Monday, May 11, 2020

Sharing Our Passion About Gardening


The Charlotte Council is a nonprofit, umbrella organization with over 10 garden clubs and affiliate members. We offer several programs and events to educate members and the public on horticulture, conservation and environmental issues. And we have fun doing it!



Our Member Clubs

Explore some of the many garden clubs across Mecklenburg County. Consider visiting ones that most interest you. Tap into the experience of those members and guest speakers, and get updates from our newsletters. You can also view our associate clubs.

 Our Space

The Charlotte Council is located at 1820 E. 7th Street in the heart of the Elizabeth neighborhood. You can rent the main-floor space – for weddings, receptions, birthdays, book signings and other events. It’s a lovely house with a beautiful garden. Rental fees are incredibly reasonable and help us maintain the property.



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders


The Charlotte Council is proud to support the next generation of horticulture leaders through scholarships. Each request is reviewed and decided by the board. 

A recent recipient is Jessica Betschart, a biology graduate from UNC-Charlotte and an applicant for the masters program in horticulture at NC State University. 

The Council's donation enabled Jessica to attend the Davidson Horticultural Symposium on March 3, 2020. 

About Jessica




Where were you born? Why did you major in biology?

"I am initially from Guatemala, and have been living in Charlotte for half of my life. I majored in biology because science was always a huge part of my life, as well as my family's. Scientific thinking was instilled in me by my parents from a very young age, and it has always affected my perception of the world. Biology was perfect for me because it provided me with an outlet for my curiosity."

What would you like to do once you complete your studies? 

"Once I earn my master's degree, I want to find a path in horticulture that combines my love for plants and animals. Two branches of horticulture that really call my attention and I would love to explore are zoological horticulture and conservation horticulture." 

Davidson Horticulture Symposium

This marks the 36th year of the symposium. The speakers:  

  • Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University's Extension Urban Horticulturist. Her first of many books, The Informed Gardener, examined common horticultural myths. 
  • Dr. Michael J. Raupp, professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland. He hosts a widely popular Bug of the Week website and YouTube episodes. 
  • Emily McCoy, landscape architect, associate professor at NC State University, and a researcher at Design Workshop. 
  • Laurie Reid Dukes, expert arborist and program manager of the Tree Planting and Preservation Team of the city of Charlotte. 

A total of 28 students from across the region received scholarships by 10 individuals and organizations to attend the symposium. And Jessica was one of those.

Sharing Our Passion About Gardening

The Charlotte Council is a nonprofit, umbrella organization with over 10 garden clubs and affiliate members. We offer several programs an...