Bermuda Run Garden Club members learn about violets

Published 2:38 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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While many people think of early August as “the dog days of summer” with activities grinding to a standstill, members of Bermuda Run Garden Club recently met to renew friendships, to continue learning about flowers and gardening, and to begin planning for the busy fall days ahead.

Guest speaker on Aug. 2 was Linda Abplanalp, Master Judge of the African Violet Society of America, whose program encouraged members to become better acquainted with the club’s own flower—the violet. Abplanalp gave each member a user-friendly handout about caring for violets and a sample package of “Linda’s Own” potting mix to inspire members to experiment with growing violets.

Hostesses Cindy O’Hagan and Beth Wright provided a bouquet of hydrangeas and pots of violets as a centerpiece. They gave members a handmade bookmark with dried flowers.

Flower Show Co-Chair Bonnie Rockaway reported on this year’s flower show at the Carolina Classic Fair, which will begin on Sept. 29. She encouraged members to participate by submitting horticulture specimens and/or container plants or by entering a floral design. The dhow is a special annual event for the club. Its members traditionally bring home dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of winning ribbons, as well as prize money for the club’s treasury.

Contributions to the “What’s Blooming in my Garden” display (a feature at each club meeting) included limelight hydrangeas, two varieties of coleus, vinca blossoms, dahlias, phlox, and balloon flowers.

Throughout the year, the club supportd A Storehouse for Jesus, and the August meeting was no exception. Members brought school supplies and paper products for the community.