Garden Club hosts Master Gardener
by Martha Sparks
MAN — Hemlock Hills Garden Club was presented with a program from Master Gardner Jane Hatfield of the Honeysuckle Garden Club during their April 4 meeting.
Hatfield presented a program on the arrangement of live flowers and plants in containers. She also brought Butterfly bushes from her yard for members to transplant in their flower gardens.
Serving as hostesses were Cookie Pruitt, Patty Roach and Patsy Tilley.
The club also served at hostesses for the Annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike that was held at the Museum at the Park at Chief Logan State Park. Despite the rainy weather approximately 40 people participated in the event, including several people from other states.
Those who dared the weather were awarded by the sighting of the very rare and beautiful Guyandotte Beauty whose scientific name is Synandra hispidula. Very little is known about this uncommon flower except that it is scattered sparsely across the central Appalachian Mountains and is listed as rare in most states where it has been found. The plant’s square stem and distinctively shaped flowers show that it is a relative of the mint family. The plant’s common name comes from the Guyandotte River of West Virginia.
Jack in the Pulpits was also plentiful along the trail along with many other more common wildflowers. The group enjoyed a bag lunch catered by Beulah Lusk upon completion of the hike.
The club gives special thanks to Patsy Tilley, past president of the club, everyone at the Museum at the Park and the gentlemen who served at guides.
Several members also helped the Man High School’s Junior/Senior Prom beautification committee by planting flowers in the planters that are located along the prom walk.
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