Member Spotlight – Jane Davis

Note:  The membership committee is pleased to introduce this new “member spotlight” feature.  To help us all get to know one another a bit better, we will highlight one member each month. 

Jane Davis has been a member of the Garden Club of Denver since 1985 and has, in her own words, “done it all.”  She has served President, Secretary, Treasurer, Horticulture Chair, Conservation Chair, Visiting Gardens Chair and Scholarship Chair.  She also undertook the enormous task of co-chairing the 2006 GCA Annual Meeting. Her proudest GCD accomplishment, however, is co-chairing the Mt. Goliath Project. In 1996, GCD, in partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens, the U.S. Forest Service, and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, funded and worked to make massive trail improvements at the site. As a GCA Founder’s Fund Finalist, Mt Goliath has served to educate thousands of visitors on life above tree line and the harsh environment at high altitude living must face.

Jane was born on the East Coast and grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois. She came to Colorado to attend the University of Denver because, she said, “my family wanted me to go East.” As a freshman, she met the love of her life, Tim Davis, whom she married after graduation.  They have two grown children, Fletcher and Louise, and three grandchildren who live in Texas. 

Jane earned her undergraduate degree in education and then attended Emily Griffith to learn administrative skills. She later went to interior design school and worked on and off for various interior designers for 30 years.  Later in life, she became interested in women’s self-sufficiency and earned a certificate in financial planning to help other women take control of their finances. 

Jane was inspired to join GCD because both her mother and grandmother were members of Lake Forest Garden Club.  She loves the diversity of ages in the club as well as the many unique characters she has met through the club.  Currently, she is most interested in developing her photography skills. 

A few other fun facts:

Favorite flower: daffodil

Current pastime: teaching spin classes for adults with Parkinson’s Disease.  Jane was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s herself. 

Childhood career goal: Peace Corps 

One item she can’t live without: iPhone

Book on her nightstand: A Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan Meiburg about Darwin’s discovery of social birds of prey called caracaras

Greatest passion: art

Characteristic most admired in others: integrity 

Jane with her high school’s “mock” garden club. She is featured in the first row, right side holding a shovel.