The Eastside Garden Club meeting was Aug. 6 at Gondolier.

Members were welcomed by President Jeanie Jackson. Attendees included Julia Waddell, Peggy Miles, Rosemarie Smith, Joan Ruch and Jeanie Jackson. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was made and Waddell said a prayer for members ill or out of town.

Several announcements were made.

Conservation Camp will be held at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill Sept. 10-11, with the theme “Call of the Wild.” Members were encouraged to participate in this event, as workshops and lectures on conservation efforts will be updated. This will be a state wide event and members of all clubs in the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs will be attending.

It was announced that TFGC has released a new web site.

Discussion followed on those topics, and reports on the herb garden at Doak House Museum and also the historical herb garden at Racheff House in Knoxville were given. Markers for the plants, watering schedule and weeding were discussed.

It was noted that Ruch and her husband have been tending to the Doak Colonial Herb Garden with much appreciation. Miles will be checking on the Racheff Garden in Knoxville. The therapy garden at Laughlin Healthcare Center is going well, with residents enjoying the herbs and vegetables from their plants donated by Eastside.

The program for the month was introduced and consisted of planning and implementing details for the first-ever public workshop given by a garden club in Greeneville.

This event is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 7-9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

Members were reminded that the Simon Room will be used for this event, and refreshments are to be served between classes.

Kathleen Wright, master judge and vice president of the Eastside Garden Club, will be the instructor, with members assisting registrants with their designs.

Two floral designs consisting of traditional line designs will be featured, to include the vertical and horizontal designs, versatile for many areas of the home and gifting. All materials will be included in the registration fee, which includes fresh flowers and greenery as well as the mechanics needed for assembly. Participants will go home with two, finished, fresh floral designs.

Committees were established and members were encouraged to provide their personal designs for visual aid. Members are to assist participants during class as well as provide horticulture for use during the sessions. Holiday gifting is another venue for the design. Members were excited to have a home-based class and to let friends know of the opportunity. The workshop will be limited to 20 students and the registration deadline is set for Sept. 3.

Members were also informed of the floral design category for entry at the annual Greene County Fair and encouraged to participate next year.

Members not attending Conservation Camp were encouraged to check their club yearbook for details on upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, which will be a field trip to David Crockett Birthplace State Historic Park for a native plant walking tour.

Membership is open to anyone interested in horticulture, gardening, conservation, education and community projects. Contact Jeanie Jackson at 423-620-0473 or for membership details or to sign up for the Sept. 17 workshop.

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