About Us

The Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, Inc. (CBGC), is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit volunteer community organization that promotes the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility.  We are a member of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (VFGC), and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.  NGC provides education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

Our club was organized in 1953 by Addie Smith Roberts, who served as our first club president and was active in local, district, state and National Garden Clubs. We have 46 current members who reside throughout the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Our home base is the historic Chesapeake Bay fishing community of Reedville, Virginia. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month, September through June, at Festival Halle in Reedville. (November and December are dedicated to our annual fundraiser of holiday wreath and tree making.) We begin each meeting with a light lunch at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) followed by a business meeting and educational program. Horticulture specimens and floral designs are exhibited and judged at each meeting. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills, share "tricks-of-the-trade", make new friends and maintain ties to the community. In addition to the monthly meetings, there are special interest projects and workshops, field trips, and educational programs that offer opportunities for involvement in a variety of interests.

 
Contact us at info@chesbaygc.org for more information. Guests are always welcome to attend a meeting. Come Join Us!!   

Addie Roberts, founder and first club president [1953], left a legacy of beauty and service to our club, the Piedmont District, her church and community, and to the many people who crossed her path.

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Sharon Lemke, CBGC President, 2021-2023

"Plants don't set limits on themselves... Plants allow their strengths to make them stronger... Plants turn toward the sun... Plants are adaptable... Plants add value to other peoples lives... Plants move at their own pace... I challenge you to not shy away from your uniqueness, but let it shine. Variety does make us stronger.  Let us be thankful for plants and the lessons they teach us. So, let's move forward and together face the upcoming year."

Our Mission

Working together to share our love and knowledge of gardening and to make our world a better place through conservation, beautification and environmental protection.

 
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Club Officers 2021-23

President  .......................  Sharon Lemke

1st Vice President  .........  Sharon Stieber

2nd Vice President  .......  Debbie Boze

Recording Secretary  ....  Trish Mrzyglod

​Assistant Recording

     Secretary  ..................  Anne Haynie

Corresponding

     Secretary  ..................  Debbie Gwaltney

Treasurer  .......................  Jacque Konzelman

Assistant Treasurer  .......  Vicky Bowen

Club Committee Chairs & Appointees 2021-23

Committee Chairs

Awards  ...................................  Sarita Lentz

Birds, Butterflies & Bees  .......  Susan Brandli

Civic Development /

Youth Projects  ........................  Joanne Gills

Conversation / Recycling  ......  Alice Stieve

Floral Exhibits​  ........................  Kathie Truxall

Horticulture  ............................  Rebecca Elston

Hospitality  ..............................  Carol Cole, Elizabeth Cali

Landscape Design  .................  Debbie Gillispie

Membership  ...........................  Sandra Ehlert, Pam Plumb

Photography  ..........................  Debbie Gwaltney

Publicity  .......................................  Karen Luzuriaga

Ways and Means  .........................  TBD

Special Interest Groups

     Nitti-Gritti Garden Group  .....  Wonda Allain

     Beyond the Garden  ...............  Susan Brandli

Appointees

Chaplain  ......................................  Cyndy Boyce​

Parliamentarian  ...........................  Carol Cole

Webmaster  .................................   Vicky Bowen

Club Membership

Current Membership

46 active members (including eight Landscape Design Consultants, five CBGC Flower Show Judges, seven Master Gardeners, three Master Naturalists)

 

Accredited Master Flower Show Judge

Rebecca Elston

Accredited Flower Show Judges

Dody Douglas, Sharon Lemke, Carol Medlin, Darleen Nelson

Members Holding ...

State Offices (VFGC) 

Darleen Nelson    Second Vice President, VFGC Judges

                              Council

Rebecca Elston    Chairman, Credentials

District Offices (PIedmont)

Rebecca Elston    Representative, Flower Show School

Darleen Nelson    President, Judges Council; Chair,

                               Plant Together Community Gardens​

Sharon Lemke       Secretary, Judges Council

Carol Medlin         Chairman, Natural Disasters; USA/World

                               Gardening