Sep 26, 2013

Summer pleasures for garden club

ARCANUM – The July meeting of the Arcanum Garden Club was held at the country home of Barbara Byrne where members enjoyed the patio with lovely landscaping and country views. The activity of the day involved each member creating a garden ornament consisting of PVC pipe to which were attached antique or interesting plates and/or bowls or cups of three successive sizes to create a flower effect. Depending on positioning, the ornament could be strictly decorative or could be used to hold seed or water for the birds. Following a business meeting that included discussion of the club’s community beautification projects, a delicious summer luncheon was enjoyed by all.

In August, Arcanum Garden members met at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical House where Associate Garden Club members were the invited guests. Attendees were encouraged to wear vintage attire and hats. A fun time was had by all as favorite memories were shared of club members from long ago. A carry-in luncheon of favorite dishes includes some from the club’s recipe book. An heirloom program was given by Annette Steward, daughter of honorary member, Betty Sease. Annette talked about heirloom seeds (history of 50 years or more), how they can be gathered and preserved and the importance of keeping written records for accuracy. The discussion then moved to preservation of pictures and other family archival information. She discussed ways to avoid environmental elements that can damage these treasures and creative ways to preserve and display them. She closed with a reference to “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick. The business meeting included discussion of the Fall Bulb Sale, where community members are encouraged to purchase spring bulbs from the garden club and to use them in creative ways in their spring garden.

(Submitted by Abby Cutright, corresponding secretary)

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