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Abbeville Garden Club News - Arbor Day Tree Planting 2021
The Abbeville Garden Club celebrated Louisiana Arbor Day by planting a Shumard Oak at the Abbeville Branch of the Vermilion Parish Library. Gwen Lanoux, Arbor Day Chairman presided over a short program. The Shumard Oak is a stately, strong, and long-lived tree with beautiful fall colors. It is a great native tree selection for Louisiana and for this location. The species is very adaptable and has been successfully grown in urban areas. While this is a favorite tree for homeowners it is also loved by deer and squirrels for their love of its small acorns.
Arbor Day is a special day that is set aside throughout the world on different dates depending on local seasons and temperature. Abor Day’s goal is to raise awareness of trees and the important role that they play in our environment. Arbor Day helps us learn more about the use of products that are derived from trees, such as wood and paper, and understanding how these can be treated and managed in a sustainable way. Attending the celebration was Councilwoman Ros White, Library Director Charlotte Bourge, Councilman Brady Broussard, Jr., Vanna Plaisance and Councilman Francis Plaisance, Garden Club President Marietta Clark, Arbor Day Chairmen Gwen Lanoux, members of the Abbeville Garden Club, Abbeville Women’s Club, the Vermilion Library Foundation, and Robert LeBlanc, Library Maintenance and Grounds Keeper. Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, District III.
Abbeville Garden Club News – Arbor Day Book Donation
Abbeville Garden Club donated a children’s book to the Abbeville Branch of the Vermilion Parish Library in honor of Louisiana Arbor Day, January 15, 2021. The book The Forever Tree by Tereasa Suratt and Donna Lukas is based on a real tree in Wisconsin that became something more. It is a timeless story about loss and renewal at home and in nature. AGC put in a request to Sara Bailey-McDaniel, Children’s Services Manager, to implement a Virtual Storytime and a Children’s Craft Activity for Arbor Day Week. Sarah scheduled a Virtual Storytime Reading for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on the Vermilion Parish Library Facebook Page. She also developed a Children’s Craft based on The Forever Tree which parents could pick up and complete with their children at home.
Abbeville Garden Club members pictured with the donated book, The Forever Tree, and the children’s craft activity on the table are (left to right) AGC President Marietta Clark, Patsy Hebert, Joyce Thibodeaux, Vermilion Parish Library Children’s Services Manager Sara Bailey-McDaniel, AGC Arbor Day Chairman Gwen Lanoux, Liz Gremilion, and Susie Ledet. Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, District III.
Abbeville Garden Club 2020 Christmas Social
Members of the Abbeville Garden Club gathered on December 14, 2020 for the annual Christmas Social at the lovely home of Susan and Ed Wilhelm. Christmas Social Committee members hosting were Chairman Susan Wilhelm, Ed Wilhelm, Judge Edwards, Denise Files, Linda Hedio, and Juliette Dumond.
AGC members enjoyed a delightful evening, a wonderful meal, and participated in a lively gift exchange in a beautifully decorated atmosphere. They also participated in the “Spirit of Giving” by collecting donations for the Christian Service Center to be delivered by the Christmas Social Committee.
Enjoying a wonderful time at the Abbeville Garden Club Christmas Social on December 14, 2020 next to the beautiful Wilhelm Christmas Village are (back row, left to right) Joyce Thibodeaux, Denise Files, Juliette Dumond, Susan Wilhelm, and Marietta Clark. Seated on floor (left to right) are Theresa Broussard, Liz Gremillion, Patsy Hebert, Jeanell Duhon and Elizabeth Hollier. Not pictured were Ed Wilhelm and Judge Edwards. Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, District III.
Abbeville Garden Club Members Attend LGCF District III Luncheon Meeting
Members of the Abbeville Garden Club attended the Louisiana Garden Club Federation District III Fall Luncheon Meeting, “Yesterday’s Treasures”, hosted by the Franklin Garden Club on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at The Forest Restaurant, Franklin, Louisiana. This important meeting included visiting representatives from ten of the eleven LGCF District III Clubs along with LGCF President Linda Finley and LGCF President Elect Roxanna Champagne.
LGCF District III Director Linda Brashier was the presiding officer. During the meeting, AGC Karen Hoyt was elected LGCF District III Treasurer for the 2021-2023 term of District Director Elect Versa Dore.
Guest speaker for the event was Garrie Landry, Botanist and Herbarium Curator for the Mcllhenny Company of Avery Island and co-author of “Acadiana Flora - Native and Naturalized Wood Plants of South Central Louisiana”. His presentation centered on “Heritage Plants of South Central Louisiana”.
AGC members attending (seated left to right) were Secretary Theresa Broussard and President Marietta Clark. Standing left to right were 2021-2023 LGCF District III Treasurer Karen Hoyt, Immediate Past LGCF District III Director Patsy Hebert, and Liz Gremillion.
Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., District III.
Abbeville Garden Club October Meeting
Abbeville Garden Club members pictured left to right are co-hostess Odile Segrest, Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Denise Files and Jeanell Duhon, hostess Susie Ledet and co-hostess Karen Hoyt.
The Abbeville Garden Club met at the LSU Ag Center Meeting Room in Abbeville on Monday, October 19, 2020. Hostess for the event was Susie Ledet. Co-hostesses were Odile Segrest and Karen Hoyt. Club President Marietta Clark presided over the meeting.
Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners and Abbeville Garden Club members Jeanell Duhon and Denise Files were the program speakers. The focus of the program was “Daylilies”. The presentation included information on the care of daylilies and the proper techniques for propagating daylilies.
The business meeting included reports and announcements concerning various AGC projects centered on the Club Motto: “Working Together for Community Beauty”. Ways and Means Chairman Liz Gremillion reported on the progress the AGC Annual Pansy Sale to be held November 20-21, 2020 at Magdalen Square. Gremillion also reported that the Abbeville Garden Club Garden Tour is scheduled for May 16, 2021. Funds from these projects are used for educational and beautification projects throughout our community. The Vermilion Parish Recycling Program was discussed along with the Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020.
The next regular AGC meeting will take place on November 16, 2020, at the LSU Ag Center. Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., District III.
Abbeville Garden Club Holds First Meeting of 2020–2021 Club Year
The Abbeville Garden Club held the first meeting of its 2020-2021 club year at the Abbeville Event Center on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Co-hostesses for the event were Marrieta Clark and Patsy Hebert.
Yearbooks for the new club year were distributed to all members. President Marietta Clark reviewed the information concerning the various AGC committees and continuing projects. Programs for the new club year were reviewed by Vice President of Programs Susan DesOrmeaux. Vice President of Membership Susan Wilhelm discussed membership information. Patsy Hebert presented information concerning the new NGC website and National Garden Club Member Resources.
President Marietta Clark discussed the new AGC club logo featuring the Abbeville Red Iris which was designed for the club by Alison Miller of Alison Miller Design & Marketing Solutions. This logo can be used on signage, stationary, and clothing. New AGC formal shirts with the new embroidered logo by Stephanie Dartez with Maddie’s Creations were distributed to members. As part of the program, club members took part in a “Plant Swap”. Members exchanged plants which they had propagated and/or cared for. Information on plant name and care was provided with each plant. Members were excited to receive new plants to bring to their gardens.
Holding their new Abbeville Garden Club formal shirts featuring the new club logo designed by Alison Miller of Alison Miller Design & Marketing Solutions and embroidered by Stephanie Dartez with Maddie’s Creations are (pictured left to right) Abbeville Garden Club members Karen Hoyt, Joyce Thibodeaux, Susie Ledet, President Marietta Clark, Patsy Hebert, Liz Gremilion, Vice President of Programs Susan DesOrmeaux, Jeanell Duhon, and Secretary Brenda Cross (kneeling). Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., District III.
New AGC Club Logo designed by Allison Miller of Alison Miller Design & Marketing Solutions:
Abbeville Garden Club Memorial Day Observance
Members of the Abbeville Garden Club and American Legion Post 29 gathered on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, to honor all military personnel and their families for their service to our country. The ultimate sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our freedom was remembered. First responders, health care workers, essential workers, and victims of the Covid 19 virus were also recognized during the ceremony.
National Garden Week June 7 – 13, 2020
At the request of the Abbeville Garden Club, Mayor Mark Piazza signed a proclamation designating June 7 - 13, 2020, as National Garden Week in the City of Abbeville. Sponsored by National Garden Clubs, this is a special week designed to focus public attention on the, programs, projects, and activities promoted by garden clubs. Pictured with the Mayor Mark Piazza are Abbeville Garden Club President Marietta Clark (left) and Abbeville Garden Club National Garden Week Committee Chairman Patsy Hebert (right). Abbeville Garden Club is an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, District III.