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2019 FGCM State Fair Flower Show Schedule

posted Feb 4, 2019, 5:49 AM by chuck clark

I have attached the 2019 FGCM State Fair Flower Show Schedule to this announcement.


Thank you.


Marie Pasley, chair FGCM State Fair FS


2019 State Convention Registration and Information

posted Jan 22, 2019, 6:13 AM by chuck clark

Happy New Year!  It's only 2 months until the deadline to register for the Convention and since most people have not received their Forum yet, I am posting the information here. Stay safe and warm and enjoy the beauty of the snow and birds!  Thanks so very much, Sheri Menscher, 2019 FGCM Convention Chair

2019 Flower Show School

posted Dec 17, 2018, 11:02 AM by chuck clark

The Central Missouri Council of Flower Show Judges is sponsoring the 1st Flower Show School in Missouri to be held using the new handbook.  Open the links below for more information.

Recommendations and Additions to Garden Club Manual

posted Nov 14, 2018, 7:42 PM by chuck clark   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 7:45 PM ]

The recommendations and additions to be voted on at the 2019 convention can be found in the attached document.

Thank you so much,
Beverly Wattenbarger

Bloomin Bus Tour May 28 - June 4, 2019

posted Oct 11, 2018, 2:52 PM by chuck clark

Hi everyone. Chairman Carolyn Oates announced today that our 2019 Bloomin Bus Tour will be to “Empire State Gardens” featuring New York City and the picturesque Hudson Valley. This is a longer trip than we usually take, May 28 thru June 4th but there is a lot to see. I hope you all will be able to join us.


Karen Blackmore

FGCM President

National Garden Clubs, Inc. Landscape Design School Course 2, Series X

posted Oct 10, 2018, 11:06 AM by chuck clark   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 6:44 AM ]

deadline for registering is February 19, 2019.

The Springfield Council of Federated Garden Clubs in cooperation with the National Garden Clubs, Inc., the  Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc. and the Missouri landscape Design Council is sponsoring Landscape Design Course 2, series x.

This course will be held at the Springfield Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65807.  The Landscape Design School's purpose is to educate interested people in learning good landscape design practices, and to develop a set of values to guide them in judging individual gardens, as well as, community gardens.

Please see the attached file for more information................


posted Aug 27, 2018, 2:27 PM by chuck clark   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 2:32 PM ]

The Betty Jones Memorial Gazebo on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia was built in 1993 for $5,400.00 from the donations from the 243 Missouri Federated Garden Clubs and its members. President June Kummer spear-headed this project with the assistance from many other dedicated garden club members. The octagon-shaped Gazebo was dedicated in memory of longtime garden club member Betty Jones for her love and support of gardening and Flower Shows in the West Central District and her kindness to others. Visitors to the State Fair enjoy the Gazebo as a place of rest, and occasionally, musical entertainment during the two-week Fair.

Over the years, garden clubs have made Club Contributions on the Club President’s Report to maintain this beautiful structure. Since 2002, earliest records show the total annual Club Contributions for the Gazebo average at $459.18; however, since 2013, that average has dropped to $398.66. Clubs contributing to this designated fund has dropped from 172 garden clubs in 2002 to 94 clubs in 2018, which may explain this difference.

This Fund pays for cleaning the wood, staining and resealing, and repairs, if needed. Every three or four years the Gazebo requires power cleaning and re-staining, and this cost varies from $700.00 to $800.00. A private company is hired to do this job.

The money also pays for maintaining the landscape around the Gazebo: Removal of dead and overgrown plants, purchasing plants and replacing flowers, shrubs and trees, the needed weeding and mulching, water hoses for watering, and bright flower baskets to be hung in the Gazebo before the first week of the State Fair. For the last several years this fund has paid for landscape companies to do most all of this work, as the local garden clubs have been unable to complete this task. Our newest Sedville Petal Pushers Garden Club may be able to take over some of these duties.

From 2002 to the present, the Total Club Contributions and Donations were $7,347.00, plus Convention Overages of $4,957.45 equals a Total Designated Fund of $13,266.04. Total Disbursals are at $13,005.96; leaving a balance of $260.08 in the Designated Gazebo Fund. The Board of Directors voted to use the Convention Overage in 2005, 2016 and 2017 to offset the larger expenditures. In 2016, the BOD voted to use up to $1,000.00 annually, if needed, from the Convention Overage to cover the costs of ongoing Gazebo maintenance.

Have you visited our Betty Jones Memorial Gazebo and sat on the benches viewing the other Fair-goers and taking a rest? Have you seen the Blue Star Byway Marker in front of the Gazebo? Have you visited FGCM’s State Fair Flower Show? Does your Garden Club contribute to Gazebo maintenance annually through Club Contributions? Maybe your garden club would like to take a day trip on the first Wednesday during the Missouri State Fair to visit the Federation Day Flower Show held in the adjacent Floriculture Building? You can have lunch on the Fairgrounds with friends and visit the many booths and exhibits, and sit in our Betty Jones Memorial Gazebo. Enjoy yourself!

Poetry Contest..........

posted May 11, 2018, 2:52 PM by chuck clark


2017-[judged in] 2018


Notice of this years’ theme was announced in the Spring Garden Forum with a follow up E mail to each District Director.

The contest is open to most educational facilities from Kindergarten through ninth grades. There were two districts and five clubs that participated in this year’s contest.

Central District: Eldon, Fulton, Grow & Glow garden clubs sent in fifteen entries from K-8th grades.

Mid-Central District: O’Fallon and Owensville garden clubs sent in twenty entries from K-8th grades.

First Place winners for 2017-2018

Kindergarten Jenny Belisle, Fulton Garden Club

First Grade Max Anderson, Grow and Glow Garden Club

Second Grade Ava Boren, O-Fallon Garden club

Third Grade Brailyn Galbreth, Fulton Garden Club

Fourth Grade Bryan Hodges, Owensville Garden Club

Fifth Grade Rylee Fleming, Grow and Glow Garden Club

Eight Grade Christina Loganbill, Grow and Glow Garden Club

Seven first places winners will be forwarded on to the Central Region for judging and submitted to the Garden Forum for publication.

Submitted by Mary Bullock [CD] state Poetry Chair      

2017 FGCM Presidents Report Form

posted Nov 7, 2017, 7:09 PM by chuck clark

See the "new" updated form below............

Native Plant Database Info:

posted Oct 12, 2017, 8:24 PM by chuck clark

For a native plant database, Top Ten native plant lists, a resource guide to suppliers of native plant products and services, and many other native plant resources, visit www.grownative.org

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