Fayette Garden Club holds November meeting

By Connie Meriweather - Fayette Garden Club

The Fayette Garden Club met at the home of Mary Jane Esselbourne for their November meeting.

As members arrived they were greeted by Mary Jane and assisting hostess Jodi Kirkpatrick.

President Pam Rhoads opened the meeting by reading a poem entitled “We Offer Thanks” by Stella Craft Tremble.

The plant of the month was the pineapple – which is a symbol of hospitality.

Roll call was answered by each member giving the name of their favorite Thanksgiving dish.

Secretary Susan Meriweather gave the secretary’s report and it was approved as read.

Treasurer Debbie Carr gave the treasurer’s report and it was approved as read.

Birthday greetings were extended to Chris Boylan, Joanne Montgomery, Julia Hidy and Dorothy Self.

Vice President Marjorie Clifford shared several Find-a-Facts on Indian corn. When the white people came to America they had never seen Indian corn, which did not grow in Europe. The Indians raised the corn in little patches about their villages. When the corn was dry, they pounded it in order to make meal. Sometimes they parched the corn and then pounded it into meal. They carried this parched meal with them when they hunted. They would eat it with a little water without stopping to cook it. The Indians called this Nokick, but the white people called it No-cake. The white people thought the Indian corn was very beautiful as some ears were red, yellow or mixed with blue and yellow.

The horticultural tip was given by Pat Parsons on Chrysanthemums. They were first cultivated in China and first grown in United States in 1798. Culinary uses of the plant – yellow or white flowers are boiled to make a sweet drink in Asia, and Korea uses it to make wine. Flowers are pulverized which releases chemicals. They are put in water or oil suspension which attacks the nervous system of all insects.

In some countries in Europe, the Chrysanthemum is a symbol of death and used only for funerals. Plant the mum in early spring by digging a hole twice the size of the root ball in full sun. When the plant is six inches tall, pinch off the tips to encourage more blooms. Pinch again when the plant is 12 inches tall. To propagate, take a cutting of the plant or divide mums every three to five years for best results.

Hostesses Mary Jane and Jodi served a delicious assortment of fresh fruit and little cakes. Members enjoyed talking about their favorite meals served to friends and family during Thanksgiving. Mary Jane Esselburne shared a Thanksgiving poem entitled ‘Love’s Prayer’ by James Whitcomb Reilly.

Members attending the meeting were Chris Boylan and daughter Sharon, Debbie Carr, Marjorie Clifford, Mary Jane Esselbourne, Julia Hidy, Jodi Kirkpatrick, Connie Meriweather, Susan Meriweather, Joanne Montgomery, Linda Morgan, Pat Parsons, Pam Rhoads, and Barbara Sams.

By Connie Meriweather

Fayette Garden Club