The Heritage Garden Club held their first annual organizational meeting on March 4 at the Holy Trinity United Methodist Church. A quorum of nine members and one new member joining Viviene Slear made ten in attendance.
Viviene brought some of her gardening books, Green Prints – “The Weeder’s Digest” for members to look at. Vice-President Laura Steele enhanced the meeting by bringing some green into the room. She provided a running slideshow of spring flowers, Irises and Daffodils, and other garden scenery. The table flowed with Gardening Books to peruse.
The refreshments provided by Laura and Charlotte Lyon on green plates, forks, and spoons included green bundt cake with topping, a lovely fruit basket, and cheese and crackers, coffee and tea.
The business meeting began with former President Barb Andrus presenting the new President, Charlotte Lyon, with a National Garden Club President’s pin.
Following the pledge of allegiance, the usual reports and planning committees of new projects was formed.
President Charlotte would like to decorate the town baskets this spring with Easter eggs wired on Pussy Willow branches. She brought some eggs in to be wired by members during the meeting. The girls soccer team will be helping to put the eggs and branches in the baskets for part of their community project. Weather permitting this will start on March 23.
There were four students applying for the GCFP/NGC (Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania / National Garden Club) Scholarships this year; they will find out who the winners are at the GCFP Convention in Altoona, Pa. April 7-9. They will also find out who the winners are of the ten they sponsored for the Smokey Bear Poster Contest and the two they sponsored for the Youth Poetry “Pop Goes The Seed” Contest.
Beverly Hunter presented the club with a $250 donation from the Armenia Mountain Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. They promote donations for many worthy community services and the Garden Club is honored to receive one of their donations.
They are planning to hold another Small Standard Flower Show at the PA Heritage Festival this September. More information will be coming on the Flower Show and another contests in the works regarding pumpkins.
The next meeting will be held on April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Trinity United Methodist Church on Redington Avenue in Troy. This meeting will have a program that is open to the public with no admission charges.
Ann Vayansky, of the Tiadaghton Audobon Society and Master Gardener of Tioga County, will present “Native Gardening for the Birds” in a PowerPoint presentation on the benefits of Native Gardening for our feathered friends. Through the help of the Tiadaghton Audobon Society, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania was recently designated as a “Bird City U.S.A.”
The Heritage Garden Club is a member of the GCFP and National Garden Clubs and is always looking for new members to join. Membership dues are $25. Contact President Charlotte Lyon at (570) 297-4269 for more information.