Monday, October 30, 2017

The Monroeville Garden Club met on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall in Monroeville. Judi Burns and Margaret Groves were the hostesses for the meeting.


Guest speaker was Ms. Nadine Johnson, a published author and master herbalist. Not only has she written numerous herbal garden columns for newspapers across Alabama, she has personally grown and harvested her own herb and plant gardens. A pioneer in herbal research, Ms. Johnson recounted personal experiences in which herbs did and still do provide significant improvement in her overall health, when modern medicines did not. She is also known for her stories of human-interest, and recalled a few from her latest book titled “LifeRevisited (and recipes).” She encourages others to write down their stories as well, not for publication, but because she feels our stories are our legacy.


Following our program, members were served with Halloween-themed snacks including Reese’s cup brooms, a pumpkin cheeseball, brownies, stuffed eggs, open-faced pumpkin sandwiches, and witches’ brew punch.

    
Nadine Johnson
Margaret Groves and Judi Burns

Monday, April 17, 2017

Program on African Violets

    The Monroeville Garden Club met on April 13, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Sharon Brewton in Monroeville, Al.  Jean Singleton served as co-hostess for the meeting.

     Mr. Jere Twigg,  a Baldwin County Master Gardener, presented a program on African Violets.  He said that African Violets make great houseplants because of their beauty and easy care.  He gave a handout and then explained the important points of raising them.  Mr. Twigg has been growing African Violets for over 40 years and now has a collection of several hundred.

     Following the program, members were served Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tomato Sandwiches, Cheese Straws, a fruit tray, miniature cupcakes, Secrets, nuts, punch and coffee.

     Attending the meeting were Laura Bodiford, Sara Bradley, Sharon Brewton, Bev Colquett, Jean Singleton, Ree Smith, Gail Touchton, Patsy Wadlington, Nancy Ziebach, Robin Rawls, Brenda Gardner, Margaret Groves, Carolyn Hutcherson, Jeanne Sewell and Holly Tennimon.





Friday, February 10, 2017

Program on Shakespeare Garden

     The Monroeville Garden Club met on February 9, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.  Dotsy Compton was the hostess for the meeting and co-hostesses were Jeanne Sewell and Pam Hindman.

     Guest speaker was Ms. Karen Weber, a Master Gardener from Montgomery, who supervises the care of the Shakespeare Garden in the Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery.  Ms. Weber talked about the history of the garden which was designed by Edwina von Cal and Co. of New York.  The garden features plants and flowers that are mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.  She brought samples of some of the plants that grow in the garden and told us how she schedules her planting.

     Following the program members were served Wine Cake, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Cranberry Coated Goat Cheese with Crackers, Brownie Bites, Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and Assorted Nuts.

     Attending the meeting were Dotsy Compton, Brenda Gardner, Sara Bradley, Pam Hindman, Sharon Brewton, Margaret Groves, Judi Burns, Jeanne Sewell, Carolyn Hutcherson, Nancy Ziebach, Laura Bodiford, Robin Rawls, Bev Colquett, Patsy Wadlington, Ree Smith, Jean Singleton, and Gail Touchton.
Ms. Karen Weber,  Supervisor of Shakespeare Garden









Reunite Wine Cake Recipe (Jeanne Sewell)
1 box Butter Pecan Cake Mix
1 box (small) instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Reunite White Wine (I use whatever I have available)
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Beat 2-3 minutes.  Sprinkle bottom of greased tube pan with 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans.  Pour cake mixture over pecans. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour or till done.

Topping
1 stick margarine/butter
1 cup white sugar
2 TBs. water
1/4 cup wine

Boil 2-3 minutes.  Spoon 1/2 of mixture over hot cake while still in pan.  Allow to cool 15 minutes.  Spoon remaining sauce on top.

This cake is actually better after a few days in the refrigerator.  Freezes well also.  Topping is enough for 2 cakes.  I usually bake 2 cakes with one batch of the topping and freeze one for later.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Club Plans April Fundraiser

     The Monroeville Garden Club met on Thursday, January 12, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Monroeville Presbyterian Church.  Hostesses for the meeting were Patsy Wadlington and Carolyn Hutcherson.

     Details regarding the April Luncheon Fundraiser were discussed.  The luncheon will be on Thursday, April 6, at the Vanity Fair Golf and Tennis Club.  Members will decorate the tables in a general Spring theme.  The speaker for the luncheon will be Katie Lamar Jackson.  Ms. Jackson is a freelance writer, editor and photographer.  She is the author or co-author of three national gardening books and writes the monthly gardening column for Alabama Living Magazine.  Tickets for the luncheon will be $20.00

For the benefit of new members, there was a review of other projects sponsored by the garden club:  The Katherine Lee Rose Garden, shrub roses in the front and back of the new courthouse, containers around the square and in front of city hall, and hanging baskets.  Recently the garden club also agreed to help with the landscaping around the library.  It had been planned to remove the Asiatic Jasmine and replace with gardenia shrubs but it was instead decided to leave the jasmine and try to do a better job of grooming it each Spring with the club planting the box under the library sign and the containers on the porch.  A sign up sheet was passed around for members to choose a project that they would like to help with.

Following the business session, members were treated to a "lunch pail" filled with  a Chicken Salad Croissant   a Pimento Cheese Sandwich Pocket,  a Fruit Salad Cup, Chips, a Brownie and water.  Members in attendance were Laura Bodiford, Judi Burns, Bev Colquett, Brenda Gardner, Pam Hindman, Carolyn Hutcherson, Dana Shinholster, Ree Smith, Patsy Wadlington, Nancy Ziebach, Jean Singleton, Sharon Brewton, Jeanne Sewell, Robin Rawls, and one guest, Holly Tennimon.





Monday, January 9, 2017

Christmas Breakfast and Gift Exchange

The Monroeville Garden Club had a Christmas Breakfast at the home of Laura Bodiford on December 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.  Dana Shinholster was hostess and Brenda Gardner was the co-hostess.  Members were served Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Grits, Sausage, Fresh Fruit, Banana Nut Streusel Mini Muffins, Orange Juice and Coffee.
     After breakfast, members exchanged gifts by playing the "Right, Left Game".  The game started with each member holding a gift and as a Christmas story was read, when "right" or "left" was mentioned the gift was passed accordingly.  At the conclusion of the story, members kept the gift they were holding.

   Following the gift exchange, members traveled to Franklin where they toured the "Thompson-Rutherford-Johnson "house.  Members attending were Laura Bodiford, Judi Burns, Bev Colquett, Brenda Gardner, Margaret Groves, Carolyn Hutcherson, Dana Shinholster, Patsy Wadlington, Nancy Ziebach, Robin Rawls, Jean Singleton, Sharon Brewton, and Jeanie Sewell.
















Saturday, November 12, 2016

Program on Orchids

     The Monroeville Garden Club met on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Pam Hindman.  Nancy Ziebach served as co-hostess.

     Harry and Beverly Stephens , members of the Mobile Orchid Society, presented a program on orchids.  Mrs Stephens related that her husband gave her an orchid as a Valentine's gift one year which led to an obsession and they now have over 300 orchids.

     Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica and there are about 30,000 species.  The basic thing to remember in caring for orchids is to reproduce the growing conditions of their natural habitat.  Orchids like to be "pot bound" and the best potting media is a bark mix.

     The Stephens recommended The American Orchid Society website (aos.org) as a place to get good information on growing orchids.  Also, the Mobile Area Orchid Society has a website:  mobileareaorchidsociety.org

     Mrs. Stephens presented all the club members with cuttings from two different orchids and also gave two orchids as door prizes.

     Following the program, members were served Pumpkin Cake, a fruit tray, nuts, apple slices with cream cheese and caramel dip,  a cheese ring with crackers and Mocha Punch.

     In attendance were Dotsy Compton, Bev Colquett, Robin Rawls, Ree Smith, Carolyn Hutcherson, Jean Singleton, Sharon Brewton, Jeanie Sewell, Elba Bonham, Sara Bradley, Brenda Gardner, Nancy Ziebach and Pam Hindman.

Our speaker, Beverly Stephens, shows an orchid mounted to driftwood.  She gave this as a door prize.



Nancy Ziebach, co-hostess and Pam Hindman, hostess for the meeting.




Ree Smith looks at the door prize won by Robin Rawls

Monday, November 7, 2016

Club Travels To Andalusia in October


On October 13, 2016, the Monroeville Garden Club traveled to Andalusia to the Andalusia Garden Center, Vesta Taylor Interiors, and Kakki’s Boutique.  They ate at Ophelia’s and then went to Picket Fence Antiques and the Blue Goose Garden Shop.  (L to R):  Jacolby Shinholster, Dana Shinholster, Patsy Wadlington, Laura Bodiford, Nancy Ziebach, Brenda Gardner, and guest, Jeanie Sewell.