Club learns to winterize gardens

Special to the Enterprise

September 27, 2013

The Cumberland Park Garden Club met Tuesday at Shades restaurant. Hostesses for the meeting were Mildred Norton and Peggy Capps.

Norton presented the program, “Winterizing the Garden.” She gave everyone copies of suggestions from Southern Living Magazine, September 2013, and steps to follow from the Yahoo website, September 2010. Among the suggestions was covering perennials with evergreen branches.

New yearbooks for 2013-2015 were distributed to those who were unable to attend the August trip to Rockcastle Trading Company, Livingston.

A thank you note from Bell County 4-H was given to Thornley Alexander for the club scrapbook. The note acknowledged the garden club’s donation toward a scholarship to 4-H summer camp.

Pecans will be ordered soon. Gypsie Bellar, Ways and Means chairman, will let members know the date.

Norton shared an article from the Lexington Herald about adding monarch butterfly way stations to one’s garden. By planting common milkweed, butterfly milkweed and poke milkweed, monarch larvae will have food. Joanna Kirby, president of the Garden Club of Kentucky, has adopted the waystation as her project. Karen Potter-Hughes was asked to look into how to purchase waystation starter kits and find out the best time to plant butterfly milkweed. Members were interested in having a waystation somewhere in Middlesboro for everyone to enjoy.

A motion passed to contribute $250 toward a tent for the 2013 fall festival. District Director Donna Smith asked if Cumberland Park Garden Club would like to go in half with Middlesborough Garden Club.

Peggy reminded everyone to register for the district meeting to be held at the London Country Club Oct. 26. The cost is $18.

The floral arrangement theme for the September meeting was “Summer’s End.” Carey Huddleston judged an arrangement of purple Butterfly Bush and poke berries brought by Karen Potter-Hughes. It received a red ribbon.

The next meeting will be Nov. 19. Hostesses will be Helen Evans and Gypsie Bellar.