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Meet Jane Hersey
Our New President of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

"PLANT AMERICA - Georgia's Heritage, Georgia's Legacy"


Jane Hersey
Jane was raised in the farm and horse country of southern Indiana and northern Kentucky. It is claimed that she rode a horse before she could walk. I am sure that growing up among cornfields, the rodeo circuit, and rich black soil instilled an affinity for the land and nature. In fact, Jane has made it a life ambition to turn Georgia red clay into Midwest loam.

The summer before she started high school, Jane's family moved to Buffalo, NY where we met as teenagers and then married 54 years ago. We moved to North Carolina where I was a graduate student at Duke. Jane, against my better judgment, attended Duke's rival, the University of North Carolina. A move to Atlanta and family responsibilities caused a disruption in Jane's college career, but ever determined she returned to school and graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University the same year our oldest son graduated from high school. While at GSU, she received many awards for scholarship, leadership, and service and was listed in Who's Who in American Universities. She served as president of several honor societies and a sorority for married students. Among the honors, which Jane received at GSU, my favorite is that she was named Greek Woman of the Year by the fraternities and sororities even though she was old enough to be their mother!

Jane and I bought our property on Lake Sinclair in Eatonton in 1991 and spent many exhausting but rewarding weekends clearing brush, tilling Natures Helper into the soil, and planting "deer food." Jane's need to "work the land" resurfaced. She applied to the Master Gardeners program in DeKalb County only to find there was a three-year wait list. Not deterred, when Jane learned that, the Putnam County Extension Office was offering their first Master Gardeners course. She "retired" from her position as Research Coordinator in Genetics at Emory and temporarily moved to the lake to take the three-month course. Thus, began Jane's new career as a gardener. Over the years, Jane and I have cultivated our two acres on the lake creating a four-season garden filled with native, heritage and pass-along plants as well as shrubs and trees to provide cover and food for wildlife. Jane has kindly allowed me a small plot to grow vegetables. As she says, "Steve grows food for the body - the plants I grow are food for the soul."

Even before we retired to our place on the lake, Jane joined the Town and Country Garden Club of Eatonton, serving as President for two terms. She has served on The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Board of Directors as CWP Chairman, Azalea District Director, Finance Officer, Landscape Design Consultants President and LD Newsletter Editor, 4th and 1st Vice President, and has held positions on the Deep South Regional Council. Jane is an accredited Flower Show Judge and has been recognized with Four-Star status after completing all four National Garden Clubs sponsored schools: Environmental Studies, Gardening Study, Landscape Design, and Flower Show School. Her latest challenge is to become a master in each of the schools.

Jane loves all things gardening, so "PLANT AMERICA - Georgia's Heritage, Georgia's Legacy" is the perfect theme for her term of office as she leads GCG in promoting its mission of "Beautification, Conservation, and Education."

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