DISTRICT VI - Plaquemine Garden Club Plaquemine LA Deeds and Doings
Plaquemine Garden Club August Garden of the Month The home of Jeff and Larie Dupont, along with their girls, Collyn and Rilyn, has been chosen as the Plaquemine Garden Club yard of the month for August. They live in Cypress Landing in the Island. The main flower bed consists of sunflower Brown-Eyed Girl, Salvia Mystic Spires, a Japanese Magnolia and multi-colored Cora Cascade vinca. The side bed contains Camelia Sasanqua, various shades of trailing vinca and a pot of Cajun Blue scaevola. A crepe myrtle tree is banked with Hot Pink marigolds. The highlight of the landscape is an Asclepsias Red Butterfly bush, commonly known as milkweed plant. The girls enjoy keeping vigil over this very popular plant, home to the caterpillars that eventually become beautiful Monarch butterflies. They’ve counted as many as 34 of them at one time, waiting to form their chrysalis that soon become the majestic beauties. On the back porch are noted large pots of Tatoo Blueberry vinca surrounding the magnificent Big Poppa hibiscus. Jeff, Larie and the girls are thrilled to be honored with this very special award. The Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.; Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc.; National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Plaquemine Garden Club Garners Multiple Awards for 2020
Despite Covid 19 lockdowns and the pandemic the Plaquemine Garden Club won an unprecedented number of awards for 2020 from national, regional and state garden club affiliations including: National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC); Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc. (DSGC); and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. (LGCF). These are the most awards won in a single year in the 65 year history of the Plaquemine Garden Club. The 2020 awards listed below were presented to the Plaquemine Garden Club at the Louisiana State Garden Club Summer Board Meeting in July, 2021. AWARDS Winner: Margo Racca Sweepstakes, LGCF: Presented to the club that submitted the most award applications to NGC, DSGC and LGCF. Roadside Improvement, 1st NGC; 2nd DSGC; 3rd LGCF: Fort Area City Park planting of crepe myrtles and sign flowerbed Historic Preservation, 1st and 2nd DSGC; 1st LGCF: Iberville Parish Museum flowerbeds Valerie Barnum Civic Development, 1st LGCF: Iberville Parish Courthouse flowerbeds Sara Gladney Landscape Design Award, 1st NGC: St. John Church flowerbeds PGC Website, 1st LGCF: Plaquemine Garden Club Website Facebook Site, 1st LGCF: Plaquemine Garden Club Facebook Publicity Press Book, 2nd LGCF: Plaquemine Garden Club Scrapbook using only publicity in newspapers, Facebook and website Certificate of Excellence in Horticulture, 1st LGCF: Robbie Dupont- only one chosen by LGCF Board. Will be awarded at 2022 LGCF State Convention. Bobbie Dupont, Robbie’s Dad also won this award. Yearbook, Honorable Mention, LGCF: Creative monthly garden projects during Covid in place of meetings Beauty of Life Garden, Honorable Mention, LGCF: Flowers added yearly Horticulture Therapy, Certificate of Merit, LGCF: Miniature flower bouquets brought to the elderly in nursing homes (2 clubs in the state won this award) Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with: National Garden Clubs, Inc.; Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc.; and Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.
The home of Michelle Landry Sharon & Jeffrey Sharon has been chosen as the July Plaquemine Garden Club Garden of the Month. It is located in Cypress Landing in the Island Community.
The well manicured lawn is highlighted by a backdrop of summer flowers where Oak Leaf Limelight hydrangeas steal the show. The abundance of white blooms is striking to see. Dianella, commonly known as flax lily are noted throughout the flower bed. Crepe myrtle trees anchor both sides of the landscape. Other plant & flower varieties include Stella D’Oro daylillies, multicolored vinca in shades of pink, Alabama coleus, variegated lillies, garden mums, blue hydrangeas and yellow daylillies. A beautiful array of blue Agapanthus are seen along the front porch. The Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Deep South Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs.
Travis and Kathryn Campesi decorated the Iberville Parish Museum mantle using a red, white & blue theme for the summer months which celebrate Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. In the background, parchment copies of historic documents are used including the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Blue hydrangeas and red & white roses are draped across the top of the mantle. Red, white and blue flag print ribbon was intertwined throughout the design.
The quaint cottage home of Marty & Tarra Lyall Landry has been chosen as the Plaquemine Garden Club Garden of the Month for June. The front yard is bursting with a plethora of spring flowers. Tarra is partial to the color white as is evident in her choice of plants. Vinca, verbena, confederate jasmine, caladiums, plumbago, lantana, agapanthus and yarrow are noted throughout the well groomed gated yard.
Pops of color abound in snapdragons, Herbert daisies, blue agapanthus, blue daze & gaillardia. A clematis vine intertwined on the porch railing has vivid red blooms. Garden statues & a cozy bench add to the charm of this amazing little “piece of heaven”, as Tarra likes to call it.
Plaquemine Garden Club members, Kathleen Cooper, President, Susan Dupont, Susan Persilver, Iberville Parish Landscape Coordinator, Trish Ramirez and Donna Carville, planted flowers in the 5 long beds on the side of the Iberville Parish Court House.
Plaquemine Garden Club May Hat Luncheon 5/11/2021
The Plaquemine Garden Club May Hat Luncheon was held in the newly renovated and beautifully decorated City of Plaquemine Community Center. This was the first meeting of the full membership since Covid restrictions were set in place. Mayor Edwin Reeves and his wife, Ann, were honored guests. Louisiana Cuisine, owned by Chef Tiger Grace, provided the luncheon. The agenda included the introduction of seven new members: Heather Blanchard, Vanessa Boudreaux, Megan Engolio, Judge Elizabeth Engolio, Morgan Voiselle and Leigh Ann Marionneaux. Next was a thank you to the May Hat Luncheon Committee and floral designers. Luncheon Committee included: Kathleen Doyle, Chair and members: Stacey Allain, Kathy D’Albor, Susan Dupont, Bute Richard and Patsy Williams. Floral designers included: Mona Perrin, Chair and members: Peggy Alonzo, Travis Campesi, Mary Jo Hymel, Madeline Kessler and Patty Phillips. A thank you was also presented to the 2019-2021 officers: Sheryl Ramirez, Past President, Madeline Kessler, Parliamentarian, Marla Bueche, Corresponding Secretary, -Melissa Cain, Recording Secretary, Jennifer Markins, 2nd Vice President (2018-2019), Bernadine Legendre, 2nd Vice President (2020-2021), Kathleen Cooper, 1st Vice President and Donna Carville, President. The coveted Circle of Roses award recipients included: Dianne Grace, Jaynel Nadler, Barbara Breaux and Joyce S. Hebert. These awards were presented by PGC Past Presidents: Betty Labauve, Madeline Kessler, Sheryl Ramirez and Joyce S. Hebert. The installation of new officers of the Plaquemine Garden Club for 2021-2022, as pictured, include: Marla Bueche, Corresponding Secretary, Bernadine Legendre, 2nd Vice President, Julie Hebert, 1st Vice President, Kathleen Cooper, President, Katherine Desselles, Parliamentarian, Michelle Sanders, Recording Secretary, and Donna Carville, Past President. The culmination of the program was a slide presentation by Outgoing President, Donna Carville, highlighting the club accomplishments despite Covid regulations. Summer birthdays of members were acknowledged and door prizes were presented.
Upon entering the main drive of Lana and Kim D’Albor’s home on Belleview Drive you notice matching flower beds of yellow and orange day lilies, and red knockout roses all circlingDwarfedMediterranean Palm Trees. Pink Velour Crape Myrtles line the circular drive. An antique sugar kettle sits in the center of the front yard with a blue spotlighted fountain. Pink Miniature Encore Azaleas circle the sugar kettle and English Boxwoods line the walkway leading to the lighted yard feature. Southern Palms, Basket Palms, and Large Sago Palms are strategically plantedthroughout the landscaping and anchoring the flowerbeds against the house.A line of Antique Seven Sister Roses blanket the fence line bordering the side pasture. At the doorway there are two large ceramic urns planted with Windmill Palms, Cuban Gold Durante and trailing Sweet Potato Vine. The flowerbeds flush against the househave a backdrop of Ever Red Loropetalum shrub, clumps of Dragon Wing Begonias and yellow pansies. Patches of blooming Louisiana Iris, Society Garlic,Liriope Grass, and American Red Bush Lantana are planted strategically in the flowerbeds for added color.
The Plaquemine Garden Club, Inc. is affiliated with: Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc. National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Plaquemine Garden Club Annual Plant Sale was held at the Plaquemine Depot on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Pictured are the PGC members who made this successful plant sale a reality. All monies are used for garden club projects which can be seen throughout the city of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish. Pictured are: Sandy Stassi, Beth Bueche, Louanna Canella, Sheryl Ramirez, Johnette Gourgues, Kathleen Cooper, Marla Bueche, Co-Chair, Missy Bertrand, Chair, Donna Carville, PGC President, and Terri Giauque.
The Plaquemine Garden Club, Inc. is affiliated with: Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc. National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Plaquemine Garden Club Beautification project at Fort St. Park
Shirley Bickham, PGC member, Tommy Bickham, and PGC President Donna Carville
PGC President Donna Carville, Mayor Ed Reeves, Jr. and Tommy Bickham
The Plaquemine Garden Club beautification efforts continue at the new Fort St. Park. Along with six crepe myrtles planted in 2020, a live oak tree planted in 2021, the flowerbed in front of the park street sign was weeded and new Lantana was added.
The Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Pictured at the spring planting of the Iberville Parish Museum are Plaquemine Garden Club members, Leigh Ann Marionneaux and Melissa Cain, Chairman. Many colorful additions were added to museum landscape. PGC is affiliated with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Corey and Sarah Giroir’s yard was picked as the Plaquemine Garden Club April Yard of the month. Their home is located on Thomas Ross Drive. The landscape consists of colorful petunias, pansies, gardenias, azaleas, roses, variegated pipits and Little Gem Magnolias. The Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc.
As part of the Plaquemine Garden Club’s Community Beautification Projects, the Annual Arbor Day planting was completed at the newly completed Fort Street Park on April 5, 2021. An LSU Live Oak tree was planted by City of Plaquemine Mayor, workers & Garden Club members. Those participating were: Charles Deggs, City of Plaquemine; Arlette Rodrigue, PGC member; Linda Panepinto, PGC Project Chairman; Wanda Jones, Council Woman; Patricia Ramirez, PGC member; Mayor Ed Reeves; Peggy Beilenson, PGC member and Donna Carville, PGC President. Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with: Louisiana Garden Club Federation Deep South Garden Club, Inc. National Garden Club, Inc.
Plaquemine Garden Club Easter Door Decoration winners: Left: 1st place: Vickey Vicknair. Right: 2nd place: Bernadine Legendre. Plaquemine Garden Club is affiliated with: Louisiana Garden Club Federation Deep South Garden Club, Inc. National Garden Club, Inc.
Plaquemine Garden Club’s Fall Projects
Due to COVID 19, the Plaquemine Garden Club will not be physically meeting during the fall of 2020. Not wanting to lose their friendships and sharing opportunities, the Club decided to continue to foster communication with its 79 members in different ways. The Club divided its membership into 8 teams, each with a leader and a co-leader (officer). Each team will complete a project each month individually with assistance from their leaders and other team leaders giving them a chance to “visit” with each other. In turn, the team leaders are sharing their ideas and results with each other. In addition to the projects, a monthly newsletter is sent to all members.
For September, a Plaquemine Garden Club Member garden flag in honor of their practicing conservation was delivered to each member. A protective mask was made for each member out of various floral fabrics to brighten up their appearance when they are able to get out and about. The 2020-2021 Yearbook and the September newsletter were also delivered to the members. October’s project will be a clay flower pot for them to decorate and an aloe vera plant to remind us to “heal our nation and our earth.” November’s project will be a “let’s give thanks for our friendships” goodie bag where the team members will contribute to each other’s goodie bag. And December’s project will be an exchange of Christmas cards.
Looking for Beauty by Michelle Sanders
Attached is an article that Michelle Sanders of the Plaquemine Garden Club wrote about finding, replanting, and using horsetail reed that she found in the "wild" near her home. It's a really good story about native plants and a member's love of flowers. Always be on the Lookout for Beauty This year has been such a strange year. I think we can all agree with that. But tucked into the year has been some sweet moments and treasured times.
One of the things I will treasure was hopping on the back of the 4 wheeler with my husband and riding in the fields to the levee to find wild flowers to put on the kitchen table and to give to family and friends. At the time I was just starting what I loosely refer to as my “cutting garden”. It’s really just a wild area that has flowers that are wild and unkept but just perfect for cutting. It makes it easy to make sweet little arrangements for family and friends during this time when I couldn’t just stop by the local store to buy flowers. I had some flowers from my yard but it wasn’t much so we would ride to the fields & levee near our house to scavenge for wildflowers to fill in.
At first in the spring there were plenty of these Clasping Coneflowers and they were perfect. But the last time we went further along into the summer there weren’t any more of my cherished flowers and I got discouraged. Since my cutting garden still hadn’t fully come up yet I still needed some things to fill in. Then I stumbled upon this… There were TONS of it nestled along the ditches and spreading well beyond (obviously it was quite invasive). I thought it was some sort of bamboo, but I didn’t really know what it was…I just knew I loved the look of it, and it would be perfect filler for my arrangements.
I cut a bunch of it and took it back with me, still a bit disappointed that I didn’t get my wildflowers I had gone out there for. When I got home, I looked it up and did some research. I found out it’s called Horsetail Reed Grass (Equiselum Hyemale is the botanical name) and it is indeed invasive but very easy to grow. I clipped the few Zinnias from my cutting garden that were bloomed and ready and added them to the handful of Horsetail Reed Grass that I had collected, and it was perfect. As soon as I saw what a great addition this would make to my cutting garden, I immediately got the 4-wheeler, a bucket and my potting tools and got some pieces to plant for future use. It has now been planted in a pot in my yard for a couple of months and has thrived. So, the moral of the story, always be on the lookout for beauty!