News from the Chipley Garden Club

submitted by Gweneth Collins

Thursday, October 6, Chipley Garden Club met at Washington County Historical Society’s Museum in Chipley to learn about growing and cultivating succulent plants. The guest speaker was Nicole Peavy, formerly of Chipley. Nicole has worked in the floral industry for ten years and is currently with Shiver’s Florist in Blountstown and is their “succulent” expert. Combining knowledge learned in the floral industry with a fascination with succulents, Nicole has had many interesting design experiences.

Nicole provided cuttings from a variety of succulents – small and large – and then assisted club members as they planted moss wreaths, wooden boxes, and ceramic containers. Succulents thrive on neglect, and over-watering is a death sentence. She reminded the group to let new cuttings “dry out” two or three days before planting.

In the regular business meeting, President Debbie Mitchell reported on the FFGC District II Fall Touring Officers Meeting held in Panama City. Project chairman gave their reports: Youth Chair Linda Pigott reported distributed almost 200 plants to 1st and 3rd graders at Kate Smith Elementary School. Yard of the Month Chair Lillian Pittman announced the October Yard of the Month was awarded to Debra Short’s home on 5th Street. Plans were finalized by Scarecrow Chair Gweneth Collins for Chipley’s Scarecrow Express/Scarecrow Building Contest to be held on Saturday, October 15th.

Club Chaplain and Farmers’ Market Director Elaine Melton gave a devotional recalling messages from Psalms: Don’t fret. Trust in the Lord and depend of Him to provide peace during any troubling time. She also reminded us that sometimes obstacles are just opportunities in disguise.

A field trip to Dothan Area Botanical Gardens in Dothan, Alabama, is being planned for later in October. Members are excited to see the new raised garden beds and to view the annual month-long scarecrow display.

If you are interested in attending a garden club meeting, or would just like further information about garden clubbing, please contact Club President Debbie Mitchell at 638-0536. The club welcomes new members at any time during the year.