Four Seasons Garden Club members learn to grow ferns outside

Elect officers for upcoming year

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The Lillington Four Seasons Garden Club met March 6 at the Harnett County Library Conference Room which was brightly decorated with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

President Faye Etheridge called the meeting to order and led the members in the Club Collect. She thanked hostesses Pat Avery and Nan Wheeler for the delicious refreshments of brownies, turkey sandwiches, nuts, grapes, cheese straws and mints. These were enjoyed amid shamrocks and house plants in green and white which were given as door prizes won by Dianne Johnson and Elizabeth Murchison. Each member also received a potted miniature daffodil to take home.

President Etheridge asked for committee reports. The decision was made to again sponsor the Lillington Community Garden in conjunction with Girl Scout Troop 4393 and Lillington Presbyterian Church.

Election of the 2019-2020 officers was completed. Officers are: President Barb Wilson, Vice President Faye Brown, Secretary Judith O’Quinn, Treasurer Faye Bain and Historians Mary Jane Matthews and Elizabeth Murchison.

Club member Alpha Holder presented a most informative program on “How to Grow Ferns Outside.” She encouraged members to try their “green thumbs” on ferns in their gardens as there are many such as the Ostrich fern which is easy to grow if it is allowed to remain in one place and has enough water. Ferns are calming and soothing and grow well with wild flowers. Ferns were on earth before dinosaurs arrived and can be grown everywhere except in Antarctica. Since ferns are deer resistant, they make a good plant for gardens.

The meeting was adjourned until April 3 which will be a field trip to Big Bloomers Flower Farm in Sanford followed by lunch at Miss Lacy’s Magnolia House.

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