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Guide to the Four Seasons Garden Club Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1970-2010
Creator: Four Seasons Garden Club (1970-2010)
Extent: 2.75 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0877
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: This collection contains meeting minutes, annual reports, and scrapbooks of club activities.

Alternate Extent Statement: Box 2: photos with 1998 President's Annual Report. Boxes 4-10: scrapbooks.

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 1263) were donated by Elizabeth "Beppie" Weiss in 2011.

Preferred Citation: Four Seasons Garden Club Records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Gloria Henry and Edna Woodburn founded the Four Seasons Garden Club in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1969 and along with eight other members joined the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. Attending a 1970 district meeting and presentation by Mary Eisinger on Japanese flower arranging, or "ikebana," piqued the curiosity of Four Seasons member Bernie Knight who asked Eisinger to accompany her on a one-month trip to Japan to learn more on the subject. Knight held regular workshops in Iowa City on the art of Japanese floral arrangement for several years.

At its peak, the Four Seasons Garden Club had 30 active members who met monthly for programs and workshops. Meetings included trips to small-town Iowa and state gardens, discussion of gardening tools, and guest lectures. Each year the club held a fall floral sale to raise money for its outings and scholarships. Other annual events included a meeting at Oaknoll Retirement Residence and an annual luncheon. In 2001 the club voted to leave the federation.

The Four Seasons Garden Club records date from 1970 to 2010. The records consist of meeting minutes, President's annual reports, yearbooks, and scrapbooks. They document the club's local activities in Iowa City and their presence within the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Meeting Minutes contain the meeting minutes for each member, the roll call lists of members, and treasurer's reports.

The President's Annual Reports are from the National Council of State Garden Clubs from 1973 to 1998 and include ribbons awarded to Four Seasons. There are photos in the 1998 annual report.

The Yearbooks were produced by the Four Seasons Garden Club and list national club officers, Four Seasons officers and committees, a calendar of events, a full members contact guide, the club's bylaws, gardening resources, and poetry.

The Scrapbooks display photos of the club members at club meetings and outings.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Meeting Minutes - 1985-1991
  • Meeting Minutes - 1992-1993
  • Meeting Minutes - 1994-1995
  • Meeting Minutes - 1996-1997
  • Meeting Minutes - 1999-1998
  • Meeting Minutes - 2005-2000
  • Box 2:
  • Award Entry Booklet - 1974
  • President's Annual Report - 1973-1986
  • President's Annual Report - 1987-1993
  • President's Annual Report - 1998
  • WSUI Radio Broadcast - 1974
  • Florarl Art Advertising Posters
  • Yearbooks - 1973-2010
  • Box 3:
  • Scrapbook - 1970-1977
  • Box 4:
  • Scrapbook - 1978-2000
  • Box 5:
  • Scrapbook - 2000-2003
  • Box 6:
  • Scrapbook - 2004-2005