Gonzales Garden Club members met March 4 to discuss the National Garden Club’s traditional design styles of floral arrangements at the Gonzales Public Safety Center.

Club Secretary Jamie Trisler provided a display of resource books on floral designs along with the National Garden Club Handbook for Flower Shows, and Horticulture Committee Chairman Janis Poche taught floral design techniques.

At roll call, each member named her favorite floral design. Poche, a longtime club member, talked about florist skills while encouraging a flow of questions from the group, a news release said.

Poche explained the basic steps in conceiving a floral design, gathering the preferred flowers, fillers and greenery, and finally structuring the plant material into the desired form. She gave tips about container choices, oasis preparation, color combinations, flower choices, spacial relations, size and proportion, stem placement sequence, and local markets for the best value and selection of flowers.

Poche followed her presentation with details of the GGC’s upcoming flower show at the Gonzales library April 1. Floral designs celebrating Easter plus various horticulture specimens will be on display at the day long exhibit.

Library visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite entry for the People’s Choice Award. At 10 a.m. April 1, Poche, who is a licensed florist, will present a one-hour session to the public, “Flower Arrangement 101 — Getting Started.” Following the program, the club will elect officers and lunch at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

Remaining business news and committee reports were addressed. Yards of the Month awards were announced. The group discussed an upcoming garden therapy session at COEA, the Arc of East Ascension. An Audubon Pilgrimage tour, the Jambalaya Park garden, Kids Kove garden, club yearbook questionnaires, nominations of club officers, and the May plant sale at City Hall were also discussed.

Mary Jo Pohlig and Pelican Point Garden Club connection Weezie Cashat hosted the lunch.

Cashat presented a stylish arrangement fashioned in a S-curve design. She accented a mass of coral alstroemeria with a curve of lime green Doc wild flowers in a tall copper vessel. Cashat pointed out that she removed the long pointy leaves from the otherwise “weedy” Doc sprigs to achieve a clean, slender effect.

Jamie Trisler recommended searching out older editions of flower arrangement books at bargain places like the LSU’s Annual Book Bizarre and garage sales. She said old-fashioned Better Homes and Garden books are the easiest for beginners to understand.