Twin City Garden Club holds September meeting

The Twin City Garden Club met at the United Methodist Church Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. The members joined in wishing Neta Dishion and Gloria Longan a happy birthday. The Horticulture minute was given by Longan.

The minutes and treasurer’s report were given and approved. The members signed a greeting card for Janice Taggart.

Committee reports were given and a discussion was held regarding the youth poetry contest. The information will be delivered to the local schools. The theme for this year is protecting and conserving our national environment. The poems may be dropped off at the Wood Place Library. The deadline is Nov. 1.

A scholarship for a senior who is graduating and will major in a horticulture program is given by the club each year. To qualify the information must be forwarded to the club before the end of the year. Call 796-2895 for more information.

The book for the club’s donation to the library will be selected by Connie Walker.

The Central District meeting will be held in Centralia Oct. 9. The cost for the lunch is $15 and may be sent to Longan.

The Ham and Turkey Festival booth was discussed. A schedule will be set up for workers. Iris and a variety of mums will be offered for sale. Members bagged jonquil bulbs to offer for sale at the festival.

The program was provided by each member showing pictures or describing a garden they had toured this year. Nancy Martin had beautiful pictures of the Butchart Gardens in Victoria which she had visited. The gardens were planted in a rock quarry by a gardener who disliked the bare stone walls so began bringing in topsoil and planting flowers. It was said that she even hung from a rope to plant some on the steep walls. Today it is a beautiful example of how a barren spot can be transformed into a place of beauty. It is visited by over a million people each year.

The next meeting will be Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. The program will be “Plants That Survive Despite Harsh Conditions” led by Rhonda Heimericks. Each member will share about some plants that have been passed down in their family for generations or have survived despite little care. Guests are always welcome.

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