Federated Garden Clubs present 63rd flower show June 4 at Library Center

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The Springfield Council of Federated Garden Clubs will present its 63rd annual standard flower show on Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Library Center Auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell in Springfield. This year’s theme is “There Is No Place Like Home.” The council has been a major guiding force in developing interest in gardening and the Springfield Botanical Gardens, and recently hosted the state conference of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri.

Visitors at the Federated Garden Clubs 63rd annual Flower Show at The Library Center can gather a wealth of ideas and advice.

Visitors at the Federated Garden Clubs 63rd annual Flower Show at The Library Center can gather a wealth of ideas and advice.

As well, the Second Annual Gardening Study Course will be hosted by the Springfield Federated Garden Clubs Inc. at the Botanical Center. The three-day event is June 6, 7 and 8 and open to the public. Registration is $70. Additional course information is available from Carolyn Harris 417.881.7465 or Karen Erickson 417.894.0224 or Josie Raborar at jraborar@sbcglobal.net or Penny Taylor 417.350.5807 / spenny687@aol.com

There will be a group of excellent speakers, including MU Extension educators and specialists, Kelly McGowan, Patrick Byers, Robert Schultheis, and Robert Balek plus Katie Steinhoff, director of the Botanical Center. Topics include “Growing Vegetables” and “Growing Fruits”; “Irrigation and “Water Management”; “Plant Diseases and Garden Pests”; “Growing Grass and Lawn Alternatives”; and “Heirloom Seeds.”

The Springfield Council has four garden clubs: Brentwood, Cherry Court, Ever Green Garden Club and Hillbilly Gardeners., s recently hosted the 83rd State Convention of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri May 16-19, 2016. The Southwest District has a number of clubs  in 13 counties. More information is at www.fgcmo.org

Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri (FGCM), Inc. is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) with headquarters in St. Louis. FGCM was officially organized in 1933, in St. Louis, by representatives of nine clubs from various sections of Missouri, who joined NGC in 1937. There are 104 affiliated garden clubs with 2,131 members in Missouri in 10 districts

A recent addition to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., is the Blue Star Memorial Marker & Garden in honor of all veterans, dedicated on Flag Day in 2015, honoring veterans.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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