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Garden club off to a bright start in 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Winners of the "Sticks & Stuff" arrangement category were, from left: Kay Simmons, Pat Martin and Louise Armstrong.
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Shelbyville Garden Club held its January meeting at the Farm Bureau, with Wilene Bomar and Toby Haynes serving as hostesses.

President Janie Burke presided over the meeting with 18 members in attendance. Evelyn McGrew gave the devotion and Janie shared a thank you note from a member. Treasurer Gloria Hart presented the current balance and expenses for 2012.

Club member Pat Martin presented helpful information about composting.
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Burke announced the officers for the 2013-2015 term and there was a group discussion about the annual luncheon in March. Burke asked for ideas and suggestions for future programs and encouraged members to submit ideas to incoming president Amy Wells. There was also a discussion regarding a community project and design workshop planned in February.

Club members Louise Armstrong and Evelyn McGrew shared a report about a trip they took to Louisville, Ky., in December. The trip consisted of touring the Gault House and Underground Louisville.

They particularly enjoyed seeing the holiday lights and viewing the nativity scene, nutcrackers, and snowmen created by the Chinese. The objects were made from wire and decorated with lights and pieces of silk.

An informative program was presented by club member Pat Martin on the subject of composting and earthworms. Martin defined the benefits of composting, explaining the presence of earthworms and red worms are a sign of good soil.

There are three primary benefits of composting: keeps waste out of landfills, produces good soil, and contributes to growing plants. Martin distributed handouts which gave more information about composting and the advantages of using rain barrels. Martin explained meat products should not be added to compost, but suggested adding the following items to your soil: coffee/tea grinds, breads or cereals, egg shells, peelings, vegetables and fruits.

Members designed and brought in individual arrangements with the theme "Sticks and Stuff." Entries could be in any kind of container and no more than 5" wide and 9" tall. Janie Burke served as judge. Winners were Kay Simmons; blue; Pat Martin, red; and Louise Armstrong; yellow.

Evergreens, Holly and Pine were named as the horticulture category for the month. Winners were Freda Head - American Holly, blue; Helen Garner -- Nandina, red; and Pat Martin -- Nandina, yellow.

Winners of the "What Have You" category were: Quince -- Pam Beasley, blue; Camollia -- Nancy Hulan, red; Lenton Rose -- Helen Garner, yellow.

Members were reminded of the Design Workshop at the Blue Ribbon Circle scheduled for Feb. 18 to prepare table arrangements for the annual Chamber of Commerce event planned the following day. Burke encouraged 100 percent participation.