TFGC 2014 CONVENTION
THINK “DREAM GARDENS”!
In The Volunteer Gardener Winter 2014 issue, you can read about the speakers, workshops and entertainment, as well as find a basic agenda for the TFGC 2014 Convention March 31 – April 2, 2014 at the Chattanooga Marriott Hotel.
It is the goal of the TFGC 2014 Convention Chairmen to utilize local entertainment, local vendors and include youth. To recognize TFGC President, Ann McCormick’s project of conservation, recycling will be emphasized at the convention.
The design program lunch on April 1st titled “Travels with Gina & Tina” will be presented by Gina Jogan, NGC Flower Show Schools Design Instructor and her sister, Tina Tuttle, NGC Flower Show Schools Horticulture Instructor. These two gals are very entertaining!
On April 2nd at lunch, George Schimpf, Rock City Gardens Director of Horticulture will speak about the “Dream Gardens” – Rock City Gardens.
Workshops will be presented both days by District III members Ivana Paterson on herbs and lavender and Crystal Rymer will demonstrate how to create container water gardens. Sally Wencel, Cumberland Trail Representative will present a workshop on “Landscaping With Native Plants”.
You are in for a pleasant surprise with District III Flower Show Judges Association creating the table designs with recycled materials. Committee assignments are being chaired by District III garden club members with our first meeting to start November 7, 2013.
The TFGC 2014 Convention Registration Form and Program Ad Form are available on the TFGC website and were inserted in the TVG Summer 2013 issue.
The TFGC 2014 Convention Registrar is ready for you to send in your registration form! Remember to reserve your hotel reservation early to insure the TFGC 2014 Convention group rate!
“See you in the Dream Gardens!”
TFGC 2014 Convention Chairman
The Convention Agenda is available for viewing, printing or downloading below.
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Gina is a NGC Flower Show (FS) Symposium Instructor for Design and Allied Topics and for NGC FS Schools: Design and Flower Show Procedure. She is an Accredited Master FS Judge, Gardening Consultant and Landscape Design Consultant. A graduate of Florida State University, Gina holds a BS Degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics. She has served the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs as District I Director, FS Chairman, FS Judges Council Chairman and Chairman of several Deep South Region Advanced Standard Petite Flower Shows. Gina is the creative force behind many floral design schools and programs in Florida. Gina enjoys reading, travel, needlework, quilting and her six grandbabies!
Tina is an NGC Accredited Master FS Judge, NGC FS School Horticulture Instructor, FS Procedure, Symposium Instructor, Gardening Consultant, Landscape Design Consultant, Master Gardener and Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Adviser. Tina holds a BS Degree from Florida State University in Vocational Home Economics Education, a Masters in Education from University of West Florida (UWF) and has completed all coursework for a Doctorate in Education from UWF. After teaching High School, she served in the Navy, retiring in 1996, as Lt. Commander. She chairs Horticulture for Deep South and Co-Chairs the Deep South Region Advanced Standard Petite Flower Shows with Sister Gina. She loves her cats!
George is the son of Ann Schimpf, Garden Club of Signal Mountain member. He graduated from McCallie School, Chattanooga in 1969. In 1978, he earned a BS Degree in Botany and a Degree in MS Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has owned a landscape business. While landscaping shopping centers, George opened the Sneed-Schimpf Christmas Tree Farm (1982-1996) on his wife’s family farm in Maryville TN. In 1997, George became the Manager of Horticulture at Rock City Gardens and today is the Director of Horticulture at the Gardens. Sixteen years later, George still looks forward to working in his dream garden at the Rock City Gardens. He is a member of the Southern Nursery Association, Azalea Society, Rhododendron Society, Certified Mauget Tree Injector, TN Christmas Tree Association and Regional Naturalist Certified.
Ivana has years of gardening experience and has been featured on WTCV Channel 9, WRCB Channel 3, WDEF Channel 12, WTCI Channel 45 and WDSI Channel 61. She has been featured in local paper articles about herb gardening and the benefits of having a garden. Using herb gardening she assisted Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School with a Secret Garden to help teach math, science, history and the arts. Ivana has taught classes on herb gardening, herbal cooking, herbal potpourri, kitchen cosmetics, composting and garden design. Now she is the blessed owner of Lavender & Rust Herb Farm. She is an active member of the Crestwood Garden Club, The Chattanooga Herbie’s, TN Master Gardeners and Georgia Master Gardeners.
Crystal learned to love gardening from her grandmother and father while growing up in St. Louis, Missouri. She lived in south Florida for 16 years enjoying her other passion of water. She met her husband while racing sailboats. When they started their family, they moved off the boat and up to her husband’s hometown of Cleveland, TN, to rear their children. She had lots of space to pursue vegetable and herbal gardening, as well as ornamentals. While attending a Koi pond building seminar, she saw a pretty pot with no hole. She bought a water plant to put in it, and thus started her creation of Container Water Gardens. She is President of Ocoee Garden Club, a Hamilton County Master Gardener and member of the native plant society, Wild Ones.
Sally is a "recovering lawyer" that moved to Chattanooga area 15 years ago. In 2008 as an adjunct professor at the College of Business, she taught management in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. She became a Master Gardener in 2009 to hone her plant skills and provide community service. In 2010, Sally assisted with the launch of the Chattanooga Native Plant & Wildflower Group (TN Valley Wild Ones) through which she met Cumberland Trail (CT) Park Manager Bobby Fulcher and Terri Ballinger. Entranced with the idea of helping to restore newly acquired property on the CT, she obtained Master Gardeners of Hamilton County approval to start a volunteer project to help the CTSST with the Cumberland Seeds Project in 2010. Sally has spent many hours on the CT collecting seeds and developing a deep appreciation of the biological diversity of this area and the need to preserve and protect this valuable natural asset. Sally received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), her law degree from the University of Wisconsin and MBA from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Presently, she is Friends of CT Treasurer, President of the TN Valley Chapter of Wild Ones and City of Chattanooga Tree Commission Vice-Chair. Sally and Terri are running the new FCT Trailhead Nursery.
Chattanooga Community Orchestra
Previously known as the Senior Neighbor Orchestra of Chattanooga, the orchestra originated in 1966 under the leadership of Karen Diamond. Karen was 25 years old with a music degree when the Senior Neighbors Director asked her to find some musicians to form an orchestra. They started with one violin, one clarinet and two mandolins, all seniors in their 70 and 80’s. Today the orchestra has 69 members of all ages and abilities. In 2013, the orchestra changed their name to Chattanooga Community Orchestra. They play all varieties of music with seasonal concerts open to the public. The oboe player is 89 years old and the first clarinet player has been in the orchestra 34 years. Mr. Herman May, Conductor and Director, is in his 17th year as conductor.