Jeannine Girton presented a program to the eight members attending the Feb. 18 meeting of Great Bend Garden Club. Using an article from the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, entitled “The Language of Flowers” Jeannine explained that through the centuries, various cultures have attached special meaning to flowers. The meanings of individual blossoms express the gamut of human emotions; and because of this, people have chosen to send flowers to others for the purpose of expressing their feelings to the person receiving the bouquets. A few popular examples include - Daisies send playfulness and happiness; Carnations are linked to affection; Orchids declare romantic love; and Sweet peas express gratitude. Also interesting were the meanings suggested by a bouquet of a variety of flowers. If you want to express ‘friendship forever’ you might combine a trio of yellow freesia (trust), yellow roses (care), and yellow gerbera daisies (friendship). If you want to send a “get well” bouquet” you might combine small sunflowers (strength), mint (protection from illness), chamomile daisies (relaxing vibes), and eucalyphus (healing). If you want to wish someone “good luck”, a bouquet combining pink hydrangea (success), hellebore (relief from anxiety), Queen Anne’s lace (protection and warmth), and bells of Ireland (luck always be with your). All of those combinations make an attractive bouquet.
Garden Club president, Nancy Williams conducted the business meeting. Alice Young, chairman of the Rose Garden committee, gave a summary of a meeting with the Great Bend Cemetery sexton. Plans for moving and improving the Rose Garden are on hold for now as plans still need to be finalized and funding secured.
Valentine cookies were served by hostess Connie Schuld.
The next meeting of Garden Club will be at 10 a.m. on March 18 in the Sunflower Extension Office meeting room with a program on “Ireland” by Doris Tompkins and Laura Davis. Fern Tompkins will furnish refreshments. Garden Club invites visitors and new members.