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Presidents Message
MAR 2023

“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” After a cold, rainy winter, we will welcome springtime with open arms AND our gardening tools! There will be much to do when spring has sprung and the sun is shining. Come out and help with any and all of our important Beautification projects: La Bella Fontana Park, Naples Elementary School, Naples Plaza and the 2nd St.  pots.

Spring flowers will be blooming just in time for our “Birds, Bees and Butterflies” Flower Show on April 27th; what says SPRING more than that?! Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun and enter floral arrangements, container gardens, table settings, etc.  And don’t miss Leigh Anne Janelli of Sweet Peas, the guest speaker at our March 13th General Meeting, when she will demonstrate some helpful hints and ideas for the Flower Show.

A big thank-you to Laura Conte for organizing another successful Dine-Out at Small Café, and to all who supported both the restaurant and NIGC that day. Small Café very generously donated 15% of the entire day’s income to our Garden Club!

We are thrilled to have such special new members coming on board! Last month, a New Member Orientation was held to welcome them and to introduce them to all of the ways they can participate in our many activities. Thank you Maureen Schultz, 2nd VP-Membership, and team for organizing such a special afternoon. And thank you Nancy Emslie, for opening your lovely home, perfect for gathering this large group of New Members, Sponsors and Board Members.

We recently created an Ad Hoc Committee to examine our rules and to streamline the Membership process. Thank you to Tish Camp and committee for taking on this important task. Please review the proposed Bylaws changes, following in this issue. We will have a membership vote at our next General Meeting.

Wishing everyone a happy St Patrick’s Day!​

Warm wishes,


NIGC History

The fertile soil and gentle climate of the South were perhaps the reason the first garden club in America was founded there. The Ladies Garden Club of America was formed in 1891 in Athens, GA.  Garden clubs quickly expanded throughout the South and then across our nation. The National Garden Club, of which we are members, was established in 1929.  These clubs were not just concerned with teas and genteel Flower Shows or improvement of members’ private gardens. Many clubs were the earliest advocates of civic beautification, planting of street trees, maintenance of parks, and campaigns against blight especially billboards.  Restoration and maintenance of nearby historic gardens was also a priority of many clubs.


14 Years as a "Blue Ribbon" Club

One that participates in and fulfills the objectives of the CIGCI and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), and demonstrates a well rounded program with many diverse activities and projects - all for the good of the community.  

NIGC Membership

128 Members

Meetings 2nd Monday of the Month

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. -  Social

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  -  Program

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 pm. - Business Meeting


NIGC P.O. Box 14688 Long Beach, CA 90803-4688

For membership information email


Meetings are limited to members and their invited guests

Officers 2021-2022

President -Deborah Smith

1st Vice President - Linda Frame       

2nd Vice-President - Maureen Schultz

Treasurer - Ann Devlin-Snyder

Corresponding Secretary - Lynne Clarke           

Recording Secretary - Beverly Butters               

Past President - Pam McCredie

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