June 8, 2010: When we arrived for the Presidents' Meeting we found another unscheduled activity already underway in the auditorium of the U.S. National Arboretum. So, it being a sunny, cool, low humidity day, we moved the meeting to the Friendship Garden behind the Arbor House gift shop. The irony was that two weeks earlier, the District I board, after an extensive debate on whether to have a picnic or a luncheon, decided on a luncheon and we ended up with a picnic anyway.
A patio table became the sign-in table (l); NCA President Mary Ellen Alden addresses the meeting on the lawn under the shade:
NCA Awards Chair Babs McClendon presented a National Garden Club award to District I for the memorial grove project with Prospect Hill Cemetery. (Go here for more on this award.) McClendon also presented two National Garden Club awards to Tanta Cove Garden Club President Poss Tarpley--a Standard Flower Show in Public Building Rosette and the Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit for their 2009 Twigs and Sprigs newsletter:
Julie Harrison, president of Mount Airy Clay Breakers Garden Club, provided this hydrangea arrangement for the buffet table: