DISTRICT VI PRESIDENT'S MEETING JUBAN RESTAURANT - BATON ROUGE June 14, 2022
Gardenettes president Vicky Fannaly and vice president Pat Walsh attended Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. District VI President's Meeting at Juban in Baton Rouge June 14. An orientation meeting for the new presidents and a chance for returning presidents to exchange ideas, the meeting conducted by District Director Cindy Moran gave the clubs officers a chance get acquainted. The clubs are members of Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Garden of the Month, June 4, 2022
Gardenettes awarded June Garden of the Month honors to Karen and John Liautaud, 110 Colver Drive.
The landscaping is maintained by John. The front flower beds are outlined with boxwoods and filled with groupings of various shrubs and flowering plants. There are accents of Magnolia, sweet olive, variegated Japanese maple, crepe myrtle and Bradford pear trees. There are garden features peeking out from the lush plantings, according to Margaret Bailey, club chairman.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc, and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Gardenettes Installation Banquet Salty Joe's BBQ - Hammond LA
Vicky Fannaly was installed as president of the Gardenettes garden club. Other officers include vice president Pat Walsh, Recording Secretary Jamie LeBlanc, Corresponding Secretary Cynthia Cummer, Treasurer Ellen Pusey, Parliamentarian Marilyn Wright and Chaplain Kathy Bruce. All officer were elected to a second two year term.
District VI Director Cynthia Moran installed Gardenette officers at Salty Joe's BBQ Restaurant, Hammond, May 11. Moran from Baton Rouge Garden Club and the local club are members of Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
President's Award to an outstanding member went to Marilyn Wright who served as Genesis and Garden of the Month chairman. Horticulture chairman Kathy Bruce gave each member a plant for participating in the club's monthly exhibits. A plant exchange and door prizes were distributed.
Sunday Hanson gave a report on the LGCF state convention. Margaret Bailey reported on her visit to local nurseries and showed some water storing crystals. Fannaly gave an overview on the speakers for the coming year.
Genesis Award - May/June 2022
Sonic General Manager Zoe Ungren accepts Gardenettes Genesis Award from Marilyn Wright, club chairman. The drive-inn is located at 753 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula. The commercial landscaping award was received for the eye-catching floral planting in front.
Genesis Award for May-June was presented to Sonic Drive-In, 753 West Pine Street, by Marilyn Wright, Gardenette chairman. This award is given to well planned commercial landscaping. Owned by Gabe Ray and managed by Zoe Ungren, the SONIC sign came down during Hurricane Ida, but the beautiful spring garden in front is resplendent in beautiful blooms and plants which are a delight to our city's main street, according to Wright.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Clubs Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
86th Anniversary LGCF INC. CONVENTION April 26-27, 2022
Representing the Gardenettes at the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. Convention were Vicky Fannaly (standing) and Sunday Hanson (seated). The club received five state and one Deep South Garden Club Inc. awards at the Baton Rouge event April 25-27.
Gardenettes received a Deep South Garden Club Inc. first place for their Publicity Press Book at the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF Inc.) Convention held in Baton Rouge, April 25-27.Groups are members of National Garden Clubs Inc. Representing the local club were Sunday Hanson and Vicky Fannaly.
Five state awards were received including a cash prize for the club webpage, a state first place for publicity press books, a gold ribbon with seal for Garden Club Achievement and certificates for Arbor Day Programs and Special Conservation.
A life membership in the state federation was presented to Vicky Fannaly by Linda Ryan. This was in appreciation for Fannaly's work as registrar for summer boards. Fannaly gave a workshop presentation on the state webpage as part of the program's events. The LGCF Inc. is composed of 74 clubs with over 2,000 members.
Garden of the Month - April 20, 2022
Sharon and Wayne Melancon received April Garden of the Month honors from the Gardenettes chairman Marilyn Wright. The club is a member of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
"The Melancon's beautiful garden is bright with a circle of rose bushes planted by Wayne Melancon as a surprise for his wife. Ferns add a tranquil accent suggesting a cool haven in the heat of the summer. This well maintained garden is very attractive and welcoming," according to Wright.
April Meeting - April 13, 2022
Retired county agent, Annie Coco, gave a plant quiz at the April 13 Gardenette meeting held at the home of president Vicky Fannaly. Showing specimens from her yard, Coco gave prizes for the most correct answers.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF), Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc. Hostesses for the event included Fannaly, Mary Hirsch, Sunday Hanson, and Sherry Klein. Marilyn Wright said the opening prayer and Hanson led the traditional Collect. Secretary Jamie LeBlanc gave a report, followed by a treasurer's report given by Ellen Pusey. Dottie Boudreaux said that the Bosom Buddy Bags would be presented possibly in May.
Sunshine committee chairman Cynthia Cummer wished a happy birthday for LeBlanc in April. Klein presented LeBlanc with a painting for the occasion. Margaret Bailey's birthday is in May. Horticulture and a breakfast tray floral exhibit were displayed by Bailey.
Thanks were extended to Wright and Hanson for donating items for the silent auction to be held at the LGCF Convention later this month. Gently worn shoes were collected for the Deep South Convention in New Orleans April 2023. The current slate of officers were re-elected to serve a second term due to the many meeting cancellations in the 2020-2022 term. A booklet acknowledging the Never Forget Rose Garden in Baton Rouge was passed around to show the Gardenettes' contribution to the memorial garden.
A list of shrubs and trees planted from the club year 2021-2022 was compiled for a national garden club project. Members planted 52 new additions to their garden that qualified. Membership chairman Pat Walsh ordered nametags for the new members. Also present but not previously mentioned were Karen Moran, Susan Pizani, Margaret Hardin, Sandy Cusick and Cricket Ayala.
The next meeting will be the May Installation Banquet at Salty Joe's. District VI Director Cynthia Moran from Baton Rouge, will conduct the ceremonies.
Box Tops For Education - April 14, 2022
Gardenette Betty Jordan met with Allison Blache who is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher at Ponchatoula Jr. High on April 14. She was very happy to have the Box Tops and Community coffee coupons, according to Jordan. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Annual Covington Garden Club Lunch & Style Show "Luck of the Irish"
Gardenettes joined other state garden clubs at the Covington Garden Club's annual luncheon and style show March 17 at the Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Clubs are members of Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
March Gardenette Meeting March 9, 2022
Dr. Allen Owings, senior horticulturist at Bracy’s Nursery, presented a program on the 2022 LSU Super Plants selections. Owings spoke to the Gardenettes at their March 9 meeting at Pappy’s Stowaway Restaurant. Hostesses for the meeting included Cricket Ayala, Karen Moran, Pat Walsh and Betty Jordan. The opening prayer was given by Sunday Hanson. Annette Cabral was introduced as a guest of Sherry Klein. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc. President Vicky Fannaly opened the meeting. A report was given by Ellen Pusey treasurer. Marilyn Wright invited the members to help present Garden of the Month to Jan Downey in Lake Orleans and the Genesis Award to Smith’s Nursery 19355 Hwy. 22 East. The nominating committee Susan Pizani, Jamie LeBlanc and Cynthia Cummer reported the current officers agreed to assume another two year term due to the broken agenda caused by COVID conditions. Cummer announced the birthdays for the month. Membership chairman Walsh distributed permanent nametags to the new members present. Members present but not previously mentioned were Margaret Hardin, Kathy Bruce and Sandy Cusick. A brief discussion of the joint Tangipahoa garden club’s meeting which will be hosted by the Gardenettes was held.
March Garden of the Month
Jan Downy, 154 Lake Orleans, received the March Garden of the Month award from the Gardenettes. The presentation was made March 9 by chairman Marilyn Wright. Joining her in congratulating Downy were Vicky Fannaly, Sherry Klein, Mary Hirsch, Betty Jordan, Ellen Pusey, Kathy Bruce, Susan Pizani, Karen Moran, Pat Walsh, Sunday Hanson and Annette Cabral. The well-maintained lawn is bright with newly planted marigolds. Bird of Paradise plants adorn the area near the front door. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
March-April 2022 Genesis Award
Gardenettes presented the March-April Genesis Award for commercial landscaping to Smith’s Nursery, 19355 Hwy. 22 East. Shown are Sherry Klein, Sunday Hanson, Ellen Pusey, Kyle Kugler, Jeanette Richard, Roxane Smith, Karen Moran, Marilyn Wright, Sandy Cusick, Mary Hirsch, Cynthia Cummer, Vicky Fannaly and Betty Jordan. Photo by Annette Cabral. Smith’s Nursery, 19355 Hwy. 22 East, received the Genesis Award for March, April. Given to commercial groups whose floral plantings are interesting and attractive, the award was presented by Gardenettes chairman Marilyn Wright. Assisting her in the presentation were Sherry Klein, Sunday Hanson, Ellen Pusey, Karen Moran, Marilyn Wright, Sandy Cusick, Mary Hirsch, Cynthia Cummer, Vicky Fannaly, Betty Jordan and Annette Cabral. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc. According to Wright, the nursery was selected for their interesting yard art as well as their colorful floral offerings.
Gardenettes planted a live oak tree in front of the City Hall Annex, across the street from the City Hall January 24. City officials attending were Mayor Bob Zabbia, his assistant Rhonda Sheridan. and Faith Peterson, downtown revitalization director.
Garden club chairman Susan Pizani gave a brief program outlining the significance of Arbor Day and the club's commitment to renew the environment. Club members present were Margaret Hardin, Dottie Boudreaux, Sandy Cusick, Marillyn Wright, Sherry Klein, Sunday Hanson, Vicky Fannaly, and Jamie Leblanc.
The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
AFTER THE ARBOR DAY CEREMONY - LA CARETTA'S RESTAURANT
80th Anniversary - January 12, 2022 Meeting
Kyle Martin, second vice president of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., addressed the Gardenettes at their January meeting held at Joe's Italian Restaurant January 12. The state group has 75 member clubs with 2,085 members.
Besides the obvious benefits of meeting people from all over the state with the same passion for gardening, Martin told of the education opportunities to learn flower arranging, gardening, landscaping and environmental skills. The group offers some nice tours to Holland, Germany and the Biltmore House in Ashville NC.
"There are many opportunities to give service to the community through our civic plantings, arbor day ceremonies, scholarship programs and cleanest city competitions," she said. "The clubs are members of Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc."
Treasurer Ellen Pusey presented a gift to Martin from the club. Hostesses for the meeting were Sandy Cusick, Jamie LeBlanc, Susan Pizani and Cynthia Cummer. Honorary member Joan Morse gave the opening prayer. The club voted to give money to three charities designated by members present.
Arbor Day chairman Pizani announced that the club will plant a live oak tree at the City Hall Annex on Friday, January 21 at 11:30 a.m. Those present will meet for lunch following the ceremony with the mayor. Dottie Boudreaux, Bosom Buddy Bag chairman, said that a work day will be set in February to re-stock the club's supply of hospital drain bags for cancer patients.
Garden of the Month chairman Marilyn Wright invited the members to help her and her committee present the January award to Vera Dunbar, 285 N.W. Railroad Avenue. Rose Ann Husser and Margaret Bailey brought horticulture specimens. Bailey also brought a winter floral arrangement for display. Betty Jordan brought some heirloom rose cuttings to share.
Vicky Fannaly said that the Publicity Pressbook has been sent to the state awards committee for judging. She requested members save any news clippings for the coming year's submission. She also noted that this is the Gardenette's 80th year anniversary.
The club welcomed Mary Hirsch as a new member. Hirsch was Garden of the Month winner in December. Members present but not previously mentioned include Cricket Ayala, Carol McGough, Kathy Bruce, Margaret Hardin, Karen Moran and Sherry Klein. Gardenettes will be traveling to Amite for their annual Joint Tangipahoa Garden Clubs Meeting sponsored this year by Stem and Stamen Garden Club.
Garden of the Month - January 2022
Vera Dunbar, 285 NWRR Avenue, was awarded January 2022 Garden of the Month honors by the Gardenettes, January 12. Dunbar received this award many years ago for her horticultural efforts.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
"Many of the plants in this garden are difficult to get to bloom with the cold temperatures we have had. There are trumpet flowers in abundance, Ti plants, Lantana, and tropicals like Plumeria," according to Marilyn Wright, chairman of the program. She was assisted by her committee members Rose Ann Husser and Margaret Bailey, and Gardenettes Margaret Hardin, Vicky Fannaly, Ellen Pusey and Joan Morse.
Another tradition, the Gardenettes 79th annual Christmas Party held at Kathy Bruce beautiful home in Loranger. First time attendees were our new members Sunday Hanson, Sherry Klein, Rose Ann Husser, Sandy Cusick. Returning member Cricket Hamaker Ayala joined the festivities. Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
December 7, 2021 Mary Hirsch 39764 Rue Mar Nei
Mary Hirsch, 39764 Rue Mar Nei, received Garden of the Month honors for December from the Gardenettes. Presenting the award December 7, were Marilyn Wright, chairman, and members Cynthia Cummer and Jamie LeBlanc. The club is a member of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Viewing the property from the street, the house does not show all the work that was put into the landscaping. When you walk into the back and see the lovely touches, it seems like a garden of Eden. The swimming pool is landscaped all around and has a bar with seating. A wrought iron fence borders the area. There are lots of trees and statuary on the acre or so plot, according to Wright.
There is a full vegetable garden, a green house with rare cacti, also a red maple, azaleas and camellias for color. Hirsch designed the landscape herself. Seasonal poinsettias are used in the front beds for a festive accent.
Trimming Christmas Trees November 30, 2021
MAIN LOBBY TREE ABOVE - EMERGENCY LOBBY TREE BELOW
Gardenettes decorated Christmas trees at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. The club met November 30 just in time for the holidays to put ornaments on trees in the main lobby and in the emergency room lobby. Attending were Cynthia Cummer, Carol McGough, Sandy Cusick, Betty Jordan, Dottie Boudreaux, Margaret Hardin, Kathy Bruce, Ellen Pusey, Vicky Fannaly and Jamie LeBlanc.
Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc
Genesis Award December 2021 - January 2022 November 30, 2021
Harry McKneely Funeral Home owner Lance Vicknair received Gardenettes Genesis Award for the landscaping at his Ponchatoula location. Presented by Genesis chairman Marilyn Wright, the plaque is for the months of December 2021 and January 2022.
Sasanqua camellias blooming in the beds, lend a bright contrast to the variegated liriope borders. Permanent plantings of rose bushes have been cut back for the winter but are still visible in the well maintained planting areas, said Wright.
Assisting her in the presentation were Gardenettes, Jamie LeBlanc, Margaret Hardin, Vicky Fannaly, Kathy Bruce, Betty Jordan and Dottie Boudreaux. The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Gardenettes on porch are Jamie LeBlanc, Sandy Cusick, Dottie Boudreaux, Margaret Hardin and Kathy Bruce. Standing in front of them are Cynthia Cummer, Betty Jordan, Vicky Fannaly, Norma Huber, Edward Huber and Garden of the Month Chairman Marilyn Wright.
Norma and Edward Huber, 290 S. Ninth Street, received Garden of the Month honors for November from the Gardenettes chairman Marilyn Wright.
Assisting her in the presentation were garden club members Jamie LeBlanc, Sandy Cusick, Dottie Boudreaux, Margaret Hardin, Kathy Bruce, Cynthia Cummer, Betty Jordan, and Vicky Fannaly, The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Mary Elliot McCormick, left, a Ponchatoula fern specialist and nursery owner, spoke to the Gardenettes Garden Club November 10 at the Strawberry Festival Board building. She brought many unique specimens of ferns and explained how to care for them. She also brought rooted cuttings for members to share.
Also addressing the group was Courtney Murphy, right, development officer for the Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services. She outlined the work that was being done to care for children who had been physically and psychologically abused. She told of the new facility in Loranger that would be opening. The children aged seven to eleven would be leaving a four-acre care center and going to a 126-acre site which would have a 62-acre playground area.
New program started by Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. president Roxanna Champagne called “Quarters for Waters” will help get clean water equipment to countries in Latin America. The National Garden Clubs Inc. have partnered with Global Partners Running Waters Inc. to increase access to safe water. The club will be collecting loose change to send to this cause. Gardenettes are also members of Deep South Garden Clubs Inc.
August 10, 2021 Michael and Kathryn Caravetta 40050 Deer Creek Dr.
Kathy Bruce, Joan Morse, homeowner Michael Caravetta, Marilyn Wright, Sunday Hanson Michael and Kathryn Caravetta, 40050 Deer Creek Dr., were awarded Gardenettes Garden of the Month honors for August for their well landscaped and maintained garden.
A bed of knock out roses fronts the entrance to the home. Variegated ginger and flax lilies, magnolias, and other shrubs bring pleasant accents to the Caravetta's lovely home, according to Marilyn Wright, garden club chairman.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Accompanying Wright were club members Kathy Bruce, Joan Morse and Sunday Hanson. The grounds located in Deer Creek subdivision are maintained by the homeowner, not a professional landscaper.
GOING AWAY LUNCHEON - ANNA AND BILL POLAND Murphy's Seafood and Steak Restaurant, Hammond LA July 28, 2021
Popular couple, Anna and Bill Poland, are moving to central Texas. Anna was a former Gardenette president. Both were leaders in many community groups and will be very missed by the Gardenettes. The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Club's Inc.
Yearbook Luncheon - July 16. 2021
Gardenette yearbooks were distributed for the September 2021 to May 2022 year at a lunch meeting at Salty Joe's BBQ in Hammond. The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Club's Inc. Our best guys joined us!
Summer Board Awards July 13, 2021
Kathy Tell award sponsor, Vicky Fannaly Gardenette representative, receiving Award 33-1 Small Club Website first place from Linda Finley, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. president for the year ending April 2021. The club received first place in small clubs for their Publicity Pressbook Award 22 and Award 34 - Social Media Honorable Mention.
In non competitive awards the club received: Award 1 Garden Club Appreciation - gold seal with gold ribbon; Award 2 Yearbook - honorable mention; Award 5C Horticulture Honor Roll - gold seal; Award 11C Special Conservation; Award 17 Arbor Day. The club is a member of District VI, Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Genesis Award - City of Ponchatoula Parking Lot July 8, 2021
Accepting the Gardenettes Genesis Award for commercial landscaping were Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia. Garden Club chairman Marilyn Wright, left, and president Vicky Fannaly, right, represented the group.
Genesis Award for commercial landscaping was given to the City of Ponchatoula for its parking lot located at the corner of N. Sixth St. and W. Hickory, according to Marilyn Wright, Gardenette chairman. Accepting for the City were Mayor Bob Zabbia and Rhonda Sheridan.
Formerly the site of First Guaranty Bank, the area now features a 90 space parking lot surrounded by brick and ironwork fencing. Planted with Magnolia trees and colorful bedding plants. There are benches strategically placed for all to enjoy. A charging station for electric vehicles is another feature of the lot.
The opposite side of the street is similarly landscaped, making the block a very attractive place for the city hall and police department, said Wright. Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs.
Jodi and Barry Bleakley Win July Garden of the Month July 8, 2021
Enjoying the view are Marilyn Wright, Gardenettes chairman, and Jodi Bleakley, homeowner who was awarded July Garden of the Month honors from Wright.
Jodi and Barry Bleakley, 350 N. Eighth Street, received the Gardenette's July Garden of the Month honors for their colorful landscaping.
The couple moved from LaPlace and rented the property initially. They liked the house so much that they purchased and renovated it. Hydrangeas and other colorful plants are placed in an irregular edged bed that borders the house. A large live oak tree in the front yard was registered long ago by a previous owner and adds a pleasant vista when viewed from the front porch, according to Marilyn Wright, garden club chairman.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Homes are selected not just for the colorful plantings and well maintained yards, but by homeowners who do their own work rather than rely on professional landscapers, Wright said.
National Garden Week - June 6-12, 2021 Announcement made in the Ponchatoula Times, and Hammond Daily Star newspapers
National Garden Week is being honored June 6-12 by over 5,000 National Garden Clubs in the United States and abroad, according to Sunday Hanson, Gardenettes chairman for the event.The annual event was started to encourage community pride, enhance existing gardens and beautify blighted areas. Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Clubs Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., National Garden Clubs Inc. By calling attention to gardening, it is hoped that the community will be encouraged to be more aware of picking up litter and planting an attractive haven around our homes, she said. Gardenetttes are joining the national group in celebrating the objectives of beautification, education of environmental efforts, gardening and involvement with the community.
District VI President's Meeting Baton Rouge Garden Center - June 1, 2021
Former District VI Director, Carolyn Todd of Hammond Garden Club, Gardenette Vice President Sandra Haro and President Vicky Fannaly, and Trudy Millard, President of West Baton Rouge Garden and Civic Club - enjoy a high tea hosted by Baton Rouge Garden Club and District VI Director Cindy Moran. Clubs are members of Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
June 1, 2021 - Betty Jordan 522 E. Oak Street
Long time Ponchatoula resident Betty Jordan, 522 E. Oak, received Garden of the Month honors for June. Gardenette chairman Marilyn Wright made the presentation with the assistance of members Jamie LeBlanc, Susan Pizani and Vicky Fannaly.
Jordan joined the Gardenettes in May. The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Wright said the Jordan's garden showed lots of color and charm. Blooming roses, Agapanthus, daylilies, petunias, hydrangeas and other flowers make this yard a pleasant place of comfort, according to Wright.
Gardenette president Vicky Fannaly attended the Gold Star Memorial celebration in Houma May 29. The Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. is a member of Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc. he Terrebonne Garden Club is using Memorial Day weekend to highlight the ultimate sacrifices made by local warriors, dedicating plaques naming them at Jim Bowie Park, 940 Bayou Black Drive, Saturday morning. Linda Brashier of the Garden Club says the Houma Community Band will start playing about 10:30 a.m. Ceremonies to dedicate Gold Star and Wayside Markers begin at 11 a.m. The event will also include a color guard, 21-gun salute, speakers and a quartet singing patriotic songs.
May 12, 2021 - 79th Gardenette Awards Banquet
The 79th Annual Gardenette Award Banquet was held at Murphy's Seafood and Steak Restaurant in Hammond, May 12, celebrating the end of the club's year which runs from September to May.
Marilyn Wright received outstanding chairman award for her work with Garden of the Month, Genesis Award, Bosom Buddy Bags. President Vicky Fannaly opened the meeting and welcomed the club's new member Sunday Hanson and guests Sandy Leggio, Betty Jordan and Kathryn Martin.
Vice President Sandra Haro gave the opening prayer. Door prize arrangements were provided by Wright and Fannaly. Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Fannaly gave a recap of the club year. She noted that although the club was unable to meet in person for the whole year, Zoom was tried with poor turnout. Two meetings were held with guest speakers and social distancing at the Strawberry Board Building in Memorial Park.
Activities were still held. Margaret Hardin registered the large oak across from the post office for Parker Layrisson; Carol McGough publicized National Garden Week and observed Make a Difference Day by honoring the police. Anna Poland coordinated decorating the two Christmas trees at North Oaks lobby and emergency room. Poland also organized the Arbor Day celebration in January.
Haro collected Box Tops for education and delivered them to Tucker Elementary School. Marilyn Wright and her ladies delivered over 75 bosom buddy bags to the hospital for surgery patients, along with handcrafted infant hats. She made three Garden of the Month and one Genesis awards.
According to Fannaly, it was nice to finally meet in person for the awards banquet. The club gained two new or returning members during the year - Dottie Boudreaux and Sunday Hanson. Gardenettes attending the banquet but not previously mentioned are Cynthia Cummer, Jamie LeBlanc, Ellen Pusey, Pat Walsh, Karen Moran, Susan Pizani.
May 1, 2021 - Barbara and Francis Martino 14477 Wadesboro Road
Barbara and Francis Martino, 14477 Wadesboro Road, received May Garden of the Month honors from the Gardenettes. Their grounds are alive with blooming roses, amaryllis, phlox and many other eye-catching blossoms.
Marilyn Wright, garden of the month chairman, remarked on the many objects of yard art that made the Martino's yard so appealing. There is a Disney children's garden, many bird baths and feeders for wildlife and seating areas where one can stop to smell the many roses that the Martinos propagate from cuttings.
Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
One of the many things that qualify a yard for this award is the fact that it is maintained by the owners rather than a professional landscaper. The Martinos can attest to the fact that they spend many long hours working in and enjoying their lovely property, according to Wright.
Genesis Award April - May 2021 Collinswood Museum, USS Ponchatoula Memorial April 8, 2021
Accepting the Gardenette Genesis Award were Collinswood Museum Board Members Lark Thibodaux, Jim Perrin, Vincent Thibodaux, Gardenettes members - Genesis chairman Marilyn Wright, Vice President Sandra Haro, Anna Poland, Margaret Hardin
Collinswood Museum was awarded the Genesis Award for commercial landscaping for their well planted grounds by the Gardenettes, April 8. Receiving the award were museum board members Lark and Vincent Thibodaux and Jim Perrin.
Marilyn Wright, Gardenette Genesis chairman, said that the museum was selected because of the colorful flower beds and well maintained grounds. A focal point of the Ponchatoula downtown area, the museum houses the USS Ponchatoula artifacts.
Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep Soth Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Located on property donated by Andrew M. Edwards II to the city of Ponchatoula for use as a museum and park on December 28, 1995, the property has evolved over the years into a serene area in the heart of town for residents and tourists to enjoy. The club was pleased to honor the members of the museum who work so hard to keep the this beauty spot for all to enjoy, Wright said.
GARDEN OF THE MONTH 2021 April 1, 2021- Susan and Tillman Pizani 13572 RUE CHATEAU
Jamie LeBlanc, Susan Pizani, Tillman Pizani, Vicky Fannaly, Cynthia Cummer
Susan and Tillman Pizani, 13572 Rue Chateau, received April Garden of the Month honors from the Gardenettes. This award is given to well maintained and planted gardens which are not professionally maintained.
Many whirligigs and yard sculptures add to the picturesque charm of this garden. A raised herb garden next to the greenhouse is full of vegetables and culinary seasoning plants. The garden was chosen for its all season beauty, according to Marilyn Wright, Garden of the Month chairman.
Assisting Wright were Cynthia Cummer, Jamie LeBlanc and Vicky Fannaly, club president. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
What brought the garden to life were a flock of birds busily eating from the feeders. The Pizani's said that they have counted as many as 30 feeding at the same time. Susan Pizani is the landscaper in the family, and her husband Tillman is the one who does the physical planting. Whatever it takes, the Pizani's have winning teamwork, Wright said.
Vicky Fannaly, Dottie Boudreaux, Margaret Hardin, Staci Arceneaux, Marilyn Wright
Many Bosom Buddy bags were sewn by shut-in Gardenettes during the COVID lock down. Over 75 were delivered to Staci Arceneaux at North Oaks Medical Center for cancer and surgery patients to hold their drip apparatus.
"Each bag is a cheerful reminder that the ladies of the garden club are sympathizing with the patients and wishing them a speedy recovery," according to Marilyn Wright, chairman for this project.
Wright also delivered a box of loom made infant caps which she made. The tiny hats were designed for the babies in the NICU nursery where premature babies receive care.
Accompanying Wright were Vicky Fannaly, club president, Dottie Boudreaux and Margaret Hardin. The club is a member of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Gardenette coupon chairman Sandra Haro presented coupons redeemable for cash by schools to Keondra Jackson, assistant principal of Tucker Elementary school February 22. Also attending was Vicky Fannaly, Gardenette president.
Throughout the year, Gardenettes saved Boxtops for Education, Community Coffee and other coupons that can be redeemed by schools. Each spring the club brings them in to a school to be used. The program was started about ten years ago.
The Ponchatoula club is a member of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Mayor Bob Zabbia, Marilyn Wright, Gracie and Melissa Gueldner, Anna Poland, Vicky Fannaly, Kathy Bruce
Gardenettes met on January 15, the third Friday of the year 2021, to plant a Shumard oak in Memorial Park with city officials Mayor Bob Zabbia and Councilwoman Melissa Gueldner and her daughter Gracie.
Anna Poland, garden club chairman for the event, lead the program with a welcome and introduction. Club president Vicky Fannaly explained the meaning of Arbor Day. This is an annual celebration to encourage the planting of trees, emphasizing the caring for them as a means of sustaining this valuable resource. In Louisiana, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January. Dates vary in other states according to the optimum time to plant.
Past president Kathy Bruce read a poem on trees by an anonymous author. Gueldner read a new poem written by her daughter and inspired by the newly planted tree. Zabbia gave some previews of renovations being made to the Memorial park square, including a circular sidewalk being formed in the area of the new tree.
Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc. Attending the ceremony but not mentioned were Gardenette Marilyn Wright, columnist Pam Bankston and Bill Poland.