The April 5th gathering of the Gonzales Garden Club included a business meeting and a flower show reception at the Gonzales library then a celebratory luncheon excursion. Hostesses for the day were Weezie Cashat and Janis D’Benedetto.
New business brought an announcement from Grant Committee Chairman Jamie Trisler that the St. Amant High School 4-H Club won a grant from the Louisiana Garden Club Federation for the replacement of garden tools, horticulture equipment and a storage shed destroyed by the August flood. The sizable grant award totaled $5,785. The Gonzales Garden Club voted to donate an additional $215 to bring the total amount awarded to the SAHS 4-H to $6,000. Tentative plans are underway to present a check for that amount possibly at the May 3rd GGC meeting to 4H Sponsor Mandy Delaune, who itemized the equipment needs in the grant, and to SAHS Principal Mia Edwards, who supported the efforts of the grant committee.
The garden club’s annual fundraiser plant and bake sale will be held April 28 from 9:00am until 2:00pm at Gonzales City Hall. Members were reminded of the needs for the event such as display tables, wagons, bags and boxes. Members delineated types of sale items such plants, bulbs and cuttings, second hand garden tools and décor, and freshly baked cookies, brownies and cakes. Proceeds fund the club’s year-round civic projects.
This month’s horticulture hint is to plant caladium tubers in beds or containers now. Garden maintenance at Kidz Kove and the Jambalaya Park will be scheduled though email communication among the committee members.
Lastly, new club officers were elected for the 2017-18 term. Officers assuming their positions in September of 2017 are President Jamie Trisler, Vice President Mary Jo Pohlig, Treasurer Cynthia Cagnolatti, Recording Secretary Gwen Heck, Corresponding Secretary Lorraine Gautreau, Parliamentarian Barbara McCormick, and Historian Ellen Richmond.
After the business meeting, the club mingled with the public who were viewing the Annual Floral Design and Horticulture Specimen Exhibit near the entrance to the library. Thirteen niches were displayed by eleven members: Weezie Cashat, Janis D’Benedetto, Lorraine Gautreau, Barbara McCormick, Priscilla Monson, Patti Mouton, Mary Jo Pohlig, Loretta Ramirez, Donna Reynaud, Marilyn Rice, and Jamie Trisler. Most visitors spent a thoughtful bit of time deciding which design deserved their vote for the People’s Choice Award. The club appreciated the public’s interest in their floral creations; 158 votes were cast. Winners will be announced at the May club meeting.
GGC members left for Houmas House for their traditional post-exhibit luncheon where they traded stories on how their floral designs came to fruition and toyed with ideas for next year’s flower show.