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Federated Garden Clubs' Annual Conference Set - Local Group To Host Meet

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Tuesday, September 29, 1959 

Federated Garden Clubs' Annual Conference Set

Local Group To Host Meet

More than 200 members of the District 2A, Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan, are expected to attend an annual conference Monday in the Michigan Union.

A coffee hour and registration are set for 9 a.m., with the conference opening at 9:45 a.m.

Speakers will be Mrs. Ethel G. Mullison of Midland, Ann Arbor News syndicated columnist on horticulture, and Miss Elzada U. Clover, University professor of Botany and curator of the U-M Botanical Gardens. Prof. Clover’s topic will be “Knowledge of Flowers.”

President of the hosting Ann Arbor Garden Club, Mrs. James Hayward, will welcome those attending the conference.

Roll call from member clubs in Monroe, Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale and Washtenaw counties will be answered by presidents or delegates, each of whom will give a short report.

Mrs. Charles T. Campbell of Adrian, director of the district, will preside at the morning session.

Educational films will be shown. Mrs. Raleigh Schorling assisted by Mrs. Herbert Sager and Mrs. Joseph Farboux  are in charge of arrangements for a chrysanthemum exhibit.

State board members will be introduced by Mrs. George A. Coulton of Detroit and president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan, at the 1 p.m. luncheon.

Mrs, F. A. Filie, general chairman, is being assisted by Mrs. E. L. S. Goodwin, films; Mrs. Peter Olmsted, luncheon, and Mrs. Stanley Thayer, signs.

Mrs. Morley Beckett, hostess chairman, will be assisted by Mrs. Robert H. Stimpson, Mrs. John Carey, Miss Florence Mc-Louth, Mrs. Seward Miller, Mrs. Walter Badger, Mrs. Ralph Berry, Mrs. Robert Berry, Mrs. Lee Young, Mrs. James England, Mrs. C. Merle Dixon, Mrs. James Grace, Mrs. Russell A. Stevenson, and Mrs. J. P. Wer-nette.

Mrs. Clinton Purdy and Mrs. Herbert Hall, co-chairmen of decorations, will be assisted by Mrs. Herbert Johe, Mrs. Ralph Johns, Mrs. Herbert Sager, Mrs. Larry Robertson, Mrs. Charles Tieman, Mrs. E. H. Leslie, Mrs. William Hiser, Mrs. Carl N. Hanke, Mrs. Fred Black, Mrs. Rudolph Bergsma, Mrs. F. Clever Bald, Mrs. Russell O. Everhart, Mrs. William Dorrance and Mrs. Hayward.

Mrs. Otto R. Greschke and Mrs. William Giefel, past presidents of the Ann Arbor Garden Club, will pour at the morning coffee hour. Mrs. George Wild will deliver the luncheon invocation.

Reservations will be received through Thursday by the University Extension Service, Conference Department, 1610 Washtenaw Ave.


TABLE CENTERPIECE: Mrs. James Hayward, president of the Garden Club of Ann Arbor, works on one of the many centerpieces to be used at the conference. The dried arrangement is made with an interior of sphagnum moss which is soaked in water, formed into a ball, and then covered with chicken wire. The "branches" are made from wild weeds. A small branch is covered with florists' tape to form the "stump" and then placed in the pot of dirt. At left is a finished centerpiece.