Garden club sets MARC project, Tejas plant sale/exchange, annual ‘Spring Happening’ luncheon

Garden Club Reporter

Linwood Acres Garden Club met Feb. 13 at the home of Marie Freiling with Sandy Glaser and Barbara McWhirter co-hostesses. They served an array of foods with coffee and juice. Tables were decorated with a Valentine theme.

Guest speaker was Deborah Stevens, owner of Garden Treasures in Rockdale. She gave many ideas on “Curb Appeal,” including:

• To see how others view your curb appeal, drive by slowly and take it all in.

• In planning changes to your yard, consider the soil, irrigation and sunlight your bed will have when selecting plants.

• Edging for f lower beds, driveways and walkways are important.

• Consider how your window drapes or shades look from the street.

• Consider things such as benches or yard art to enhance curb appeal.

MARC project—Mary Phillips, civic beautification co-chair, presented a program that we are going to undertake at the MARC Center, creating gardens in tubs. This will give members of the center the opportunity to grow and care for their own vegetables.

“We are excited to have landscape architect Sandy Braswell help us in this effort to serve the community through the MARC Center,” Mrs. Phillips said.

Fund-raisers—The club’s two fund raising events are coming up soon: The annual plant sale/ exchange during the Tejas Festival March 1-2, and the Spring Happening luncheon on April 17.

Theme for the luncheon is “Celebrate Spring.” Tickets for the luncheon are $8 and can be purchased from club members or at the Chamber of Commerce.

Linwood Acres Garden Club is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from these events go back into community through gardening and beautification projects, charitable donations to civic organizations, and scholarships.

New officers—New club officers for the next two years are: President, Janice King; vice-president, Barbara McWhirter; secretary, Carrie Beth Cantu; treasurer, Joy Reagan. They will be installed at the April club meeting.

Our March meeting will be a field trip to view the “Painted Pastures of Washington County,” ending with a trip to the Rose Emporium and lunch at Must Be Heaven in Brenham. Anyone interested in joining the trip should contact Margo Gilless, 446-4757, or Janice King, 446- 4262.

Plant sale/exchange—Little River Basin Master Gardeners will join with Linwood Acres Garden Club at the Tejas Festival plant exchange/sale March 1-2 at the historic Henry Garage building on the northeast corner of Main and Bell streets downtown.

The Master Gardeners display will have information about herbs including books, plants to feel and smell, an herb tasting, and educational information.

Also on display will be plants or seeds for yard and some yard art made by club members.

An added attraction will be 500 free trees to be given away. They are being donated by Alcoa.

There will be an area for children to plant a seed to take with them and watch mature into a thriving plant. The club will also have art on display from children in the community.

The club’s raffle item this year is a cement garden bench. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

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