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Mason delivers history talk to Glad gardeners

Glad Garden Club heard a presentation from Gloria Mason, member and area historian, during the group’s latest meeting.

This program took place following the regular business meeting, and Mason used various floral arrangements on antique tablecloths as the focal point of her address, providing historical context about the many miniature bottles in her collection, along with history about select small milk glasses.

According to Mason, each bottle from the 1800s was self-labeled according to its maker and use, such as Chamberlain’s Colic and Diarrhea Remedy and Bromo-Seltzer Emerson Drug Co. from Baltimore, Maryland.

Further, each “little vessel” contained a mini flower arrangement while the larger vessels held pink camellias from Mason’s garden. Every member was offered a vessel of choice to take home after the presentation concluded.

In other meeting news, Glad Garden Club revisited its holiday happenings. Reportedly, numerous people expressed appreciation for the club decorating Emanuel Medical Center this season, as in years past. Kimberly Lewis was noted for her advice and direction in this particular undertaking. The 2022 holidays will see Glad gardeners bring new decorations, thanks to an anonymous financial donation.

Staying in the vein of Christmas discussions, the group acknowledged that stockings were again this year distributed to local nursing homes. This is another annual initiative led by Glad Garden Club; recipient nursing homes are cycled on a rotating basis with Church Street Manor and Retirement Inn accepting the “humble little offering” in 2021. The residents, according to information shared during the garden club’s last meeting on January 10, seemed to enjoy these simple gifts, which sparked amongst recipients lots of conversation about the “good old days” as they began to reminisce about Christmases long ago.

Moving along on the agenda, the assembled then discussed the club’s annual trip to The Sunshine House, a child advocacy center in Swainsboro devoted to children and families impacted by abuse. The group’s yearly trip there allows for a financial donation to be presented.

Following this year’s donation, Sunshine House staff gave the gardeners a tour. Then, the group adjourned to McKinney’s Pond for the year’s Christmas party, which was attended by members’ family as well.

Finally, prior to closing the meeting held two weeks ago, all members were reminded about the Garden Club of Georgia’s annual convention in Macon, which is set for April 12-13.

The meeting was held at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on East Georgia State College’s Swainsboro Campus. President of Institutional Advancement and Marketing Relations Harley Smith welcomed all, and President JoAnn Trammell called the meeting to order.

Glad Garden Club is a member of the Oleander District of Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. as well as the Deep South Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

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