The March meeting of The Loris Garden Club hosted by Ruth Ann Jones and Betty Livingston was held at Playcard Environmental Education Center. Members enjoyed refreshments and fellowship at tables decorated in shades of green and other colors of spring.
President Wanda Cox welcomed everyone and led the recitation of the club collect. Following the reading of the February minutes and the treasurer’s report, Coastal District Director and Loris Garden Club member, David Stoudenmire, updated members on plans for the dedication ceremony of the Thelma B. Suggs Memorial Butterfly Garden to be held at the American Legion Hut on Friday May 8, 2020. In preparation of this special event, the refurbished Blue Star Memorial Marker will be reinstalled, pollinator-friendly flowers will be planted, and sod will be laid to enhance the grounds surrounding the raised bed.
Ben Abercrombie, director and instructor for the Playcard Environmental Education Center, presented a very informative program on how gardeners, birders, naturalists, etc. can use digital apps to promote scientific research, education and conservation. With the assistance of two college interns working with Ben at Playcard, club members installed two free apps on their Smartphones. Everyone was eager to use iNaturalist to identify species of plants and wildlife by taking pictures and uploading them to the site. Being avid bird-watchers, the excitement escalated as members learned how to use Ebird to upload bird sightings to assist scientists in gathering data on bird populations, habitats, migration patterns, etc.
Once again Ruth Ann Jones inspired LGC members with her floral arrangement for the Loris Library. Using her eye for design, she created an elegant arrangement featuring red and yellow tulips, pink camellias, forsythia, bridal-wreath spirea and acuba.
Following the inspirational message by Gloria Kinney, president Wanda Cox asked members to pause and reflect upon the motto of Loris Garden Club, “Commune with Nature/ Commune with God.”
Playcard director Abercrombie reminded everyone that our positive relationship with nature enhances the quality of life for all living things.
Loris Garden Club continues to be committed to protecting and preserving the natural environment for future generations.