By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – A mother-daughter duo from the Delta will entertain guests when the Tupelo Garden Club and Jody’s present “Celebrating with Flowers,” on March 27.
The annual fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. James Catholic Church Family Life Center at 1911 N. Gloster.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Mid-South Nursery, Philips Garden Center, Jody’s, Flowerdale and Reed’s or by calling (662) 610-9406 or (662) 321-0999
Raffle tickets for a garden-themed item donated by Jody’s will be $2 each or three for $5 and may be purchased at the event.
Garden club member Ann Godwin heard the duo – Peggy Snipes, a floral designer, and her daughter, Brantley Snipes, a landscape architect – speak at the state Garden Club convention in Greenville last April.
“They had a workshop called ‘Perennials to Parties,’” Godwin said. “Brantley began the program with a PowerPoint presentation where she had a blank yard with a fence around it. She began to plant perennials and flowers, some for a shaded area, some for a sunny area. Then her mother, Peggy, used some of the flowers Brantley suggested and made floral arrangements.”
During the presentation, the two told stories while they were working and creating together.
“They were hilarious and kept us entertained and laughing, telling us about the different funny situations they’d been in,” Godwin said.
Before the Snipeses present their program, Tupelo Garden Club members will treat attendees to a tasting luncheon, featuring foods they have prepared themselves.
The menu includes chicken pasta salad, muffins, a frozen fruit salad, fresh grapes, sugar cookies and white chocolate pudding
Members have also created and will be showing off six tablescapes they’ve put together.
“Each one will be decorated with a different theme,” said Nancy Diffee, tablescape chairman. “The tables will be set with linens, place settings, themed decorations and, of course, flowers.”
The themes are Fourth of July Barbecue, Girls Go Wild for Flowers, Bachelor’s Brunch, Children’s Easter Table, Derby Day Run for the Roses and Chinese New Year.
All proceeds from the event go to fund different garden club projects, including the grounds at the Pvt. John Allen Fish Hatchery, Music Bend Trail, the Boys and Girls Club, Junior Garden Club at Lawndale Elementary, Arbor Day and garden therapy for residents at Traceway.