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Blackduck Garden Club News

The Garden Club's monthly meeting was held at the Kate Rigg's home on Liberty Drive March 25. Nina Anderson, and Kathy Tobin assisted Kate with a delicious meal of homemade Vegetable Beef soup and fresh dinner rolls. Ice cream with a choice of Carmel, Chocolate or Crème DeMenthe syrup topped it off. St Patrick's Day decor made it quite festive.

The roll call question asked -- What is your favorite garden tip and where did you get it? Not many tips were duplicated and as usual, we found the answers informative. And yes, some were goofy.

The secretary minutes were read and approved. We are always especially alert to hear Nancy Greuel's readings. They are a thing of beauty.

The treasurer was overlooked for a moment; however, the President convinced her that we needed the report. LaVerne Smith is our for life treasurer and is always on top of her business. She takes a bit of ribbing every now and then.

Correspondence was read and decisions were made regarding Dollars for Scholars and the youth gardening project in the school courtyard. We were updated on our honorary members and those who are ill. Flowers and cards were sent appropriately.

Val Hentges and Avonel Kjellberg demonstrated/presented how to create round and circular floral arrangements. Designing with flowers is an "art form." Everyone agreed these programs have been very educational and will come in handy for our next flower show.

Sharon K. Anderson and Nina volunteered to show us two-sided and abstract designs next month. Nancy Greuel gave a talk on Irises including using snow for the best mulch.

Committee reports were quickly reviewed in order to spend time on the "High Tea" Library project. Judy Hurlbert will talk to Scott Palmer about the Wayside Rest watering-soaker hose needs to be realigned, etc. Cindy Wiebe suggested that more dirt was needed at the school garden and that it might be cute to have wood cut outs of caterpillars, humming birds, snails, etc., displayed in the kids garden.

April 12 at 12:30 p.m. will be a workday at the school garden and all who can, should attend. Val Hentges said the publication Roots was short due to lack of participation of writers.

The district meeting is April 17 at Shevlin. Several women plan to attend and will meet at Blackduck Family Foods by 8 a.m. to form car pools. The library's high tea is April 24 from 1-4 p.m. at the senior center. We discussed our plan for this project and it sounds very exciting.

Nancy Greuel won the raffle mystery gift and Gail Johnson won the door prize for March, after which, the meeting was adjourned.