Our Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity, a member of the National Garden Club, Inc., Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, Inc., Central Atlantic Region, Inc., District XI, celebrated its 75th anniversary on Oct. 25. The event was an exquisite, small standard flower show. It was held in Cathedral Hall at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia’s Andorra neighborhood. Cathedral Village has graciously provided the venue for several years.

Officers of Our Garden Club are Lorraine S. Moore is president of Our Garden Club; Lillian H. Ransom is vice president. Other officers are Dorothy Foster, Linda Mingo, Lydia Allen-Berry and Valerie Hutton.

This year’s chair, Linda Mingo, did a terrific job. The club was advised that with minor tweaking, they could have qualified for national recognition of the show.

The show was a crowd-pleasing success. Exhibits were judged by four National Council of State Garden Club judges, who commended the club for the quality of the show. The exhibits were outstanding and this year’s first place winners in the artistic and design classes were Dorothy Foster, Lydia Allen Berry, Pat Lewis, Wilhelmina Jackson and Dr. Wilfreda Baugh , who received the “Designer’s Choice Award” and “Best of Show.”

Major horticulture winners were Pat Lewis, Lorraine Moore, Lynette Harrison, Lillian Ransom, Pauline Fonville, Valerie Hutton, Dr. Wilfreda Baugh and Cynthia Wright.

Pat Lewis also received the “Growers Choice” award for her landscape garden and Cynthia Wright received an award for horticultural excellence and an award of merit.

Although Our Garden Club of Philadelphia and Vicinity has been in existence since 1939, it did not become federated until 1989. It is the oldest continuously active African-American garden club in America and is a part of the state and national Association of Gardeners. One of the club’s members, Joanna Lewis, was the first African-American regional director of District XI of The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

Baugh joined the club in 1972 and first exhibited in The Philadelphia Flower Show in 1974. She won first in her class and the blue and gold for the best of the day. Baugh remarked, “It was like hitting the jackpot. I was hooked. I have exhibited each year, including while in medical school and during my residency.” Baugh is currently chair of one of the major artistic exhibits for the 2015 Philadelphia Horticultural Society Flower Show. She also received “Best in the Show” and “Designers Choice “awards for one of her incredible exhibits.

Our Garden Club was thrilled to receive commendations from President Barack Obama, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia City Council.

One of the newest members of the club, Elaine Evans DeVaughn, expressed how thrilled she was to exhibit for the first time this year.

Junior members made quite a statement as well with gorgeous masks, bookmarks and challenge plants that were not submitted for judging. Their exhibits were awesome.

Congratulations to the 2014 Flower Show Committee who did a magnificent job on this milestone event.

Have a fantastic week, “Out & About,” everyone!

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