The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (RIFGC) is responsible for two major events for the New England Region (NER) in October, the NER Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon and the NER Symposium. These events are rotated each year among the six New England States.
The NER Annual Meeting begins on Sunday, October 14 with a reception honoring NER Director, Joyce Kimball (NH) and special guest NGC President, Shirley Nicolai. This will be followed by dinner and a program of dances, similar to those at our RIFGC Annual meeting. On Monday morning, Joyce will preside over the Annual Meeting, followed by a program by Vera Bowen – The Children’s Garden at the Women’s Minimal Prison. The Awards Luncheon concludes this event.
Later that afternoon, 4:15 pm, the Symposium begins with a welcome and then one of the two required Allied Subjects –“So You Think You Know The Handbook?” with the Horticulture Instructor, David Robson.
Tuesday, October 16 begins with the second Allied Subject “Viva la Difference” with Design Instructor, Barbara May. Barbara will then teach Design – “For Your Dining Pleasure,” Innovative Exhibition Tables. This session ends at 2:45pm.
David will present the Horticulture segment on Wednesday, - “A Different Take on Collections and Displays” and Orchid Plants. This session ends at 1:45pm.
Registration brochures for both events are on the RIFGC website www.rigardenclubs.org
The Registrar is Vicki Iannuccillo. You do not have to be a judge to attend this symposium, garden club members and guests may attend upon payment of the registration fee, which includes lunch.
Several BGC members are involved with the Symposium:
Design Chairman – De Feldman
Proctors – Doris Stephens
Clerks – Adelaide Clifford and Darcy Scott
NER Symposium Chairman: Sue Redden