Affiliate Bulletin Board

2019 Glow Affiliate Thank-You Day (part of Glow Member Day)

Monday, Dec. 2, 2 – 8pm
Cleveland Botanical Garden

This year, Cleveland Botanical Garden opens on Monday, Dec. 2, specially for HF&G members and Affiliate Clubs that decorated for Glow – our thank-you for the many hours of time, dollars, and limitless creativity that 38 member clubs shared to make Glow such a memorable winter experience in Cleveland.

  • FREE ADMISSION for members of Affiliate Clubs that decorated a tree or wreath for 2019 Glow
  • Half-price admission for up to (2) guests: $7.50 Adults and $5 Children (2 and under are always free)
  • Validated parking for Affiliate Club members and guests (subject to availability)
  • Cookies and hot cocoa available as you take in the show (while supplies last)
  • Cash bar available

Advance registration is required. Please register online or by calling Meggie Butzow at (216) 707-2834 by Friday, Nov. 29.

GLOW 2019

With voting completed at midnight March 25, 2019, the #1 choice by vote was theme #4 ‘Tiny Treasures’. As the ballot indicated this could include ‘Model trains to fairy houses, gardens have a rich history of incorporating miniature, magical worlds. Our trees can take a pint-size look at the larger world around us’. Gnomes, elves, angels, pollinators, insects, Alpine gardens are all just springboard ideas that might be utilized or incorporated in an Affiliate Club’s theme, there are so many more. As I have said every year: your imagination is the defined limit of your creativity. I know we will have an incredible variety of themes from all our Affiliate Clubs.

The list below is the most updated tree list, including themes, tree size, location, and decorating time. If I have any of the information incorrect, please contact me, Kevin Borowiak, immediately by email at or by phone at 216.744.4866.

GLOW Affiliate Decorating Day: Monday 18 November with two shifts; check the GLOW tree list for your club’s decorating time.

Gift Store: During Decorating Day, the Gift Store at CBG will be open from 9:30am – 2:30pm for Affiliates present to decorate their club’s tree. There are NO special discounts for shoppers this day other than the 10% discount HFG members receive.

Affiliate Thank-You @ GLOW 2019: Monday 2 December, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Please check back regularly for more details.

GLOW take down: Monday 6 January, beginning at 9:00 am. Please do not come early as volunteers are getting ready for Affiliates to arrive at 9:00 am.
Voting for GLOW 2020: Voting and theme suggestions will follow the same schedule as this past year. Suggestions for themes will be solicited through January and reviewed in February. A short list will be published for voting by the end of February, and the final theme will b tallied and announced the beginning of March (please adjust/correct these dates as necessary…I’ve already had 2 phone calls since Fall Forum asking about this),

GLOW 2020 theme suggestions: Please submit theme suggestions for Glow 2020 for the voting ballot as soon as possible!!! Send them to Pat Bonander or Kevin Borowiak.

Glow 2019 Affiliate Tree List

Updated 2019 GLOW Guidelines 8.16


Floral Artistry: Celebrating 30 Years of Flower Fund Design

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10:30am
Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium

As previously announced, the Flower Fund of the CMA’s Womens Council will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on December 3rd, 2019 with a demonstration by floral designer Joseph Massie from Liverpool, England. To honor three decades of inspired Flower Fund designs, the Womens Council reached out to one of the world’s most eminent floral artists. Joseph Massie’s design talent and unique creativity promise to bestow the crowning touch on this anniversary celebration while honoring those who worked hard to make it happen.

The event will take place at 10:30am in the Museum’s Gartner Auditorium. Tickets are $50 for regular seating and $100 for patron preferred seating. You can order your ticket(s) online at or by calling CMA at 216-421-7350.

Cornucopia: A Garden Club of America Flower Show
Presented by The Shaker Lakes Garden Club

October 19 – 20: Saturday, 9am- 5pm; Sunday, 9am- 4pm
Orange Community Senior Center
32205 Chagrin Blvd
Pepper Pike OH 44124
Free and Open to the Public

The Shaker Lakes Garden Club’s annual flower show, this year titled “Cornucopia” will be held from 9am to 5pm October 19th and 20th at the Orange Community Senior Center at 32205 Chagrin Boulevard in Pepper Pike. Admission to the show is free. Various entries in Floral Design and Horticulture with a fall harvest theme will be evaluated by judges from around the country. A conservation exhibit – Restoration of the Cuyahoga River – will focus on the environmental movement inspired by the burning river 50 years ago. Additionally, an educational exhibit of tabletop fairy gardens, designed and entered by children, will be judged and on display.

Mayfield Village Garden Club Presents Village Craft Market

Nov. 9, 9am – 4pm
Mayfield Village Civic Center
6622 Wilson Mills Rd.
Mayfield Village

Come to Mayfield Village Garden Club’s Village Craft Market. We will have skilled crafters, raffle baskets and delicious baked goods for sale. For information contact Helen Keating 440.833.0275

Affiliate Clubs Update: June 2019

From the Chair’s Corner: Pat Carroll Bonander, Affiliate Council Chair

June is busting out all over–with flowers that is. What a glorious time to be a gardener or plant lover. I hope that you have had the opportunity to visit the campuses of Holden Forest & Gardens because the gardens have been outstanding- from the Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Holden to the Spring tulips and Rose gardens at CBG. FREE anytime at both campuses if you are a member of HF&G. As an Affiliate Club, your President receives a copy of the Forest & Gardens newsletter to share with your club. The calendar is loaded with wonderful programs and events.

GLOW 2019
It is only June, but I know that many of your clubs are working on your trees for GLOW already. The 2019 overall theme this year is “Tiny Treasures”. Currently 36 clubs have signed up to do a tree or wreath. If your club has signed up already, be sure to get your individual club theme to Kevin Borowiak ( ASAP. There have been some very clever themes already submitted. Check out the Tree List on the Affiliate Bulletin Board which is updated weekly. And, if you have not signed up for a tree it is not too late.

A big THANK YOU to the following garden clubs who planted a container in the Hershey Children’s Garden: Avon-on-the-Lake, Emerald Necklace, Gardeners of Greater Cleveland, The Herb Guild, Highland Heights, Indoor Garden Society, Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society, Northern Ohio Perennial Society, Olmsted Falls, Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma, Seven Hills, Western Reserve Herb Society. Come celebrate the Hershey Children’s Garden 20th birthday party on June 28.

Just a reminder to post your club’s news and events to share on the Bulletin Board. This is a great way to boost attendance at events or to just let other clubs know about your activities. I am glad to see that so many clubs are taking advantage of using the Bulletin Board as a communication vehicle. You can submit items for posting to Meggie Butzow, Donation and Stewardship Manager, at

If you would like more people to know about your club and what you do, we are featuring clubs on the “Affiliate Contacts” page. We can feature one club each month. Currently Avon-on-the Lake Garden Club is featured. You can email your feature article to Meggie Butzow.

NOTE: To access the Affiliate Information on the CBG website: On the home page click on “Support the Garden” at the top of the screen -> the click on Affiliate Clubs -> Bulletin Board.

I welcome any suggestions as to how we can make being an Affiliate Garden Club a great experience for each of your members.

Chippewa Garden Club Presents our Annual Holiday Show Fundraiser “Anyone Can Create a Holiday Home”

Featuring Patricia Penland and her Team, Owner of
Brecksville Florist & Gifts
8803 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm; Program starts 7:00pm
Brecksville Community Center, 1 Community Dr.
off Brecksville Rd. (South of Route 82)

Ticket price $10.00 at the door. Holiday Raffle Bazaar and Refreshments

All proceeds help the Yearly Community Service Projects:

    • Providing over 500 pine seedlings on Arbor Day to all third graders in the Brecksville and Broadview Heights Schools and Assumption Academy
    • Maintain the herb garden at the Squire Rich Historical Museum in Brecksville
    • Award scholarships to eligible horticulture students
    • Provide garden and floral design related programs to children at the library
    • Provide Garden Therapy programs for seniors at a long-term center
    • Stage a Standard Flower Show biennially as a gift to the community
    • Establish and mentor community and school gardens

Chippewa Garden Club Presents “Green Side Up: Tree Planting Best Practices”

October 22, 7pm

Chad Clink from Bartlett Tree Experts will explain that tree planting doesn’t take a lot of time! But it critically impacts the long life of a tree! Come to see how it’s done right…and wrong. Chippewa Garden Club will host this presentation starting at 7:00 pm in the Brecksville Human Service Activity, Room A, behind the Brecksville Community Center, One Community Drive, off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21), Brecksville, Ohio. For information on future presentations and club membership visit Come and enjoy! This is FREE and Open to the Public.

Chippewa Garden Club Presents: Anyone Can Create a Holiday Home

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7pm
Brecksville Community Center
One Community Drive (off Brecksville Road (Rt. 21)
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

Tickets available at the door. For more information, visit

Floral Demonstration by Joseph Massie at Cleveland Museum of Art Celebrating 30 Years of Flower Fund Design

Monday, December 3, 2019

For three decades, flowers have graced the entrance lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This weekly contribution of floral artistry is created by members of the Flower Fund, a committee of the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art (WCCMA). Thanks to the vision of two of its members, Ingrid Lüders and the late Josephine (Jo) Talbott, the Flower Fund Endowment was established in 1989. On December 3rd, 2019, the museum will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a demonstration by British floral artist Joseph Massie.

Founder of the renown floral studio Joseph Massie Flowers based in Liverpool, England, Massie earned a record five consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. His outstanding design talent, highly creative approach and, in his own words, “good friends, great suppliers and bucketsful of captivating flowers and buds” all combined to launch his studio.

Joseph Massie will bring his floral magic to the Cleveland Museum of Art on December 3rd with a demonstration celebrating thirty years of inspired Flower Fund Designs. The demonstration will begin at 10:30 am in the museum’s Gardner Auditorium and is open to the public. Save the date! For more information please contact:

 Western Reserve Herb Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Western Reserve Herb Society as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Herb Garden located at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Thanks for all the years of tending and maintaining such a beautiful garden that has benefited and educated thousands of people during the past 50 years!