Kay Godwin, Debbie Scheu, and Alma Fennel standing in front of the Azalea Festival ticket office.
Augusta Counts was the first Azalea Belle dressmaker in 1969, designing antebellum style dresses to be worn by Azalea Belles in the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour that year. Since that time ,three women have taken over designing the dresses worn by the belles: Kay Godwin, Augusta's daughter; Debbie Scheu (1947- ), wife of retired director of the USS North Carolina Battleship Capt. David Scheu; and Alma Fennell (1943- ), owner of Drapery World on Oleander Drive and member and past president of the Cape Fear Garden Club. The Cape Fear Garden Club was founded in 1925, making it the oldest garden club in North Carolina, as well as one of the oldest in the country.
Cape Fear Garden Club (Wilmington, N.C.)--History; Garden tours; Women dressmakers
press release photograph
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Clipping from Cape Fear Garden Club press release circa 2011