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Marion Garden Club says 'Think Spring' with spring bulbs

  • Sonja Lallemand from Marion Garden Club presents a program on spring bulb planting.

    Sonja Lallemand from Marion Garden Club presents a program on spring bulb planting.
    Courtesy of Debbie Lattuca

 
 
updated: 11/21/2017 5:36 PM

Marion Garden Club member and Master Gardener Sonja Lallemand presented a program on spring bulb planting at the club's Nov. 15 meeting at Heartland Christian Church.

Lallemand furnished club members with a list of varying types of bulbs -- from true bulbs to the fleshy root types, along with planting instructions.

This month, the club collected nonperishable goods for Marion Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.

Nineteen club members traveled to Benton for the District VII Fall Meeting of Garden Clubs of Illinois. Awards for completed projects were passed out at this gathering and were on display at the November club meeting. Also, reports were given about information received at this fall meeting.

A horticulture report was given on how to care for trees and the mistakes people make when pruning them. Members were also reminded to unhook garden hoses from the house. If they are left out over the winter, water should be drained from the hoses and nozzles to prevent splitting and leaking.

The youth project this fall was a two-day event at Marion Carnegie Library. The children learned about bulbs and how they are dormant over the winter, but emerge in the spring. They all got a chance to plant daffodils and tulips in the developing garden area at the back of the building. Some children were so excited that they came back the next week to look for sprouts at the planting site.

A garden therapy project was held at Fifth Season Residential Home, with the residents making flowers constructed from paper plates and coffee filters. These could then be hung in rooms or placed where they could enjoy them.

The December meeting will be a Christmas luncheon at Mackie's Pizza. At this meeting, supplies will be collected for Lighthouse Shelter for the homeless.

Information and pictures can be found on the club's website, mariongardenclubofillinois.weeble.com.