Our Club Then and Now

The first meeting of The Landings Garden Club took place on October 22, 1986 with 27 women in attendance.  At that time The Landings consisted of Marshwood, Plantation and Midpoint.  Today,  The Landings has grown to 9,000 homes and added Deer Creek, Oakridge and Moon River Landing. 
Our Club has grown too, in its over 30 years, to more than 125 members.  We are part of the National Garden Club, which is recognized as the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. Of the original group Joan Ross, Marguerite Weisemann, and Sandra Wolf are still members. 
We are proud to announce that our projects earned the Club numerous awards from the Garden Club of Georgia, the Deep South Region, the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Oleander District. 
Oleander District 
Awards Allstar Club
Special Achievement
Butterfly Award
Garden Club of Georgia
7 - 1st Place Awards
3 - 2nd Place Awards
Deep South Region
2 - 1st Place Awards
1 - 3rd Place Award
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
2 - Certificates of Appreciation
Oleander District 
Awards Allstar Club
Horticulture Excellence-Club
Butterfly Award
Garden Club of Georgia
10 1st Place Awards
Deep South Region
5 Total - 4 1st Place -and 1 2nd Place
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
4 Total - 2 1st 
1 - Certificate of Appreciation

Oleander District 
Awards Allstar Club
Horticulture Excellence - Individual (Betsey Andersen)
Garden Club of Georgia
15 Total Awards ~ 13 were 1st Place Awards 
Deep South Region 
4 Total ~ 2  - 1st and 2 - 2nd Place Awards 
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
One - 1st Place
Oleander District 
Allstar Club
Membership Award
Horticulture Excellence - Club
Garden Club of Georgia
10 - 1st Place Awards
Deep South Region 
4 - 2nd Place Awards
National Garden Club
2 - 1st Place Awards
Oleander District 
Membership Award
Butterfly Award
Garden Club of Georgia
7 - 1st Place Awards
1 - 3rd Place Award
Deep South Region 
1 - 2nd Place Award
National Garden Club
1 - 1st Place Award 
1 Honorable Mention
Here are some of our Club’s many accomplishments over the past 32 years:
  • Arbor Day observance each February, including a Cathedral Live Oak tree at Moonriver Overlook in 2018 and two Red Maple trees at Sparrow Field in 2019
  • Renovated and maintain the Serenity Garden at Memorial Hospital's Anderson Cancer Institute
  • Purchased, planted and maintain several beds at Bethesda Academy
  • Maintain container gardens at Landings Club facilities
  • Plantings and maintenance of front garden of the Village Library 
  • Financial support and volunteer labor for The Sparrow Field, a project of Skidaway Audubon 
  • Landscaping of St. Luke’s Place, a home for disabled young people in Savannah   
  • Adopt-A-Highway Litter Control on Diamond Causeway 
  • 30 Continuous years of contributing gifts, toiletries and clothing for patients at Georgia Regional Hospital  
  • Donations of artwork and Christmas gifts to residents of Central State Hospital 
  • Enhancement of landscaping of Mall Branch of Chatham County Public Library 
  • Wildflower Garden on Diamond Causeway 
  • Planting of oleanders at Pinpoint GA in honor of Clarence Thomas 
  • Annual Support of Area Council Botanical Garden Center on Eisenhower 
  • Holiday Decoration of The Landings Community Gates  
  • Blue Star Memorial Marker installation 2007 
  • Butterfly Garden at Skidaway Island State Park established and funded since 2009 
  • The Nature Trail at The Landings, the club purchased plants, established and identified a beautiful, 2.5 mile native plant trail, winning 1st place in the National Garden Club’s ‘Conservation Award’ and a $1,000 prize. 
  • Planted an American Liberty Elm Tree in honor of 9-11, which is located near Lagoon 58, off Sounding Point Retreat in Oakridge 
Check Out The Photo Archive Showcasing Our Rich History

The Landings Garden Club became federated with the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., in 1987 and thus became a member of the National Garden Club, Deep South Region, Garden Club of Georgia, Oleander District and the Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs.  The National Garden Clubs has eight regions: New England, South Atlantic, Deep South, Central Atlantic, South Central, Rocky Mountain and Pacific.  The Deep South region includes six states: Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.  The Garden Club of Georgia has seven districts: Azalea, Camellia, Dogwood, Laurel, Magnolia, Oleander and Redbud. 

  Charitable Gifts

  • State Botanical Garden of Athens
  • Children's Garden at SBC in Athens
  • Cherokee Garden Library
  • Founders Memorial Garden
  • Historic Preservation
  • Land Trust: Marshall Forest
  • Natural Disaster Support (GCG)
  • Roadside Beautification
  • State Parks & Public Lands
  • Blue Star Marker Restoration Fund
  • Garden Therapy Fund
  • C. Burke Day, Jr. Memorial Fund
  • Friends of the State Botanical Garden
  • GCG State Headquarters
  • GCG Scholarship
  • Orphaned Bird Care
  • Ogeechee Riverkeeper
  • Ossabaw Island Foundation
  • Penny Pines (NGC)
  • Skidaway Audubon Society
  • Safe Shelter-Children's Garden
  • UGA Marine Ext. - J Wolf Trail Project
and many more

Holiday Bow Sales

In order to support our many charitable and community projects, the Landings Garden Club sells handmade holiday bows.  Our members gather during the summer months to create more than 800 bows in several sizes and colors.
The bows have become a traditional holiday decor in our community.  Between November 15th and December 15th, bows are sold at the Skidaway Village and at special island and Club events.  Click Here for details about Holiday Bow sale dates and times.
Landings Garden Club Presidents
Helen Szmyd                   1986-1988
Marilyn Salie                  1988-1989
Jean Whelan                   1989-1990
Marilyn Salie                   1990-1991
Betty Bangs                     1991-1992
Betty Harris                     1992-1993
Marion Kunce                  1993-1994
Evelyn Kersten                 1994-1995
Dulcy Green                     1995-1996
Anne Dauray                    1996-1997
Melissa Parish                 1997-1998
Betty Cornwall                 1998-1999
Caroline Nusloch             1999-2000
Edith Teifeld                    2000-2001
Dixie Diffenderfer            2001-2002
Barbara Paull                  2002-2003
Mary Soule                      2003-2004
Nancy Strobel                 2004-2005
Patsy Dulles                     2005-2007
Claudette Engvall           2007-2008
Anne Gardner                 2008-2010
Lisa Hall                         2010-2011
Judy Sweeterman          2011-1012
Anne Guira                     2012-2013
Leslee Bowler                 2013-2015
Margaret Hunter           2015-2016
Tina Zipperer                2016-2018
Diane Ingram                2018-2019
Jane Golz                      2019-2020
Hannah Burtnik            2020-2022
Pam Patterson              2022-2023
Vickie Meinke               2023-2024

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