Glad Garden Club hears from local florist
By Whitley Clifton | April 2, 2020 2:44 pm
The Glad Garden Club held its regular meeting Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the campus of East Georgia State College. Members were delighted to entertain a program presented by Jim Roberts, florist and owner of Southern Traditions Floral & Gifts.
The original program included a demonstration of floral arranging including use of greenery, flowers, and containers, but members couldn’t help but want to hear firsthand about Roberts’ trip to the White House to decorate at Christmas for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. There are very specific rules regarding receiving an invitation. Regardless of reputation and past experience, florists must apply every to be considered for the honor. The whole process starts in February. The first day is reception day, which is quite opulent with massive food and drinks and military bands playing a variety of moving music. There are so many themed rooms at the White House that it would be challenging to name them all. Each room has a different vision. One memorable room is the East Landing that has the Gold Star Tree as its focal point to honor the U.S. military and their families. The tree is adorned with patriotic ribbons intended to serve as a reminder of the selflessness of the American heroes who defend our nation.
Roberts’ responsibility was to oversee and decorate all the mantels and did note that the Secret Service was all around at all times. There are specific rules for everything, even a rule about the proper tying of a White House bow. Roberts was perhaps most impressed by the vision and process involving the Blue Room. The Blue Room is dedicated to the Grand Tree. This is the official tree that is brought to the White House by a horse-drawn carriage and greeted by the First Family. This tree is decorated with handmade paper flowers from every state and U.S. territory paying homage to all. (There was also an HGTV special including Robert at the White House.)
After the program, the Glad Garden Club discussed the disappointment of having the Pine Tree Festival cancelled as members were looking forward to participating for the first time in modern history. However, the club realizes this decision was absolutely necessary to secure the health and safety of all the citizens of Emanuel County. Glad Garden Club is looking forward to the 75th Annual Pine Tree Festival scheduled for May 7-8, 2021.
Members then adjourned for lunch at the Coleman House.
On March 23, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order to restrict and gatherings of 10 or more and requires those who are medically fragile to shelter in place. This order is in effect until April 6, 2020 unless continued by Governor Kemp. The Georgia Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Department of Education, has deemed it necessary to temporarily close schools, colleges, and universities and postpone or cancel mass gatherings. All events at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center have been cancelled, and no visitors will be allowed to the Fulford Center. These measures are in place to reduce the potential outbreak of COVID-19. Therefore, in this age of uncertainty, unless otherwise notified, the Glad Garden Club will not have its regularly scheduled meeting on April 13, 2020. The club hopes to return to our regularly scheduled meeting on May 11, 2020, which will be the year-end picnic.
The Glad Garden Club is a member of the Deep South Region of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Oleander District of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.