A lovely luncheon, hosted by president Fredricka Lawson, was served on the patio following the meeting.
National Garden Week was discussed and several projects to honor the occasion were reviewed, including a garden tour of Gary Norris’ property.
The July 10-11 Flower Show in Dayton was reviewed, as was the Book of Evidence Workshop that was to take place on July 24. Attending members included Ginger Cloud, Cecile Broz, Cross and Lawson.
Rules and regulations for the Garden Show were covered during the program. Lawson and Stanbery took turns presenting samples of correctly and incorrectly displayed specimens. Reference was made to the Southern Living Garden Book as a good source of information, as it helps identify botanical and common names.
Members were given entry cards to fill in prior to the show, and a lesson on how to correctly do so was given by Lawson. Garden Show specimens must be straight and display the correct number of blooms and leaves, as per show specifications. Stems can be held upright using clear bubble wrap pushed into the opening of a clear, unmarked bottle. Water should be sure to reach the stem of the specimen to keep it fresh for judging.
It was recommended that members create a journal of botanical names in preparation for garden shows. Keeping botanical tags during spring and fall planting is also wise. Stanbery discussed rules and gave tips for successful design entries.
Other members shared their past experience with members, and gave ideas for organizing prior to a show.
Sue Taylor shared with each member the Patty Pan squash she had grown.
The meeting closed with members discussing their garden club histories and connections with the Magnolia Garden Club.
Other members in attendance included Patsy Bettis, Nancy Frey, Sheila Cardin, Elsie Yates, Erma Brewer, Bess Neil, Chloe Littrell and Brenda Nakdimen.