DISTRICT III - New Iberia Garden Club New Iberia LA Deeds & Doings
Books about butterflies were donated to Iberia Parish Library in memory of Harriet Boudreaux, longtime garden club member. Harriet loved reading to the elementary school children.
Loreauville Acadian Odyssey Monument Park
ANPP congratulates The Loreauville Acadian Odyssey Monument Park on their bronze-level certified habitat! The Loreauville Acadian Odyssey Monument Park is located at 119 Bridge St., Loreauville, LA. The property is owned by the Village of Loreauville which now houses the volunteer fire department and old Loreauville Jail. A new building for the volunteer fire department is being built on Main Street, so it was decided to place the park on this piece of property. The property is situated on Bayou Teche adjacent to the bridge that crosses the bayou. The Village of Loreauville has worked with the Societe Nationale de l’Acadie (SNA) to receive this monument, one of 18 worldwide and the second in the United States. The LAOMP committee decided to plant natives around the monument and next to the bridge in order to return the space to its natural state with plants. We wanted the property to have plants that would have been there when the settlers would have found it. Placing native plants next to the bridge helped with hiding the bridge structure as well as the aesthetics of under the bridge. Natives planted were Purple Cone Flower, Lemon Bee Balm, Obedient Plant, Needle Leaf Mint, Rattle Snake Master, Texas Cone Flower, Bergamot, Yarrow, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Lance Leaf Mint, Rosinweed, Black Eye Susan, Gulf Coast Penstemon, Palmetto, Abbeville Iris and Native verbena. The park is in the beginning stages of development. It includes a floating dock for boaters, the Acadian Odyssey Monument, Loreauville Jail, and native flower beds. In the works are a healing garden of native plants, pathways to different parts of the park as well as benches, and other memorial items. Special thanks to Cajun Native Plants and New Iberia Garden Club for furnishing and planting all plants for this site!
The New Iberia Garden Club has chosen the home of Frank Washington who resides in Loreauville at 110 Railroad Avenue. After retiring, he began piddling with plants, flowers and gardening as a hobby and past time. His efforts have awarded him with August Garden of the Month. The cottage home flowerbeds has Vinca, Wandering Jew, Zinnias, Gardenias, and Coreopsis. The New Iberia Garden Club is a member of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., District III, National Garden Clubs, Inc., and Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc.
Horticultural Hint: These high temps we have had for weeks without any sign of rain, has taken a toll on our flowers, veggies, and potted containers. As we transition into fall, be preparing beds for cooler months ahead. Heat loving annuals such as Dianthus, cosmos, zinnias and Vinca are quick flowering can be planted now for added color.
Water shrubs and trees planted last year, especially in this heat. Your container grown shrubs should be checked & watered regularly. Best time to hydrate plants is early morning in these hot temps—allows saturation into the soil. If you cannot, schedule watering in late evenings when it’s cooler.