The District VIII annual meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania (GCFP), a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., was held in Warren on Sept. 10. Warren Garden Club hosted the event at the Conewango Club on Market Street.
Rebecca Ryan, Warren Garden Club president, welcomed GCFP president Gayle Corle; Betsy Smith, GCFP first vice president; Sharon Brown, GCFP second vice president; District VIII officers and members from all of the District VIII garden clubs. President Corle installed new district officers followed by remarks from the new district director, Joyce Milberg. All district committee heads and district garden club presidents gave brief reports of their activities and accomplishments for the year.
After lunch Celia Knapp presented a slide show entitled "Monet's Garden." Knapp, a WGC member and Master Gardener, studied the gardens created by Claude Monet. She showed views of these gardens and explained how they influenced the color and style of his paintings.
Joyce Milberg, Titusville Area Garden Club, taking over the gavel from Carol Hall, Wildflower Garden Club, at District VIII annual meeting.
Claude Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting, which expressed one's perceptions before nature. Monet's innovative idea of creating series paintings devoted to one subject brought his work to distinction. His works entitled Haystacks and Water Lilies are his most famous.
Warren Garden Club won the traveling silver tray for largest club attendance at the District VIII meeting. It will be engraved and passed on to another club next year.
On Thai will be the featured floral designer at Triple Bloom, an all-day garden related event presented by Warren Garden Club. Triple Bloom will take place Thursday, Nov. 8, at Warren Holiday Inn. The day will start with coffee, pastries at 9 a.m., mini morning garden topics, lunch, and On Thai's creative and entertaining presentation in the afternoon. Tickets for the day are $30 and are available now. Send a check to Warren Garden Club, c/o Joyce Font, 60 Cardinal Lane, Russell, PA 16345.