Magnolia Garden Club held its January meeting at First United Methodist Church.
Fredricka Lawson hosted the meeting. The devotion was given by Linda Cross. Sue Taylor gave the financial report. Members purchased 2014 Vision of Beauty calendars which will support scholarships nationally.
The business meeting was conducted by Lawson. Brenda Nakdimen was elected secretary for 2014. MGC members discussed project plant gardens with students at Stuart Elementary School and Trousdale School. Lawson shared a card received from Trousdale with the members.
“A Day of Gardening” will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in East Ridge on Saturday. The event is open to garden club members and the public. Tickets are $25 at the door. The event includes lunch and a variety of gardening classes such as “Container Gardening” by Connie Giles and “Know your Fertilizers” by Clayton Beaty.
Lawson advised MGC members the TFGC District III spring membership meeting will be held March 13, at the Mountain City Club in Chattanooga.
Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs will hold its annual state convention at the Marriott in Chattanooga April 1-2. MGC members were asked to volunteer to help make table arrangements.
Lawson gave the program, “What’s Blooming the Winter?” and used a lesson from National Garden Clubs Inc. to tell the members about Hellebores, an evergreen plant that blooms in late winter or early spring. The blooms are excellent for cut flowers or for drying. Hellebores like to be planted under high-branching trees where they get morning sun. Once established Hellebores do not like to be moved.
Members brought specimens of Hellebores, arum, snowdrops and winter jasmine.
Other members attending were Patsy Bettis, Annette Stanbery, Shelia Cardin, Ema Brewer, Elsie Yates and Sheila Webb.
Ocoee Garden Club
Dreaming of Gardening in February? The Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. District III is sponsoring its third annual ‘A Day Of Gardening’ seminar Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gardeners are invited to join the District III garden clubs at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge, for ‘A Day of Gardening’ and get some great ideas for your dream garden.
Gardeners of all levels of interest and experience are welcome to attend presentations on various aspects of gardening. There will be 50-minute presentations at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
At each time slot there will be three or four presentations from which to choose. The topics are varied and the most difficult decision will be which program to attend. Topics include: Winter Interest in the Garden; Happy Houseplants; Show and Tell: Petites and Miniatures; Plant Fixer-Uppers for the Soil; Honey Bees and Gardening; Container Gardening; Butterfly Gardening; Know Your Fertilizer; Bugs and Blooms; Attract Bluebirds Year-round; and Roses.
There will be a lunch of homemade soups, breads, dessert and drinks. During lunch, Terri Ballinger of the Wild Ones will speak on the Cumberland Seed Project.
Registration for the event is $25 at the door. The fee includes class attendance and lunch. Registration is limited to the first 125 people. For questions, contact Crystal Rymer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-618-4244.
The Taylors Family and Community Education Club met Feb. 4 in the Bradley County Agricultural Building. Hostesses were Joan Bryson and Doreen Johnson.
Oleta Ownby opened the noon meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Pauline Cartwright called the roll, which was answered by “What is your favorite winter meal?”
Joan Bryson offered the blessing. The Thought of the Day was “Let Your Light Shine.”
Members made nine baskets for the Valentine Banquet auction.
Kaye Smith, Extension Agent, presented the program on “Stress and Depression in your Life” — advising to adopt a positive attitude, believe you are a valuable person, recognize your strengths, find humor in life and live every day to its fullest. She also said control your stress — don’t let stress control you.
“Control stress with exercise and positive thinking, and build a support system,” Smith continued. “Be a good communicator and manage your time.”
Others present were Cathy Besing, Judy Bowlin, Linda Brown, Brenda Carder, Sherrie Duvall, Bennie Jenkins, June Parks, Vergie Toomey, Loretta Walker and Mary Bagley.