Seedling Garden Club meets


"Ladies in Red" was the scene when Seedling Garden Club met on Monday, February 13, 2023. Dressed ready for Valentine's Day the club met at 5 p.m. in the Social Hall of Swainsboro Methodist Church. Twenty (20) members and one guest were present.

President, Diana Malone, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. To open the meeting Ann Pebbles gave an inspiration titled, "Forgiveness at Home". February being called the month of love, what better way to show love than to forgive, especially in the home. Kay Peacock, treasurer, gave the treasurer's report followed by reading of the minutes of the last meeting by secretary, Lucille Braswell. Both were approved as presented.

Nominations for officers for 2023-2025 were presented. They include President, Nancy Lisenby; First Vice President, Lucille Braswell; Second Vice President, Susan Stephenson; Secretary, Imogene Buckley; Treasurer, Kay Peacock. These were voted on and approved. They will be installed at the May 2023 meeting. Incoming president will appoint Chaplain, Parliamentarian and Publicity.

Nancy Lisenby, Arbor Day Chairperson, reported that the club would meet Friday, February 17, to replant and rededicate trees planted last year on Meadowlake Parkway. Due to weather conditions the trees from last year had died and needed to be replaced.

New Business: Kim Hooks reported that Seedling Garden Club will sponsor a new Youth Garden Club at Swainsboro Primary School. Cheryl Goodman reported that the club had been asked to join with Glad Garden Club to put a float in the Pine Tree Festival Parade in honor of the city celebrating its 200th anniversary. A committee will meet with Ken Warnock and work out plans. Judy McWhorter reported that a new Recycling Center has opened in the same place as the old one and asked everyone to please recycle. The club accepted an invitation to visit Kaye Stephens's Daffodil Gardens. The club will travel to Adrian on Monday, February 20 to see these beautiful blooms. Spring in the air (we hope).

Kim Hooks introduced the speaker for the evening, Savannah Tanner, ANR Agent, Emanuel County. Tanner presented a very interesting, informative program on Camellias. She pointed out that the oldest Camellia living was planted in 1347 in China. With 2,300 cultivars signifying love, admiration and devotion what a great program for February. Tanner explained causes and cures for pests, planting time, pruning time and fertilizing. A fun fact she threw out was some Camellias can be made into oil and teas, can live up to 200 years, and the 10th hole at the Masters is named Camellia. Members brought some blooms from their own garden for Tanner to inspect and determine what was wrong with some of them. The prize went to the very large bloom brought from the garden of Elizabeth Worthington. It was a perfect bloom and the size of a saucer.

A beautiful Valentine's Day motif was used for the serving table for refreshments. Hearts were spread out over the table and the Camellias brought by members were used. Hostesses served pimento cheese sandwiches, chips and dips, nuts, small heart shaped jelly cookies, strawberry cake and sodas. Hostesses for the meeting were Yonna Bailey, Ann Peebles, Ginny Smith, Dot Kirby and Nancy Lisenby.

The meeting was adjourned with Ann Peebles winning the raffle item.


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