Longfellow presents program at Garden Club meeting
Originally published November 23, 2012 at 6 a.m., updated November 20, 2012 at 2:16 p.m.
The Twin City Garden Club met at the United Methodist church on Nov. 13 with 11 members and two guests present.
The program "Discover Succulents" was presented by Alice Longfellow of Longfellow’s Garden Center who was introduced by Estaline Hunziker. She had on display a large variety of succulents which Longfellow described along with their growth requirements. Succulents have become very popular especially for dish garden and are easy to grow. They are a group of plants that have thick fleshy leaves and roots which store water. The shapes of the leaves vary widely from round to pointed to trailing and blooming. They prefer bright light and will grow in any potting soil without fertilizer and the addition of a little sand to promote drainage. Fertilizer may be applied during the summer growing season but not during bloom time. Members brought containers in which to plant a dish garden.
A brief business meeting was held and birthdays were recognized for Rhonda Heimericks and Jenice Taggart. Committee reports were heard beginning with the youth poetry contest. Gloria Longan and Neta Dishion reported the poems had been judged and winners forwarded to the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri youth contest chairperson.
The plans for decorating the gazebo at Smith Burke Park were set for Nov. 29, at 10:30. Heimericks offered to supply the cedar boughs.
Longan reported on the selections to be obtained for the clubs donation to the Wood Place Library.
Nancy Martin reported members had met at the Proctor Park to clear the bed for winter but there is still work that needs to be done.
The application for the scholarship has been revised and delivered to the high schools. Each year the club offers a scholarship to at graduating senior who plans to major in the field of horticulture. For more information call 796-2895
The members discussed the types of programs to be considered for the next year. Some of those offered were: gardening for butterflies and humming birds, a trip to the Clydesdale Farm,
a tour of members gardens, pruning the home garden, Jump into Spring at Longfellows, a trip to the Lincoln University Farm, a workshop on making concrete leaves, and a trip to Powell Gardens.
New members are always welcome. There is so much to learn and the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri offers a large variety of workshops, and design programs for the new or experienced gardener. Call 796-2981 for more information.
The meeting adjourned and refreshments of homemade breads, fruit, juice and coffee were served by hostess Longan.
The next meeting will be a Christmas lunch at 1005 Pamela Dr. on Dec. 11, at 11 a.m., for members and guests.