MARION -- Due to rain, the Marion Garden Club May 18 trip to Peony Hill Farm in Harrisburg was canceled. Instead, members held a business meeting at Heartland Christian Church.
President Debbie Lattuca opened the meeting by saying that the Club's recent plant sale was very successful. She noted another plant sale and displays will be part of the club's upcoming Garden Tour to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.
The tour will showcase the gardens of 5 homes in Marion as well as flower beds club members plant and maintain at the Williamson County Fairground. Tickets with maps are available from members for a $5 donation, or they may be purchased at the fairground at the intersection of East Main and Fair Streets on the day of the tour.
Awards Chairman Linda Minnis reported Garden Clubs of Illinois announced at their recent convention that the Club received three first place and four second place awards for work done in 2021 as well as awards for Club Achievement and Club Horticulture.
First place awards were Planting for Pollinators (Library Pollinator Garden); The Des Plaines Garden Club Award for Best Promotion of Your Club in a Public Space, (Library Summer Reading Kickoff); and Bird Protection (youth project in cooperation with Marion Carnegie Library to make a bird feeder using an orange half, skewers, twine, and homemade suet).
Second place awards were for the Garden Tour, National Garden Week activities, Arbor Day, and youth story hour vermiculture program in cooperation with Marion Carnegie Library.
District VII, GCI Director Marilyn Ellis picked up the awards at the meeting. She and District Awards Chairman Debbie Lattuca will formally present them at the fall, district meeting. Three of the club's projects were sent to National Garden Clubs, Inc. for award consideration with winners to be announced at their convention later this month.
Garden of the Month is Carolyn and Ken Loving, 3206 West Lakeview as noted by Lynn Love. Youth Chairman Twila Couey said members will be helping with Marion Carnegie Library's first summer reading story hour on June 1 by reading the books and providing a project, teacup fairy garden.
Conservation Chairman Ronda McWilliams said that everyone needs to encourage the planting of a pollinator garden because beneficial insects are declining. Horticulture Chairman Polly Williams noted that two important Spring gardening tips is to aggressively weed and mulch and to add gypsum to hardpan or clay soils.
Ornithology Chairman Kathleen Kelly reported that bird flu does not seem to be affecting backyard birds, so everyone can set up their bird baths and feeders.
For questions or more information, visit the club website at mariongardenclubofillinois.weebly.com.