Submitted by Debbie Moody
The Town and Country Garden Club met September 19, 2013 in the home of Debbie Moody. Fourteen members and one quest enjoyed a pot luck luncheon with Debbie Moody serving as hostess. Tables were decorated with colorful placemats, napkins, and flowers with the theme being “the last days of summer”. Before lunch was served, Vale Tabor gave the inspiration titled “The Weeds in Our Lives”. The food was delicious and it was so good to see everyone and catch us on summer activities.
After lunch President Sandra Culwell called the meeting to order and Secretary Debbie Moody called the roll. President Culwell welcomed our guest and read a thank you card from our District Director, Mary Ann Sumrall for attending the Spring District Meeting that was in Laurel, Mississippi. She also thanked the ladies that had provided flower arrangements for the Library in August.
President Culwell then passed out the new club books and went through them so everyone could see the agenda for the coming year. New Chairpersons were announced, new and continuing projects were discussed, and programs for the year were reviewed. One of the newest projects that Mrs. Culwell presented was a community garden. Frances Ball, Adopt-a-park chairperson, presented to the club a project in which local clubs would join together to plant wild flower gardens at Legion Park. Frances also reported on the Habitat house. Elaine Thompson informed club members that the 2014 Vision of Beauty Calendars were in and could be purchased from our club’s inventory or at the Fall District Meeting. Three designs featured in the calendar were by Mississippi club members with Debbie Moody’s design being among the three.
Frances Ball reported that the permanent City flags were up on the bypass. She gave the location of the one that the local gardens clubs had purchased and urged all members to go by and see it. They have really added a nice touch to the entrance to our town. Mrs. Ball also extended an invitation to down town festivities on Thursday night.
The horticulture project was presented by Shirley Hawkins. She displayed a Hedera Helix commonly known as “English Ivy”. This plant is a self-clinging climber or trailing perennial. It is classified as a woody vine. It thrives well under various conditions and is useful in erosion control. English Ivy is a beautiful ground cover but can be invasive if not kept under control.
Debbie Moody showed as her flower design a traditional design in a large bright yellow bowl with an attached vase in the center. Cream colored alstroemeria with a slightly pink throat were placed in the vase and the bowl was filled with Granny Smith and Fuji apples. Asromeria can last up to 14 days in water and the apples can last up to 80 days.
President Culwell invited all members to the Fall District Meeting to be held in Union on October 10, 2013. Six members signed up to attend. Culwell also announced that the Mississippi State Landscape Symposium would be October 16th with the cost being $20 before October 21st and $25 at the door. Other announcements made were the Legion Park Christmas Tree Trimming November 30, 2013 and a Landscape School December 3-5, 2013.
The meeting was adjourned and everyone was reminded that the October meeting would be a trip to Crystal Springs, Mississippi for the 2013 Fall Flower & Garden Fest.