March is in our sights

Call to Action!

Please all call Congressman Riggleman’s office today. 202-225-4711 “Hello, I am __________________, a constituent from the 5th District and a member of the Albemarle Garden Club. I would like to ask Representative Riggleman to support permanent reauthorization and full and permanent funding for The Land and Water Conservation Fund in the House vote on Tuesday. I hope we can count on him to support S47”.

The Show Did Go On

submitted by Julie Stamm

Due to the storm this week our February 20th Membership Meeting to be held at Westminster Canterbury was cancelled. However, our scheduled speaker, Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, was able to get there and gave a fascinating presentation about the American Chestnut Foundation and the work it is doing to restore the classic tree to our woodlands. Sara described the foundation’s approach using multiple pathways in science and technology. Scientists are mapping genes that control blight resistance to select the most resistant trees, introducing naturally occurring viruses to weaken the blight fungus and researching other diseases and pests that impede the tree’s successful reintroduction in to the wild. I urge everyone to visit the website at Over 25 Westminster Canterbury residents attended including 3 AGC members, Shelah Scott, Ruth Wadlington and myself.

Bees and Blooms

On Tuesday, April 9th, the Keswick Garden Club will present "Bees and Blooms" to benefit the McIntire Botanical Garden to be held at Glenmore Country Club. The event will feature Dr. Josephine Johnson, PhD in Toxicology and Gregory Britt, Gregory Britt Designs. There will be vendors and lunch followed by the program and tickets are $75. To order tickets and find out moe about the event please go to

Trip to Pine Knot Farms

Candy Crosby, Claire Mellinger, Carol Roberts and Betty Valmarana drove down to Pine Knot Farm to do a little Hellebore shopping. We came back with some good loot and certainly enjoyed each others' company. There are still some dates on the calendar to go visit this beautiful farm and purchase some of the best hellebores in the world. Visit for more information.

NAL is in session

Nancy Inman, Carol Carter and Carol Hunter are in Washington DC this week attending NAL. This morning they have already joined forces with GCA president Dede Petri. Nancy is seen here conferring with Ouida Drinkwater from The GC of Jackson, Zone Rep for GCA Bulletin. We look forward to hearing about their trip.


Albemarle Garden Club

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