Priscilla Monson, a member of the Gonzales Garden Club since 2006, hosted the club’s annual Christmas party Dec. 10 at her home in Prairieville.

Twenty-one members of the garden club attended.

A brief meeting was held to address ongoing community service projects and upcoming tour plans, a club news release said. Two members presented flower arrangements for the buffet table decorations for the potluck luncheon.

A Christmas meal was followed by the club’s gift exchange. As tradition would have it, Myra Mire had each member blindly choose a card inscribed with a verse from “The Night Before Christmas.” Next, each member listened as Mire read the poem and came forward when she heard Mire read her chosen verse. Mire paused while the member picked a present from under the Christmas tree and unwrapped it. Gifts included garden tools, patio candles, seasonal plants, Christmas ornaments, birdhouses, hummingbird feeders and a flower arrangement book.

A tour of Monson’s landscape ended the garden club event.

Monson, who moved from Plaquemine to Ascension Parish in 2000 to live near her daughter, was invited to join the club in 2006 by member Loretta Sepligene.

Monson became president in 2013 and serves on committees for the yearbook, awards and school gardens.

Monson said she has been interested in gardening all her life.

At 5, her idea of play was transplanting weed flowers into rows like tiny crops, she said. Today, flowerbeds surround her house and line the perimeter of her yard. Much of her landscape came from cuttings from plants her parents grew in the yard where she was raised.

She grows satsumsa, Meyer’s lemons, Bradford pears, Celeste figs and Japanese plums. Through the year, her garden boasts blooms of roses, gardenias, bottlebrush, candelabra, bridal wreath, hibiscus, irises, daylilies and a variety of spring bulbs. Island plantings of crape myrtle laden with Spanish moss accent the front and rear lawn areas.

Monson said her favorite plants are the ones people give her from their own gardens.