Fayette Garden Club holds summer picnic at Cedarhurst

Fayette Garden Club members recently traveled to Cedarhurst for their summer picnic and arrived at the cottage of Mary Estle. Mary and her assisting hostess, Marjorie Clifford, welcomed everyone.

The club furnished the fried chicken and the members brought side dishes of food to share.

Mary gave grace before the meal was served and members ate in the screened-in porch while listening to the many birds and enjoying nature at its best.

A short business meeting was opened by president Pam Rhoads who read a verse from the Bible. Roll call was answered by each member giving names of “bad” bugs.

Secretary Susie Meriweather and treasurer Debbie Carr read their reports and they were approved as read.

The flower of the month was Hellebore. This plant has lovely and unusual flowers with attractive green foliage that works well in the landscape. Once established, hellebore care is minimal. This herbaceous or evergreen perennial is disliked by deer and other animal pests prone to munching on plants. All parts of the hellebore plant are poisonous, so take care to keep children and pets away.

President Pam Rhoads presented a program on noxious weeds. A noxious weed is a plant that has been designated by an agricultural authority as one that is harmful to agricultural or horticultural crops, natural habitats or ecosystems, or humans or livestock. Most noxious weeds have been introduced by ignorance, mismanagement or accident. Some examples of noxious plants are poison ivy, poison oak, Canadian thistle and Johnson grass.

The remainder of the meeting was spent by talking about the garden tour in June at the home of Joanne Montgomery where a salad was served. The next stop was at the home of Barbara Sams where members enjoyed sitting on her porch, viewing her flower beds and enjoying sandwiches. The last stop was at the home of Jodi Kirkpatrick to view her garden and enjoy the chocolate fountain dessert served with various fruits.

In July, garden club members attended the lily show and judging at the Fayette County Fair. Member Mary Estle won Best of Show with her lily “Jim Dandy.” There were more than 85 entries in this category.

Members attending were Debbie Carr, Marjorie Clifford, Mary Estle, Lynn Maust, Connie Meriweather, Susie Meriweather, Joanne Montgomery, Linda Morgan, Pat Parsons, Pam Rhoads, Barbara Sams, Linda Warfield and guest Sandy Kelly.

The next meeting will be held at the home of Pat Parsons with a plant and seed exchange and a white elephant sale.

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Fayette Garden Club member Mary Estle with her Best of Show lily “Jim Dandy” and lily show judge, Dan Brockman.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/08/web1_EstleFair2017-2-.jpgFayette Garden Club member Mary Estle with her Best of Show lily “Jim Dandy” and lily show judge, Dan Brockman.

Submitted by Connie Meriweather

Fayette Garden Club