Magnolia Garden Club’s January meeting was hosted by Elsie Yates at her home.
Linda Cross gave a devotion reading a poem, “I Saw God Wash the World,” a favorite of the late Bess Pirkle, a member of Magnolia Garden Club for more than 50 years.
The treasurer’s report was given by Sue Taylor. Also, she had the 2013 calendars,“Vision of Beauty,” for members to purchase. Yates gave the secretary’s report and Fredricka Lawson conducted the business meeting.
Members made plans to attend the TFGC District III fundraiser, “Day of Gardening” Saturday from 9:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Belvoir Avenue in East Ridge. The cost for the event is $25 and the public is invited to attend.
A chili lunch will be served. Michael Payne of the Hamilton County Master gardeners will present a program on “How to Turn your Backyard into a Resort.”
Other classes will be offered for attendees to enjoy. Classes include: “How to Beat the Bugs This Year,” “Native Plants in the Home Landscape,” “Tablescapes,” “Herbs in Your Landscape,” “Butterfly Gardening: Grow Your Own ‘Flying Flowers’”; “Lavender Galore,” “Cottage Ros
A short program was given on backyard habitat and what to do to encourage birds to visit your yard. Having water sources year-round, nesting boxes and food in bird feeders help to attract birds. Eliminating insecticides is important. Planting native plants that have seeds and nectar and having trees and shrubs in the yard that provide berries and nuts are a favorites of birds.
Members brought a variety of horticulture specimens from their yards, including winter iris, winter jasmine, lenten roses, winter honeysuckle, curry, daffodils, japonica and camellia.
Other members attending were Erma Brewer, Lu Ann Carey, Bess Neil, Chloe Littrell, Annette Stanbery, Sheila Webb and guest Shelia Carden.
The Prospectors Family and Community Education meeting was held at the R&M Yarn Store in Georgetown on Jan. 22. President Phyllis Narus was the host and called the meeting to order. Vice President Linda Simpler read passages regarding “patience” as the devotion and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
Roll call indicated 14 in attendance. Year-end treasurer reports were distributed by Ann Gray, treasurer. Old business as well as new business was discussed. Year Books for 2013 were distributed; annual dues were collected; and 2012 club summary pamphlets were distributed. The club welcomed two new members: Anita McLain and Candee Saint.
The Valentine and Awards Banquet will be Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Ag Building. Everyone is to RSVP and bring a covered dish. Several will donate items for the benefit auction as well as provide beverages for the event.
Brenda Derryberry will serve as the club’s new treasurer.
After enjoying soups and dessert, members learned a new technique for making decorative pillow cases. Cathy Shreve will be the hostess for the February meeting where members will make a decorative bangle bracelet.
Others members in attendance were Patti Bradshaw, Cindy Park, Ginette Somos, Annette Sullivan, Cyndi Tinsley and guests, Debbie Butt and Norma Kendrick.es” and “Edible Landscaping.”
Members were given information about the Deep South Region Convention, which will be March 25-27 in Savannah, Ga.; and the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs Convention, which will be April 10-12 in Knoxville. Members planned programs and projects, also, for the club’s coming year.