First Vice President Rebecca Adams has been a very involved member of Shannon Forest Garden Circle for about five years, seeking to learn all she can about what plants could and would grow in North Florida. In addition to being First Vice President, she is currently busy studying to become a flower show judge. As a wife, mother of two daughters, and grandmother of five, Rebecca wears many hats outside of gardening, although gardening has truly become her latest passion. She is active at Wildwood Church and volunteers for many “grandmother” activities at Maclay School in Tallahassee and Brookwood School in Thomasville. She and John, a retired USAF Lt. Col. and her husband of 45 years, also enjoy entertaining and traveling.
Tenley Barnes, Second Vice President, is a Tallahassee native, born and raised here. She has two children, both attending the University of Georgia. Married for 25 years to Stan who works with Allen, Mooney & Barnes Investments, Tenley is an avid tennis player and volunteer who hosts visiting tennis players in local tournaments. Gardening is one of her life long passions with a particular interest in hydrangeas. She brings her multiple talents to being the editor of the Tallahassee Garden Club Yearbook.
Joan has been a member of the Magnolia Garden Circle for 8 years. She served as Program Chairman and for the last two years Joan has served as the Circle Chairman. Joan loves working in her yard in Tallahassee, as well as her lake house North of Panama City. She always takes advantage of using the natural flowers and greenery for arrangements she makes. Joan is a graduate of the Master Gardener program. Joan is married, with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling and volunteering on various charity boards. She retired in 1998 after working 25 years in the medical field.
Myra moved to Tallahassee 4 years ago and became a member of Holly Circle soon after. She has enjoyed taking several Floral Design classes, as well as Fun with Flower classes. Learning about the native plants of this area has been of great interest to her, and she has found this to be a new adventure in her gardening experiences. Myra and her husband love their special visits with her two adult children and three grandchildren in North Carolina and Colorado; encouraging the little ones to enjoy the outdoors, flowers, birds and gardening are a big part of being a grandma!
Elaine has been a member of Radiance Garden Circle since the early 1990s. She has been both Program Chairman and Co-Chairman and she is currently the Corresponding Secretary for the Tallahassee Garden Club. As a Gainesville gal and Gator graduate, she had the experience of being an assistant buyer at Burdines Department Store in Miami. Elaine and her family moved to Tallahassee 26 years ago. Though her three children are “out of the nest,” Elaine remains busy as ever with church activities, TGC, and business affairs in Gainesville. Elaine would rather do yard work (time and temperature permitting) than housework, unless she is at her sewing machine or working on a crafty project. As an aside, she is a loyal FSU fan, except on that special Saturday in November when her blood definitely runs orange and blue.
Darlene is a “nearly” native of Tallahassee having come to Tallahassee in 1966. She has been an accountant for 37 years and currently works for a local non-profit. She got into gardening five or six years ago and likes to tell people that her garden is at its best when her stress level is high. Darlene has one daughter, Amanda and a really cute little grand dog, Darcy Elizabeth. TGC, working part time, creating for her Etsy store and volunteering
with the homeless community keeps her busy.
Sue has been a member of Mimosa Circle since the “turn of the century” and has served as Mimosa’s chairman and co-chairman for several terms. Her service to the Club includes having been a member of the Cookbook committee and chairman of the “Tasting Tea,” the introductory kickoff of the Club’s very poplar cookbook Savory and Sage.
In addition to her active involvement in the Tallahassee Garden Club, Sue has served in leadership positions in several civic and religious organizations, including Springtime Tallahassee, Highgrove Homeowners Association, Charter Club and Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity. She is an active member of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church where she is President of New Horizons Sunday School Class and chairman of the Hospitality Committee. A graduate of both FSU and the University of Georgia, she is a loyal “Nole-Dawg,” despite husband Jim’s Gator allegiances.
Married to Jim, an attorney, they have one son Reynolds, and enjoy spending time as a family watching sports and playing with Daisy, their Beagle.