Our club has four main areas of interest: Horticulture, Floral Design, Conservation and Photography. Each has its own committee and members are expected to participate in at least one. Perhaps more importantly, our group is involved in various ways in our communities. Remember: you need not be an expert to enjoy a committee, and you may wish to join more than one in order to meet more people and learn what the committees do. Members are expected to be involved in at least one major committee, preferably more than one.

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Committees

in alphabetical order

A   C   D   E   F   G   H    P   S   V   W 

Handbook

Archivists liaison between The Weeders and The Philadelphia Historical Society and organizes, catalogs and maintains records and minutes.

Historian -- Maria Thompson - Chair

Laura Mitchell, Marty Morse

 

Awards  makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and/or the Membership for Weeders who qualify for the various Club and GCA awards.

GCA & Club Awards   Karen Shepard — Chair

Jackie Burke

Cheryl Cheston

Sonya Driscoll

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Marilyn Sprague

Lorraine Wallace

Sally Wood

Weeders Flower Show Awards -- Monica Church

Christmas Sale: at each December meeting, Weeders bring homemade comestibles, cut winter branches, holiday decorations, craft projects and assorted goods for sale to one another.  The committee organizes and staffs the sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund community projects. Some of the winter greens are also used to make holiday tray-table decorations for shut-ins.

Heather Gallagher -- Chair  Annette Toebe – Vice Chair

Linda Anderson --Advisor

Pam Bagby

Laura Carpenter

 

Monica Church

Biddie Edwards

Jeanne May

Christmas Decorations -- Polly Garnett

Christmas Wreaths --  Lynn Gibbons

Alice Nacey

Laura Riedel

 
 

Community Affairs The Club takes on various community projects in the Philadelphia region, some of them short-term, others ongoing. All members are encouraged to participate as they are able.

Gazebo Garden at Bryn Mawr maintains garden weekly during the growing season, 1-2 hours in the morning.

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair

Chris Cacioppo Connie Carlson

Laura Carpenter Patricia Doolittle

Hazel Hannaway

Elaine Lisle

Anne Marble

Marty Morse

Ellen Pemberton Lois Renthal

Anne Rhoads

Melissa Schweiter

Karen Shepard Marilyn Sprague Reggie Thomas Maria Thompson Mariana Wilson

Lorraine Wallace

Hilltop House Gardens   The gardens of this former mainline estate is maintained and enhanced by a group of volunteers Weeders.  Now part of Easttown Township, the venue is used for community events, weddings and other social activities.         

Nancy Holmes – Chair;  Jeanne May – Vice Chair

 

Tamra Adams

Michele Bolton

Pam Bagby

Laura Carpenter

Julie DeVuono

Heather Gallagher

Beth Hayes

Gretchen Kiernan

Diane McCallister

Jen Fryberger

Melissa Oeth

Laura Riedel

Marilyn Sprague

Ronald McDonald House (St. Christopher's, Philadelphia)-- group does floral arrangements twice/year at a member's home, then 1-2 deliver to hospital

Ellen Pemberton — Chair

Wendy Bailey

Laura Carpenter

Lynn Gibbons

Alice Nacey

Ellyn Spragins

Lorraine Wallace

​Strafford Station maintains plantings and containers; meets Tuesday mornings in season.--

Alice Doering -- Chair, Melissa Oeth -- Co-chair

Pam Bagby

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church

Polly Garnett

Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes

Gretchen Kiernan 

Jeanne May

Wendy Quereau

Laura Riedel

Marilyn Sprague 

Lesley Undercofler

 

Conservation/National Affairs & Legislation

Conservation investigates environmental projects for the committee/club members

to act upon, and reports findings to the club at meetings; encourages members to adhere to good gardening practices, and keeps them aware of environmental concerns The Committee keeps the Weeders informed on current conservation issues and promotes respect for natural resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship. Identifies and carries out conservation work locally; may include a hands-on project that The Weeders could promote in our community. The Chair or a delegate attends the NAL conference in Washington, DC annually. Makes recommendations and manages Conservation Contributions in conjunction with the Treasurer. 

Nancy Evans -- Conservation Chair              

Linda Anderson 
Lloyd Brown

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church Phoebe Driscoll Heather Gallagher

Phoebe Fisher

Kim Frisbie

Patty Greenhalgh

Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes

Elaine Lisle

Anne Marble

Diana Mason

Melissa Oeth

Ellie Penniman

Lois Renthal

Anne Rhoads

Marilyn Sprague Regina Wagner Penny Watkins Sally Wood

National Affairs and Legislation (NAL)

 

Keeps members abreast of environmental legislation, both national and state, and

may suggest action on bills before the legislature when appropriate; sends a member to the annual meeting of the GCA Conservation and National Affairs Meeting in Washington, DC each February.

Nancy Evans -- GCA NAL Rep.

Data Base -- Ellyn Spragins, Lorraine Wallace

Email Manager-- Ellyn Spragins 

 

Finance meets with the treasurer to help create budget and other financial matters.

Michele Bolton -- Chair

Jackie Burke

Nancy Evans

Patty Greenhalgh Sharon Hermann
Karen Shepard

Ellyn Spragins Mariana Wilson

Flower Show and Floral Design creates the schedules for two Club Flower Shows each year, runs those shows and organizes occasional workshops.

Flower Shows encompass three disciplines: horticulture, floral design and photography. We have two flower shows plus one photography show. Overall responsibility of Photography falls under FS Chair.  All members are encouraged to exhibit, and novice classes are often included. The committee creates the schedules for two or three intra-club shows each year, then sets up and staffs the show with clerks, passers, stagers and registrars.

Jeanne May  -- Chair            Monica Church --Vice Chair                    

Melissa Bullitt -- Photography Chair

Tamra Adams

Pam Bagby

Wendy Bailey

Beth Bartle

Michelle Bolton

Connie Carlson

Laura Carpenter

Cheryl Cheston

Julie DeVuono

Alice Doering

Patricia Doolittle

Jen Fryberger

Heather Gallagher

Lynn Gibbons

Patty Greenhalgh

Nancy Holmes  

Jane Kline​

Elaine Lisle​

Anne Marble

Diane McCallister

Patty Minehart

Alice Nacey

Melissa Oeth

Laura Riedel

Ellyn Spragins

Maria Thompson

Lorraine Wallace

Sally Wood

 
 
 

Founders' Fund Chair -- Sonya Driscoll

 
 

Garden History & Design documents the written, graphic and photographic records of significant gardens belonging to both Weeders and others in the area and submits them to the Smithsonian Institution for permanent recording.

Diane McCallister – Chair

Cheryl Cheston – Chair, 2021-22 Garden, GCA Representative

Lynn Gibbons – Photographer for 2020-21

Laura Mitchell – Co-Chair/Photographer 2021-22

Wendy Bailey

Beth Bartle

Michele Bolton

Laura Carpenter

Jen Fryberger

Polly Garnett

Diana Mason
Maria Thompson Lesley Undercofler

GCA Bulletin acts as liaison to the GCA to publicize news and activities of the Weeders.

Marilyn Sprague -- Chair 

 
 

Governance (formerly known as Nominating) identifies and recruits members for Officer positions and the Admissions Committee.         

Ellie Penniman  -- Chair

Patty Greenhalgh

Nancy Holmes

Karen Shepard

Marilyn Sprague

Maria Thompson

Lorraine Wallace

 

Horticulture plans and executes hands-on workshops on a variety of topics such as seed-starting, propagation by cuttings, trough-making and pruning; works with the Program and Flower Show committees to coordinate activities. 

Elaine Lisle  -- Chair,  Cindy Pierce -- Vice Chair

Tamra Adams

Pam Bagby

Wendy Bailey Jackie Burke 

Laura Carpenter Cheryl Cheston

Monica Church

Julie DeVuono

Alice Doering

Jen Fryberger

Lynn Gibbons

Patty Greenhalgh Beth Hayes

Sharon Herrmann

Nancy Holmes

Gretchen Kiernan

Diane McCallister

Anne Marble

Alice Nacey

Melissa Oeth

Laura Riedel

Anne Rhoads

Maria Thompson

Annette Toebe Lesley Undercofler Mariana Wilson

Sally Wood

Lorraine Wallace

Judging Rep. to GCA                 Alice Doering

Membership   Marilyn Sprague -- Chair 

                

See Handbook for information about proposing a new member.

Admissions

This committee shepherds the application process and ensures new members feel welcome and get involved as soon as possible. Committee members are elected to a three-year term.

Jeanne May                              to serve through 2021

Marilyn Sprague                       to serve through 2021

Jen Fryberger                           to serve through 2022

Linda Anderson                        to serve through 2022

Maria Thompson                      to serve through 2023

Membership/Hospitality welcomes, and mentors new members --Mariana Wilson

 
 

Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America (PCGCA)

 A Garden Club of America committee comprised of the GCA clubs in the Philadelphia area. A chief focus of this group is to raise funds from the member clubs, typically for seed money for urban horticultural projects.

Patty Greenhalgh, (as Club President)

            Sonya Driscoll, Delegate (Second Vice CoChair)

            Lorraine Wallace, Delegate (Co-Recording Secretary)

            Nancy Evans, Fertilizer Fund liaison

Weeders Delegates attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America and report back to the members.

                

Magnolia Tribute Garden Marilyn Sprague --  

Laura Carpenter

Physic Garden

Laura Carpenter, Laura Riedel, Melissa Schweiter

 

​Photography designs the schedule for Flower Show photography classes and may hold workshops.  Also takes photos of Weeders meetings and events for inclusion on our website and for GCA submissions.

Melissa Bullit -- Chair

Nancy Evans

Taddy Dawson

Anne Marble

Club Photographers:

Melissa Bullitt

Cheryl Cheston 

Taddy Dawson

Nancy Evans 

Anne Marble

Lorraine Wallace

 

Print and Communications requires skill in Word to create documents for the “Blue Book” and other printed materials. 

                 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair  Karen Shepard -- Vice Chair 

Lorraine Wallace - Advisor

Program This critical committee plans the meetings each year, including topics, speakers, venues and hostesses. Each Committee member is expected to oversee a meeting. All Weeders are expected to act as hostess/helper on a rotating basis. (Sustainers are exempt.)

Nancy Holmes — Chair, Laura Carpenter – Vice Chair

Linda Anderson Wendy Bailey Michele Bolton

Melissa Bullitt Jackie Burke
Sandy Cadwalader 

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church

Meg Devereux

Alice Doering

Patricia Doolittle

Biddie Edwards

Jen Fryberger

Patty Greenhalgh

Elaine Lisle

Anne Marble

Jeanne May

Diane McCallister

Patty Minehart

Laura Riedel

Karen Shepard

Ellyn Spragins

Marilyn Sprague

Reggie Thomas

Annette Toebe

Lorraine Wallace

Sally Wood

 
 

Scholarship identifies and recommends qualified individuals to the Executive Committee for GCA scholarship awards.   

Sonya Driscoll -- Chair and Rep. to GCA,  Regina Wagner -- Vice Chair

Sandy Cadwalader

Connie Carlson

Nancy Evans

Tessa Hooper

Patty Minehart

Melissa Oeth

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Karen Shepard

Marilyn Sprague

Maria Thompson

HULL AWARD           Julie DeVuono

 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair,  Karen Shepard --Vice Chair

Wendy Bailey

Laura Carpenter

Sonya Driscoll

Patty Greenhalgh

Anne Marble

Diane McCallister Elaine Lisle

Laura Riedel

Ellyn Spragins

Melissa Oeth

Marilyn Sprague

Maria Thompson

Sally Wood

Visiting Gardens  arranges occasional garden visits for members and their guests. Coordinates through GCA Zone Rep. visits for members of other GCA clubs who are visiting this area.  For further information, to visit gardens as you travel, see the GCA website (www.gcamerica.org) or contact the Visiting Gardens Chair

Polly Garnett -- Chair and Rep. to GCA

Laura Carpenter

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