The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. held their 93rd annual convention, “Rock’n the Quarry,” at the Brandon Civic Complex, hosted by the Brandon Garden Club. The convention was chaired by Pat Young, President.
Butch Lee, Mayor of the City of Brandon, welcomed members and then led tours featuring the Brandon Amphitheater and Quarry Natural Area.
Special guest Phillip Gunn, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, expressed his thanks for the hard work of Garden Club members across the state. President Gunn spoke of the real economic benefits to communities that landscape with flowers, shrubs and trees; “It’s like rolling out the welcome mat to visitors and residents.”
An NGC Petite Design Specialty Flower Show was held in conjunction with the conference. DeSoto Civic Garden Club members Amye Kelly, Jane Borgognoni, Sandy Noble and Andrea Michael attended the Convention and created designs for the Flower Show.
Sandy Noble received a Blue Ribbon and the Designer’s Choice Ribbon for her Mass Creative design. Amye Kelly received a blue ribbon for her Cascade design, a red ribbon and a yellow ribbon for her Duo designs. Jane Borgognoni received a blue ribbon for her angular design and a yellow ribbon awarded to Andrea Michael for her display table design. The DeSoto Civic Garden Club went on to receive first place for the State Press Book.
DeSoto Civic Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc. and The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc.