District III is finally coming out of the pandemic by meeting in person.

The Garden Club of Signal Mountain celebrated its Centennial Celebration in combination with the annual Christmas Tea. For Signal Mountain’s celebration, a quilt was designed by Jean Faircloth and Rhita Eichhorn. Each club member made a square for the quilt.

The quilt will be a travelling quilt and on display at the town halls of Signal Mountain and Walden, the fire departments of Signal Mountain and Walden, McCoy Farm and Gardens, the Mountain Arts Community Center, and various community churches.

The Signal Mountain Library will be the permanent home for the quilt. President-Elect of TGC Denise Thorne, District IV Director Wanda Taylor, and Vice-Director Janie Bitner attended the Tea and Centennial Celebration.

On February 26, District III held its Day of Gardening at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in East Ridge, after a two-year hiatus. Scotty Smith, director of Land Conservation, and Bryon Brooks, Invasive Species specialist, from Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center were our featured speakers. We made approximately $800 on arts and crafts items sold.

District III will host a booth at the native plant sale at the First Horizon Pavilion in Chattanooga on March 19. Information and brochures from District III clubs are available for anyone interested in our area garden clubs.

The District III spring meeting is set for March 29, 9:30 a.m. at McCoy Farm & Gardens. Marty Roberts, Sallie Ford, and Kit Handley will present a program about the gardens at McCoy. A tour of the gardens will take place after the program.

The Garden Club of Signal Mountain plans a flower show on June 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. The theme of this show is “Our National Parks” and is titled “America’s Treasures.” We hope many of you will attend this show.

Thank you.

Diane Ryder
District III Director