The January meeting of the Town and Country Garden Club was held in the home of Debbie Moody on January 16, 2014. President Sandra Culwel called the meeting to order and Noneine Keen gave the inspiration titled “Christmas’s Past”.
Roll call was given by Secretary Debbie Moody. In attendance were ten members and two guests. Dale Shumaker gave the treasure report. There was no old business. President Culwell asked for volunteers for flower arrangements for the Library in April. The volunteers were as follows: April 1st – Frances Ball; April 8th – Brenda Jowers; April 15th – Debbie Moody; April 21st – Noneine Keen. The members agreed Day to pant a fruit tree at the Louisville Group Home in observance of Arbor. Dale Shumaker will contact Shirley Hawkins, Arbor Day Chairman, in regards to the planting. Debbie Moody informed everyone that the Christmas tree at the Library had been removed. Adopt-a-Park chairman, Frances Ball, reported on pending projects for Legion Park. Members were encouraged by Debbie Moody to make plans to attend the State Convention to be held April 22-24 in Columbus. President Culwell reminded everyone that anyone planning to submit an applicant for the Deep South Regional Scholarship that entry forms are due by February 1st.
Mary Hall, a retired Colonel from the Army National Guard and current Chairman for the Deep South Unified Regional Project “Community Garden”, presented an informative program on “Community Gardens”. Community gardens can be difficult but yet very beneficial. They can encourage community awareness, bring communities together, provide food funding for soup kitchens, and be an educational tool as well. Mary stated that the food gardens could be incorporated with butterfly gardens, fragrance gardens, and memorial gardens. Community involvement with organizations like Boy and Girl Scots, Churches, and clubs when organized well can bring great benefits to a community. Pulling other projects together with community gardens enable a club to apply for different types of awards. Mary urged our club to apply for awards and went on to tell us the steps in applying.
A miniature Schefflera was Sandra Culwell’s horticulture specimen. There are about 900 species of this mostly tropical plant. Some common names are Umbrella Tree, because of the umbrella-like leaf spread, or Octopus Tree, because of its tentacle-like flowers. Shefflera is not difficult to grow. The number of leaflets per stalk increases from 4 to 12 with age. Good growing conditions for this plant would be: average or above average warmth in summer; keep fairy cool in winter with minimum temperature 50 degrees F.; bright light but avoid direct sunshine; water freely from spring to autumn, then sparingly in winter; and use tepid water and mist leaves frequently especially in hot weather. Propagation of the Schefflera is quiet simple by taking stem cuttings and placing in soil with a good rooting hormone. With just a small amount of attention the Schefflera can bring years of happiness to its owner.
Debbie Moody displayed two arrangements for her floral design presentation. One was a small miniature design of juniper and dwarf nandina in a natural color low slate rock container. The other design was sasanqua foliage with dwarf nandina placed in a low sage green ceramic leaf shaped container. Debbie emphasized that designs placed in the home for enjoyment should not be a rigorous task, but a fun time to expand your talents.
After a time of food and fellowship, President Culwell adjourned the meeting until February 20th. The February meeting will be held in the home of Vale Tabor where Dr. Lelia Kelley will present a program on “Biblical Plants”.