Dogwood Garden Club-April Meeting

The Dogwood Garden Club of Latta met on April 8, 2010 at the Little Pee Dee State Park for a field trip.
Park Ranger, David Senter welcomed the group and gave a brief history of the park. The park is named after the Little Pee Dee River. The 54-acre Lake Norton is named after the park’s first and long-time superintendent, Lafon Norton. There are 32 standard campsites and 18 tent sites. Some colder climate residents camp in the park for the winter months. Ranger Senter stated there were 48 campers during the Easter weekend.
A large covered picnic shelter is available for church groups or large family groups. Playground equipment has been added. Boat, canoes and kayaks can be rented. Fishing is very popular with bream, catfish and bass available. Visitors can explore the park’s river swamp, nature trails, examine features of the Sandhills region and admire an example of the mysterious geological Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Carolina Bay.
The park is open Monday through Sunday from 9am-6pm except during Daylight Savings Time when it is open until 9pm. There is no admission fee.
Club members toured the lake area, the spillway dam and picnic area.
During business session, the Plant It Pink Project for National Garden Club was discussed. Diana Haimerl is State Chairman for this project which is to raise awareness of breast cancer. Our club project will include planting pink Knockout roses at the plot beside the Post Office and hanging a birdhouse gourd with the pink breast cancer logo. A donation in honor of Club President Haimerl will also be made. Pink potted flowers will be placed in the Latta Post Office in June for National Garden Club Week.
The library urns will be planted in pink flowers. We have asked permission to move these urns off the concrete due to the heat and frequent watering requirements.
Diana Haimerl will attend the State Convention in Columbia on April 29th. Our club is invited to attend the Blue Star Memorial Marker dedication at the Wellness Center in Dillon. The marker is being placed by The Glove and Trowel Garden Club.
A luncheon will be held on May 13, 2010 at O’Hara’s in Mullins at which time officers will be installed by President Diana Haimerl.

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