DISTRICT VI - GARDENETTES Ponchatoula LA Deeds And Doings
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 Julne. 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.
May 29, 2021 Houma Gold Star Memorial Event
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.
COVID Christmas - North Oaks Hospital December 1, 2020
It's official! December is here, and the trees at the hospital are decorated. This year, because of the COVID restrictions we were only allowed a few members to trim the main lobby and emergency room trees. Gardenette chairman Anna Poland, vice president Sandra Haro and president Vicky Fannaly did the honors. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., National Garden Clubs Inc. and Deep South Garden Clubs Inc.
The Camellia Journal a national magazine features coverage written by guest speaker John Grimm about our late member Flora McLendon Nelson. Pictures also show Liz Sanderson another deceased member with Flora's husband Jack. Fond memories of good people and good times.
John Grimm, nationally acknowledged Camellia expert and owner of Camellia Heaven, addressed the Gardenettes at their November 11 meeting, held at the Strawberry Board Building in Memorial Park, Ponchatoula. He displayed the current issue of The Camellia Journal, which featured his locating a rare bush Bali H’ai on the property of the late Gardenette Flora McLendon Nelson in Ponchatoula. The article showed a pictures of Nelson, her husband Jack, and another deceased member Liz Sanderson. Grimm who has some 5,000 varieties of camellias on his property Camellia Heaven, brought many sample blossoms to demonstrate his power point presentation. Ellen Pusey served as hostess for the meeting. She was assisted by Sonya Avery and Margaret Hardin. The meeting started with a prayer by chaplain Kathy Bruce. Secretary minutes were presented by Jamie LeBlanc followed by the treasurer’s report by Pusey. Gardenettes are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc. Make a Difference Day chairman Carol McGough, reported that a large basket of snacks was brought to the Ponchatoula Police Department to thank them for their service to the community. Anna Poland, former scholarship chairman, outlined the program and a discussion was made on whether to continue. A committee was formed with president Vicky Fannaly, Poland and funds chairman Dottie Boudreaux to look into whether the club will continue or redirect to a charity. Avery gave an update on Restoration House, one of the club’s projects to help. Sandra Haro listed the companies who had coupons for education and encouraged everyone to save these for the schools. A program on Cardinals, their habits and the symbolism attached to them was presented by Karen Moran. Pat Walsh explained membership procedures. Garden of the Month chairman, Marilyn Wright, got approval to purchase stands for a second set of signs. She also stated that the stock of Bosom Buddy bags was full and that there was no need to make any more at this time. Floral exhibits with a theme of “Giving Thanks “- designer’s choice, using fruit, vegetables, nuts, or seed pods – were brought by Bruce, Poland and Avery. People's Choice winner was Bruce. Horticulture was shown by Poland.
Make a Difference Day October 27, 2020 Honoring Ponchatoula Police Dept.
Celebrating October Make a Difference Day, Gardenettes are honoring those who make a difference in our peace of mind - the Ponchatoula Police Department. Chairman Carol Borgstede McGough and Karen Moran brought some treats to the officers in appreciation of all they do.
Assistant Police Chief Jim Betbeze, Administrative Assistants Stacy Laurent and Megan Berner, Gardenettes Vicky Fannaly, Marilyn Wright, Chief Bry Layrisson, Carol Borgstede McGough, Karen Moran
Garden of the Month 2020 Rick and Kathy Ezell Prine Magnolia Cove 23092 Hwy. 22 E October 22, 2020
Rick and Kathy Ezell Prine, 23092 Hwy. 22 East, received November Garden of the Month honors from the Gardenettes for their manicured grounds and landscaping.
"I enjoy working outside so much more than working inside. I think the property’s soil has a lot to do with the success of our flower gardens." said Kathy Prine. "We absolutely love living here. We have named our property Magnolia Cove because of the plentiful old magnolia trees that surrounds the property."
Set back from the highway, it is hard to appreciate the time that the Prines have spent on their colorful annual plantings and blooming shrubs, according to Marilyn Wright, garden club chairman. White roses front the main entrance and massive sun-patiens in many colors abound.
Tropical plants line the outdoor family area overlooking the swimming pool. Whimsical seasonal decorations and chrysanthemums are placed where they can be appreciated.
The back of the property which leads to the river is filled with relocated ferns, elephant ears and banana trees that have been kept from earlier plantings. Many magnolia trees dot the landscape.
The Gardenettes are proud to give the award to such a deserving couple, Wright said. The garden club is a member of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
District VI Fall Meeting - Forrest Grove Plantation Denham Springs October 20, 2020
Gardenettes president Vicky Fannaly and vice president Sandra Haro attended the October 20 Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF) District VI Fall Meeting hosted by the Denham Springs Garden Club at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs.
District VI Director Carolyn Todd, Hammond Garden Club, presided over the meeting. Hostess Denham Springs Garden Club president Virginia Bruce introduced Denham Springs Mayor Gerald Landry to the delegates from the 19 clubs and state officers and committee members present.
LGCF President Linda Finley, Lake Charles Garden Club, gave an overview of the problems in her area and the effects of the pandemic on regional and national club events. She introduced Clara Earl and Ruth Delhomme, Baton Rouge Garden Club, who told of the programs and speakers planned for the April 26-28, 2021 state convention to be held in Baton Rouge.
Darlene White, Denham Springs Garden Club, introduced the guest speaker Krista Adams, who gave a powerpoint presentation on Purple Martins, which showed in nest camera footage of the nesting cycle of the birds. She mentioned the life span and migration habits, covering the species in depth. Adams is a Louisiana Master Naturalist and program manager at Louisiana State University.
Following lunch, other activities included door prizes, a silent auction, artwork and fifty-fifty raffles, Fannaly gave her state web committee report and the closing benediction.
Wonderful World of Daylilies - September 14, 2020 Meeting
Nationally known daylily hybridizer Ronnie Rossie of Hammond spoke on “The Wonderful World of Daylilies” to the Gardenettes at their October 14 meeting held at the Strawberry Board Building in Memorial Park. Being a small group, the garden club was able to safely distance themselves for the event.
A longtime member and immediate past president of the North Shore Daylily Society, Rossie shared some of his techniques for cross pollenating and propagating from proliferations, the small plantlets that form on the end of some flower stalks. Methodical record keeping and scheduled fertilizing are needed to maintain Rossie’s award winning blooms. Ronnie brought some of his plants for the club members.
Vicky Fannaly opened the meeting; Sandra Haro presented a gift to Sonya Avery, immediate past president for her two years of service. Recording secretary, LeBlanc read the minutes from the September Zoom meeting, and Ellen Pusey gave the treasurer’s report.
Hostesses for the event were Marilyn Wright, Jamie LeBlanc and Pat Walsh. Roll call gave everyone an opportunity to say something about Autumn, either a memory, thought or what they were planting. The club welcomed returning member Dottie Boudreaux.
The floral exhibit was “Fall Madness” a designer’s choice of wild flowers, using fresh or dried material. Anna Poland won for her mixture of colors and textures. A plant exchange gave members a chance to swap and share the things they grew.
Make a Difference Day chairman Carol McGough noted that law enforcement was a big difference maker in the community, so something was planned to honor them for this national celebration. Karen Moran volunteered to help her.
Garden of the Month chairman Wright agreed to to incorporate Genesis commercial landscaping with Garden of the Month residential gardening. Genesis will be awarded twice a year and Garden of the Month in remaining months.
Hostesses for the November meeting are Pusey, Avery and Margaret Hardin. The hostesses will decide on the meeting place. Guest speaker will be John Grimm, a national authority on camellias and owner of Camellia Heaven, which boasts acres of landscaped camellias.
Pat Walsh, Jamie LeBlanc
Sandra Haro, Vicky Fannaly
Guest Speaker Ronnie Rossie
Marilyn Wright, Anna Poland, Sonya Avery
Genesis Award for Commercial Landscaping
Margaret Hardin, Marilyn Wright, Anna Poland
INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS - September 9, 2020
Carolyn Todd, District VI Director for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., installed the incoming Gardenette officers for September 2020 to May 2021 at the club's September 9 meeting held on Zoom. Using favorite garden tools, she used each to describe the tasks of each position.
Installed were president Vicky Fannaly, first vice president Sandra Haro, second vice president Sonya Avery, treasurer Ellen Pusey, recording secretary Marilyn Wright, corresponding secretary Cynthia Cummer, chaplain Kathy Bruce, parliamentarian Cricket Ayala.
Fannaly opened the meeting with a roll call where each member was asked to share a pleasant memory or an update on how they were coping with the pandemic. Bruce recited the collect and presented an opening prayer. Pusey sent a treasurer's report.
Committee reports were given by Cummer - sunshine, Karen Moran - birds and conservation, Haro - school labels, Bruce - exhibits, Jamie LeBlanc - garden of the month, Anna Poland and Margaret Hardin - holiday trees and live oaks.
A discussion was held regarding future meetings pending the Governor's projections. Some options were outdoor gatherings, more zoom meetings and distanced indoor arrangements.
LUKE JAMES OAK - LGCF #9160 REGISTERING LIVE OAK - JULY 21, 2020 244 N. 5th Street
Measuring the Luke-James Oak at 244 N. 5th Street are Margaret Hardin, Gardenette Live Oak Chairman, and Kathy Bedenbaugh, Representative at Large for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. The senior tree will be listed in the state registry.
The large live oak tree across from the Post Office on N. 5th Street, was measured by the Gardenettes and found to be in the Centenarian class which includes trees over sixteen feet in girth. Owned by Parker Layrisson, the tree is to be named Luke-James after his sons.
Registration in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF Inc.) is an honor for any tree over eight feet in circumference. The Luke-James Oak was registered and will join the 9,153 senior trees in the state registry, according to Margaret Hardin, local Live Oak Chairman. Assisting her in the process were Vicky Fannaly, Gardenette president, and Kathy Bedenbaugh LGCF, Inc. Representative at Large.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, LGCF Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc. Coleen Perilloux Landry is the state Live Oak Chairman.
Named Luke-James Oak after his sons, Parker Layrisson noted: "As you can see from this photo of Luke climbing the roots, my boys love this tree. We are so excited that this beautiful centenarian will bear their name in the registry."
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: HALEY FACIANE June 28, 2020
Gardenettes presented Haley Faciane, a Ponchatoula High School graduate of 2020, with a scholarship for her excellent achievements. She is currently enrolled at Louisiana State University in Agriculture. Pictured are Sandra Haro, garden club vice president, Faciane, Anna Poland, club scholarship chairman, and Vicky Fannaly, club president. Haley Faciane was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Gardenettes Tuesday at the Corner Cafe, according to Anna Poland, chairman of the garden club scholarship committee.
The club raises money through raffles and bake sales. To qualify, the student must be a member of the Ponchatoula High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) and maintain a good grade average. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. and the Deep South Region, National Garden Clubs Inc.
Faciane attended Ponchatoula High School, where she finished her senior year with a 3.5 GPA. She has been an active agriculture and FFA student since her freshman year. While a member of the Ponchatoula High FFA Chapter, Haley competed in the Prepared Public Speaking LDE, placing second, and the Land Evaluation CDE. She also represented Louisiana at National Convention in the National Chapter Award as a presenter for a Top 10 chapter two years in a row.
She served as her chapter’s reporter as a sophomore, and secretary in her junior and senior year. She also served as the Area IV Federation Reporter. Faciane is currently a freshman at Louisiana State University where she is majoring in crop science. She has also been awarded a scholarship from the Ponchatoula Strawberry Board this year, as well as the Lela scholarship.
NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK June 6, 2020
National Garden Week, June 7-13, is being observed by the Gardenettes, according to Carol Borgstede McGough, chairman.
The club is joining National Garden Clubs Inc. members across the country to celebrate objectives of beautification, education of environmental efforts, gardening, and involvement in our community. This week is an opportunity to encourage pride in your community, interest new members, and work with other groups to be part of those efforts, she said.
McGough added that due to the unusual circumstances we face, there will be no presentation. However, she wanted to encourage awareness of the benefits of gardening like reducing stress, physical fitness, increased Vitamin D from sun exposure, and the pleasure of growing your own food and flowers. Gardenettes are also members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs as well as NGC Inc.
Election of Officers - May 28, 2020
New Gardenette officers, Vicky Fannaly, president, and Sandra Haro, vice president, plan events for the coming garden club year which begins in September and ends in May.
Vicky Fannaly was elected President of the Gardenettes for a two year term ending May 2022. She succeeds Sonya Avery in this posiiton. Other officers include Sandra Haro, first vice president; Sonya Avery, second vice president; Ellen Pusey, treasurer; Marilyn Wright, recording secretary; Cynthia Cummer, corresponding secretary; Cricket Ayala, parliamentarian; Kathy Bruce, chaplain.
A member of the club for 40 years, Fannaly has served as president twice in the past. She is the third Fannaly to serve in this position, the others being her mother in law Ruth Fannaly and aunt Frances Fannaly. She serves as webmaster for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. She is a member of the LGCF Circle of Roses and was awarded the silver tray for floral design in 1988 in the Maude Viskell competition. The officers will be installed September 9 during their first meeting of the calendar year at the Strawberry Hut in Memorial Park. Founded in 1942 and federated in 1943, the Gardenettes are members of District VI LGCF, Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.
ARBOR DAY January 18, 2020
Ellen Pusey, Margaret Hardin, Vicky Fannaly, Margaret Bailey, District B Councilwoman Rosalind Batiste, Marilyn Wright, Anna Poland, Joan Morse
Gardenettes gathered at Tasker Memorial Park on North First Street to celebrate Arbor Day, the third Saturday in January. District B Councilwoman Rosalind Batiste helped plant a nuttall oak tree to commemorate the occasion.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc.
Ellen Pusey, gave a history of Arbor Day and noted that different states celebrate it at the time climatically appropriate. In Louisiana, this month is January. Tree chairman Anna Poland gave a description of the nuttall oak and its growing habits.
Tasker park was named in honor of the first black mayor of Ponchatoula, Arthur Tasker, who served 1873-1874. Margaret Bailey gave an overview of Tasker and his service to the city. Councilwoman Batiste outlined her visions for the park and its future improvements.
Joan Morse read Joyce Kilmer's poem "Trees" written in 1914 and still enjoyed today. Also present were Gardenettes Margaret Hardin, Vicky Fannaly, and Marilyn Wright.