Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs President Terry Critchlow, National Garden Club President Sandra Robinson, 2016 State Convention "Imagine That" Co-Chairs Mary Deviny and Elaine Pinkerton.

2016 Convention Imagine That
Enjoyed by All

East Lake Washington District members worked together to make The 83rd WSFGC Convention, IMAGINE THAT a memorable Convention. It was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bellevue on June 7 – 10. It was attended by 139 members which included 83 full time, 56 part time and 5 guests.
There were many enjoyable programs: Nancy Kartes, manager of the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, told us about the history and future plans of the garden. . A design program by Louisa Lam of Vancouver, BC, both inspired us and informed us with a bridal bouquet, necklace of flowers, and other unusual designs. Susie Egan of Cottage Lake Gardens presented a program on Native Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Joe Grienauer of Emerald City Orchids gave us information on growing orchids and getting them to bloom.
The workshops were Pressed Flower Cards and Bookmarks by Gale Baullinger and Linda Thompson, Terrariums by Erica Tilliacos, and Decorative Painting by Debbie Spiller. A tour of the Bellevue Botanical Garden with garden docents was available.
Our special guest was Sandra Robinson, NGC President, who was honored at a reception and spoke at the Awards Banquet. Centerpieces were created by the Judges Council, ELAWAGS Designers Guild, and Avant Designers Guild, and favors were created by Linda Oberloh. A hospitality area provided friendship, fun, games, and prizes. Invitational designs decorated the Atrium. A well-attended vendor room was available for plants, aroma therapies, jewelry, fertilizers, pottery, fused glass, mosaic stepping stones, silver wind chimes, hand crafts, baskets and Betty Zinc sculptures.
Many thanks to our Convention co-chairs, Mary Deviny and Elaine Pinkerton for their leadership, dedication and perseverance in creating a successful and memorable convention.