We offered the last Lunch and Learn program of 2016 in August. Bruce Fensley talked about growing fall and winter vegetables. The Lunch and Learn series has been a great success and we will continue them in 2017 starting again in April. They are the fourth Monday of the month from 12 noon to 1pm. Plan on attending next year as we will have new and exciting topics and speakers.
Kathy Leuck, artist
In August we had a workshop on making cement leaf bird baths. Pat Banville was the instructor with the help of Peggy Hudson. The class was so popular we had a waiting list of people we could not accommodate so we hope to offer it again next summer. On a fabulous sunny September day we had the first ever Plein Air Painting in the Gardens. It was a huge success with many artists participating and a crowd of people stopping by to watch the artists at work creating beautiful art in the gardens. Those attending enjoyed an array of goodies and refreshments served throughout the day in the Ball Visitors Center.
In October we were fortunate to have Brent Heath of Brent and Becky Bulbs come to give two workshops and a lecture at the Owens auditorium. These were part of the Sandhills Council of Garden Clubs and Sandhills Horticultural Society Lecture Series presented twice a year. Workshop participants took home containers with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, muscari and anemone which they planted. The bulbs were especially chosen for our area to create a living flower arrangement of blooms for next spring.
November workshops included Norma Burns’ workshop on Growing and Using Ginger and Sueson Vess teaching us how to make Delightful Desserts. Both workshops included preparation demonstrations, a tasting and recipes. We ended the year with a holiday flower arranging workshop by Maggie Smith of Maggie’s Farm. Hers is always a popular workshop. Participants created beautiful arrangements to take home for the holiday season.
Wishing you Peace on Earth, a Merry Christmas and may your Holidays be Happy….