The Garden Club of Jacksonville hosted our Annual Meeting on May 19. Members of the Board of Trustees, Circle members, and Friends members joined to approve the new Board, hear a report from the treasurer, and learn about progress on the work to build a resilient campus landscape for the next 100 years of the Garden Club. 

Board President Tiffany Davis began the program with a warm welcome and a moment to honor Garden Club members who have passed in the past year. Treasurer Jennifer Newman presented a financial report, outlining a summary of this year’s income and expenses. Awards Chair LaVonne O’Shields presented this year’s awards. Winners were presented with commemorative plaques and certificates.

This year’s award winners were: 

  • Mary Noble McQuerry Award: Garden Divas Circle
  • Mentor of the Year: Connie Long of the Garden Divas Circle
  • Community Action Award: Garden Divas Circle
  • Red Geranium Award of Recognition: Ann Scheu of the Ortega Forest Garden Circle
  • President’s Membership Award: Ortega Forest Garden Circle
  • Garden Therapy Award: Heather Garden Circle

First Vice President Ann Sauer outlined the past year’s programs, thanked each program chair for their work, and welcomed in the new Vice President of Programs Lynda Erwin. Executive Director Denise M. Reagan outlined the Garden Club’s upcoming programs, outreach initiatives, and this year’s membership numbers. She also discussed the landscape project’s contractor, ML+H, and upcoming updates.

You can watch the full 2022 Annual Meeting below.

2022- 2023 Board of Trustees


Tiffany Davis, President
Bonnie Pope, First Vice President
Debbie Byrd, Second Vice President
Lynda Erwin, Vice President of Programs
Jennifer Newman, Treasurer
Currently Vacant, Recording Secretary
Julie Howard, Corresponding Secretary

Board of Trustees

Lauren Baxter
Arthur Bides
Shawana Brooks
John Burr
Susan Caton
Susan Caven
Martha Collins Davis
Victor Hughes
Chanel Lee
Karen McCombs
Cyndy Reynolds
Becky Rood
Sam Runyon
Marianne Salas
Ann Sauer
Nathaniel Sellers
Jan Sillik
Shari Thanner
Irene Woodworth