Twenty-two members of Marion Garden Club traveled to Simpson on Sept. 20 to visit Tanglefoot Ranch.
Grover Webb was there to greet them and present an overview of the operation. With 950 acres, the ranch has two high tunnels filled with tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries, all still producing even in this hot weather.
Traveling a short distance, the group visited one of the ranch's many ponds where the shrimp are raised to maturity and then prepared for freezing and selling. Tanglefoot Ranch participates in the Shrimp Festival every year.
Lunch was served at the main building. The meal included shrimp on a skewer, pasta with shrimp, fresh green beans, tomatoes and ice cream with raspberry sauce made from the ranch's own crop.
After lunch, President Denise Stearns opened a short business meeting and reports were presented on conservation, horticulture and ornithology.
September Garden of the Month was awarded to Linda and Edward Miller, 902 E. Gregory St. Pictures showing how Linda creatively used pots in her landscape were passed around.
There is a youth activity planned for Oct. 24 and 25. Twila Couey will be leading the children in a bulb planting at Marion Carnegie Library. The young ones are always excited to see the flowers emerging from the ground in the Spring.
District VII Garden Clubs of Illinois will host its semiannual fall meeting Oct. 26 at Malkovich Event Center in Benton. Several members of Marion's club will be attending.
Next month's meeting will be at Heartland Christian Church with a presentation from Verlinda Newman from Sanctuary Home Spa Works. Guests are welcome.
Information about club activities can be found at mariongardenclubofillinois.weebly.com.