The Gonzales Garden Club gathered at the Gonzales Safety Center on March 5 for its monthly meeting.

The agenda included an educational presentation and organizational plans for upcoming club projects and activities.

Member Janis Poche presented a program on dried plant materials in design. She explained specific collection techniques for different plant materials, six drying methods and the best ways to care for and store the plant pieces. Poche displayed loose flowers, leaves, branches, vines, seedpods and cones along with several large dried floral arrangements.

Garden Therapy Committee Chairwoman Kat Hightower thanked members for their help with last month’s garden therapy workshop at Magnolia Assisted Living Facility.

Poche, chairwoman of the club’s annual Flower Show, reminded members that the theme is of this year’s show is “Kaleidoscope of Flowers.” The show begins at 9 a.m. April 6 at the Gonzales branch of the Ascension Parish Library. Poche will present her dried flower presentation to the public at 10 a.m. Interested visitors are invited to view the club’s floral designs and vote for their favorite arrangement to receive the People’s Choice Award.

Tours Committee Co-Chairwoman Janis D’Benedetto announced details of the club’s upcoming tour of the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and organized carpools and lunch gatherings. The club’s annual Plant and Bake Sale will be held April 29 on the City Hall lawn.

Priscilla Monson, Loretta Ramirez and Dana Teepell presented line-mass arrangements for floral design critique.

Member Conchita Richey provided instructions on how to shop for garden-related items online through the National Garden Club’s Official Online Store. Teepell shared tips on using eggshells to prevent worms and slugs from attacking tomato plants and to fortify soil to guard against blossom end rot.

Hostesses Mary Jo Pohlig, Weezie Cashat, Barbara McCormick and Marilyn Rice set up a potluck salad buffet with desserts.