Seedling Garden Club picnics to celebrate end of year

On the beautiful, cool evening of Monday, May 9, members of Seedling Garden Club met at the home of Nancy Lisenby for a picnic to celebrate a wonderful year of many events.

Diana Malone, club president, welcomed all 21 members present, then Ann Peebles, chaplain, gave the blessing. The assembled shared in a large assortment of salads and desserts furnished by members as well as a variety of beverages provided by hostesses Lisenby, Peebles, Yonna Bailey, Ginny Smith, and Dot Kirby, who employed a spring and summer motif throughout.

Following the meal, members gathered for the business session with President Malone at the helm.

Secretary Lucille Braswell was absent for the end-of-year meeting, therefore minutes were unable to be presented. Treasurer Kay Peacock, however, delivered her report, which was approved.

Under old business, all members were thanked for their contributions in making the spring flower show a success.

Members also heard about the countywide clean-up that tidied Swainsboro and all other areas of Emanuel leading up to this year’s Pine Tree Festival; several of the Seedling Garden Club’s members participated in this effort, and the committee hopes to continue the project in years to come with hopefully more locals joining them.

In reference to new business, President Malone read gratitude notes from individuals who judged the flower show. The chairman of the evaluation panel reported the show scored a 95+, permitting Seedling Garden Club to apply for a Garden Club of Georgia award. Suggestions for next year’s program were discussed, and sign-up sheets for next year’s hostesses were distributed.

Following the business sessions, the Seedling gardeners shared in a gift swap. Each member brought a gift item, which was numbered. These numbers were used to draw for items to be selected. Many of the bits were garden items, a fitting way to end the year.

All in all, Peacock says Seedling Garden Club had a productive year with programs, fun club meetings, and a beautiful flower show. This, in turn, made members proud to mark the end of this year and leaves anticipating the next.

As always, members with perfect attendance were recognized at this year’s annual picnic. Eight ladies—Bailey, Peacock, Peebles, Lisenby, President Malone, Wanda Ellis, Judy McWhorter, and Pat Tiller—earned hanging baskets for not missing a single meeting.

To end the club’s last gathering together before summer break, attendees were given a tour of Lisenby’s beautifully landscaped backyard. All members enjoyed seeing the blooming plants and yard art on display. Members were particularly interested in, upon entering, the vegetable garden located behind a wooden fence; inside this garden were raised wooden beds planted with different species.

Though Seedling Garden Club will not meet during the summer months, projects will be ongoing. Anyone interested in joining an awarding-winning, fun, educational club should contact a club member. Seedling Garden Club will resume meetings in September and welcome new members at that time.

Photos are courtesy of Wanda Thompson Scarboro.

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

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