Nan McCabe President of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri

Also, Congratulations to her Executive Committee for 2019-2021

First Vice President: Linda Houston

Second Vice President: Beverly Wattenbarger

Third Vice President: Tanya Stanley

Recording Secretary: Diane Neterer

Treasurer: Marjorie Motley

Corresponding Secretary: Mary Officer

Parliamentarian: Sheri Menscher

Garden Forum Editor: Barbara Harrison

Web Manager: Chuck Clark

Their information can be found in the new roster for 2019-2021


March 23, 2020

Dear FGCM Executive Committee, Board of Directors & District Directors,

Hoping that this finds you and yours all doing well. I am sure you have all buttoned down the hatches as we weather the storm of Covid-19. Please be sure to be watching our State Calendar as it changes with cancellations and rescheduling.

It was the hardest decision to make in canceling the State Convention for 2020, but a wise one. National Convention has also been canceled. As hard as it is, abiding by the restrictions, will hopefully help stop it from spreading. I know you are all doing your part! Thank you, SED Convention Treasurer, Mary Golden, for getting the reimbursements sent out to those who had registered! And a huge thank you to SED Convention Chairman, Sally Shinkle, and all her Chairman, for all the hard work you have put into making the 87th Convention a huge success!

Though we are not having the convention, we still have some business that we need to do. Please write your Chairman Report and email it to Nan McCabe President, Diane Neterer Secretary, Barbara Harrison Garden Forum Editor and Chuck Clark Web Manager. We will be mailing the Award Certificates & Checks to the District Directors. Congratulations to all the winners! And a big thank you to all of the FGCM Chairman who do all the work behind the scenes for the Awards at the Garden Club level and the State level.

The 14th year rotation has come around to our state to elect from our state, the Central Region Director and Alternate Director for the term of 2021-2023. You all would have voted on these positions by a ballot vote, at our BOD meeting May 5, 2020, at the State Convention. I am waiting to hear from our Central Region Director if we should hold our vote until the Annual FGCM Fall Board Meeting in November or if we can do an Online Vote. I will let you know as soon as I hear.

I know you all may have heard rumors that our 87th Annual Convention is being held in Cape Girardeau, May 3-6, 2021. If you did, you heard correctly! SED has another year to continue planning. What a blessing that the Drury Hotel broke the contract completely so that we are not financially responsible for having had to cancel. They also moved the deposit from 2020 to 2021. Their kindness will not ever be forgotten. Neither will the kindness of Stoney Creek Inn, St. Joseph, MO for moving our contract from 2021 to 2022 for our 88th Annual FGCM State Convention planned by our NWD. Again, without any financial obligation on our part and kindly moving the deposit from one year to the next. Both hotels have made this difficult time a bit easier.

The Executive Committee decided that this year the Educational Exhibits will not go to the State Fair Federation Day Flower Show due to the difficulty of getting the Educational Exhibits from each District. The Educational Exhibits for 2020 will be displayed at the 2021 Convention and go to the 2021 State Fair. At the Fall Board Meeting 2020, each District WILL NOT be assigned a New Educational Exhibit. They will display what they had made for this year.

My husband always says when things are tricky, “We just roll with the punches!” So, I say that too for us. FGCM will remain Strong because of all Your Dedication no matter what we may face.

I look forward to seeing you all at our 2020 Fall District Meetings more than ever. And next year, in 2021, let us have the very best time we could ever have at convention celebrating FGCM and our love of gardening!

Keep up doing all you do to beautify your communities and keep sharing your love of gardening to children of all ages, birth to 100 years old and up! Children Programs, Education and New Membership all “Keep Missouri Blooming!”

Have a wonderful season of enjoying your gardens!

Great Big Garden Hugs,

Nan McCabe President FGCM


A Special Message from the Desk of Nan McCabe, FGCM President

March 16, 2020

FGCM is concerned about the well-being of our members. We all must be aware of the CDC issued warnings about Covid-19-Coronavirus, for our world, nation, our state, our city and our counties. Due to the new CDC restrictions and our Presidents advisements, our 87th ANNUAL FGCM STATE CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS OF TODAY MARCH 16, 2020. All who have registered will be contacted by Mary Golden Treasurer of the convention. ALL WILL RECEIVE FULL REIMBURSEMENT.

It is advisable to consider cancelling Individual Garden Club Regular Meetings, Field Trips, National Garden Club Schools and Spring District Meetings for this spring. President Trump is asking for no gatherings of 10 or more people in meetings outside of homes, as well as in homes, for the next 15 days. The CDC restriction, as of last evening, is no gathering of 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks, which is the second full week of May. Please go to the CDC website and our State Governors website for more information. This will help guide your plans going forward.

We are most sorry to have had to make this decision to cancel our State Convention. We all look so forward to it each year. Lord willing, we will all be together at convention next year celebrating our love of gardening. How blessed we are to live in a country that cares about its people so much to have gone to such extreme measures to keep us well.

Garden Hugs to Each of You from the FGCM Executive Committee, Nan McCabe

Hello Gardeners,

The Garden Forum found its way to your mailbox in the last week or so. How fun it is to read about all the things you are doing across the state to Plant America and to “Keep Missouri Blooming”! We have so many things coming up ahead to sign up for that I thought I would send out a NEWS FLASH as a reminder! The Garden Forum is also on the FGCM website in the event you have misplaced yours or for those who like reading online. Grab your Garden Club Friends, sign up to Learn more about Gardening and have Fun together! Learning more about gardening “Keeps Missouri Blooming” and Conventions are both a learning experience and just plain ole’ fun!

*Landscape Design School-April 14, 15, and 16 2020. Postponed !

*NGC Flower Show School-May 22-24, 2020. rescheduled to 6/4-6, 2021 Registration and Information Garden Forum.


*NGC 91st Annual Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 11-16, 2020. Registration and Information NGC website.

*Garden School-June 2-3, 2020. For Registration and Information contact Chairman Peggy Bahrmasel, bahrmasel@msn.com. This information is not in the Winter Issue of the Garden Forum.

*Central Region Convention-October 19-20, 2020, Middlebury, Indiana. Registration and Information at the Central Region website. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Garden Hugs, Nan

Presidents Message from Winter 2020 Issue of the Garden Forum

Greeting Members of FGCM,

Plant America: Keep Missouri Blooming

It could be snowing as you read this in the new year, January 2020! But as I write this, it is fall, and the trees are just turning a beautiful array of colors: yellows, oranges and reds. I imagine you may be catching your breath from the business of the holidays, maybe enjoying warmer weather as a snow bird flying south or sitting at your window watching the birds that are thankful for the food you have put out for them. You may also be enjoying the seed catalogues that keep us dreaming about our gardens and what we will plant in the spring. As you read this, I will have enjoyed being at my daughter Kendall’s home in White Oak, Georgia. I call it GA/FL because she lives 20 minutes from the “Welcome to Florida” sign on the coast in Georgia. She, her husband and four boys live on five acres, which they call “The Mannstead.” They have so many chickens that I’ve lost count! The chickens live in a very stylish coop with an automatic door that opens to an outdoor chicken habitat! She is going through the process of getting licensed so she can sell the eggs. They also have a huge vegetable garden. Kendall started seeds inside and planted them outside the end of October. Early green broccoli, black seeded Simpson lettuce, red Russian kale, colorful beets, Paris Isle Cos Romaine lettuce, Roquette arugula, red and white onions and ruby red Swiss chard are just a few of the vegetables she raises. When she was growing up, I had to bribe her with something she enjoyed to get her to help in the garden. Now she is a garden champion and tells me what she needs me to do in her garden! All the little seeds we sow in children do grow and prosper!

As we look forward to spring, to planting and enjoying being outside, we can register and mark our calendars for two upcoming events: the 2020 Bloomin’ Bus Tour to Charleston, South Carolina, and Savanah, Georgia, April 26-May 2 and our FGCM 87th Annual State Convention in Cape Girardeau, May 4-7. I do hope to see you at one or both. There is nothing like these events for having fun with garden club friends!

As always “Keep Missouri Blooming” by continuing all the wonderful things you are doing to beautify your communities and to share your love of gardening with others—especially children. Your membership and love of gardening “Keeps Missouri Blooming” and the Federation strong!

Many garden hugs,

Nan McCabe, FGCM President

Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc., is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) whose national headquarters is located in St. Louis, MO. There are 80 affiliated garden clubs with 1734 members in Missouri. FGCM was officially organized on March 30, 1933, in St. Louis, by representatives of nine clubs from various sections of Missouri. The state is divided into 10 geographic districts. FGCM joined NGC in 1937.........