Gonzales Garden Club members recently met at Red Door Interiors in Baton Rouge for their October meeting, which included instruction in floral design and wreath-making.

Floral designers Wanda Calkins and Erin DeBousier demonstrated craft techniques using wire cutters, pliers, scissors and glue guns with grapevine wreaths, swags, vases, floral stems and sprays, wires and ribbons. They guided club members in creating their own custom decoration pieces: an autumn swag, a Christmas wreath, a tabletop lantern fixture and year-round container arrangements.

Club members identified plant material in their home gardens that could be dried for use in floral arrangements. They decided to create an artificial flower arrangement and donate it for auction at the upcoming Garden Club District VI Fall Meeting at Nottoway Plantation.

Garden Therapy Chairwoman Loretta Speligene announced plans to conduct the fall and spring hands-on workshops for residents of Magnolia Assisted Living, Azalea Estates and the COEA-The Arc of East Ascension.

Ellen Richmond, chairwoman of the Jambalaya Park Butterfly Garden, thanked Barbara Guillot, Mary Jo Pohlig and Barbara McCormick for weeding, pruning, fertilizing and mulching a large flower bed in the park.

President Priscilla Monson talked about the club’s planned road trip to Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Treasurer Cynthia Cagnolatti talked about the organization’s 2014-2015 budget expenses and planned donations.

Pohlig ended the meeting by demonstrating her two-man pot-lifter for safely carrying heavy plants indoors to protect them from the cold.