November 14th Meeting Minutes

Agenda & Committee Reports November 14, 2023 I. Welcome and Call to Order

Thank Hostesses – Kendrick Hill, Mary Ella Hill, Dicksie King, Amanda Tucker. Special thank you to Amanda Tucker for having the meeting at her home.

II. Reading and Approval of October Minutes:

Motion of approval by (Lindsay Sones) and seconded (Brittany Hill). Minutes accepted without change.

III. Officer Reports

A. Vice President, Kenrick Williams – 

All is well with hosting calendar. Will bring in the poster, but slots are 99% filled. 

B. Second Vice President (Speech School) – Mary Ayres 

Nothing new to report here other than “Courtyard” for preschools in which parents volunteer to host fun interactive and seasonal activities in the Garden. Passed photos around of the Courtyard. 

C. Third Vice President (Quarry Garden) – Elkin Taylor

Yes! We did find water on the second attempt, so will be putting in the well pump and housing on that site – in the Swan House parking lot.

The Quarry Garden is beautiful this time of year, going into fall color. It is extremely dry so we are hoping for rain, but will be running irrigation as soon as possible. We’re working on the complete inventory of the Quarry Garden, and will be able to provide you with a full plant list by the end of the year if you are interested. We’ll add the spring ephemerals to the inventory in spring, since they are dormant now. After the inventory, we’ll create accession tags and display labels for the plants. It’s a big project and takes 2 staff members – Rosemary and Travis – working together to go bed by bed and identify, count and take notes on the health of each plant in the native plant collection here.We are also in the design phase to build a greenhouse, and that is moving along well. The picnic area is also under construction now. Tens of thousands of bulbs are arriving for fall planting in the next week – so we are busy, busy, busy!

D. Corresponding Secretaries – Katie Bockstedt/Leslie Neely

E. Treasurer – Margaret Warren

    • Operating Account $11,081
    • Savings $7,877
    • Party $7580
    • Total Cash Balance $26,530
IV. Committee Reports

A. Membership & Dues – Mary Mac Southerland Please pay by Dec 1 by check, CC or via the website. If via CC, there is a 3% fee. 

B. Historian – Jinny Keough NO REPORT

C. Parliamentarian – Jackie Cushman NO REPORT

D. Website- Jennifer Hill Everyone should have access – working on incremental updates and new members should also have access. If not, contact her. 

E. State Garden Club Liaison – Wawa Hines NO REPORT

V. Projects

Amaryllis Project – 

      • We had 28 people participate. Alden has the bulbs. Rae is getting Wawa’s I’m delivering Susan Virgin’s

Oakland Mausoleum Holiday Event re: Kaiser Mausoleum.

      • ***Picture*** LARGER than last year. Need lots of volunteers – can still sign up
      • Setup will be Nov 30/Dec
      • I have a list of 12 signed up here:Mandy Culpepper, Jinny Keough, Kellie Holt Spalding, Alden Potts, Sarah McElroy, Lindsey Sones, Aimee Nix, Shelby Drinkard, Jennifer Raulet, Kendrick Williams, Brittany Hill, Mims Hill

Cathedral by Design is Jan 19-20: 

      • 4-6 arrangements on the entryway tables (in entry way, not overly formal, fun arrangement, reflecting youth.)
      • Sheet passed around, more people signed up
      • Not sure about containers.
      • 4 members have shared interest: Brittany Hill, Alden Potts, Mims HIll, Allison Felton

Flower Show is Feb 23-25 (8 new members). Kendrick will help out as VP 

VI. Program

Alden Potts introduced our speaker, Holly Bryan Floral Design

Notes from Holly Bryan Floral Design-Showed alternative to floral foam, which is bad for humans, the environment, etc. -Loves Trader Joes for flowers – they are fresh, plentiful and inexpensive! -Good alternatives to floral foam are 1. Angel Vine (natural, reusable),2. Florist’s Chicken wire, which is coated and can be purchased in sheets or rolls3. Holly pillows – reusable, plastic, resemble flower frogs… 4. Flower frogs – can find great vintage ones. Sometimes people collect them. -Other fun things to use in arrangements… -fern fronds dried, spray painted.-fruit on sticks – cut or whole-leaves from your yard. -grasses -broom corn, other textural leaves, stems, etc. -Look at the arrangement from all angles, group flowers for more impact, and she likes odd numbers of elements versus even.-She likes all types of flowers – carnations, mums, etc. All are beautiful!! 

VII.  Adjournment & Lunch

Thank the hostesses again.Next meeting will be in 2024 – Jan 23 – at the Speech School 

Read content on floral foam alternatives presented by Holly Bryan or visit her website here.