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Cardinal Council of Garden Clubs of Kentucky

We are saddened by the loss of Melanie Smith, president of BGGC. If you’d like to individually donate to HANDS Memorial Tree Fund for Melanie, please refer to the following information:

Send your check (NO CASH, PLEASE!) made out to “CARDINAL COUNCIL” and in the Memo line add “HANDS MEMORIAL - MELANIE SMITH. 


Please mail your check to: 

Connie Vincent

P O Box 157

Smiths Grove, KY 42171


HANDS is a Memorial/Honorary and Community tree planting project. Memorial trees are normally planted in the fall at local elementary schools. A dedication ceremony is normally held in the spring.

Welcome to the website of the Cardinal Council of Kentucky Garden Clubs located in Bowling Green, Warren, County, Kentucky. There are three local clubs in the Cardinal Council:

Bowling Green Garden Club organized in 1934 and federated in 1935.

Two Creeks Garden Club organized in 1988 and federated in 1989

Warren East Garden Club organized in 1992 and federated in 1993.

Glasgow Garden Club organized in 1933 and federated in 1937, joined the Cardinal Council in the spring of 2019.

Several other garden clubs were members of the Cardinal Council.  See the History page and the individual club pages.

The Cardinal Council is a member of:

The National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Garden Club of Kentucky
The Dogwood District of Kentucky Garden Clubs
The South Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs which is composed of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Cardinal Council is affiliated with:

The Eloise B. Houchens Center
The Nature Conservancy

The Cardinal Council holds a spring meeting in March and a fall meeting in September. For information, email us at cardinalcouncilgc@gmail.com.

As a member of the Garden Club of Kentucky and the National Garden Club, the objectives of the Cardinal Council are:

To promote interest in and knowledge of horticulture, gardening, garden therapy, and youth gardening.

To encourage beautification of home, community, and state.

To encourage appreciation and conservation of wildflowers, wildlife, forests, wilderness areas, and other natural resources and cooperate with other agencies promoting these interests.


The glory of gardening:

hands in the dirt,
head in the sun,
 heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is
 to feed not just on the body,
but the soul.

--Alfred Austin


CC News

See Calendar page for more events and details!

March 7, 2023
Cardinal Council
Spring Board Meeting

Cardinal Council
Spring Meeting
March 28, 2023
hosted by Two Creeks GC

SAR Convention
March 5-7, 2023
Hotel Roanoke
Roanoke, VA

GCKY State Convention
March 12-15, 2023
Boone Tavern
Berea, KY

NGC Convention
May 2-5, 2023
Greenbrier Resort
West Virginia
























This website is updated frequently so visit us often.  Please send information to Mary Ann Hext by calling 270-781-8171 or by email (mhext@outlook.com).



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