During the business portion, plans were discussed for Florida Arbor Day Celebration on January 18th and the 2013 Garden Walk/English Tea which will be held February 9th at Blue Lake Community Center.
President Karen Roland presented Dorothy Odom, Director of the Washington Co. Historical Museum, an Honorary CGC Membership for her continued support of our annual Scarecrow Contest.
Following adjournment club members and guests celebrated Christmas with a Holiday Feast, games and fellowship. As in years past, bags and bags of comfort items were collected for veterans at the Chester Sims VA Retirement Center in Lynn Haven. The Michaels have already delivered the items and our Christmas greetings to the veterans.
Our 80th Anniversary Year has been busy…and award winning! We offered programs on the life of butterflies, bluebirds and mealworms, native plants and pollinators, and bog gardening. Free plants to KMS and Washington County Christian School students and we taught KMS students make terrariums, dish gardens, and dried/live floral arrangements for the upcoming 2013 4-H Youth Fair.
Field trips included a visit to Hoover’s Mill, Magnolia Day at UF-NFREC in Quincy, two FFGC District meetings, and holiday tour of Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama (shown above). We also celebrated 2012 Florida Arbor Day, held our annual Spring Gardens & English Tea, sponsored the Scarecrow Contest at the “Fall into History Fest”, honored our District II Director Jane Brewer at our 80th Anniversary Reception, and awarded nine Yards of the Month for the City of Chipley.
If you would like to learn more about our projects and activities, please contact President Karen Roland at 850-638-9968 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2012 our club membership grew from 26 to 37. Maybe you could be Club Member #38? Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Chipley Garden Club!
The garden club members had a wonderful time at the Christmas Party. They even enjoyed wearing the antlers they created.
By Gwen Collins