By Carolyn Mills
Mary Snow and Gayle Wekenman were hostesses of the April meeting of Winston Garden Club. They used a green and white color scheme in their decorations of the Quilt Room at Lake Tiak O”Khata. The table covers were white with white rolled napkins graced with green herbs tied with white ribbons. Each round table was centered with milk glass bud vases filled and surrounded with a variety of six green herbs from their gardens. The dessert table, covered with white,held a lovely coconut cake baked by Gayle’s mother, Grace Beck, It was circled with a bough of white blooming deutizia. Also, on the table were several large vases of milk glass holding more deutizia and snowball blooms. The meeting was called to order by president Charlotte Files. Gayle gave the invocation before salad plates were served to 14 members and 2 guests by the Lake waitress and the luscious cake by the hostesses. Johnna Williamson, program leader, introduced the speaker, Mrs. Elaine Thompson, who brought the program on “Basic Floral Design Techniques”. Elaine has been involved on the state level with flower and landscape design for a number of years and has served as past president of Flower Show Judges, as a Landscape Design Consultant, and is a certified Flower Show Judge Elaine is also a long-time member of Louisville Town and Country Garden Club. The speaker brought the small tools she uses in creating designs in a fishing tackle box. She exhibited different types of plant holders such as oasis, needlepoint, glass frogs and kenfans that hold small amounts of water. Elaine gave several tips to use in making arrangements: place the stems of roses after cutting in warm water. mash stem ends of woody plants. burn ends of plants that exude a milky substance. always keep leaves out of the water in container. use wire when necessary to join two or more plants. co-ordinate colors of flowers and container. use marbles etc in clear vases to hide mechanics Three designs were created by the speaker using cast iron plant leaves which she spliced and twisted, eqisetum (horse’s tail), and a convoluted stick which she never throws away, plus a few snowball blooms taken from the hostess dessert table arrangements. She tried this and that in making the designs, assuring her audience that you can make mistakes. She exhibited two miniature designs. Johnna presented the guest speaker with a pretty cast-iron water hose rack in appreciation. After the program, a short business session was held. Micki Muir, treasurer passed out printed reports of club receipts and disbursements from June 2011 through March 2012. Johnna passed out the landscape plan by Roger Caperton for the Habitat For Humanity home under construction on West College Street. Members were asked to bring cookies packed two to a bag to the Fishing Rodeo being held on May 5th. Joyce Johnson won the door prize, a basket of potted herbs ready to be transplanted.