Jack House

Friday, June 2, 2017

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

At Art after Dark in June, the Jack House hosts the Placement Flower Show for the annual convention of the California Garden Clubs, Inc. The show’s invitation-only competitors have created arrangements to display throughout the house, honoring the rich gardening legacy of the Jack family.

The Jack Garden, documented to 1879 and preserved in its original “gardenesque” style, is the oldest designed landscape in San Luis Obispo. The gardenesque landscape consisted of exotic plants placed for an effect part naturalistic, part picturesque. The Jack Garden’s exotics come from around the world, including California natives. Nineteen trees date to when Nellie Jack and her youngest daughter Ethel cultivated the garden, 1879–1961. Six are documented to Nellie’s era, pre-1920. Learn more on a garden tour, provided on the hour and half hour throughout the evening.

America’s first garden club, the Ladies Garden Club of Athens, Georgia, was found in 1891, only a dozen years after the Jack Garden was fashioned from San Luis Obispo’s rich soil and then-bountiful (if irregular) rainfall. National Garden Clubs, Inc., was formed in 1929 and the California Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1931. CGCI comprises over 350 garden clubs and plant societies with over 21,000 members, and NGCI has 175,000 members in 50 states and Washington, DC. The Placement Show’s winners are based on audience vote, so come have your view and add your voice.