The Town and Country Garden Club held their April 25 meeting in the lovely home of Judy Chandler which was beautifully decorated with collectible country decor.
Hostesses were Judy Chandler, Glenda Toms, and Betty McGowan. President Yvonne Jackson opened the meeting with a garden prayer. Everyone served themselves to delicious refreshments and toured Mrs. Chandler's home.
Mrs. Jackson introduced our speaker, artist, Alice Lee of Minden. Mrs. Lee paints garden stepping stones, edging stones and large stones for the garden. Mrs. Lee told how she got started painting stones, the books she uses for reference, and the type of paint she uses for her work.
She paints stones with floral designs, insect and animal designs, and the popular fleur de leis design. Mrs. Lee brought several examples of her work and offered them for sale to the members present. Mrs. Jackson presented Mrs. Lee with a "Thank You" gift.
Mrs. Jackson thanked the hostesses and Mrs. Chandler for opening her home for the meeting.
Secretary Libby Orenbaun called roll and read the minutes from the March meeting. Yard of the Month for April was placed by Sybil Ray and Susie Lester in the yard of Dr. and Mrs. Warren Lambard. Treasurer, Hannah Simpson, gave the treasurer's report.
Susie Lester gave the Horticultural Hints: Diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide made from ground sea shells and is abrasive as well as absorpitive causing snails and slugs to dehydrate. Use diatomaceous earth in flower beds to keep snails and slugs at bay.
A hint from horticulturist, Joe White, suggests that tomatoes, peppers, and squash can be side dressed with fertilizer when the plants put on fruit or incorporate a slow release fertilizer when planting.
President Jackson continued the business meeting with the announcements that Yard of the Month for May will be selected by Betty Fowler and LaVerne Chance.
Mrs. Jackson reminded us that sign up sheets for next year's meetings are to be completed. The next meeting will be held at Aiken's Nursery in Shreveport on May 10 at 10 a.m. The business meeting was adjourned.