Garden club member hosts group’s monthly meeting


A tour of Rita Wischmeier’s beautiful wooded area was enjoyed by 13 members and two guests, Jeanette Burbank and Debbie Rust, at the July meeting of the All Seasons Garden Club.

Peggy Broshears served as Wischmeier’s co-hostess. Several areas of the woods are decorated into rooms with shade-loving plants and accessories. The guests enjoyed sitting in her round corn crib furnished with swings, gliders, vintage lawn chairs and twinkle lights and were entertained by a chorus of several bullfrogs from her spring-fed pond.

Afterwards, the members were served several varieties of desserts, coffee, tea and other cool drinks on tables covered with vintage quilts. The table’s centerpieces were beautiful bouquets of flowers from the many gardens of the hostess.

President Jean Barkman began the business meeting noting larkspur and water lily are the flowers of the month. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Wischmeier, and it also was mentioned Linda Kamman, who was not present, has a July birthday.

Barkman asked Secretary Becky Hackman to read June’s minutes, and one correction was made. A treasurer’s report was given by Wischmeier. Hackman then asked the club for permission to destroy several years of minutes of the club, and it was approved by all.

The club agreed to present the fair queen candidate, Addie Shelton, with a small gift of gratitude in representing the group. Hackman will take care of getting the gift to her as soon as possible.

Hackman also informed the group Tim Warren of Brownstown will be selling fresh cut flowers from his many gardens, and Brenda Turner reported on the Madison in Bloom garden tour some of the group attended.

Julie Ballard gave an update on the conditions of Joan Thompson and Jeanette Chastain, members who are having health issues.

Barkman asked Turner to remind members of the August meeting, which will be held Aug. 1. Turner and Darlene Groseclose will be hostesses. The group is to meet at Groseclose’s home at 6:30 p.m. and carpool to Charles Calhoun’s home for a tour of his beautiful landscapes and then return to Groseclose’s home for the rest of the meeting.

Kathy Rush and Kathy Cunningham are the hostesses for the October meeting, which is to be held at Lee Ann Evans’ home in Freetown. It was agreed to have the meeting Oct. 1, and a dried flower arrangement for $15 can be made by each of the members. Those wishing to do so must pay the fee at the August meeting.

Hackman gave a report about her and her husband’s trip to the Kentucky Oaks Cancer Survivor Parade in April. She encouraged the group if they knew of any breast or ovarian cancer survivor who has not been a nominee to nominate them for next year’s Oaks, which begins in February or March 2023.

Barkman told the group Vice President Charlotte Foster will conduct the business meeting in August, and the business meeting was closed.

Door prizes of flower-decorated hats, other garden-related gifts and flower centerpieces were awarded to Shirley Lewis, Burbank, Turner, Foster, Rush and Cunningham. The rest of the evening was spent visiting and having fun.

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