She promoted the advantages of growing native plants, such as food and shelter for wildlife as well as low maintenance aspects for gardeners.

Weezie Cashat opened her home in Pelican Point to the Gonzales Garden Club for its October 3 meeting. The theme was “Cultivating A Garden Using Native Plants”. Each member answered roll call by naming a native plant in her home garden. Responses included red maple, coral honeysuckle, milkweed, oakleaf hydrangea, live oak, American beautyberry, southern magnolia, swamp mallow, cardinal flower, Louisiana iris, yaupon holly, and swamp spider lily.

Member Gwen Heck moderated a round table discussion about native plants. She promoted the advantages of growing native plants, such as food and shelter for wildlife as well as low maintenance aspects for gardeners. Heck spoke in detail about twenty-five particular varieties noted on the Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) Native Plant Conservation List, which is printed in the club yearbook. As an educational exhibit, Member Conchita Richey provided a pictorial display of these plants. Members used this “Visual Confirmation” of labeled pictures to identify these native plants by their common names.

Members brought cuttings of LGCF native plants from their gardens and labeled them for easy identification. Member Janis D’Benedetto brought a vertical line floral design. She used a pin frog floral base in a shallow glass dish to support clusters of perennial blooms and greenery. This month’s horticulture hint is that now is the time to dig up and store caladium tubers; waiting until the foliage disappears will make them hard to find.

Weezie Cashat was joined by Pam Fiegel, Gwen Heck, Janis Poche, Marilyn Rice and Cathy Venable in hosting the gathering. They served corn and shrimp chowder, creamy cole slaw and chopped broccoli salad before desserts of lemon squares, pumpkin spice squares and ooey gooey butter cake. After the meeting and the meal, members toured the Cashat courtyard garden and patio beds overlooking a golf course pond.

Contributed by the Gonzales Garden Club