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Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club Plant Sale

May 11, 10am - 1pm
At the Goddard School
430 Avon Belden Rd.
Avon Lake

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The Garden Club of Cleveland, Member of The Garden Club of America, PRESENTS
Country Weekends, City Nights: A GCA Flower Show

September 26-27, 2019
Cleveland Metroparks
Acacia Reservation
26899 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Free and Open to the Public

Click here for more information on this event.

A Million Garden Memories---Going Platinum in 2019
A NGC Horticulture Specialty Flower Show

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 1 - 5pm
Sunday, July 14, 2019, noon - 3pm
Brecksville Community Center
One Community Drive (off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21))
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
Free & open to the public

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With voting completed at midnight March 25, 2019, the #1 choice by vote was theme #4 ‘Tiny Treasures’. As the ballot indicated this could include ‘Model trains to fairy houses, gardens have a rich history of incorporating miniature, magical worlds. Our trees can take a pint-size look at the larger world around us’. Gnomes, elves, angels, pollinators, insects, Alpine gardens are all just springboard ideas that might be utilized or incorporated in an Affiliate Club’s theme, there are so many more. As I have said every year: your imagination is the defined limit of your creativity. I know we will have an incredible variety of themes from all our Affiliate Clubs.

The list below indicates the Affiliates that have already expressed their desire to participate in GLOW 2019 by decorating a tree or wreath. Most clubs signed-up during the breakdown of GLOW 2018 along with some clubs contacting me by email. I have the name of the club and size of the tree you wished to decorate this year. If I have any of the information incorrect, please contact me, Kevin Borowiak, immediately by email at or by phone at 216.744.4866. More importantly, if you know your club’s theme for decorating inform me right away. By talking with all the club’s coordinators about your themes, I can reduce if not eliminate any duplication in decorations.

Click here for the Glow 2019 Affiliate Tree List.


The Lakewood Garden Club proudly presents their annual fundraising event: Lunch with Amy Stewart, New York Times best-selling author

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Don Umerly Civic Center
21016 Hilliard Blvd in Rocky River
Lunch served at Noon, Program to follow. Doors open at 11:30
$30 per person, cash or check only; admission includes a catered lunch and reserved seat

Ms. Stewart will delight us with a spirited lecture from her bestselling book The Drunken Botanist. "Every great drink starts with a plant. lf you're a gardener, I hope this book inspires a cocktail party!"

Call Linda at (216) 226-6645 to reserve your seat. Seating is Limited. Advanced Reservations Required.There will be books available to purchase for the author's signature.

From the Chair’s Corner: Pat Carroll Bonander, Affiliate Council Chair

Yes, it is cold outside but all you have to do is visit Orchid Mania, which runs through March 10th, and experience the beautiful blooms and fragrant smells to feel that Spring is just around the corner. It made me want to run home and dig out my gardening magazines to start planning for this season.

A big thank you to all of the Garden Clubs who were so prompt in getting their 2019 dues, info sheets and rosters in to Debbie Miller, VP of Development, at CBG. Without the information sheets, it is difficult to keep your club updated on happenings for the Affiliates. If your club has not responded yet, please do so ASAP because Affiliate Day is quickly approaching.

Information for this year’s Affiliate Day is up on the Bulletin Board on the CBG website. An exciting program is planned for all Affiliate Clubs this year. Lisa Waud, floral designer and artist, will present her program, “Flower House- Beauty from Blight”. Here is what you need to know:

  • There is no charge for any member of an Affiliate Garden Club so encourage your members to attend this wonderful program.
  • Parking is free
  • Each member attending needs to register on-line. Registration is on the Affiliate Bulletin Board on CBG website.
  • This year, we will be having two sessions (morning and afternoon) to accommodate as many Affiliate Club members as possible.
  • IMPORTANT: Because of limited seating, we request that if you register, please attend.
  • Guests (people who are not members of an Affiliate Garden Club) are welcome to attend for a fee.

I welcome any suggestions as to how we can make being an Affiliate Garden Club a great experience for each of your members. In the tradition of the former “ROOT” newsletter, I will be posting updates to help keep your club “in the loop”.


From the Chair's Corner: Pat Bonander

Is your Club looking for new members? Do you want more people to know what your club does? We have a great opportunity for you. Each month we are going to feature 2 garden clubs on our Affiliate Contact Page on the CBG website. If you are interested in having your club featured contact me at by January 28th for our February posting.

The Affiliate Council is seeking nominations for someone to serve a 3 year term on the Council. What a great way to “be in the know” and to be a special liaison to all of our Affiliate Clubs. Qualifications: Must be a member of an Affiliate Garden Club and a member of Holden Forest & Gardens. You can email your nominees to Christine Knott at

By now you have received your dues renewal notice. Please be prompt in sending in your 2019 dues, info sheet and roster. Your club info sheet is important. We want to be sure to have the most updated contact information about your club so that you can take advantage of all of the benefits of being an Affiliate Member.

The Affiliate Council is planning an outstanding program for this year’s Affiliate Day. We will host Lisa Waud, floral designer and artist, who transformed abandoned and ready for tear down homes in Detroit into floral art exhibits and helped create the city’s Flower Week. Her program is “Flower House--Beauty from Blight." You won’t want to miss this event. No fee for Affiliate Club members.

Emerald Necklace Garden Club Benefit Luncheon

May 1, 10:30am doors open, noon lunch

“Showers Bring Flowers” is the theme of the 2019 Emerald Necklace Garden Club annual spring benefit luncheon on May 1st at St. Michael’s Woodside, 5025 E. Mill Rd., Broadview Hts. 44147. Doors open at 10:30am to allow time for shopping before lunch is served at 12:00. Tickets are available now at $30 from Kathie at 216-407-6654. Tickets typically sell out by April, so order soon. The Patio Shop will have baskets and containers brimming with flowers as well as a selection of garden art and crafts for giving or to enhance your own garden. Find perennials and tomatoes ready to plant at the Planterie. Take a chance on the more than 25 raffle baskets. New this year is the 50/50 raffle. Luncheon proceeds provide scholarships, as well as fund the club’s youth, school and community horticultural projects.

Affiliate Garden Club Planter Project

Create a “little landscape” following our "planter criteria checklist" and hide a fairy or gnome house within your landscape. Your landscape need not be complicated; any well designed ornamental planter will provide a strong foundation for the project. Planters and planting dates will be available for selection from April 11 to May 6.

Access our planter criteria checklist and more details here.