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President’s Message


This administration began in April with an exciting and fun state convention in Oxford. Words cannot express my appreciation for all the hard work and talent that was shared to make our 90th Convention “One for the Books.” Special thanks to the Oxford Garden Club and all who attended.

In late April, The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. invited members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to join us by “Gathering on the Gulf.” At this event we were honored to install Gay Austin from McComb the 2019-2021 NGC President. CONGRATULATION TO GAY and congratulations to the convention committee for staging a beautiful and exciting convention and greeting visitors with true southern hospitality. 

Our Spring District Workshops were outstanding! Useful information prepared club members for the upcoming garden club year of activities. The attendance was good at each workshop. A special thank you to the directors who contacted clubs and encouraged their attendance.

Themes for the 2019-2021 administration of National Garden Clubs, Deep South Garden Clubs and The Garden Clubs of Mississippi share common emphasis: preserving natural habits, youth, conservation, and membership all ensuring our future. National Garden Clubs continues Plant America grant opportunities, Deep South Garden Clubs special projects and Garden Clubs of Mississippi award and grant opportunities remain available.

This summer marks the 50th consecutive year for the MSU Horticulture Summer Camp for high school students. The three-day camp is cosponsored by GCM and covers a variety of topics from floriculture to nursery management to vegetable and fruit production. To date, 18 students are registered to participate.

The Lanoux Youth Nature Camp has been revamped for this year. It is now a day camp. Allison Ashmore has developed a program and is available to assist clubs and districts.

Upcoming educational and service opportunities are planned for this year. Check the calendar of events for specific dates. Contact your officers and State Chairmen if additional information is needed. 

Enjoy your summer and upcoming garden club year with many exciting and fun gardening experiences. Thank you for allowing me to serve The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. and remember: “Mississippi…Planting Today Preserves and Ensures the Future.” 

Doris Ebner, President 2019-2021

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