‘SIMPLY GORGE-OUS’ Hood River hosts state Garden Clubs

June 11, 2005

Jeanne Marie Davis, a member of the Odell Garden Club and outgoing state president of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., just returned from the famous international Chelsea flower show in England as one of the working members of the National Garden Club Inc.’s contingency.

Now Davis is spearheading the OSFGC’s state convention — “Simply Gorge-ous” — with the support of Garden Club members from the Blue Mountain, Cascade and Mt. Hood districts. The event will be held at the Hood River Inn on June 13-15.

The NGC president, Kitty Larkin, of Wisconsin, will be the keynote speaker. Other featured guests will include Liz Murkin, of Florida, who is a national floral designer; Anne Jaeger, Master Gardener and “Your Northwest Garden” (KGW-TV channel 8) host; Russ Jolley, author of “Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge”; and Hood River’s own Leila Crapper, who will present a fashion show.

Phyllis Olson, of Dufur, convention chair and Norma Curtis of Hood River, co-chair, are busy putting the finishing touches on the interesting tours — pretty posies, winery, historical, Gorge Discovery Center, and native plant walking tours, plus an “on your own” shuttle tour.

The last evening will be the installation of the newly elected officers of OSFGC Inc., for the term of 2005-07, and the ratification of the 16 new district directors who represent 3,283 Garden Club members in Oregon.

Davis’ theme during her 2003-05 term of office as state president was “Making a Difference.” During her two-year term the state: won a national award for the yearly state flower show at the Expo center with the Portland Home and Garden Show (2004); won the prestigious Presidential Award for the primary landscaping of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon Long House at the Oregon Garden in Silverton; and was awarded a grant from the principal financial group for that project.

Davis has also been responsible for the Shell Grant for the development and landscaping of the memorial garden at the Odell Fire Department, along with support and hands-on effort of the Odell Garden Club. Starting a landscaping school, with the continual garden study and flower show schools, Davis has endorsed water-wise conservation (a national project), and the planting of native plants (a Pacific region project). She was also responsible for publicizing the activities of the 119 garden clubs in Oregon, which included Blue Star Marker dedications for our veterans and men/women in uniform.

Davis will be stepping down as state Garden Club president at the end of June. Her duties, which included extensive travel throughout Oregon and several other states, have been rewarding but she looks forward to “just participating” in the local activities of the Mt. Hood district and her club, the Odell Garden Club.

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