Garden Club nearing 90th anniversary

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President Nancy Baldwin called the Nov. 27 meeting of the Hillsboro Garden Club to order. She thanked Larry Moore for the heat in the building. The “few and frozen” members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call showed nine members were present, and one guest. The roll call question was, “What is colorful in your floral garden?”

Opening the business meeting, the reading of the October meeting minutes was dispensed with. Treasurer Ruth Anna Duff reported some dues are still outstanding.

During the Flora and Curiosity section of the meeting, Baldwin displayed a sample of Gynura aurantiaca, better known as the “purple velvet” or “purple passion” plant. It has green colored leaves with deep purple “hairs” and a purple stem. The blooms, which are yellow or orange, have an unpleasant odor. The plant takes the form of cascading over the side of its container and so serves well in a hanging basket.

It grows wild in some southern areas. Cuttings can be rooted in water, but when potted (in potting soil) needs good drainage or the roots can rot. It enjoys brightly lit indoor areas but no direct sunlight on its leaves. As the plant ages, the purple color becomes less intense. It remains attractive for two to three years.

After discussion, Connie Hilliard moved and Larry Moore seconded a motion for the club to visit the Highland County Historical Museum in November of 2019. Duff will make the reservation for the visit.

The Hillsboro Garden Club was organized in May of 1929 and was affiliated in 1930. Suggestions are being gathered for what could be a yearlong celebration of the club’s 90th anniversary.

The Christmas party will be Dec. 4 at the Ponderosa restaurant. The individual members then expressed what they were thankful for this holiday season.

As there was no old business or new business, the meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served by hostesses Duff and Baldwin. As the November meeting is the final regular meeting of the year, the Hillsboro Garden Club will next convene March 26, 2019 at Floral Hall on the Highland County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. All gardeners are welcome to join the group.

Submitted by Jennifer West, Hillsboro Garden Club.

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