A Special Celebration

On Sunday, 12 October, my Arranger and I joined members of the Charlotte Garden Club as we gathered to celebrate ninety years since its founding in 1924. It is believed to be the oldest continuing garden club in the Carolinas.


Since we moved here nine years ago, I have enjoyed being a member of the Charlotte Garden Club, which is noted for its outstanding educational programs about all aspects of gardening and its participation in community activities. Its annual garden tour in Charlotte supports the Mint Museum of Art, of which it is an affiliate. Twice a year the Club members provide and install landscaping for newly constructed Habitat for Humanity homes in the Charlotte area.

garden club 90 groups

The celebration on Sunday was an afternoon of fellowship and good food. Members gathered on the back porch of Past Co-President Dru Quarles’ home for a champagne toast to ninety years of learning, service…and fun. (Group photo courtesy of Morry Alter).

Ninety years and counting!


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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2 Responses to A Special Celebration

  1. I would be interested in getting info on your annual garden tour. If it’s a spring tour, I could include it in the early April newspaper column I write on upcoming tours.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Marian. Our Art in the Garden Tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. 2015. We would certainly appreciate your including it in your column. I hope you will be able to attend.


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