On June 6 and 7 Jan Malmer, club president and GCKY Wildflower Chairman and Becky Oliver GCKY Bylaws Chairman attended the Executive Committee Meeting and the Board of Governors meeting in Paris, Kentucky. While at the meeting, the Gateway Garden Club was presented with the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Pink Glove Award for their outstanding work on the NGC “Plant It Pink Program” for cancer awareness.
On June 8 the club held its regular monthly meeting at the John L. Street Library. Jan and Becky gave a report of the meeting held in Paris. New awards that can be applied for are; bird, rain gardens, food gardens, and planting daffodils.
The most interesting new award for the 2011-2013 administration is “The Toad Knows,” to protect aquatic friends. The club acted on implementing activities toward these new awards by planning to start container food gardens at a local senior home. The club has garden club brochures for any interested person in garden club activities.
Gateway received a thank you note from the Republican Women’s club for the bridal veil arrangement that was donated by member Kathy Dietrich. Barb Larson is painting on the 12- by- 60 foot mural at the swimming pool at Barkley Lodge that has Kentucky’s hills of trees, birds, animals and wildflowers. She is working with several others to complete this beautiful painting. Also, the rain garden at the Lodge is in need of help since the deer enjoy it so much.
“Penny Pines” is a project of giving your pennies toward the purchase of pine trees to refurbish woodlands. The members collected change for this project. Maxine Corbey gave the program on Roses. In the believe it or not category, roses are 35 million years old and there are 30,000 varieties.
The old roses date from 1800 backward and new roses from 1900 forward. They grow in every soil type and condition, even at the Arctic Circle.
Pictures of roses grown by members were enjoyed. Discussion on the new “Knock Out Roses” and favorites was also part of the lesson.
The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Jan Malmer at 522-7245 or Becky Oliver at 522-3l50.