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The Garden Club of Elizabethtown met April 8 at the Brown-Pusey House. Hostesses were MC Meserve and Jana Gore. Lacy Thomas, accompanied by his wife, Brenda, presented a program on attracting birds and other wildlife, which especially benefit gardens. He brought samples of birdhouses that are both functional and artistic.
Following the program, president Joyce Effinger conducted the meeting. She reported that flowers and a wind chime were sent in remembrance of Bettie Brown and the club had been thanked for sending a donation for the rose garden at the Capital Flower Clock in Frankfort. Committee chairs reported that cross ties are being replaced at the Butterfly Garden in Freeman Lake Park and volunteers will begin working in the Cunningham Garden at the Brown-Pusey House in April. Both gardens are maintained by club members. Helen Miller provided horticulture information, discussing “piddling” in the garden and how to use random time outdoors. She also shared how to take care of spent blooms on bulb plants. Jana Gore reported there are five garden committments for the annual Garden Tour in June. Ann Kowalski reported on the State Garden Club Convention in Lexington. There were three first-place winners for the Woody Owl poster contest and four first-place poetry winners who went on to state and South Atlantic Region competition from our Garden Club sponsorship. The club also received several awards for excellence: Anita Owen was acknowledged for her work on the club scrapbook, which won a first-place award in the state. Clara Myers was recognized for her work with the club yearbook, which also received a first-place award. A first-place award was received for the Golden Daffodil Project, with Joyce Effinger and Ann Kowalski acknowledged. The club’s press book also was recognized, with Anita Owen’s work acknowledged.
Door prize winners were Ruth Mitchell, Jackie Huffines, Ruth Johnson, Darla Sypes and Janet Gebler.
The next Garden Club meeting is at 10 a.m. May 5. The program for that meeting is “The Fruitful Vine” by Amy Aldenderfer, University of Kentucky Extension agent, who will discuss growning grapes in Kentucky.