Gardenettes plant trees at PARD facility

The Gardenettes of Ponchatoula held a joint meeting with Community Garden Club on Jan. 9 at the Strawberry Festival Building in Ponchatoula. Bob Garrett spoke on the history of camellias and ways to propagate them.

Event hostesses were Community President Peggy Avery and members Ellen Pusey, Flora Nelson, Nell Richards, Beverly Drude and Carol Borgstede. Gardenettes present were President Dale Rieth, District VI Director Diane Dufour, Kathy Bedenbaugh, Cheryl Kuhn, Maria Griener, Margaret Bailey, Cricket Ayala, Lynda Byrd, Janice Hickey, Joan Morse and new member Anna Poland.

Morse announced that Jane White, 534 S. Fifth St., received the January Garden of the Month. Her yard features a European cottage garden theme. Griener announced that First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula received the Genesis Award, which is awarded bi-monthly to businesses for outstanding landscaping.

Rieth announced that Ponchatoula Councilman Melvin Toomer donated $1,500 to the Gardenettes for the maintenance and beautification of the Butterfly Garden in Kiwanis Park.

The Gardenettes held its Arbor Day Celebration on Jan. 18 at the Ponchatoula Area Recreation District No. 1. The club planted two burgundy crape myrtle trees at the PARD entrance in memory of John Vaughan, who died on Dec. 28 at age 51. Bedenbaugh was event chairwoman. Guests included Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia;Noelle Settoon Vaughan and her children, Anna, Caroline and Daniel Vaughan; D.C. Reeves Elementary School Assistant Principals Strader Cieutat and Amanda Montalbano, along with teacher Janet Haydel and students who are members of the school’s garden club; Bill Wheat and Kathy Brignac, of PARD; and Whitney Bank representatives Joyce Kemp, Kirk Boe and Devon McKinney.

The Gardenettes club is a member of District VI of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and the Deep South Region of National Garden Clubs.

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