Gateway Garden Club meets, identifies wildflowers
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The Gateway Garden Club met April 13 for their annual Spring Wildflower hike and regular meeting. Those in attendance walked the nature trail on Ramon Oliver’s farm to identify over 40 spring wildflowers.

The hike was detoured by high water and fallen trees from the recent storms. A list of possible wildflowers, to be enjoyed on the hike, was given to everyone. The list was developed for the Scouts that were to have a hike later that week but the weather prevented them from going.

The wildflowers seen included: Spring Beauty, Phlox, Trillium, Jacob Ladder, Fleabane, Jack in the Pulpit, Green Dragon, Bloodroot, Rue Anemone, Fire Pink, Vetch, May Apple, Wild Geranium, Virginia Bluebells, and others.

After the hike the members and one guest gathered at the Sinking Fork Cabin for a picnic lunch. The business meeting included the following information: Club President Jan Malmer gave the members the yearbooks for 2011 with information on the programs planned. The Recycling Brochures have been placed at the John L. Street Library, Tourist Center, UK Extension Office, Newcomers and Farm Bureau.

The Delaware Garden Clubs have met their goals to finish the Hospitality Gardens at The Dover Air Force Base, where all casualties of the wars are brought and their families meet.

This project was supported by The Garden Club of Kentucky, inc. and Gateway.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Kentucky’s Floral Clock, the legacy of Governor Bert T. Combs and The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. The Floral Clock is the only one of its kind in the world, although there are other floral clocks, Kentucky’s is unique.

On Wednesday, May 4, the 50th anniversary of the Floral Clock will be celebrated with First Lady Jane Beshear hosting a reception at the Executive Mansion after the program. Also the refurbishment of the Rose Garden at the Capital will be viewed.

Jon Carloftis, garden expert has redesigned the garden and added or replaced many of the roses. Two members of Gateway plan to attend this event. Four roses for the garden were purchased by Gateway Members.

The club finished the phase one of the on going care of the Blue Star Garden on April 20 as they completed the mulching and planted some perennials and annuals for summer blooms.

The club meeting for May will be on May 11 as a field trip to Murray’s garden shops. Members will meet in Canton at Higgins at 9 a.m.

Anyone interested in joining the garden club or any of their activities my contact club president Jan Malmer at 522-7245 or Becky Oliver at 522-3150.

The goals of the Gateway Garden Club are: to promote interest in and knowledge of horticulture, gardening, garden therapy, and youth gardening; to encourage beautification of home, community, and state; and to encourage appreciation and conservation of wildflowers, wildlife, forests, wilderness areas, and other natural resources and cooperate with other agencies promoting these interests.

The Garden Club of Kentucky, a member of the South Atlantic Region of the National Garden Clubs, was incorporated in 1931. The GCKY is divided into five Districts (Audubon, Blue Grass, Dogwood, Limestone and Mt. Laurel) with approximately 2,000 members.

The organization has seven elected officers, five district directors, ten appointed officers and 44 state chairmen to provide help and direction for club development and growth. Chairmanships include: arboriculture, birds, butterflies, civic and environmental awareness, roadside development, scholarship, Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear, and youth.

Each member receives a quarterly publication, “The Garden Club of Kentucky Bulletin”, which contains information on horticulture, gardening tips, upcoming meetings, reports of officers & chairmen and more.

This press release was submitted by the Gateway Garden Club of Cadiz.
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