Dogwood Garden Club Meets

The Dogwood Garden Club of Latta met on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Latta Library. Guest speaker was Dianne Arnette of Dillon, a Master Gardener, President of the Dillon County Master Gardeners Association and a skilled craftsman. In addition to her work with Master Gardeners, she is a tour guide for children at McLeod Farms in McBee, South Carolina. Mrs. Arnette presented various cones including the long leaf pine, blue spruce and very tiny pine cones, all of which she collects across the many states that she travels with her husband, Joel. On display were three arrangements of flowers, all made with pine cones. Supplies suggested were heavy wire for flower stems, called mum wires, and green floral tape which she obtains from local florists. Among other tools were strong scissors, wire cutters, pruning shears and an electric drill. Paint recommended was Folk Art and/or Apple Barrel paint (non-glossy and not the kind for ceramics). After cutting the demonstration longleaf pine cone with pruning shears, she trimmed unnecessary “petals”, for example
the ones that you can’t see. The center portion of the cut cone is shaped to be painted as the flower center. A hole is then drilled in the center ,the stem inserted and hot glued into place. The stem is then wrapped with floral tape, and the petals painted. Mrs . Arnette showed different cones and shapes and explained how each one by its characteristics becomes a “zinnia, poppy or daisy” and is painted accordingly. These “flowers” are very realistic, last for years and are available for purchase. Mrs. Arnette is quite adept and pointed out that much care is required to prevent injuries to the hands and fingers from the sharp cone tips. A drawing was held for a pine cone flower bouquet and was won by Betty Jean Aston.
The club will plant a crepe myrtle at the Community Center in Latta on Arbor Day. Planting of the urns at the library in Latta with variegated ivy and border grass will be done by Maurice Fore and Bobbie Taylor. Diana Haimerl reported on her recent trip to Hilton Head as State Chairman of the “Plant It Pink Committee“. The Hilton Head Club has planted beautiful pink gardens to raise awareness of breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Garden Clubs of South Carolina.
The Plant of the Month was presented by Faye Perritt: Torenia, also called “wishbone flower”, am annual that reseeds prolifically in several different colors (blue, pink, lavender, purple, white). The pot of blooming plants brought by her was started on its own from a pot beside it and contained about 20 plants in purple, blue, pink and white. Plant of the Month for November will be presented by Eloise Gardner.
November meeting will be held at the home of Sue Tyler. Faye Perritt will speak on Roadside Beautification and a planting across from Tiger Mart will be done by the club.
Upcoming events announced are an art exhibit  and the tour of plantations in Charleston, “Day On the Cooper River” in November sponsored by Mt Pleasant Garden Club. 
Details are in the South Carolina Gardener.
Members attended the Magnolia Garden Club tea at the Edwards House.

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