Flower Lovers learn about aquatic ecosystems

AMORY – Flower Lovers Garden Club met Jan. 16, at First United Methodist Church. Betsy Walters from Madison, Garden Clubs of Mississippi chairman of  the National Garden club president’s special project “Protecting Aquatic EcoSystems” presented the program.
President Bennie Harrelson presided and introduced Valerie Jaynes who had the devotional, “Fragrances of Beauty,” followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Courtesy PhotoFLOWER LOVERS GARDEN CLUB –  Flower Lovers Garden Club President Bennie Harrelson (left) looks over the poster of "Protecting Aquatic EcoSystems" that Betsy Walters (right), Garden Clubs of Mississippi chairman of the National Garden Club president's special project, presented at the club meeting.

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FLOWER LOVERS GARDEN CLUB – Flower Lovers Garden Club President Bennie Harrelson (left) looks over the poster of “Protecting Aquatic EcoSystems” that Betsy Walters (right), Garden Clubs of Mississippi chairman of the National Garden Club president’s special project, presented at the club meeting.

Geneva Moon introduced the speaker who used a poster to explain the Tombigbee Watershed and where its water drains originates and ends. The Tombigbee Watershed is the source of water consumed by people in our area. She emphasized the importance of protecting its sources from pollution. Global warming has caused the water tables to change. The older generation will remember the numerous artesian wells of the past, now gone, the result of a changing water table. She stressed the importance of conserving water.
To conserve water, Walters centered her program titled “Water Barrels” on how to make and how to properly place them, emphasizing they should always be  placed on a raised surface. Water barrels may also be purchased in varying sizes.
Do problems with mosquitoes immediately come to mind? She suggested purchasing pellets of Mosquito Dunk from a supply store or a nursery. Drop one pellet in standing water and replace when the pellet disappears. Use the collected water. Don’t let it stagnate and waste. She also discussed using a diverter and/or rain chain to channel water into a water barrel and demonstrated the way each may be made.
Following an interesting and informative program, the president asked for reports from committee chairmen. Awards chairman reported completing two 2012 books of evidence, National Garden Week and a Press Book. The chairman of Historic Preservation and Memorial Park reported on care/trimming plants in the Memorial Garden. Chairman of the Flower Show discussed timing and plans for the semi-annual flower show. Chairman of Education called attention to educational material on display and mentioned educational trips the club is considering.
The president asked for assistance to plant the hundreds of bulbs donated to Keep Monroe County Beautiful by the group “America Responds with Love” who provides help to areas in need. Flower Lovers, assisted by city workers, will plant bulbs in Amory.
The meeting closed with members repeating “A Gardener’s Prayer.” All were invited by hostesses, Bennie Harrelson and Fann Bost, to enjoy refreshments
The executive board will meet Jan. 29. The next monthly meeting will be Feb. 19th at the home of Bennie Harrelson.
Feb. 8 is Mississippi Arbor Day. Plant a tree. Help green Mississippi.