Mission & History

    • To create, promote and further interest in horticulture, gardening, floral and landscape design, plant and birdlife, and
      appreciation of the natural beauties of the State of California.
    • To encourage civic beautification and roadside development.
    • To assist in projects for the conservation of our natural resources.
    • To coordinate and centralize the work of the various California garden clubs and bring
      them into a closer relation of mutual helpfulness.

     

    January 1891 – The first garden club in America was founded by The Ladies Garden Club of Athens, Georgia.
    May 1, 1929 – 13 federated states became charter members at an organizational meeting in Washington, D.C.
    December 5, 1931 – CGCI organized
    October 1932 – 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
    • today Golden Gardens eNews is available at no charge via electronic distribution or the website.

    December 5, 1932 – CGCI admitted to membership of National  Council of State Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.)
    1935 – 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.

    1936 – 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.

    Today – 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).
    • 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.

    *indicates deceased

    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
    1972-74
    1974-76
    1976-78
    1978-80
    *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
    *Mrs. John N. Fehrer
    *Mrs. Wallace F. Hirsch
    *Mrs. Eugene Woesner
    *Mrs. Robert E. Busher
    1980-82
    1982-84
    1984-85
    1985-87
    1987-89
    1989-91
    1991-93
    1993-95
    1995-97
    1997-99
    1999-01
    2001-03
    2003-05
    2005-07
    2007-09
    2009-11
    2011-13
    2013-15
    2015-17
    2017-19
    2019-21
    *Mrs. Georg W. Daiber
    *Mrs. Wil J. Tebo
    *Mrs. W. V. Hughes (Clark)
    *Mrs. R. Nelson Nicholson
    *Mrs. Roy F. Hedtke
    *Mrs. Allan Nielsen
    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
    Susan C. Bennett
    Krystal Migliore
    Charlene “Shane” Looper