Vicky Rice read an inspirational piece called, "Planting Your Spring Garden" - for the garden of your daily living.
Members displayed and described a variety of plants grown in their own gardens.
Sherry Brownlee brought three native perennials for exchange, and gave a comprehensive description of each.
The Indian Pink shown above grows in partial to full shade in upright 12" to 24" clumps. A cluster of 2 to 12 vivid red tubular flowers with yellow interiors appears in May.
Indian Pink attracts pollinators and will spread if planted in loamy soil and allowed to seed.
Hexastylis virginica looks similar to wild ginger, but the evergreen heart-shaped leaves are mottled green with silvery grey and have a pungent smell. 'Blooms' occur below the leaves at soil level, and are called 'little brown jugs' because of their appearance.
Linaria vulgaris spreads in partial shade with clumps up to three feet tall. A long crowded raceme of lacy foliage is topped by 1-inch yellow flowers with orange throats.
The blooms of this aggressive plant are attractive to bees and butterflies.
Officers for the upcoming term were inducted prior to a luncheon enjoyed by club members at the home of Linda Hardie.
L to R: Shirley Puch, Secretary, Heidi Stuckman, President, Judy Ree, President-Elect, Charlotte Dewberry, Vice President, Linda Hardie, Treasurer.
(Betty Smith, Parliamentarian not shown)
Focus of the installation was Conservation, so incoming officers were given a token made of a renewable resource which contained a message to remind them of their duties. Symbols chosen reflected some of the items necessary to complete a meal or a successful table setting. Frances spoke of the officers contribution of strength, vitality and resources as their projects and leadership are shared.
Heidi was presented with a Meat Fork that signifies the meatiness or importance of the office of President, a leadership function involving both responsibility and opportunity.
As a gift in recognition of her presidency during 2017-2019, social chair Terra Manton presented her with a bronze horse ornament that evokes her love of horseback riding. She named it Laurel in honor of Laurel District, with which CGC is affiliated.