Magnolia Club learns how to make other uses for plants

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Posted 2/5/19

Magnolia Garden Club’s January meeting was hosted by Brenda Nakdimen. Sheila Webb gave the devotion, titled “Looking Through Eyes of Faith.” Webb called members to find glimpses of God and His …

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Magnolia Club learns how to make other uses for plants

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Magnolia Garden Club’s January meeting was hosted by Brenda Nakdimen. Sheila Webb gave the devotion, titled “Looking Through Eyes of Faith.” Webb called members to find glimpses of God and His handiwork all around us and in each other. She reminded us that as gardeners the cold gives us time for rest.

Linda Cross conducted the business meeting. Upcoming officer installations, a possible upcoming flower show and The Day of Gardening were discussed. The Day of Gardening will be held on Feb. 23 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in East Ridge from 9:30-2 p.m.

Nakdimen presented a program called “Other Uses for Plants” explaining how to make soap. She shared a list of ingredients required and gave a brief overview of one basic soap-making method to produce soap on a small scale. Patsy Bettis shared information and knowledge from childhood recollections about making soap. Bonnie Bain, Nakdimen’s mother and guest, chimed in to add details to the soap making process on a larger scale and on the use of petals and plants from the garden to supplement the use of essential oils.

Bain has made soap for many years and has explored various methods and the use of a variety of fatty acids to complete the process of saponification (turning fats to soap).

Sue Taylor brought and passed around a sample of her fully ripened lime, a variety which turns yellow upon maturing. Members were treated to a picture of Annette Stanbery’s Christmas Amaryllis. Other specimens shared included Nandina, Yew, Holly, Skimmia, Aucuba, Helleboris, Creeping Euonymus, Trumpet vine seed pods and Laurel.

Members enjoyed refreshments and a social visit following the meeting. Other members in attendance were Elsie Yates, Ginger Cloud, Fredricka Lawson and Beth Cunningham.

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