The McKenzie Garden Club met Friday afternoon at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church with President Myra Sasser calling the meeting to order. Marlene Kreuter opened the meeting with a devotional based on Rev 7:17; She spoke of how, on a hot day when working in the yard you want to finish, but know that you need to take and break, and take in water so you can finish your work refreshed. Jesus Christ is the Living Fountain, the Water of Life, and just as you need to stop and be refreshed before you can finish your task, you also need to set aside time and drink from Jesus’ fountain in order to be refreshed. After prayer, the members were treated to a lovely light lunch prepared by hostesses Linda Crawford and Donna Ward.
Following lunch, Martha Sue Peters introduced her guest Mona Batchelor, who presented a slide show featuring the iris, daffodils and zinnias she has grown and propagated over the years. She stated that her aunts had many daffodils and iris from the 20’s and 30’s, and friends and neighbors would exchange seeds and bulbs through the mail.
Mona spoke of her three favorites in the summer: Daffodils: whether you call them Jonquils, Daffodils or Buttercups, they’re all Narcissus, and the various types bloom at different times. Daffodils are called “Lenten Lilies” in Great Britain.
She is a bit more serious about her Iris – the Fleur de Lis or flower of life. She explained their several parts to the group, and pointed out the sections of the rhizome referred to as the mother, the daughters and the granddaughters. Even when the mother stops blooming, it will continue to increase
Mona then showed the members how each zinnia seed is attached to each petal, and that leaving the petal attached is a good way to space the seeds when planting. Simply scratch the soil and drop the seeds. Barely cover them, and water them in. She suggested planting every two weeks, and be ready to share them with goldfinch, hummingbirds and butterflies.
At the conclusion of her presentation, Mona took questions, and then presented each member with a lovely gift bag containing an iris rhizome, a daffodil bulb and a packet of zinnia seeds.
Fifteen members then answered the roll call, the minutes of the May meeting were read & approved, as was the treasurer’s report.
Following the business portion of the meeting, the meeting was adjourned with the reading of the collect. Before the members began to leave, they were delighted to know that Mona decided to become a Garden Club member.