Patio Garden Club members learn about water gardens

September 20, 2018

Eager to begin a new calendar year, members of Marlow Patio Garden Club were excited to gather for their scheduled Sept. 13 meeting. Because the club does not meet during the summer months, members were looking forward to meeting with each other.

Scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., the event was held in the home of Patio member Mrs. Tona Alexander.

Mrs. Bettie Cooper, president, opened the meeting with a devotional entitled “Almighty God”, followed by lunch provided by Mrs. Alexander. Members were treated to a Caribbean atmosphere when they were directed to dine in a Tiki Hut located in the Alexander’s back yard.

During roll call, members were asked to share something about their summer. Those in attendance with Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Alexander were Joyce Hodge, Kathye Malcom, Darla Muller, Linda Oldham, Sally Willoughby and Debbie Wortham.

There being no old business to discuss, Mrs. Cooper opened with a new request for the clubs consideration. “The sign that is displayed at the Chapel in Red Bud Park needs to be torn down, replaced or repaired,” she shared. “We have a bid to redo the side that motorist see when coming into town.” After discussion, members voted to accept the bid.

In other business, members voted to re-schedule the meeting planned for Oct. 11 to Oct. 25 as it conflicted with the South Central of Oklahoma Garden Clubs, Inc. Fall Board meeting to be held at Trinity UMC in Purcell. Mrs. Cooper handed out registration forms for anyone planning to attend the fall board meeting, noting that the deadline is Oct. 1. Cost of registration is $13, which includes lunch.

Upcoming meetings: Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. at the home of Kathye Malcom, members and guests will be making Seed Bombs. Flyers will be distributed informing area residents that all are welcome to attend.

Nov.8, the club will have a soup luncheon and members are encouraged to invite their husband or a guest to attend.

Dec. 13 Christmas meeting was changed from noon to 6 p.m. for the annual Christmas meal and ornament exchange.

After the business portion of the meeting, Mrs. Alexander presented the program on “The Joys and Challenges of a Water Garden.” Knowing it would be impossible to thoroughly describe how to create a water garden in a brief time, Mrs. Alexander handed out a detailed information packet on steps for building a pond.

Other highlights of her presentation were allowing members to feed her Koi fish followed with a tour of her beautiful yard and Hydrangea plants.

“Helen Edwards, a longtime member of the club, gave me my start of this beautiful plant,” Mrs. Alexander said. “And now I want to share it with each of you by giving you a cutting of the plant.”

Before leaving the meeting, Mrs. Alexander presented Sally Willoughby with the door prize – a beautiful Airplane Plant in a hanging basket.

Next meeting for the group is at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Malcom home, west of Marlow.