Aldersgate members learn about hummingbirds

Posted 2/6/19

ALDERSGATE GARDEN CLUB

“Attracting Hummingbirds in Your Yard”

The Aldersgate Garden Club held its January meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Jackie Westfield was hostess for the meeting with 0 members in attendance.

Westfield gave the devotion, “The Prayer and the Chain Saw, Nehemiah 1” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The minutes were read by Secretary Westfield. The Financial Report was given by Treasurer Lelia Johnson. The Benevolence Report was given by Kay Cox, Benevolence Treasurer.

Charlotte Scott, vice president, presented the clate of club officers to be elected for the 2019 through 2021 Term. These new officers will be installed in March 2019 and take office in April.

Edwina Robinson, president, discussed the upcoming events.

The District III Day of Gardening will be held on February 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Good Sheppard Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge. Various topics of gardening will be offered to garden club members and the public. Registration is $20. before Feb. 17 and $25 at the door. The Deep South Garden Club Convention will be held on March 11-13, at Jekyll Island, Georgia. The TFGC Annual Convention will be held in Memphis on April 23-25 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Members will be attending some of the events.

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Aldersgate members learn about hummingbirds

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The Aldersgate Garden Club held its January meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Jackie Westfield was hostess for the meeting with several members in attendance. 

Westfield gave the devotion, “The Prayer and the Chain Saw, Nehemiah 1” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The minutes were read by Secretary Westfield. The Financial Report was given by Treasurer Lelia Johnson. The Benevolence Report was given by Kay Cox, Benevolence Treasurer.
Charlotte Scott, vice president, presented the clate of club officers to be elected for the 2019 through 2021 Term. These new officers will be installed in March 2019 and take office in April.
Edwina Robinson, president, discussed the upcoming events.
The District III Day of Gardening will be held on February 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Good Sheppard Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge. Various topics of gardening will be offered to garden club members and the public. Registration is $20. before Feb. 17 and $25 at the door. The Deep South Garden Club Convention will be held on March 11-13, at Jekyll Island, Georgia. The TFGC Annual Convention will be held in Memphis on April 23-25 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Members will be attending some of the events.

Westfield presented a program on “Attracting Hummingbirds in Your Yard.” She opened by giving some basic facts about hummingbirds. They are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. The name comes the flapping of their wings so fast. Westfield said the most intriguing thing to her was these birds can flap their wings about 80 times per second which made a humming noise. They primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen. These birds eat often because of their fast breathing rate, fast heartbeat and high body temperature. Hummingbirds have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second. There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds. Twelve different species summer in North America and winter in tropical areas. Habitat loss and destruction are the hummingbird’s main threats. The earth’s changing temperatures due to climate change are affecting their migratory patterns.
Westfield suggested 10 top things you can do to attract Hummingbirds: Add more feeders in a clump, they are very territorial. Don’t remove their spider webs. Add a small-hosed attachment (mister) for your regular garden hose. Make snag perches for them. Replace old feeders. Repaint your plastic feeders when they get dull. Tie an orange or bright red ribbon/surveying tape around the tree to get their attention. Deadhead your flowers to enhance blooming. Plan a blooming schedule and add a new native plant species to your garden. A few flowers that attract hummingbirds are petunia, butterfly bush, day lily, hibiscus and coneflowers.
Each member received a gardening door prize after refreshments were served. Cynthia Humes gave thanks to the hostess. Others in attendance were Billie Blair, Sheryl Gash, Regenia Piersaul, and Charlotte Timberlake.

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