Wicked plants at Warren Garden Club

Photo submitted to Times Observer Pictured are Josie Gerardi, Elizabeth Horsley, Priscilla Breese and Olivia Sechriest.

The wicked witches of Warren Garden Club welcomed members to a program on wicked plants recently.

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble; Elizabeth Horsley, Olivia Sechriest, Josie Gerardi and Priscilla Breese presented a program on the deadly plants that are lurking in your own backyard. The mixed media presentation included a power point presentation on plants that need special handling to prevent skin irritations, a segment on peppers from mild to hot and plants that will cause death if ingested in sufficient quantities.

One segment addressed the Salam witch trials; the young women who were given to bazar behavior may have eaten a type of rhy grass now used to make LSD. Another interesting historical fact was the death of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln, caused by white snakeroot which contaminated the milk of dairy cows. For more information, consult the book Wicked Plants, by Amy Stewart.

President Sue Barone called the October 19 business portion of the meeting to order. After the pledge of allegiance, guest Candia Carlson was introduced and new member Kristine Whitaker was welcomed. A sympathy card was sent to the family of member Patricia Williams.

Pat Christy, yearbook chairperson, announced the yearbook for 2017 won second place at the state level.

The Horticultural Therapy Committee, under Chairman Sharon Hecei, held a program for Cambridge residents on fall activities. Residents made an autumn tree from brown paper and were able to talk about their memories of the fall season.

Hostess chairman Sandy Ransom and committee members Louise Dyer, Sylvia Follett and Peggy Littlefield were thanked for a lovely tea and beautiful decorations.

Warren Garden Club always welcomes new members. For information on membership, call Louise Dyer at 563-9244.

Warren Garden Club’s web address is https:sites.google.com/site/warrengardenclub/

Email is warrengardenclub@gmail.com.

The Nov. 16 meeting will be held at St. Joseph Educational Center, Meyer Hall, 608 Pennsylvania Avenue, East, Warren. Presenters Dawn Thomas, floral designer at Francesca’s Floral Design of Brigiotta’s Farm Produce and her sister Garden Club member Lou Ann Lauger, an Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, will lead the club through the process of making a fresh green centerpiece for the holidays. Each member will have the opportunity to make and take home their own centerpiece. Materials will be supplied by the club and the presenters.