Award Recipients


Lydia Shafer Award:  Gretchen Vest

The Lydia Shafer Award recognizes members of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation who go above and beyond their job descriptions to accomplish their goals.  Gretchen shares her knowledge and talents in numerous positions in her club, district and on state levels.

As a cancer survivor she has learned the meaning of life and how to make the best use of it.  Gretchen knows the

Gretchen Vest, the 2020 Lydia Shafer Award Winner, accepts the award from Lynne Ehnert, WGCF President and Kitty Larkin who nominated her.

importance of nature in all of its manifestations and continues to absorb it and has a willingness to share it all through her membership in WGCF.  Having attended all five schools including Flower Show School (which she considers being outside her box),  asking thought provoking questions which has enabled many members to learn more about the subjects in question.

Gretchen is a Landscape Design Consultant having served  WGCF as the Landscape Design Chairman.  She has held many positions as a member of the Tri-Council and is the current Tri-Council president.  She assisted in the implementation of WGCF’s last Tri-Refresher Course and is serving as the Vice Chairman of the Tri-Refresher Course being held at Boerner Botanical Gardens preceding the 2020 NGC Convention, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in  Milwaukee in May 2020.  This course is open to all Tri-Council members in the nation.

Gretchen has served multiple terms as Sheboygan District Director and brought a new club into WGCF last year and is currently working with another club from West Bend  interested in joining the federation.  She strives to unify all members of her District and increase membership which is a priority for WGCF and NGC.

She also served on several WGCF committees in the past including the Finance Committee from 2006-2009.

Her friendly smile, optimistic attitude, willingness to explore and try new things is most refreshing.  WGCF needs MORE individuals like Gretchen Vest.

WGCF Club of the Year:  Lakeshore Garden Club

Doris Weber, President of the Lakeshore Garden Club accepts the Garden Club of the Year Award from WGCF president, Lynne Ehnert.