Mission & History

Mission and Objectives

 
1. To create, promote and further interest in horticulture, gardening, floral and landscape design, plant and bird life, and appreciation of the natural beauties of the State of California.
2. To encourage civic beautification and roadside development.
3. To assist in projects for the conservation of our natural resources.
4. To coordinate and centralize the work of the various California garden clubs and bring them into a closer relation of mutual helpfulness.
5. To cooperate with other agencies in furthering interests in educational areas.
 
     
 
 

History

January 1891
May 1, 1929
December 5, 1931
October 1932
 
 
 
December 5, 1932
1935
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1936
 
 
 
 
Today
The first garden club in America was founded by The Ladies Garden Club of Athens, Georgia.
13 federated states became charter members at an organizational meeting in Washington, D.C.
CGCI organized
The first issue of Golden Gardens magazine was published
*In 2009 an electronic version was offered as an option.
*In 2012 the last printed issue was published and today Golden Gardens eNews is available at no charge via electronic distribution or the website.
CGCI admitted to membership of National Council of State Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.)
The National Council of State Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.) established headquarters at Rockefeller Center in New York City. A permanent headquarters building in St. Louis was dedicated May 10, 1958.
*Today, NGC is a not-for-profit educational organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri USA, adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
*It includes 50 state garden clubs and the National Capital Area, nearly 6,000 member garden clubs and over 190,000 members. Additionally, NGC has 70 national affiliated organizations within the United States and nearly 300 international affiliated organizations with locations ranging around the globe including: Canada, Mexico, South America, Bermuda, South Africa, Australia and Japan. 
CGCI was ratified as a member of NGC and is proud to be the largest and one of the most active members of NGC and Pacific Region.
*CGCI started with eight (8) districts which included 23 charter member clubs. 
*Of the original 23 charter members, six clubs remain active:  Chico Horticultural Society, Fallbrook Garden Club, Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society, San Pedro Garden Club, Southern California Garden Club and Vista Garden Club.
Since its inception, CGCI has been involved in many statewide projects including those currently active today.
*It is home to over 350 garden clubs, associate plant societies, affiliates and youth clubs/projects with 21,000+ individual members
*In addition to its website it has a Facebook page, publishes a Yearbook, Manual & Roster, Golden Gardens eNews (with over 2500 subscribers) and distributes WACONIAH (official publication of Pacific Region) and Keeping in Touch (on behalf of NGC).

 

Presidents 

CGCI
1931-35
1935-37
1937-39
1939-40
1940-43
1943-44
1944-45
1945-47
1947-49
1949-51
1951-53
1953-54
1954-56
1956-58
1958-60
1960-62
1962-64
1964-66
1966-68
1968-70
1970-72
Presidents
*Mrs. Leonard B. Slosson (founder)
*Mrs. Richard W. Kirkley     
*Mrs. S.A. Guiberson
*Mrs. Z.E. Page
*Mrs. Frederick N. Scatena
*Mrs. E.B. Wyman 
*Charles Gibbs Adams
*Mrs. Walter G. Brendel 
*Mrs. William D. Shearer
*Mrs. John O. England 
*Mrs. J.E. Harton 
*Mrs. Weston Walker 
*Mrs. J.J. Gallagher
*Mrs. C.C. Henry (Blair)
*Mrs. Harry F. Hunter
*Mrs. Charles P. Scott

*Mrs. Henry T. Read
*Mrs. Lawrence A. Winship
*Mrs. Vincent T. Gilchrist
*Mrs. Milton R. Bell 
*Mrs. Henry Dolezal 


 
 
1972-74
1974-76
1976-78
1978-80
1980-82
1982-84
1984-85
1985-87
1987-89
1989-91
1991-93
1993-95
1995-97
1997-99
1999-2001
2001-03
2003-05
2005-07
2007-09
2009-11
2011-13
2013-15
 
*Mrs. John N. Fehrer
*Mrs. Wallace F. Hirsch
*Mrs. Eugene Woesner
*Mrs. Robert E. Busher 
*Mrs. Georg W. Daiber
*Mrs. Wil J. Tebo
*Mrs. W. V. Hughes (Clark)
*Mrs. R. Nelson Nicholson
*Mrs. Roy F. Hedtke
*Mrs. Allan Nielsen
Mrs. Mary Lou (VanDeventer) Goodwin
*Mrs. Edwin R. Gould
*Mrs. Robert Northon
Mrs. Robert Brune
Mrs. Cyrus Roton
*Virginia DeLong Bennetts
Robert L. Gordon
Elisabeth A. Tufo
Robin Pokorski
Maryanne Lucas
Julie A. West
Rita Desilets
 
*deceased

Historical Publications

  • A Walk Through History: A look at the many activities and accomplishments of this vibrant and evolving organization through the highlights of each president’s term.
  • The Diamond Years: CGCI from 1931 through its 75th anniversary in 2006.