I’ve been a gardener and flower lover - in my own mind - for many years, all across the country, but have never made the commitment to actually join a garden club until last year. My husband and I moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2014 and knew no one in the area. What a great opportunity to make new friends using a common passion around plants! I sent an email to the National Garden Clubs asking for local clubs around my area (which fortunately also includes Little Rock so there are a lot of them to choose from).
One of the first people who answered was the President for the Verna Garvan Design Study Club, inviting me to a meeting that next month. I have to admit that I love fresh flowers at home but would never consider myself a creative flower designer…a little intimidating to meet a group of women who know the “rules” and techniques of designing those exciting, creative arrangements I would see at the State flower shows I love to go to. No worries, through that one contact I have met a wonderful, welcoming group of women who love flowers as much as I do and are always generous with their time and expertise.
It is a learning and growing experience also, as we study the different types of floral design – definitely brain stretching. I actually won my first blue ribbon for creative design in a flower show in July! I’ve already joined another design study club as well as the Hot Springs Iris society and am looking forward to contacting some gardening oriented clubs nearby– it’s so hard to stop!
During a club meeting last year I heard about things like Judges Councils and Flower Show school. Hmmm, I love to learn new things. This Fall I will be attending Flower Show School III and on my way to Student Judging. The design and horticultural information I’ve acquired over the last year have helped me immensely in my home gardening, which includes my passion around designing containers.
When I recently accepted the appointment as State Chairman for the Bee a Wildlife Hero program my husband knew I was in my element of overachieving and stretching my limits. Ahh, normal around our household.
I can’t believe it has taken me so long to take this step, I wish I had done this years ago. I always thought I was too busy with working, taking care of family, etc. but I now realize that the few hours a week was a great investment in myself.
Terri Waterman | Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas