The November meeting of the Heritage Garden club was held on Nov. 4, at the Holy Trinity Church at 7 p.m. A quorum of nine members attended.
Barb Andrus, National Garden Club Flower Show Judge, gave the Program. Barb demonstrated several types of floral / plants that have smaller characteristics that can be used in Petite Designs. Those demonstrated were mini – Carnations, Statice, Wax Flowers, small Air plants, and baby leaf growths of Kalanchoe Mother of Fountains. They were pre-arranged in two different sizes (8” and 12”) of Petite designs.
The range of sizes, according to the National Garden Clubs Flower Show Handbook, is from 3 inches to 12 inches. Anything used in the staging, like a steel funnel for a base, vase, or any components are to be included on the height measurement of a Petite design.
For Holiday time decorating, with themes like ‘Tis The Season,’ you can further use cinnamon sticks, Sweet gum seed pods, Buttonweed seed pods, Star Anise and Globe Thistle blooms, to name a few. Bamboo makes a very nice vertical component to drill holes in to secure plant material and it will hold water for a few days.
Barb shared she learned at Gardening School that cinnamon is a natural organic root growth stimulator. The workshop involved making rose flowers out of men’s ties. Barb provided a large selection of ties and glue guns with instructions on manipulating while gluing the tie to make a lovely flower. A mounting pin can be glued to the back to be used as a corsage. The members enjoyed being creative in making their tie rose flower.
All enjoyed delicious refreshments made by Sharon Brown and Laura Steele. Sharon’s centerpiece of a pumpkin was adorned with a variety of fresh and dried flowers of different textures such as Japanese Lanterns, Alder Tree cones and Japanese Maple leaves from her garden.
President Charlotte Lyon called the meeting to order for the regular business. They thanked the American Legion for donating $250 in appreciation of the beautification of Troy streets with their baskets. They thanked everyone who liked the sliced wood pumpkin or harvest moon décor!
Ronnie and Sandy Kingsley will again be donating a tree to be decorated by residents of Martha Lloyd Community Services and members of the Heritage Garden Club. The location will be on the corner of Fenner and Route 14 / 6 before the Troy Hometown Christmas on Nov. 30. They are planning to participate in the Christmas in the Village BCHA program of Christmas trees and baked goods on Dec. 1. The Civic committee will ask members to help put greens and the snowmen in the baskets before Thanksgiving.
It is time again to advertise for the 13 Scholarships for $1,000.00 that are available to students in senior high or college and majoring in Horticulture, Forestry, Environmental preservation, etc. Watch for more information on this. There is also a youth poetry contest and a poster contest for Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl. Contact Charlotte Lyon or Barb Andrus for more information.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church Christmas Dish to Pass Party. Bring a small gift for exchange.
The New Year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Heritage Garden Club and celebrations will be announced in the future. They are always looking for new members. The Heritage Garden Club is a member of District V of the GCFP (Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania), CARSGC (Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs) and NGC (National Garden Clubs).