LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel on Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention.
The organization has more than 4,000 members. There are nearly 200 clubs all across the state divided up into six districts, with names like Spanish Trails, Southern Pines and Tom Bigbie Valley.
"Who would not want to be part of a garden club? First of all, it's an outlet for all kinds of creative energy. It's an opportunity to serve your community. It's an opportunity to enhance the quality of life where you live. It's an educational opportunity. There are gardening schools, flower schools, environmental schools, for you to go to become accredited with," said Lynda Dickerson, President of Garden Clubs of Mississippi. "The biggest thing that I have enjoyed is getting to know our communities. The people all across this state."
The event was hosted by the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.