginny Pierucci-Las Adelfas.  Each of these women did
outstanding work for the club and circles during the past year.

Spring District Meeting

Our club hosted this spring’s District IV meeting at the Outlet Malls this month. So many of you
worked so hard to make it a success, we cannot even start to list all those who helped!  The
morning food was wonderful, the decorations were amazing, the raffle items you contributed were
unique and impressive, the cleanup committee did wonders, and your attendance was
outstanding!  We’ve received so many good words about the meeting and how nice it was. You all
made our District Director look good, too! Thank you. We saw many of us taking notes about what
the other clubs’ activities and accomplishments were. These meetings are a great place to learn
and to get inspired.

Convention News and Awards

Some St. Augustine members attended the April FFGC Convention in Kissimmee. Lois
Hannabury-Deno (with Brook Owens of District IV) worked for three days straight at the District’s
table where baskets were raffled off.  It was not an easy job since each District contributed at least
two high-quality baskets (one of which Lois made and filled) and hundreds (if not thousands) of
raffle tickets were sold. Rosemary Comtois participated in the Tri-Council floral design
competition and also contributed a wonderful design that graced the hall near the registration
table all week (see photo above). And Jan Litchfield was installed as District Director during the
Friday evening banquet, plus attended her first FFGC Board meeting the following morning. There
was a lot going on… many fine workshops, well-run meetings, and luscious meals.

Our St. Augustine Club received a few state first-place awards during the convention! The
Decorating of Historic Building Award was given for Sue Swain’s entry about our 2016 Tour of
Homes. The Community Service Award was given for Jan Litchfield’s entry about our Circle
Grants during the 2015-16 year. Each of those awards came with a $25 prize!  Poinsettia Circle
received recognition for their donations to the National Garden Club’s Natural Disasters USA
Fund for the flooding this past year in Louisiana and bordering states.

Lastly, during the convention our own Jeannine Silcox was awarded our District IV Inspired
Gardener award. Jeannine’s willingness to work weekly to clean up around our building and
parking lot, coordinate our hired gardener to ensure work is being done, and her many other
contributions to our club’s activities since she joined the club in 1969 are impressive.
Congratulations, Jeannine! This honor is well deserved!

Nature Detectives

We know that many of you have signed up to help with the summer’s Nature Detective programs
on Bees that are being coordinated by Cathy Snyder and Marilyn Smith. These programs are so
important, and so interesting.  If you haven’t signed up for the training but want to help, contact
Cathy or Marilyn.

Planting Committee

The planting committee has been adding much color and many new plants to our garden club
yards.  It looks lovely, and more plans will be made during their meeting on May 11th at 10:00.
Please join them to contribute your ideas and your gardening expertise.

Preparing for the Tour of Homes Boutique

The Boutique Committee of Geranium and Hibiscus Circle members is planning three workshops
to get started on items for December’s boutique sale. These are open to everyone! They will
supply some materials or you can bring your own ideas. There will be workshops on the 2nd
Tuesday in June, July, and August from 10:00AM-to 1:00PM. Bring lunch for yourself. Supplies
needed are a glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, beads or decorative items, sharpies, pens, red yarn,
and felt (black, red and white). If you have any white birch tree logs please bring them.  Also,
needed are names and e-mails of members who have knitting and sewing skills.

Celebrating our 90th

This is the final installment of our Celebrating our 90th anniversary column, and we have reached
a year that many of us remember. Twenty-five years ago, during the 1991-92 year, the
organization of the clubs was slightly different from today:  there were 14 clubs during that year,
including the Men’s Club, all of which rolled up into the Garden Council. I guess this is the reason
so many people refer to our monthly meetings as COUNCIL meetings!  Lola Stark was the
President of the Council of Garden Clubs. Lola is, as you all know, is still a very active member,
now serving as co-chair of the Building Committee and as president of the Hibiscus Circle. Most
of the meetings were held at the Garden Center building on San Marco Avenue. Starting in 1965,
the building was leased from the city. All clubs were responsible for taking care of the grounds,
and many improvements had been made to the building by that time. The building could be rented
for $110 a day to members or for $210 per day for nonmembers (often for weddings).  Interesting
programs during that year consisted of Christmas Around the World, Bulbs from Around the
World, Wildlife in our Home Environment, a Public Safety talk on Hurricanes, the Brazilian Rain
Forest, Fall Door Decorations, the Life and Times of James Audubon, and Baskets and Bears.
Many talks were given to the individual clubs by Keith Fuller and by our own Maggie Ouellette.

The only item of interest in St. Augustine during 1991-1992 was that the Lincolnville Historic
District was documented and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

But because we have been told that you all like to “look back” a bit, here is some World News that
was important – and no so important – during the 1991-92 years. In 1991:  Mikhail Gorbachev
received his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" opened
starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman, Donald Trump proposed to Marla Maples and gave
her a 7.5 carat diamond ring, 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, Clarence
Thomas was confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48), and the Soviet Union formally
dissolved.  In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi of US won the Olympic gold medal in women's figure
skating, Tiger Woods, 16, became the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years, during the Academy
Awards: "The Silence of the Lambs", Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster all won Oscars, a 6.0
earthquake occurred in California, McDonald's opened its 1st fast-food restaurant in China, a jury
acquitted LA police officers of beating Rodney King and riots began and lasted for days, and in
May, Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of Tonight Show occurred, with Jay Leno
becoming host the following week.

Fall Design Classes

Thanks to many requests, we will hold Floral Design Classes in St. Augustine this fall. They will be
held on three Mondays starting October 9th, from 9:30 to 3:00. The class is for beginners as well
as those who want to refresh their skills.  Classes will cover the basics of floral design, tools
needed, and demonstration as well as hands-on experience of various design types. Students will
be creating a design at each class.  The fee is $20 per class or $50 for all three.  Registration is
required as seating is limited.  Please contact Carol Sisco at 904-797-7229 or