The Town and Country Garden Club met February 20, 2014 in the lovely home of Vale Tabor. Serving as co-hostess was Dale Shumaker. Brenda Jowers beganthe meeting with the inspiration taken from Psalm which reminded us to take time for others. Never let yourself be so busy that you don’t take time for others.
President Culwell called the meeting to order. Roll call was given by Debbie Moody. Twelve members and one guest were present. Dale Shumaker gave the Treasure report.
Frances Ball introduced Dr. Lelia Kelly who gave a power point program entitled “Plants of the Bible”. Dr. Kelly is a Consumer Horticulture Specialist with the Mississippi State Extension Service. She is also a past President of the Mississippi Native Plant Society and a State coordinator of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. She presented the power point program along with a quiz for each member to try to identify the plant described in the Bible. Some of the plants were Lily of the Valley from Song of Solomon 2:1-2 which is the “hyacinth”, Lilies in the Garden from Solomon 6:2-4 which is the “Madonna Lilly”, and Hyssop from Exodus 12:22 which is “Sorghum Vulgare”. Dr. Kelly told about the background of naming Biblical plants. She said that Biblical Botanist would research the plants based on the climate and terrain of the scripture reference. They would find a plant that would meet the qualifications of the scripture and name them accordingly. Over the years names have changed and new translations have been written. She suggested that enthusiast might enjoy the book by Harold N. and Alma L. Moldenke, Plants of the Bible.
Vale Tabor presented the flower design which was a spring bouquet of daisies, nandina, and yaupon holly. President Sandra Culwell asked for reports from chairpersons. Vale Tabor asked for all members to take pictures of any backyard habitat put out this year and bring as our “Backyard Habitat” project. Elaine Thompson gave updates to the Youth Nature Comp for 2014. Dale Shumaker requested a list of donations to be given by our Club this year. President Culwell will look at the list and present suggestion at the March meeting. Frances Ball reminded member of the Chamber of Commerce Banquet to be held March 6th at Lake Tiak O’Khata. President Culwell asked for discussion of old business. Shirley Hawkins told members that an apple tree had been chosen for the Arbor Day planting at the Group Home on Old Robinson Road.
After the meeting members enjoyed an array of finger food and desserts prepared by Vale and Dale. President Culwell adjourned the meeting by reminding members that the March meeting would be held in the home of Elaine Thompson with co-hostess Kaye Crowson. Carol Bullard will be presenting a program on procedures and techniques of horticulture propagation.