Dogwood Garden Club Meets

The Dogwood Garden Club held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the home of President Sue Tyler.
After refreshments and fellowship, the meeting was called to order by President Sue Tyler. Club Collect was read. Roll call was answered with a favorite wildflower.
The crepe myrtle tree at the Community Center appears to be alive and putting out new growth. The Club elected to leave the tree in place at this time and apply pine straw mulch. In honor of Arbor Day on December 3rd, an appropriate book of the school’s choice will be purchased for the Latta Middle School.
The Latta Library is scheduled to be decorated on Wednesday, December 1st at 10:00 am. This year the tree will be placed on a timer to prevent overheating of lights. We will leave the window candles as usual for this year.
Diana Haimerl displayed some of the pinecone flowers made by herself and daughter, Karen.
Correspondence was read from Glove & Trowel Garden Club in Dillon announcing their Chili Supper and Bazaar to be held on November 18th at the Dillon City Fire Department on 8th Avenue. They will have baked items for sale. For further information, contact Natalie Wallace or Jamie Sue Stevens.
The Christmas Luncheon will be held at O’Hara’s in Mullins on Thursday, December 9th at 11:30 am in the back private dining room. Faye Perritt and Bobbie Taylor are co-hostesses.
Eloise Gardner presented the plant of the month, the Chrysanthemum. She gave a history of the “mum” which came to us from China. They bloom in many colors and sizes in late summer and fall for three to eight weeks. There are many varieties of this easy to grow annual/perennial. She also brought a bouquet of pale white/pink perennial mums grown by Alvania Page.
Faye Perritt presented a program on “Roadside Beautification”.
The Environmental First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson is responsible for starting the Nation on a path of beautifying our roadsides. Through her efforts, many laws have been passed which control outdoor signage and unsightly junkyards on interstate highways.
“Lady Bird” started Washington DC on the road to becoming a model city by planting pansies, and later azaleas and dogwood. She encouraged hike and bike trails and interstate highway plantings of trees and wildflowers. The Johnson Administration was the most active in conservation since the Roosevelts, largely due to her efforts. In South Carolina and North Carolina especially are beautiful patches of daylilies, Shasta daisy, poppies, Phlox, Cosmos and Coreopsis. She encouraged the use of native plants (plants that were here before European settlement) which require less water and care if planted properly and encourage wildlife. Some examples of native plants are: viburnums, trumpet vine, coneflower, American beautyberry, flame azalea, flowering dogwood, eastern redbud, goldenrod (SC State Wildflower) and cardinal flower. Worth remembering is that if you see it on the highway, it will probably thrive in your yard if planted correctly.
Exotic plants are those that came usually from Asia or western Europe as garden ornamentals or to attract wildlife. Some of these are kudzu, Chinese and Japanese wisteria, mimosa, Chinaberry, Japanese barberry, Russian & Autumn olive, privet hedge, Oregon Grape (mahonia), multi flora rose, English ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Queen Anne’s lace. These plants naturalize (are able to survive, spread and reproduce on their own) and become invasive. Most of these have spread to the extent that they can never be controlled completely. Our native plants could succumb to competition from invasive exotics, reducing the diversity of food available to birds. Birds that nest in some exotic shrubs have poor nesting success because of lower nest height, absence of sharp thorns and branching patterns that allow predators easier access to nests.
The SC Department of Transportation does not allow the following plantings near the roadside: Silver maple, mimosa, (weak wood) Bradford pear (poor branching) and most pine tree types. Live oak and pin oak have too low limbs. Messy trees are Gingko, sweet gum, tulip poplar and sycamore. State DOT prefers the use of hybrid crape myrtles (hybrids have Indian names such as Tonto) rather than the older indica varieties and considers mature crape myrtle trunk to be no more than four inches around. Members were given a list of Native and Exotic plants and encouraged to consider what is native vs. exotic when planting in the home landscape.
Following the program, Sue Tyler, Diana Haimerl and Karen, Faye Perritt and Frances Godwin attended to the post office plot, deadheading roses, weed eating and mulching the plants.

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