Yellow Jessamine Garden Club Meets

The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club met at the lovely home of Mrs. Shirley Gundry on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 
The meeting was opened by President Mary Ricks.  A very warm welcome was extended to  Helen Prevatte. 
It was wonderful to have her back with us.  The invocation was given by Chaplain Shirley Gundry on a poem titled, “Our Trick, God’s Treat.”  She passed out this poem on pumpkin colored paper with a fall leaf attached and a yellow ribbon. 
We all followed along as she read this inspiring poem.  Just a short excerpt: Long before time began, Father God had a plan for His people to all get along. 
But we blew it, you see, when we chose selfishly to insist on OUR WAY and do wrong. 
Shirley also shared with us a picture of a one-year-old child from Thailand that she is sponsoring.  Her name, Natchanan. 
Secretary Zee Loftus then called the roll with each member responding with their favorite flower.  Nine members were present. 
The minutes were then read and approved.  Earline Moody gave the Treasurer’s Report.  The various committees then reported.  Birds: The members responded with recent sighting of birds seen in our backyards.  The Welcome Center workday was set for Tuesday, October 12, 2010.  Mary Ricks reminded everyone of the Dillon County Centennial Tea at the Edwards House in Latta on October 14, 2010 from four o’clock to seven o’clock in the evening. 
The event is sponsored by The Magnolia Garden Club of Latta.  Frances Tyler, President of the Dillon County Council of Garden Clubs, discussed the “Tour of Homes “ to be held on December 4, 2010 from one o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon.  She discussed our club’s participation in this event.  September birthdays were Zee Loftus and Tammy Kelly.
Frances Tyler (program leader) gave a wonderful presentation on the “Carolina Fence Garden.”  How can we create a “Carolina Fence Garden?”  So simple, yet filled with natural value, the Carolina Fence is a concept that involves plantings and landscaping materials that are readily found in local garden shops and nurseries. 
The split rail fence represents a commonly used device by South Carolinians in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as farmers and landowners responded to the new laws that callef for fencing in live stock.  The Yellow Jessamine can easily be trained across the split rail fence to form a dense and attractive year-round foliage cover. 
A Carolina Wren House, mounted on the fence or on a post nearby, creates a home for our state bird. 
Wrens are one of the most common visitors to backyards and readily adapt to man made nest boxes. 
Blue Granite, the official stone of South Carolina, adds another aesthetic and official state symbol to your Carolina Fence.  Indian Grass, Sorgastrum nutans, is our state grass.  The flowers are often visited by bees, and birds love the seeds. 
Native wildflowers in a mulched plant-bed around your fence can be very attractive to the official state butterfly, the Tiger Swallowtail. 
Our state wildflower, Goldenrod, is a great food source for many different kinds of wildlife.  It has beautiful flowers that provide nectar for butterflies and bees.  The seeds are eaten by Goldfinches and other birds. 
The Carolina Fence concept was developed by these W.A.I.T. partners: SCWF, SCDNR, Duke Power, and National Wild Turkey Federation in cooperation with the Garden Club of South Carolina.  Ms. Tyler asked if any members knew the State Flag Pledge with Shirley Gundry responding, I Salute the Flag of South Carolina and Pledge to the Palmetto State Love, Loyalty, and Faith.  The State Flag Pledge was written by Mrs. John Raymond Carlson of Chester, written in 1950 and adopted by the 1966 General Assembly upon request of the Wade Hampton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
After the program, our hostess served another great family receipt of pineapple cheesecake. 
With the beautifully decorated home in fall colors with the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, good fellowship was enjoyed by all present.  The floral design by Shirley Gundry was “Fall Arrangement” consisting of Golden Rod, Ageratum, ornamental grasses and coleus. 
Ethel Taylor and Cathy McDaniel won the door prizes.  The YJGC is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., South Atlantic Regional of National Council, The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc., Coastal District of GCSC, and the Dillon Council of Garden Clubs.

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