All Thumbs Garden Club travels to lavender farm


The May meeting of All Thumbs Garden Club was a work session May 14 at Southern Indiana Center for the Arts.

Ann and Laurie Windley served refreshments as the members gathered and President Nancy Fleming conducted the business meeting.

Suzi Judd was thanked for the new yearbooks she distributed, and Jeanne Morris reported on the Garden Club of Indiana’s state convention conducted in New Harmony. The scholarship lunch involved horticulture students from Ball State and Purdue universities, and they thanked the club for its support and told of their plans for the future.

The meeting was adjourned to the garden and porch for the planting of several pots of flowering plants and the care of perennials. All Thumbs members will maintain these plantings through the growing season as they have since the arts center was founded.

On May 15, several club members attended the 2015 convention of the National Garden Club in Louisville. They assisted the host Kentucky clubs in serving as hostesses at the opening lunch and the design banquet that evening.

On June 11, the club traveled to the Willowfield Lavender Farm near Mooresville to learn about the cultivation and uses of the fragrant lavender plant.

The owner of the farm explained what he and his wife have accomplished at the farm. There are many varieties of the plant, most lavender in color but some pink or white. Members learned what is necessary to raise the plants they purchased for their home gardens.

A visit to the gift shop also was educational, as the oil and dried blossoms of lavender plants are used in many skin products. There also were recipes for desserts and packets of lavender to use in the recipes.

Lunch in Franklin was enjoyed following the farm visit.

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