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News Flash:  Chippewa Garden Club Named Garden Club of the Year!! June 7, 2018.

Yes, it’s happened before….seven times before to be exact.  But the pride and sense of accomplishment never wear off.

At their convention in Cincinnati on June 7, 2018, the Garden Club of Ohio presented its awards for projects and accomplishments during 2017.  Chippewa Garden Club won a total of 18 awards—13 of them were for first place!  Here are the first place projects:

  • Arbor Day distribution of seedlings to third graders,
  • Decoration of the Glow tree at the Cleveland Botanical Garden)
  • Planting of a Monarch Way Station at the Brecksville Community Garden,
  • Garden Therapy at Pleasantview Care Center,
  • Youth program at the Library for Mother’s Day,
  • Youth award and youth leader award for the Recess Gardening program at Central School,
  • Best Standard Flower Show in a public building and best Schedule for our Flower Show “This Land is Our Land”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Metroparks,
  • Outstanding Garden Club for our size (39 members).

We also received first place awards for our membership flyer (best publication), best newsletter, and best website.  Our landscaping of the historical marker for the establishment of Brecksville Township and the Flower Show educational exhibit received second place awards; our 2017 publicity book and yearbook received honorable mention.

The top award, Garden Club of the Year, is based on a point system, scoring each project or award topic as judged by the Garden Club of Ohio.  Chippewa scored the highest among the other medium-sized clubs and then won overall among all clubs of all sizes.  There are approximately 140 other garden clubs in Ohio that belong to the Garden Club of Ohio organization.  We are honored to be considered the best for 2017!

“Woodland Inspired Holiday Trends”, 11/14/2017:

Chippewa Garden Club presented its annual Holiday fundraiser program “Woodland Inspired Holiday Trends”, the evening of November 14, 2017, at the Brecksville Community Center.  The program featured Hudson, Ohio florists Molly Taylor and Bailey Wilson of Molly Taylor and Company.  The speakers highlighted current designs styles of the 2017 Holiday Season and created floral swags, wreaths and tablescapes illustrating the natural woodland theme popular this Holiday Season.

Guests enjoyed not only the speakers’ presentation but refreshments and raffle items donated by the Chippewa Club members and community entrepreneurs.  Funds from the event will be used for Chippewa Garden Club’s many community projects planned for the year of 2018.  The Chippewa Garden Club has been committed to serving the community since the Club’s inception in 1949, by cultivating beauty through gardening, promoting the fine art of floral design, aiding in the protection of native plants and wildlife, encouraging civic beautification and providing  horticultural educational opportunities to the community.

Thanks to all who participated in making this event a great success!


This Land is Our Land:  A Standard Flower Show, July 22-23, 2017:

On July 22 and 23, 2017, Chippewa Garden Club presented a Standard Flower Show at the Brecksville Community Center. The title of the show was This Land is Our Land and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Metroparks.  The show included 28 designs whose inspirations were one of the Metroparks reservations. Fifty-three classes of horticulture were included in the show. All the horticulture exhibits were fresh and grown by our club members. The show also included an Education Division and Botanical Arts Division (photography and artistic crafts).

The reasons we do biennial Flower Shows are to educate the public as well as our members in horticulture and flower design and to provide an outlet for creative expression. We certainly met those objectives. Check out our award winners below.

Award winners for the 2017 This Land is Our Land Flower Show:

For Designs:

Award of Design Excellence: Lenore Siegman

Designers Choice Award/Seibel Award: Lenore Siegman

Petite Award/Zuzan Silver Bowl:  Jo Ann Bartsch

For Horticulture:

Award of Horticulture Excellence: JoAnn Sherman

Arboreal Award – Branches of  Trees/Shrubs:  Debbie Schuckert

Collectors Showcase:

Collections – Foliage:  JoAnn Sherman

Growers Choice:

Foliage Container Grown Plants: Judy Guinn

Flowering Container Grown Plants:  Judy Guinn

Container Grown Succulents: Charlene Schuh

Combination Containers: Margaret DeWolf

Awards of Merit:

Cut Specimen Flowering Perennial: Debbie Schuckert

Cut Specimen Foliage Perennial: Kathy Habib

Cut Specimen Flowering Annual: Debbie Schuckert

Cut Specimen Foliage Annual: Lynne Evans

Vegetables: Jo Ann Bartsch

For Education:

The Educational Award: Kathy Ziemba

Botanical Arts:

Photography:  Jo Ann Bartsch

Sweepstakes Awards:

For Design: Lenore Siegman and Judy Guinn (tie!)

For Horticulture: Kathy Habib



Chippewa Garden Club won two awards for its work in youth gardening.  On June 7, 2017, we, along with the Emerald Necklace Garden Club, won an award for Youth Garden Club Beautification for the rain garden installed and planted at Central School.  That project also won a First Place for Youth Environmental Education from the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

On May 6, 2016, National Garden Clubs, Inc. presented three awards to Chippewa Garden Club.  They were:

  • A certificate of commendation for Youth Horticulture Education (for the Recess Gardening Program at Central School);
  • The Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit for our “Art in the Garden” Newsletter; and
  • An Achievement Award (with Rosette) and certificate of commendation for a Club Standard Flower Show for our 2015 Flower Show “Artists in Our Garden”

Congratulations to all our members who worked on all these projects.  A special round of applause to Pat G. who edits our award-winning newsletter.



At its 88th Annual Convention April 5-7, 2016, the Garden Club of Ohio named Chippewa Garden Club the Garden Club of the Year for our work accomplished in 2015.  The first time Chippewa won this award was in 1971, and we won another five times from 1999 to 2013.  This most recent award is the seventh time our club has been honored among the approximately 150 garden clubs throughout Ohio.

The top award is based on a point system, scoring each project or award topic as judged by the Garden Club of Ohio.  Chippewa scored the highest among the other medium-sized clubs and then won overall among all clubs of all sizes.

We won three awards for our 2015 Flower Show, Artists in our Garden, held last September.  The show itself won a first place award, the schedule a second place, and the educational exhibit a third place.  You can see what the Flower Show looked like in the photos to the right, and scroll down to see all the individual winners at the show.

A total of seven other first place awards were given to the Garden Club for our Arbor Day projects, youth projects, garden therapy, newsletter, yearbook, and membership brochure.  Second place awards were given for the establishment of a Monarch WayStation at Central School and our website.

Co-Presidents Kathy Habib and Jo Ann Bartsch attended the awards ceremony in Dayton Ohio.  Both were overwhelmed at our success, noting that this was only possible because we have such an active membership.  Our members not only participate in our civic projects, especially the Flower Show, but are willing to document our activities in the required award briefs!  We’re hoping that some of our projects go on to win regional or national awards later this year.  Stay tuned.

A round of applause for all our members!!