Local garden club travels to Bloomington

The All Seasons Garden Club had a fun September meeting on Saturday.

The day started with members meeting at Brownstown United Methodist Church to carpool to Monroe County with their first stop at Mays Greenhouse in Bloomington for shopping in the various greenhouses and gift shops.

They then traveled to Sahm’s at Eagle Pointe for lunch. Afterwards, they met at Sandy and Norris Kovener’s condo and were treated to a fun boat ride on Lake Monroe with Norris at the helm.

After enjoying the sunshine and boat ride, the members met at the condo for an interesting program on raising monarch butterflies, which are now considered endangered. The program was given by Linda Kamman, who also cohosted the meeting with the Koveners.

An information sheet was given to the members about the monarch life. Native plants are a great source for the butterflies, and Kamman mentioned that many of those are killed out by the different herbicides and sprays used to control weeds, and that is killing out the habitat for the butterflies to latch onto to lay their eggs.

One interesting point Kamman gave was that the butterflies in their migration in the fall to Mexico make various stops on the way and lay their eggs and the life cycle begins again with those new butterflies continuing the migration. She had several monarchs in the different stages of their life, and everyone was able to observe these.

A brief business meeting was led by Jean Barkman with Kathy Rush giving the information for the October meeting, which will be Oct. 1 at Lee Ann Evans’ home in Freetown, where a dried arrangement will be made by those attending.

Thank-you cards from Charles Calhoun and Addie Shelton were passed around for everyone to read, and encouragement cards were signed for Joan Thompson and Jeanette Chastain.

Delicious apple cake with ice cream, drinks and snacks were then served to the group, and door prizes awarded to Jean Barkman, Nita Bridges, Martha Wilson and Jim McAfee.

Guests attending besides Norris were Jim McAfee and Leon Hackman.