By Carolyn Mills
Three guests were welcomed at the March meeting of Winston Garden Club: Sherrie Wiygul, Brenda Hunt, and Margaret Copeland, featured speaker for the program. Hostess was Shari Flake. She created a garden scene in the meeting room at Lake Tiah-O’Khata using one table at the entrance that greeted members and guest with a lovely spring- like color scheme. The table was covered with white linen overlaid with a green cloth on which rested raised areas covered in colorful cloths holding yellow roses, and yellow and red Bromelaids.. Trailing ivy and butterfly ornaments completed the tablescape. The dessert table was also very spring-like featuring a cake with yellow icing made by the hostess’s daughter that was as delicious as it looked., a huge hurricane lamp, upside down, with a pillow candle on top and spring blooms underneath the globe. Butterfly ornaments also were used on this table and also all around the room on the white lights on the window sills with whirly-birds intermingled. Martha Fleming gave the invocation before a delicious salad plate was enjoyed. The pledge to the flag was recited by the group before the program. Mrs. Margaret Copeland of Starkville was introduced by Carolyn Mills who gave interesting facts about the speaker, stating that she has been very much involved with the Audubon Society for over thirty years. Margaret volunteers with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center where she teaches and is the key to the success of the Center’s annual hummingbird celebration. She is well known for her efforts on the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge monitoring the red-cockaded woodpecker. She was named MWF conservationist for 2011. Mrs. Copeland spoke on how native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens. She recommended the following books for more information on the subject: A Garden Of Birds by Andre Dion, Gardening With Native Plants of the South by Sally Wasowki, and Noah’s Garden by Sara Stein. She brought handouts and several plant specimen that were made available to the club members and guests. Mrs. Mills presented Mrs. Copeland with a check for the Audubon Society in appreciation for the excellent program. No business was conducted due to the absence of so many members due to it being spring break. Shari Flake won the door prize which was presented by Gwynne Hall who hosted last month’s meeting and forgot to hold the drawing. The meeting adjourned.