The Hill & Dale Garden Club met July 25 at Chandlers Valley Community Center for its "Annual Flower Show & Luncheon." Flower arrangements were entered early and judged by Louise Dyer, Becky Brown and Mary Lou VanDorn. Table decorations were on each table, plus Elizabeth McMillen made cute little coasters for each one in attendance.
Parks have all been weeded and look good. The group discussed Lottsville Heritage Day, which was held Sept. 8.
McMillen read poems and led devotions and prayer. A tureen meal was enjoyed. Cake was provided by the committee in honor of Hill & Dale's 75th anniversary.
Elizabeth McMillen’s first-prize entry in the 2012 Hill & Dale Flower Show
The flowers were judged, and then Dyer went around and talked about each of the flower arrangements or the flowers and explained a little about how they would be judged at flower shows and told how she judged them and why.
Help was solicited for the Warren County Fair exhibit Mardi Gras was theme for this year. Members also signed up to proctor at the fair's flower building.
The next meeting was planned for Aug. 22. The group went to Saegertown to Serenity Gardens with lunch at Riverside Hotel in Cambridge Spring, according to secretary Peg Stino
At the Aug. 22 gathering, 14 members met at the Presbyterian Church parking lot in Sugar Grove and car-pooled to Serenity Gardens owned by Andrew Sipple in Saegertown for a great tour of his gardens.
Then 14 members went to Riverside Hotel in Cambridge Springs for lunch. The meeting was held after ordering lunches. Yvonne Lee gave an inspirational reading which reminded her of Elizabeth McMillen as all were thinking about her due to death of her husband Raymond. Yvonne also said the devotions.
Members learned that their flower arrangement took second place this year and won a $20 prize.
The District VIII annual meeting was scheduled for Warren on Sept. 10. Louise Morgan, chairperson of gift basket talked about donations and planned to purchase vegetables for the basket.
Members talked about volunteering at Lottsville Heritage Days on Sept. 8 and the plant sale. Ruth Ann Devore talked about the event. Yvonne and Pam and some others agreed to help. Mary Lou VanDorn and Peg Stino volunteered to make some flyers about the garden club to use as hand-outs.
Garden therapy was planned at the Rouse on Sept. 17, and the next meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Sugar Grove Presbyterian Church with Judy Thies, Master Gardener on, speaking on "practical gardening."