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Jean now resides in Shelbyville and is the passionate caregiver of about 75 Bonsai plants at her home, many of which represent visits to other states. Her collection of Bonsai trees consists of plants ranging up to 30 years old. Jean's display consisted of Ironwood, Corkbark Elm, Kingswood Boxwood, Korean Lilac, Azalea, and Procumbus Nana varieties.
McCarter explained each tree is placed in a clay pot that is specifically designed to grow Bonsai trees. The size of the pot controls the size of the tree, and the pot should have holes in the bottom for drainage. McCarter repots her Bonsais about every two years, pruning roots and new growth as needed.
Burke initiated the business meeting by reporting a tree has been planted on behalf of the club at the new city park on the public square for this year's Arbor Day. She noted a Publicity Award was presented to the club at the District II meeting and she recognized club reporter Dawn Rogers for her efforts.
Members were encouraged to bring an arrangement with mixed spring flowers in a pitcher. Pat Martin, served as judge and awards were named as follows: Floral Design
Large category - Donna Simmons, blue; Kay Simmons, red; Pam Beasley, yellow.
Medium category - Dawn Rogers, blue; Amy Wells, red.
Small category - Dawn Rogers, blue; Donna Simmons, red.
Miniature category - Dawn Rogers, blue.
1st place -- Freda Head, Iris
2nd place -- Freda Head, Foxglove
3rd place -- Nancy Hulan, Gladiola