Magnolia Garden Club holds monthly meeting

The Magnolia Garden Club met April 14, at the home of Haidee Floyed with 13 members present. Joyce Coreil presided over the meeting and introduced four new members: Debbie Fontenot, Lola Fontenot, Kit Eckert and returning member Melanie Vidrine.

Treasurer JoAnne Eastin reported the purchase of two gardening books by Emma Jane Fontenot. One will be donated to the Evangeline Parish Library in memory of Ella Jeansonne, a former member. A request was made to notify Jeansonne’s daughter, Mrs. John Trahan, about the donation in her mother’s memory.

Geannie Bordelon reported on the selection of the April Garden of the Month and Civic Pride Award. Mr. and Mrs. Hersey Fontenot were chosen for the Garden of the Month, and Evangeline Bank won the Civic Pride Award.

A new slate of officers for 2008-2009 was elected as follows: Joyce Coreil, president; Patrice Hemmi, vice president; Lynn Landreneau, secretary; JoAnne Eastin, treasurer; Theresa Reed, historian; and Glenda Mitchell, parliamentarian.

Coreil informed the club about a $1,000 scholarship available to life science majors. One student in the Garden Club VII Area will be the recipient. Interested students may call Coreil for more information.

Hostesses and program chairman were set up for the coming club year. National Garden Club Week will be celebrated June 1, through June 7.

After refreshments and the social hour, Mitchell spoke about the raising of Sago palms. They are majestic, ancient conifers with a small, flat flower in the center. They may be reproduced by seeds or by planting the small “pups” found along the base of older plants. It can survive in temperatures of 15 degrees to 110 degrees. They can grow indoors or outside. Plant in a large pot or in an outside area where they can spread to full size. Sago palms are poisonous to humans or animals if eaten.

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