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The Portsmouth Garden Club

Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Photo taken at the 2009 75th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Garden Club
Photo taken at the 2009 75th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Garden Club

"The first garden club in America was
founded in January 1891 by The Ladies
Garden Club of Athens (Georgia).  On
May 1, 1929 thirteen federated states
became charter members at an organizational meeting in Washington, D.C.  
Excerpt taken from the National Garden Clubs Website(http://www.gardenclub.org/
About/AboutNGC.aspx
)."

Five (5) years after the thirteen federated states became charter members, the Portsmouth Garden Club was organized and became a member of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs organization. According to a local newspaper article (Newspaper is unknown), the following was reported:

“June 1934, Portsmouth. Women Organize Garden Club at Meeting Held at Glen Farm. On Monday afternoon a group of ladies met at the home of Mrs. Borden Anthony at Glen Farm to hear Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster of Newport speak on the forming of a Garden Club in Portsmouth. After Mrs. Webster’s talk the ladies voted to organize the Portsmouth Garden Club and elected officers for the coming year, as follow: President: Mrs. Borden C. Anthony; Vice Presidents: Mrs. Norman Hall, Mrs. Peter Malone and Mrs. Arthur Smith; Secretary: Mrs. Alexander Boone; Treasurer: Miss Evelyn Chase; Librarian: Mrs. Jacob Menzi.The women attending were Mrs. Norman Hall, Mrs. Charles Clarke, Mrs. John Hargraves, Mrs. Alexander Boone, Mrs. Benjamin Barker, Miss Evelyn Chase, Mrs. Peter Malone, Mrs. Kenney, Mrs. Jacob Menzi, Mrs. Andrew Malone, Mrs. Arthur Smith and Mrs. Borden Anthony. The next meeting will be held on June 13 at the home of Mrs. Norman Hall, when Mrs. Hall’s gardens will be inspected and talks on the raising of flowers will be given.

In 1934, there were 13 Members and of the 13 Members, there were 7 Officers. As of September 2015, The Portsmouth Garden Club now has 39 Members and 11 Honorary Members and today, our officers consist of President, Vice President, Second Vice President, Recording Secretary, Correspondence Secretary, Treasurer, and Ex-Officio.  See Officers and Committee Members.

Our Goal

Our goal is to promote the love of gardening, floral and landscape design, and demonstrate civic and environmental responsibility by example.

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Meetings are held monthly at the Library for club members and guests. _________________

March 9, 2022

Portsmouth Free Public Library

1:00

Speaker: Dan Christiana, Head Horticulturalist,

Green Animals Topiary Gardens

 

Topic: Easy indoor topiaries.

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April 7-10, 2022

RIFGC FLOWER SHOW

NAME: Our World

at Providence Civic Center

Times on show website

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April 13, 2022

Portsmouth Free Public Library

1:00 

Speaker: Eve Agudelo 

 

Topic: Master Gardener "Gleaning" program, harvesting for local food pantries.

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RIFGC Annual Luncheon

12:00 

TBA

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April 29, 2022

Art in Bloom

Boston:  Museum of Fine Arts 

Possible club travel event

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May 11, 2022

Portsmouth Free Public Library

1:00 

Speaker: Cindy Perry

Topic: Portsmouth History

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May 21 and 22, 2022

Art Blooming at Linden Place. Bristol, R.I.
Time: TBD

PGC possible entries

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June 4, 2022

Plant Sale in conjunction with the Portsmouth Free Public Library

2658 East Main Rd.

Portsmouth

Time Member Set up Fri

Saturday 9-1

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June 8, 2022

Luncheon 

Johnny's Middletown

12:30

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June 17-19, 2022

Newport Flower Show

Rosecliff, Newport, R.I.

“Eden … A Personal Paradise” is the theme of the 2022 Newport Flower Show, June 17-19 at Rosecliff. Tickets will be available for online purchase after March 15. Advance purchase is required; there will be no onsite ticket sales. Tickets will be for a specific date and time block. On sale March 15.

 Floral designers, horticulturists and botanical artists will display their creations based on concepts related to the “Eden” theme, such as “Eve’s Ensemble,” “The Serpent’s Reign” and “Garden of Eat’n.” 

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June 22, 2022

Barrington Flower Show

possible PGC member entries

TBD

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June 24-26

Newport Secret Garden Tours

Time: TBD

PGC hostesses