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Jeff Bennett of Bennett’s Nursery in Huntsville, Ala., was the guest speaker for the recent meeting of the Stonebridge Garden Club. Pausing for a photo are (front, from left) Teresa Brown, Sandy Trentham, Shannon Blackwood, Barbara Cantrell, Eugenia Lancaster, Cindy Kite, (rear) Abby Underwood, Eda Tabor, Donna West, Mary Jo Counts, Jeff Bennett with Bindi the dog, Linda Pettie and Ellen Scott.

The Stonebridge Garden Club met at the home of Teresa Brown with Cindy Kite co-hostessing.

In addition to the hostesses, those members participating included Shannon Blackwood, Barbara Cantrell, Mary Jo Counts, Eugenia Lancaster, Patty Patrick, Linda Petite, Ellen Scott, Eda Tabor, Sandy Trentham, Dori Troutman and Abby Underwood. Guests for the meeting were Trish Cantrell and guest speaker, Jeff Bennett, of Bennett’s Nursery in Huntsville, Ala.

The members displayed 13 arrangements and 64 horticulture specimens, plus reported 8 hours of work at the club’s community plots.

The hostesses served a delicious luncheon of white chicken chili, with an assortment of toppings, rosemary French bread, a spicy mixed green salad and Palmiers. Desserts included a double chocolate bundt cake, blueberry lemon cake and a spiced sponge pudding. Plus, there was a choice of fruit punch, orange juice, or flavored water. Teresa Brown led the ladies in prayer before the luncheon.

In the absence of President Linda Gentle, Vice-President Barbara Cantrell opened the meeting and welcomed guests.  Eda Tabor, secretary, read the minutes, and Abby Underwood, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report. Discussion ensued on the condition of the public plots, especially in cutting back the bushes at the library and general maintenance at the museum. Unfortunately, there is still no exterior water at the library.

The January workers were Vickie Small and Sandy Trentham. The February workers are Ellen Scott and Linda Pettie. Members offered announcements of upcoming events of interest that included gardening expert and author, Harvey Cotton’s presentation, at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens on Jan. 27; the Library Gala, on Feb. 23; and the Chinese Lantern Festival, also at the Botanical Gardens, from March 19-May 20.

Jeff Bennett was introduced and spoke on how to start a whole new garden, with the importance of proper soil preparation. He then moved on to how to improve established gardens, plus how, and more importantly, when to prune various plants, especially hydrangeas. He went into the various insecticides and pesticides for our area and answered a multitude of questions on local gardening problems.

Lastly, Barbara thanked Mr. Bennett for coming and the hostesses for the delicious luncheon. She reminded everyone that the next meeting will be held at the home of Abby Underwood with Linda Pettie co-hostessing.

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