Hill & Dale Garden Club minutes

The Hill & Dale Garden Club held the annual flower show and luncheon meeting on May 26 at 11:30 at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church.

Members brought a dish to pass and everything was very good and quite a variety. Muriel and her committee of Donna, Debbie, Sherry, Lila and Annie provided Angel Food cake, toppings, drinks and place settings. President Ruth Ann DeVore led us in the Pledge to the Flag and Muriel gave the devotions. Ruth Ann welcomed everyone. There were 17 people present. Cards were sent around to be signed for Priscilla, Yvonne and Donna Lundmark. The minutes were read and approved.

Sally donated the annual flowers for the park. This is much appreciated. The raised beds and plants at the library are doing well. Barb Gourley and Muriel helped the library with this.

Suggestions were given on how to improve our Garden Therapy at the Rouse. Our cups are too small and yogurt cups were suggested with hot gluing the oasis in. Peg would also paint the cups. Going to the Rouse Suites was very much appreciated also. Please look for Fall flowers and colors for our next Garden Therapy.

Ruth sent a letter to Jay Curtis asking for his approval to place a sign on his property to show people the way to Miles Marker.

Ruth sent our application in for the County Fair. The theme is “A Season in the Appalachians”, with the season being our choice. She had also asked what the judges look for in an entry. A meeting will be held shortly to discuss our entry.

Lee Ann passed a poster for the Wild America & Nature Fest at Panama Rocks on July 27 and 28. She is a N.Y. master gardener. Several members asked how they can become one. Sally and Yvonne are master gardeners in Pa. and Donna is a horticulturist.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 24 and it will be a Scandia School House Historical Tour. We will meet at the Sugar Grove Presbyterian Church at 11:15 a.m. and carpool from there. Everyone will need to bring a picnic lunch.

On Sept. 19 at noon we will be joining the Warren Garden Club at the Audubon for our annual picnic. The cost will be announced later.

The winners of our Flower show were announced: Section 1- Flowering Plants-African Violets-Ruth Ann; Begonias-Cheryl, second place Lee Ann; House Plants-Linda. Section 2-Foliage Plants- first-Barb Gourley, second Willa and third is Ruth. Dish Gardens – Cheryl. Section 3-Cut flower from Perennials-Linda; Cut Flower from bulb-Linda.

Section 4-Arrangements: first place Barb Gourley, second place, Barb Gourley, third is Peg and Honorable Mention-Muriel. Best in Show went to Barb Gourley for her Foliage winner, the 10 year old Hens & Chicks.

Our speaker, Amber Penley, last year’s Audubon scholarship winner spoke of her experiences at the camp. There was a lot of hiking and she learned about the different plants and animals seen on the hikes. There was a history on Rock City and how Native Americans used the rocks at Indian Stairs. This helped her decide on her future career of Anthropology.

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