District IV

Connie Wallace 
Director 2017-2019


Project:  Racheff House and Gardens DIV Unified Community Project
Elected Officers

District IV Director
Connie Wallace
, Dixie Highway GC

Connie Barker
, Sun-Up GC, 

Acting Recording Secretary
Judy Schwartz
, Heartsease GC

Corresponding Sec.
Barbara Brimer
, Sequoyah Trail GC                                                   

Kathleen Boryla-Payne
, Kanunsita GC                                                  
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Assist Treas.
Linda Lee
, Tuckaleechee GC 

Appointed Officers

Laquita Misner
, Dixie Highway GC

Marion Bloomer
, Garden Guild
Shady Oaks Flower Show “Timeless”
Friday, Sept. 7, 1-4; Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 – 4
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Elizabethton TN

Directions from Knoxville: take I-40 East, then I-81 North to exit 57. Take I-26 East toward Johnson City, then exit on Route 321 to Elizabethton. Be careful here, since the speed limit drops to 40 though it looks like an interstate highway, and it may be strictly enforced at times. This road will take you into Elizabethton, and Sycamore Shoals State Park will be on your left shortly after you enter town. We hope to see you there!

If you have never visited a National Garden Club Flower Show, you have been missing an uncommon treat—an educational experience and a visual delight. Tennessee Federated Garden Clubs stage these shows a few times a year throughout the state, and locally, Shady Oaks Garden Club stages a show once every two years. This year, for the first time ever, the show is in Elizabethton, at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 West Elk Avenue. The show, on September 7 and 8, is open to the public with no admission fee. 

A Standard Flower Show encompasses two main types of display: horticulture and design. Members exhibit specimens of cut flowers, herbs, tree and shrub branches, and houseplants they have grown themselves, giving visitors inspiration for what they may grow locally. The other main type of exhibit is floral design, with individual creativity on display in members' interpretation of themes and genres of design. Both categories of display are judged by exacting criteria, and ribbons are awarded.

This year's show, inspired by the historic park, is entitled “Timeless,” with themes that evoke the history of Sycamore Shoals and of gardening and floral art. Additional displays will include “botanic arts” (wearable art made from dried plant materials), educational posters, garden photography, and a youth exhibit by the students of Girls, Inc.

Show co-chair Loretta Arbogast points out that a Flower Show fulfills the mission of National Garden Clubs, Inc., to educate both the general public and the club's members about growing and designing with flowers. She says, “We get to see what other people are growing in their gardens. We get to explore our own artistic side and share it with the community.” Shady Oaks welcomes new members, and the Flower Show is an opportunity to sample the club's activities.

Shady Oaks is dedicating this year's show to the memory of Janet Powell, a devoted club member who passed away suddenly this spring. The club intends to preserve her legacy as an educator and a lover of beauty, committed to improving the community and inspiring future generations.

The show can be viewed in Sycamore Shoals' lobby, meeting room, and museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, September 7, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. For more information, call Shady Oaks member Anne Reid (423-794-8842) or the park (423-543-5808).