Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia to host Standard Flower Show
The Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia is holding its Standard Flower Show, entitled, “Seventy Years— A Lot to Remember,” at the council’s building, located at 1605 Park Circle (near the Capital Senior Center, off Pickens Street) Saturday, February 26 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 27, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited and very welcome to attend.
The Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor, will open the doors in a ribbon–cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, when he will present a proclamation to the Garden Council.
The flower show’s co– chairs, Pat Setzer and Marcia Montgomery, have put together a show that promises to delight all who attend, featuring horticulture, design, and special exhibits.
In 2011, the Garden Council celebrates its 70th anniversary. Formed in 1941, the Garden Council's then 17 member clubs survived the World War II years decorating the USO and other service buildings and planting Victory Gardens.
The first Council Flower Show was held in the spring of 1944 at Hotel Columbia. Some of the current flower show designs and exhibits will reflect back on that time. Others bring the Council’s activities up to the present.
Today, the Garden Council’s 657 members from 26 clubs actively promote the purpose and program of the Garden Club of South Carolina, providing various educational opportunities to the public through programs, schools and exhibitions, and joining with other organizations in promoting civic beautification. The council’s president is Cheryl Derby Martino.