Magnolia Garden Club holds meeting
Melba Glover Tate was the guest speaker for the Magnolia Garden Club meeting held at the home of Hazel Fontenot March 10. She informed the club about the joys and surprises of having a butterfly garden. She said butterflies should not be released at weddings and noted butterflies raised by unregulated commercial interests may spread diseases and parasites to wild populations. She also said it may also interfere with the ecology of an area. She explained the life cycle of the butterfly and named plants which provide food for butterflies. Some of those plants include: zinnias, marigolds, parsley, dill and passion fruit. It is important to provide water in your garden to attract butterflies.
Jeannie Ardoin introduced Tate to the club members. Ardoin is also making preparations before the Garden of the Month and Award of Merit are given to a Ville Platte resident and business or government garden.
Patrice Hemmi informed the club about the master gardener program sponsored by the LSU Cooperative Extension Service. It is a 10-14 week course and the participant must also complete 40 hours of volunteer work.
The nominating committee presented a slate of officers for the coming year. Four prospecive members will be given at the April meeting.
The proposed changes to the constitution also were discussed, and additions to the yearbook will be given at the April meeting.
The April 14, meeting will be hosted by Haidee Floyed, and Glenda Mitchell will present a program on the Sango palm.
After the meeting, those members who enjoyed the social hour and refreshments were Jeannie Ardoin, Joyce Coreil, Joanne Eastin, Hazel Fontenot, Sharon Fontenot, Patrice Hemmi, Lynn Landreneau, Theresa Reed, Mable Foreman and Gwen Wolff.
President Joyce Coreil reminded members of the state convention set for April 15-16; the High Tea given by the Washington Garden Club and National Garden Club Week, which will be celebrated June 1-7.
Door prize winners were Joanne Eastin, Hazel Fontenot and Gwen Wolff.