WGC Regular Meetings
Westham Garden Club general meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through April at 9:30 AM and 7:00 PM unless otherwise scheduled. Social time begins at 9:30 AM with a business meeting and program following at 10:00 AM. Evening programs begin at 7:00 PM.
Meetings will be held at Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church, 7000 Park Avenue, 23226. Parking is at the back of the church. Enter through the double doors on the left.
The WGC website www.WesthamGardenClub.com contains the complete up-to-date club calendar, general meeting program information, forms, membership list, history, gardening resources, constitution and by-laws and more. The website is updated regularly and should be checked for changes to the calendar. Members Only section is password protected.
There are hands-on workshops with fees. Pre-registration is required and anyone who has not pre-registered will not have materials available at the meeting.
NOTE: WGC board and general meetings are cancelled when Henrico schools are closed.
Richmond Council of Garden Clubs programs are held at the Church of the Epiphany, 8000 Hermitage Road, Richmond 23228. Hospitality: 10-10:30 AM. Meeting followed by the program: 10:30-12 noon. Attendance is free and open to all WGC members. Annual meeting/luncheon in May requires a prepaid reservation.
Piedmont District Fall & Spring Meetings are held at Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond 23235. Any WGC member is invited to participate in the day-long meeting with a prepaid reservation that includes garden-related shopping opportunities, business meeting, lunch and a speaker.
Sept. 9- WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
Sallie Rhett’s home, 9100 University Blvd.
September 16- WGC Meetings
9:30 AM “Growing Flowers and Making a Hand-Tied Bouquet”
Speaker: Britton Barbee, owner of Prospect Hill Flower Farm
Britton Barbee from Prospect Hill Flower Farm (www.prospecthillfarm.net) will talk about growing over 40 flowers and foliage plants, including unusual or hard-to-grow annuals. Dahlias, lisianthus, and ranunculus are three of her specialties. She makes hand-tied bouquets for weddings and the farmers market at St. Stephens Church. Britton will speak about harvesting and conditioning flowers, and we will have a workshop on making a hand-tied bouquet.
Materials needed: clippers
Workshop Fee: $15.00 payable on CheddarUp or at the meeting
RSVP: Pre-register self and guest by September 8 to Elizabeth Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:00 PM “Using Market Bunches”
Speaker: David Pippin, Professional Floral Designer
David Pippin returns with a hands-on workshop. He will demonstrate what to do with a mixed bunch of flowers from the market. Members will then create an arrangement in their container using the flowers provided by WGC.
Materials Needed: small container, such as a pint jar, and clippers
Workshop Fee: $15.00 payable on CheddarUp or at the meeting.
RSVP: Pre-register self and guest by September 8 to Terri Crawford at email@example.com.
Oct. 7- WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
Judy Clough’s home, 7104 Pinetree Rd.
9:30 AM and 7:00 PM: “Floral Arrangement Demonstrations”
Speaker: Bron Hansboro, aka Bron the Flower Guy
Bron Hansboro (www.theflowerguybron.com) will demonstrate three arrangements at each meeting. He has been featured in Martha Stewart Magazine and in In Style Magazine. A local designer, he creates pieces that tell a story. Sometimes it is a story of color, texture, or scale. His favorite pallet is soft and organic, whimsical and timeless. We will conduct a raffle for his arrangements at each meeting.
October 21-24: VMFA Fine Arts and Flowers
WGC will conduct a workshop at VMFA as part of Fine Arts and Flowers. We will be teaching children how to design and make a posey. Sign-up sheets will be available at the September and October meetings for three sessions on Sunday, October 24.
Nov. 4-WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
Terri Crawford’s home, 7202 Pinetree Rd.
9:30 AM: “Hands-on Workshop with Seasonal Flowers”
Speaker: Louise Rucker
Louise Rucker returns, at popular request, with a hands-on workshop using seasonal flowers.
Materials needed: clippers and a small container.
Workshop fee: $15.00 payable on CheddarUp or at the meeting.
RSVP: Pre-register self and guest by November 3 to Elizabeth Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:00 PM: “Meals on Wheels”
Speaker: WGC member
WGC members will participate in a Richmond Council of Garden Clubs project to design and construct small fresh flower arrangements to accompany a meal delivered to Meals on Wheels clients.
Materials needed: clippers.
Program : “Wreath Workshop”
Speaker: WGC members.
The December wreath-making workshop will be on Sunday afternoon, December 5 at 1:00 PM and on Thursday, December 9 at 10:00 AM in Terri Crawford’s garage (7202 Pinetree Rd.). There will be a $20.00 charge to cover supplies, which have been expensive and difficult to find. Please bring two or more buckets full of conditioned greens (i.e, greens that have been in water overnight or longer), along with clippers. These wreaths are beautiful on their own, but If you want a bow, please bring one or the ribbon to make one. There will be a bow-making tutorial. Be sure to wear old, warm clothes and warm shoes. This project is wet and messy and we’ll be on a concrete floor. We will be making a wreath using soaked spaghnum moss that is wrapped onto a frame, allowing the wreath to last longer than one with no moisture.
Workshop fee: $15.00 fee for supplies payable via CheddarUp or at the workshop.
RSVP: Sign-up will be available at the November meeting.
Dec. 2-WGC Christmas Party, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Mary Helen Willett’s Home, 7708 Dartmoor Rd.
Feb. 3-WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM, Home of Ann Wilson
9:30 AM: “Tried, True and New Landscape Plants”
Speaker: Donna Burgen, James River Nurseries
Donna is the buyer of plants for James River Nurseries and has over 25 years of experience in Maryland, NC, and Virginia. She will introduce new plants, new varieties of boxwoods, and discuss plantings from Southern Living. There will be time for Q and A at the end of the program.
7:00 PM: “Kitchen Gardens”
Speaker: Virginia Tech Extension Office
Many of us love the idea of growing fresh vegetables but don’t have the space or the time. Kitchen gardens are a new trend that combines vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers in a garden that can be right outside your back door. Kitchen gardens can involve the entire family.
March 3-WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
Mary Helen Willett’s home, 7708 Dartmoor Rd.
9:30 AM: “Bees & Pollinators”
Speaker: Ashland Beekeepers Association
Ashland Beekeepers Association has over 200 members and supports bee research and education. A member will present a program on Bees & Pollinators.
7:00 AM: “How to Grow Orchids in the Home”
Speaker: Art Chadwick, Chadwick and Son
Art will explain the process of growing orchids in the home. He will bring a variety of orchids for the presentation and will offer them for sale at the end of the program.
Apr. 7-WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
Sheryl Jenkins’ home, 211 Wood Rd.
9:30 AM: “Spring Flower Hands-on Workshop”
Speaker: Kate Vernon, co-owner of the Arranger’s Market
Kate Vernon of The Arranger’s Market (www.thearrangersmarket.com) will conduct a hands-on workshop using spring flowers. She and her mother, Nancy Hugo, own the Arranger’s Market that not only provides floral services for events and individuals but also sells the best equipment and vases for those who want to create beautiful arrangements. They specialize in easy-to-use containers that are smart, simple and sophisticated, with a focus on the flowers and not the vessel.
Materials needed: clippers and a small container.
Workshop fee: $15.00 payable on CheddarUp or at the workshop.
RSVP: Pre-register self and guest by April 4 to Terri Crawford at email@example.com.
7:00 PM: “Designs from your own Backyard”
April is the magical month when gardens start to come to life. Experiment with color, height, new varieties and combinations when planting for the summer. Learn how to use the bounty in your own yard to make an inspired and beautiful arrangement. This is a hands-on workshop and flowers will be provided.
Materials needed: clippers, container, greens from your yard
Workshop fee: $10.00 payable on CheddarUp or at the meeting
RSVP: Pre-register self and guest by April 4 to Terri Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 21- Spring Cocktail Party
May 12-WGC Annual Luncheon, 11:30 AM
Christy Holsten’s home, 300 Lakewood Drive
May 26, 2022-WGC Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
Home of Sallie Rhett, 9100 University Blvd.