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Gonzales Garden Club meets at Poche home

Patti Mouton Gonzales Garden Club Publicity Chairman
GGC Residential Yard of the Month is Marcy and Diane LeBlanc on S. Purpera Ave. at E. Eva St. Their expansive landscape includes Lily of Nile, Azalea, Crepe Myrtle, Shi Shi Camellia and Pansies.

Janis Poche is an accomplished horticulturist in her family's four generations of farmers and gardeners. She is married to Harlan Poche, a three-time winner of Ascension Parish Garden Contest. Janis has long held a florist’s license and recently earned a pesticide applicator license. After retiring as human resource officer for Fred Heroman’s Florist, she became a Louisiana Master Gardener then joined the Gonzales Garden Club in 2008. Janis served as the club’s president for four years. Currently, she chairs the Kidz Kove Discovery Park Committee and actively serves on three other committees: Yearbook, Horticulture and Plant Exchange, and Conservation with the Live Oak Society.

Along with Cynthia Cagnolatti, Weezie Cashat, Barbara McCormick, Mary Jo Pohlig, and Conchita Richey, Janis hosted the GGC Nov. 5 meeting at her home in Dutchtown. She and Harlan led club members on an informative tour of their two acres of plantings while sharing their propagation techniques and plant care practices. The Poches’ garden surrounding the home includes a serene patio of container plants and metal art (“eye candy” as described by Mary Jo Pohlig), beds of shrubs, vines and blooming annuals, a lawn area and a greenhouse. The back acre is comprised of raised beds of fall vegetables, herbs, and perennial irises, various fruit trees and large shade trees, and a sizable four-bin compost rotation system.

The business meeting included the unanimous adoption of the yearly budget proposal, a report on the club’s new Kidz Kove garden, Yards of the Month Awards, discontinuation of garden services at Jambalaya Park, volunteers at the Oak Grove Primary School garden, details about an upcoming garden therapy session, and plans for the club’s Christmas party next month. Mary Jo Pohlig gave a short talk on how to establish and maintain a compost bin with beneficial results. Jamie Trisler provided a virtual tour of the Dallas Arboretum via a slide show of photos.

During the lunch break, the hostesses served a fabulous meal on fine china with lovely table linens appointed by beautiful autumn centerpieces created by Janis. The menu included Caeser salad, homemade tomato jam and herbed goat cheese bruschetta, blue crab bisque, Texas toast, and a dessert trio of upside down German chocolate cake, peach cobbler and praline pecan cake - southern charm at its best.