HGC Named “Garden Club of the Year” | – Low Calorie Diets Tips

For the second consecutive year, the Hunt Garden Club was named “Texas Garden Club of the Year” at the 94th Texas Garden Club Spring Convention in Austin, effectively moving the club from silver to gold.

“Becoming gold means we are the cream of the crop in the state,” said Karen Taylor, Texas Garden Club District VII director and HGC member. “It is likely that the continued commitment to the Wildscape and Discovery Gardens and particularly the new hydroponics program at HISD has made HGC a gold club. I really want everyone to know how incredibly proud we are of the club. I am also thankful for the ladies who take the time to apply for the awards. This is very time consuming.”

Competing against 238 clubs across the state, the 120-member HGC won the state convention with 15 district first-place awards, 10 state first-place awards, and two mentions. Nationally, HGC was an overall winner for the Hunt ISD Wildscape & Native Plant Garden created and maintained by the club’s Wildscape Committee, led by Carla Stang. Also nationally, HGC received certifications for the Club Program/Going Green Presentation led by Karen Taylor and Melissa Maynard and Horticulture/Hydroponics Education at Hunt ISD led by Mikey and Melissa Maynard and chaired by Bernadell Larson. HGC also received first place at the regional level, which includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas, for HGC’s monthly newsletter and annual yearbook by Janet Reinwald. The awards are based on a points system.

HISD Superintendent Luci Harmon said: “I am not surprised that the Hunt Garden Club has received so many awards. Hunt ISD is fortunate to have such a special relationship with the club. The work they are doing with the Wildscape Garden at the entrance to the school is so unique. Through the Discovery Garden, several of the students received their Junior Master Naturalist certifications. They just do a great job and we are proud to have them in the HISD family.”

“We are extremely grateful to all of our hard working club members who dedicate countless hours not only to our club but to the community,” said Elizabeth Cotton, President of HGC 2020-22 Having Discovery Garden directors Catherine Abercrombie and Ann Birkner dedicating their time to beautification, education and conservation projects.”

Taylor agrees. “I have the feeling that our club is very middle-class. We are involved with the community in some way to make Kerr County more beautiful. I have been asked by other club presidents how to duplicate the commitment.”

Taylor, who served as HGC club president from 2016 to 2018 before becoming district director in 2021, is particularly attuned to club development.

Locally, she still volunteers with the Discovery Garden at HISD, landscaping at the Hunt Post Office and the Blue Star Memorial Marker at the VA, and beekeeping.

However, in her role as district director, she helps manage 36 clubs in the San Antonio area from Hunt to Corpus Christi and from New Braunfels to Cotulla. District officers assist clubs in collecting dues, processing awards, and other aspects of club administration. The district also offers educational programs/schools in the fields of gardening, landscaping, flower shows and the environment.

The other HGC State awards for first place were: Nov./Dec. Blue Star Marker Awards, Going Green Presentation, Aquatic/Hydroponic, Hydroponic Youth Program, Hydroponic Horticultural Education, Community Service/Post Office, President’s Report. Mentions and awards included membership renewal, club services, and donations.

District First Place Awards included: Wildlife Survival/Bees, Edible Gardening/Discovery Garden, Social Media/Facebook, Going Green Presentation, Water/Hydroponics, Youth Program/Hydroponics, Gardenculture Education/Hydroponics, Publications/Newsletter, Civic Development/Post Office, Community Service/Post Office, Club Service Awards, Social Media/Website, Native Plants and Wildflowers Venue/Wildland, Butterfly Conservation Education/Wildland and Yearbook.

For some of the awards, such as B. Garden Club of the Year, the club will receive $100. Cash awards for regional recognition range from $25 to $100 per award to the HGC.

Founded in 1953, HGC has members from Hunt, Ingram and Mountain Home and hosts monthly educational and community meetings September through May. HGC is a member of the National Garden Club, Inc.

Anyone interested in joining the Hunt Garden Club should contact a club member or HGC President 2022-24 Laura Greenwood at (281) 221-4473 and attend a meeting.

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