Hill & Dale Garden club met Sept. 26 at Presbyterian Church in Sugar Grove. Lunch was provided by Louise Morgan, Ruth Ann Devore Audrey Cable, Eleanor Wilcox and Mary Lou VanDorn. Reports were provided. It was reported that the park in Sugar Grove is in pretty good shape but may need more mums. Rouse garden therapy was held Sept. 17 with five members working (Lila Myer, Betty Steklacic, Ruth Ann Devore, Pam McCarthy and Yvonne Lee) to help more than 30 patients, and it was really enjoyed.
A card was sent to Lucille Leathers wishing her well. The miles marker was put to bed for the winter. Those who helped were thanked. The group discussed Lottsville Heritage Days. Since the plants did not sell very well, they were donated to Lottsville committee for their auction.
The District VIII meeting in Warren was attended by Louise Morgan, Lily Myer, Ruth Ann Devore and Audrey Cable. Devore talked about the meeting, which was hosted by the Warren Garden Club, and some of the objectives: meet a new friend, take home new ideas for clubs. Laurel awards were given to Peg Stino for club booklet which also got sixth place, Pam McCarthy for Rouse garden therapy, Louise Morgan for Sugar Grove Park. A basket was won by Yvonne Lee of Hill & Dale.
Money was donated to Sugar Grove Library in memory of Carol Bobeau and Shirley Davis Haluska with instructions to purchase books about gardening or horticulture if possible.
Members learned of Warren Garden Club's "Triple Bloom" to be held Nov. 8 at Warren Holiday Inn featuring speaker On Thai. Tickets for the day are $30. Flyers were handed out to those that were interested.
Warren Garden Club would like to have a joint picnic with our club next summer here in Sugar Grove Park.
A 2013 program planning meeting was scheduled for Oct. 10 at Pam McCarthy's. Ideas for next years program would be appreciated.
MaryLou VanDorn introduced speaker Judy Thies who gave an interesting talk on recycling using newspapers, etc., to make seedling pots plus lots of other recycling ideas. Those attending got to make their own pots.
The club's next meeting was Oct. 23 at Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church. The committee included Yvonne Lee, chairperson, assisted by Phyllis Maze and Pat Wilcox. The Sunshine fund collected $10.
Becky Brown started her program on garden therapy. She asked for each attending to tell their names and what they like in flowers or gardens and what problems they have with gardening. Member went around room and talked about problems in their gardens. Only a couple of people brought pictures, so they just discussed different areas of concern.
A thank you card was read from Rouse for the flower therapy in September.
The planning committee met twice with many good ideas presented. Cards were sent to several members.
Laurels will be given out at the Nov. 14 meeting. It will be held at 10 a.m. at the home of Pam McCarthy, Lanning Hill with a program on wreath making by Pam, then will go to Jackson Valley Country Club for lunch.
An auction of brown bags was conducted by Yvonne Lee; Elizabeth McMillen had brought some small plants which were sold for $1 each. Table decorations also were given away as door prizes.