Director's Message

Greetings to the members of the South Central Region of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and to the visitors of this website! We are one of eight regions of the NGC, the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. South Central Region (SCR) is comprised of Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The four states combined have 472 garden clubs and 23 youth clubs. We have nearly 13,000 members.

To have a more unified feeling of the four states working together and with National Garden Clubs, I have adopted their theme for the 2017-2019 term of “Plant America” with a focus on gardens and gardening. This theme can cover any and every aspect of gardening, horticulture, garden design, community service and water issues. It applies to every kind of garden: community gardens, container gardening downtown or at a business, vegetable gardens, “Plant It Pink” gardens, Blue Star plantings, neighborhood plantings, etc.

Our project “Beautifying Our Communities” encourages our clubs to reflect upon what we as gardeners have accomplished and what we seek to do for our communities. Selecting a new club project of planting a garden is an opportunity for members and the public to come together for the betterment of our communities. This gives more notice of the outstanding garden clubs, its members, the difference we make, and an opportunity to welcome new members.

The states of South Central Region offer a series of educational opportunities: Environmental Schools – Landscape Design Schools – Gardening Schools –Flower Show Schools and Symposiums. Check our website for the dates and locations of these schools.

The 2019 SCR Annual Convention will be held on April 12-13, in Oklahoma City, hosted by North Central District of Oklahoma Garden Clubs. Please mark your calendars and encourage fellow members to attend a “PLANT-ASTIC !” Convention.

We of the South Central Region are striving to encourage all aspects of gardening whether you are planting an entire yard or just a few containers on your patio or maybe a fruit orchard. Come join us as we “Plant America” together.

Isabel Olsen
SCR Director 2017-2019
Theme: “Plant America”
Regional Project: Beautifying Our Communities


Youth and Adults planting flower during “Big Bloomin Weekend” in Searcy, Arkansas.

Members of Lincoln Garden Club are staging for the Lincoln County Fair Flower Show in New Mexico.

Shirley Johnston presenting an educational program about Mason Bees with the Patio Garden Club of Marlow, Oklahoma.

A group of members attending the Environmental School 2 at Old Fort Parker, Texas, enjoying a hayride at Blackland Farm & Cattle.

2017-2019 South Central Region Officers

  • Director –
    Isabel Olsen
  • Alternate Director –
    Shirley Tetreault
  • Recording Secretary –
    Peggy Moreland
  • Treasurer –
    Donna Marsheck
  • Historian –
    Jo Krallman
  • Corresponding
    Secretary –
    Liz Howell
  • Parliamentarian –
    Renee Blaschke
  • Immediate
    Past Director –
    Barbara Baker