The Gonzales Garden Club met on Feb. 1 at the Pelican Point home of member Gail Lonibos. Landscape Designer and Owner of Deep South Turf Care Chris Duplessis served as guest speaker for a program on “Preparing for Spring."

He explained steps in bed preparation and new trends in landscaping before fielding numerous questions about specific plant care. The club’s horticulture hint was to plant new roses and prune existing rose bushes this month.

Two creative mass floral designs were shared with the group. Member Lorraine Gautreau presented a graceful floral design of peacock tail feathers and yellow mums in a tall clear blue glass vase. Member Patti Mouton displayed an arrangement of dwarf salmon azaleas, yellow mums, copper alstroemeria and an orange lily accented by autumn leatherleaf fern in an oak leaf lined fish bowl. Fabric niches served as backdrops for the designs.

Members Gail Lonibos, Weezie Cashat, Gwen Heck, Barbara McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig and Marilyn Rice hosted the occasion with a luncheon buffet of various salads and desserts.