New England Garden Clubs Director, Susan Hinkel, led the annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The evening before included a reception in her honor and an entertaining design challenge following a delicious dinner.
The business meeting included reports by the Director and the Presidents of all the New England States.
The morning program was an inspiring presentation by Leslie Martino titled Community Connections about the significance and requirements of Community Gardens and CSAs.
A buffet lunch was followed by the Awards Presentation conducted by Suzanne and Sue as all State Presidents or their representatives received awards for their states.
It was announced that Suzanne Bushnell from Maine, current NEGC Awards Chair, will follow Sue Hinkel as the next Regional Director. Maine is the next state in the two-year rotation through the New England States.
Jamal Ansara, President and Owner of East Coast Flowers, a premier floral wholesaler in Norwalk, Connecticut, with 25 years experience in all facets of the floral business, began the program late Tuesday afternoon, October 16th, with the the first of two Allied Subjects: “The 21st Century Global Flower Market.”
Ko Klover of Delaware, followed with the second Allied Subject: “Certified American Grown Flowers.” Ko is a board member, Certified American Grown Council, CEO of Botanical Trading Co. LLC and a partner at Pioneer Gardens, Inc. in Delaware.
Our Design Instructor on October 17th was Penny Decker from Florida discussing “Grouped Mass” and “Featured Plant Material,” two of the new designs debuted in the 2017 Handbook. Penny teaches Symposia and Flower Show Schools around the country and is known for her color-filled creative designs.
Dorthy Yard of Pennsylvania is the National Garden Club Flower Show Chair and a five-star member of the NGC. As a NGC Instructor, she has taught horticulture in 38 states. Dorthy was the instructor on Horticulture on October 18th, featuring “Going Green: Broad Leaf Evergreens and Container Begonias.” Both are New England flower show favorites.