DISTRICT III Azalea Garden Club New Iberia LA Deeds and Doings
April, May, June 2021
District III had its President's Meeting on June 17, 2021 in Franklin, Louisiana. I am sending a group picture of the Presidents and our state president Roxanna Champagne. There is also a picture of District III officers. They are Roxy Blanton, Parliamentarian; Versa Dore, District Director; Roxanna Champagne, LGCF President; Sherry Darcey, Secretary; and Karen Hoyt, Treasurer.
Azalea Garden Club presented the Iberia Beautification Award in April to Chili's Restaurant. In May the award went to Kay and Russell Landry and in June the award was presented to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.
The Backyard Kids Jr. Garden Club May 15, 2021
The Backyard Kids Jr. Garden Club, which is sponsored by Azalea Garden Club, held its annual flower show on May 15 at the home of their mentor, Versa Dore. The title of the show was "Life on the Farm". The show was judged by National Garden Club Life judges.
Members of Azalea Garden Club and Backyard Kids Jr. Garden Club held a fund raiser in conjunction with the New Iberia Downtown Art Walk. Standing are Betty LeBlanc, Versa Dore, Millie Comeaux, Sherry Darcey, and Roxy Blanton. Seated is Jett Dore.
Azalea Garden Club held its March meeting at Pelican's on the Bayou. Roxy Blanton presented the program on Monarch butterflies and Linda Davis won the door prize.
Azalea Garden Club held its April meeting at Antique Rose Garden. Pictured left to right are Versa Dore, Linda Davis, Francine Garzotto, Crystal Dore, Phyullis Cutrera, Betty LeBlanc, Margaret Melancon, Sherry Darcey, Roxy Blanto, Patricia Tenette, and Millie Comeaux.
The May meeting of Azalea Garden Club was held at Iberia Community Garden. A talk and tour of the garden was given by Phanat Xanamane and new officers were installed. Pictured are Sherry Darcey, Installing Officer; Roxy Blanton, President; Millie Comeaux, Vice President, Margaret Melancon, Secretary; and Betty LeBlanc, Treasurer.
Azalea Garden Club members Betty LeBlanc and Millie Comeaux work on roses they planted at the Lydia Cancer Center during Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October.
Virtual Perfect Vision 2020 Flower Show
Azalea Garden Club Members Versa Dore and Margaret Melancon were winners in the Virtual Perfect Vision 2020 Flower Show. With the cancellation of the NGC Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, it also forced cancellation of the concurrent Petite Horticulture Specialty Flower Show Perfect Vision 2020. President Gay Austin proposed a “virtual” flower show as an alternative to keep NGC members engaged. A revised and enhanced schedule dealing with horticulture, design, and botanical arts divisions was quickly written, allowing broad horticulture sections to be subdivided by classification chairmen.
There were five specific design types, botanical arts design, and botanical arts-artistic crafts classes. Many of the titles from the original Petite Horticulture Specialty Show were used for the classes. The Perfect Vision 2020 Virtual Flower Show involved members from more than 35 states and most of the Central and South American affiliates. More than 500 horticulture entries were received; design entries numbered 114, and the botanical arts entries totaled 67. Only blue ribbons and 90+ designations were awarded to the deserving exhibits.
The only winners from Louisiana in the Horticulture Division with first place or 90+ were Versa Dore and Margaret Melancon from Azalea Garden Club. In the Annuals Section Margaret got a 90+ with her Gomphrena Globora. In the Foliage Annuals Section Versa got a 90+ with her Plectranthus scutellariodes Coleus. She also got a 90+ in the Foliage Perennials Section with her Cissus “Discolor” and a first place in the FNV Section with her Capsicum annuum Green pepper. In the Container Grown Section, Versa got a 90+ with her Vriesea ospinae and Margaret got a first place with her Saintpaulia which is on the cover of the October LGCF newsletter.
The home of Lyle and Alison Weiss, located at 3110 Valery Road, was chosen as Azalea Garden Club’s Yard of the Month for September.