Janis Poche is an accomplished horticulturist in her family’s four generations of farmers which includes gardeners.

She is married to Harlan Poche, a three-time winner of the Ascension Parish Garden Contest. Poche has long held a florist’s license and recently earned a pesticide applicator license, according to a news release from the Gonzales Garden Club. After retiring as human resource officer for Fred Heroman’s Florist, she became a Louisiana Master Gardener then joined the Gonzales Garden Club in 2008.

Poche served as the club’s president for four years. Currently, she is the chairwoman of the Kidz Kove Discovery Park Committee and serves on three other committees, including the Yearbook, Horticulture and Plant Exchange and Conservation Committees with the Live Oak Society.

Along with Cynthia Cagnolatti, Weezie Cashat, Barbara McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig and Conchita Richey, Poche hosted the Gonzales Garden Club Nov. 5 meeting at her home in Dutchtown.

She and her husband led club members on a tour of their two acres of plantings while sharing their propagation techniques and plant care practices.

The Poches’ garden surrounds their home and includes a patio of container plants and metal art, beds of shrubs, vines and blooming annuals, a lawn area and a greenhouse. The back acre includes raised beds of fall vegetables, herbs and perennial irises, various fruit trees and large shade trees and a sizable four-bin compost rotation system.

The club’s business meeting included the unanimous adoption of the yearly budget proposal, a report on the club’s new Kidz Kove garden, Yards of the Month Awards, discontinuance of garden services at Jambalaya Park, gathering volunteers at the Oak Grove Primary School garden, details about an upcoming garden therapy session and plans for the club’s Christmas party next month.

Pohlig also talked about how to establish and maintain a compost bin with beneficial results, and Jamie Trisler provided a virtual tour of the Dallas Arboretum with a slide show of photos.

During the lunch break, the hostesses served a meal on china with table linens and autumn centerpieces Poche created.