The Town and Country Garden Club met March 25 in the lovely Easter decorated home of Susie Lester.
President Judy Chandler welcomed everyone and led us in prayer prior to refreshments. Chandler introduced our guest speaker, Melba Love, retired Webster Parish Educator and a local Master Gardener.
Love first announced that the Trails and Trellis Garden Tour is scheduled for May 18.
Love then began her first presentation on making a "Living Wreath." Love used a wire wreath form from the Kingsman Garden Catalog along with a large package of Northern Oregon Moss, a good quality of potting soil, and two colors of Sunpatients, a hardy variety of impatients.
After the plants in the wreath have stabilized for a few weeks, the wreath can be hung on a garden gate or a door.
The next presentation was on propagating plants. Love used a large plastic pot filled with vermiculite and a small clay pot to make a propagating planter for starting new plants.
The last presentation was a worksheet on the knowledge of herbs. The Town and Country Garden Club members presented Love with a thank you gift of a Tree Face to be placed on a tree in her yard.
Chandler thanked Love for her talk and opened the business meeting.
Chandler thanked the hostesses: Lester, Sybil Ray, and Charlotte Jones.
Chandler welcomed new member, Trish Davidson.
The Yard-of-the-Month for the month of March was placed in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Drew by Yvonne Jackson and Jeanette Baker.
Secretary Libby Orenbaun read the minutes. In the absence of Treasurer Hannah Simpson, there was no treasurer's report. Chandler read correspondence from JoAnn Davis and Betty McGowan.
Lester gave the "Horticultural Hints for March." Lester stated that after Easter Lilies have bloomed, trim off the dead blooms but don't remove the green foliage.
Plant the lilies in well-drained soil where the plant will get morning sun. They will multiply and last and last but don't expect them to rebloom until the next year around Mother's Day.
Cool season herbs are at their peak in April. It is a good time to dry them for later use.
Lawns should be fertilized about mid-April, about tax time, with 8-8-8 or 13-13-13 unless a soil test indicates adding other needed minerals.
Chandler reminded everyone that the next meeting will be at Sybil Ray's home.
The meeting was adjourned.