Submitted by Debbie Moody
The Town and Country Garden Club met November 21, 2013 in the home of Mrs. Marie Shaw. Teresa Ellis served as co-hostess. Eleven members and two guests were present for the meeting.
The meeting was called to order by President, Mrs. Sandra Culwell. Inspiration was given by Francis Pierce. Mrs. Shirley Hawkins did the roll call in the absence of secretary, Debbie Moody. Each member answered by telling what they did for Thanksgiving. The treasure report was given by Mrs. Dale Shumaker.
Mrs. Kay Crowson presented the horticulture specimen, the “Chrysanthemum”. Chrysanthemum comes from the Greek word ‘Chrys’ meaning golden, and ‘anthemon’, meaning flower. This name was given to it by Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist who is also known as the father of modern taxonomy. The Chrysanthemum flowers bloom in various forms, and daisy-like, decorative, pompon or buttons. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and in a range of colors. Chrysanthemum plants can be grown in any kind of soil and require sun. The chrysanthemum is excellent as a ground cover or border plant. Some varieties can even be used in container gardening. It is recommended that they be divided every third year in the spring. Fertilize chrysanthemums when the plants are ready for blooming and discontinue fertilizing after flower buds are formed. The removal of spent blooms will help to prolong flowering. Mrs. Crowson added that Chrysanthemum flavored tea is very popular and is used as a relaxant and headache and flu remedy.
A very interesting program was given by Mrs. Rosalyn Glenn, GC of Mississippi Adopt-a Park Chairman and Mayor of Taylorsville. Rosalyn talked about the importance of making the park attractive for the public. She suggested an array of ideas to enhance the park and ways to involve the community in different projects.
President Culwell asked for reports from chairpersons. Mrs. Elaine Thompson gave a brief report on what was happening at Legion State Park. The Tree Trimming Party for Legion Park is set for November 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm. All club members were invited to attend. Club members, Elaine, Noneine Keen, and Frances Ball, are to help with decorations and several other members volunteered to bring food for the event.
President Culwell reported on the Christmas tree for the Library. Club members will meet at the Library on Wednesday, December 4th to decorate the tree.
Everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by the Hostess and Co-Hostess. President Culwell adjourned the meeting and reminded members that the December meeting would be held at the home of Mrs. Shirley Hawkins. Each member is to bring a Christmas ornament to exchange.