One For The Books
Updated: Jun 2, 2019
Written by Abbey Edmonson | Photographed by Joe Worthem
The 90th state garden club convention is a florilegium of workshops, books and presentations by - and for - Mississippi's gracious gardeners.
With our mostly friendly climate, our appreciation for beauty and our love for entertaining, it’s no wonder the earliest American garden clubs originated in the 1890s South. The Oxford Garden Club chapter of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi Inc.has been beautifying our town since 1956. Its members are currently working on restoring the city cemetery — but membership is about more than putting seeds in the dirt.
Lynda Dickerson, outgoing president of GCM, summed up the mission of the clubs when she chose the theme “gracious gardening” during her two-year tenure.
“It’s more than just arranging flowers,” Dickerson said. “It’s anything from floral design to anti-litter to water quality to conservation to historical trees. If your talent is not one specific thing, you’ll still find something else you love in The Garden Club.”
This year, Oxford Garden Club hosted The Garden Clubs of Mississippi Inc. 90th Annual Convention April 8-10. Garden club members from all over the state gathered in Oxford to conduct official club business, take part in workshops and presentations, and share the joys of gardening with like-minded others. Award ceremonies, luncheons, banquets and tours were also on the agenda.
The theme of this year’s convention was “One for the Books, ” and featured several local authors. At the design banquet April 9. two talented florists, Erick New and Greg Campbell, gave a presentation on their work from their book, “Florists to the Field,” published last April.
The pair are co-owners of Garden District, a full-service floral shop in Memphis. All proceeds from the event went toward funding projects for the Garden Clubs of Mississippi. For more information, visit gardenclubsofmississippi.org, or oxfordgardenclub.com.
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