From Press Reports
“A single rose can be my garden … a single friend, my world.” — Leo
MABEN — The grand old historic home of the late Laura Thomas was the
setting for the February meeting of the Maben Home and Garden Club.
Gladys Hendrix is the current owner of this remarkably preserved house.
Members starting arriving around 11:30 a.m. and then they spent time
fellowshipping with each other before the luncheon, retelling old-
time tales about long-gone members and events.
Before the luscious meal of casseroles, salads, meats, assorted
vegetables and desserts, Dottie Dewberry took the devotion from
Mountain Wings, which was about a young woman who encouraged all
before their demise to “Keep the Fork For the Best is Yet to Come.”
She concluded with a blessing. The hostesses for the noon meal were
Gladys Hendrix, Dora Moucha and Barbara McCants, who are to be
commended for doing an excellent job of feeding everyone.
The afternoon’s program was one of floral designs made naturally from
the garden by Faye Fulgham, a longtime member of the club. Dewberry
introduced the speaker, who really did not need an introduction, but
the group was reminded of Faye’s flower shop in Maben and the one out
on MS Hwy. 50 near Pheba, and later when she worked with Stewart’s
Flower Shop in Starkville.
The group reminisced about their personal relationship with Faye, who
had either fixed a bride’s bouquet, a funeral piece or maybe a
corsage for a baby’s birth. It was a time of remembering fondly days
gone by; back when things were pretty.
Mrs. Fulgham chose a variety of vases (flower holders): urns, tea
cups, medicine jars and perfume bottles, crystal vases, shot glasses,
miniature vases, bowls and maybe some vases I forgot. One particular
pot came from the late Gloria Poss, who was a beloved club member.
She then showed how to used water crystals, liquid marbles, water
picks, carpet moss and then how to use spragram moss for covering the
tops of the vase in the urn or other container one might be using.
Some pots don’t hold water, so one could put a tall slender vase
inside to hold the water and the stems.
The program was titled “Doing It Naturally,” which meant gathering
whatever was growing outside in the yard. Most of the flowers came
from the gardens of Dottie Dewberry, Jeffie Hester and Margaret
There was an ABC collection of plants: Aspidistra, Boston Ivy,
Carolina Jasmine, Camellia, Cabbage (ornamental), Daffodils (various
varieties) , Fatsia Japonica leaves and fruit (berries), Forsythia,
Fern leaves, Horsetail stalks (Equisetum), Iris ( Bearded and Dixie)
Foliage, Japanese Magnolia blooms, Kalancheo blooms, Looped Pampas
grass, Magnolia Grandiflora, Nandina foliage, Spirea, Winged Elm and
Yoshina Cherry blossoms.
Wows filled the afternoon as Faye showcased beautiful design after
design for more than 40 minutes. Some so simple as blooms in shot
glasses or towering 3- or 4-foot-tall horsetail (Equisetum) mixed
with fatsia leaves, trailing ivy and a few daffodils for a focal point.
She introduced the show with sliced lemons in water crystals and
daffodils in a round crystal bowl, which was featured next to a tall
cylindrical crystal vase filled with water crystals, Spirea and
Forsythia branches, and trailing Carolina jasmine wrapped around the
vase. Then she fixed a daffodil in a shot glass that coordinated with
the other two vases.
She shared some tricks of the trade: use duct tape to keep tall
slender stalks together; use floral wire up the center of hollow
stems to keep them upright; wrap wet oasis in foil and keep in the
refrigerator till you need it again; liquid marbles can be purchased
at Dollar Tree; and use tall slender vases inside large urns to hold
flowers, plus many more tips.
After cleaning up, President Anne Earnest presided over the
Members introduced their guests: Marjorie Tenhet, Wilma Davis, Opal
Vickers, Karen Hunt, Fronie Stephenson.
President Earnest read a letter from Charles Weatherly complimenting
the club for its many endeavors.
Jackie Christopher, club treasurer, read off the membership list and
reminded everyone that the dues of $20.00 are due.
Sandra Bishop reported that the four-way planting was complete. This
was the club’s 50th-anniversary gift to the town of Maben.
The nominating committee read out the 2013-14 officers: President-
Anne Earnest, Vice President-Sandra Bishop, Treasurer-Martha McMinn,
and Secretary-Dottie Dewberry. They will be voted on this month, and
they will be installed in May.
Members recognized for having birthdays were June Turner, Marge
Musser and Jane Collins.
The Arbor Day committee suggested that a tree be planted at WOCHS as
an Arbor Day remembrance. The committee will handle the purchase and
planting of the tree.
Polly Miller, Arbor Day Committee member, than handed out “The Tree
Book,” which is published by the Arbor Day Foundation, to all members
and visitors. This booklet shows how to plant trees and seedlings,
how to prune fruit trees and how to plan an orchard, how to save
energy with trees, how to design a windbreak and what type of trees
to plant for wildlife. In addition to this, members can order trees
for their homes directly from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Adopt-A-Pot was the next item on the agenda: some members are
having to plant and care for more than one pot; if a member does not
have a pot, check with those members who have several and select one.
New members Linda Young and Sylvia Templeton were recognized and
their telephone numbers were given out to put in the yearbook.
This month, the club will tour the garden of Lee Shuffield on March 19.
Sylvia Templeton, Kathy Lollar and June Turner won the afternoon’s
door prizes, which were donated by Dora Moucha and Barbara McCants.
Sylvia Templeton also won the water crystals donated by Fulgham.
With no further business, the meeting adjourned until March 19.