Magnolia Garden Club tours garden in Washington
The Magnolia Garden Club traveled to Washington to tour the garden of Dennis Anderson and Dexter Stockstill.
The garden, designed by landscaper Anderson, is the product of 12 years of work. Many flowering plants provided color and perfumed the air. Fountains were interspersed among the plantings. The bases for some of the fountains are fragments of the columns from the old Evangeline Parish Court House. The Acadian-style house had been moved from the Grand Prairie area by the former owners, Roy and Iris Hidalgo.
After the tour, the club met at the home of Kit Eckert, Stockstill’s sister. After the club enjoyed refreshments, the meeting was conducted by President Joyce Coreil. The following 13 members were present at the meeting: Geanie Ardoin, JoAnne Eastin, Kit Eckert, Debbie Fontenot, Hazel Fontenot, Lola Fontenot, Mabel Foreman, Patrice Hemmi, Lynn Landreneau, Glenda Mitchell, Melanie Vidrine and Gwen Wolff. Three guests were introduced as prospective members. They were: Mabel Glover, Myra Johnson and Casey Duos.
All club members were reminded to contact JoAnne Eastin to pay their dues.
The judging of the Garden of the Month/Civic Pride Award resumed the second week of March. Coreil asked the monthly chairman to select members to help her complete this task.
Three books were placed in the Evangeline Parish Library in memory of the club’s deceased members.
The nominations committee, composed of Haidee Floyed, Hazel Fontenot and Gwen Wolff, presented a slate of officers for the coming year. Those elected by acclimation were: Joyce Coreil, president; Patrice Hemmi, vice president; Lynn Landreneau, secretary; JoAnne Eastin, treasurer; and Theresa Reed, historian.
The April meeting planned by Geanie Ardoin, Lola Fontenot and Debbie Fontenot will be a field trip to Lecompte to the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Home, the H.H. Hardware Store, the old school museum and the Rodney Nursery. This outing is planned for April 14. The club will have lunch at Lea’s.
A number of out-of-town flower show and the state and national conventions dates were announced.
The Cleanest City Contest committee, composed of members Joyce Coreil, Glenda Mitchell, JoAnne Eastin, Haidee Floyed, Hazel Fontenot, Lynn Landreneau, Gwen Wolff and Patrice Hemmi, mapped out a route and made the necessary arrangements for the contest, which will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 31. Coreil spoke to the Ville Platte Rotary Club, and announcements have been made on KVPI and in the Ville Platte Gazette. Everyone is urged to clean and mow their property and not litter the streets.
Door prize winners were Melanie Vidrine and Gwen Wolff.