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November 6, 2012

The Magnolia Garden Club meets in October

MOULTRIE — The Magnolia Garden Club of Moultrie met Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Moultrie-Coulquitt County Public Library.

The president, Lorena Barhite, called the meeting to order.

The chaplain, Ruby Bowermeister, said a blessing over the food. She then did a devotion for the club members.

The secretary, Faye Rowe, read the minutes of the September meeting.

Members answered their attendance roll call with the name of a bush.

The treasurer, Mildred Rentz, gave the treasurer’s report.

Club member Myrtle Lofton gave a talk on woodpeckers. There are 180 species of woodpeckers, with the Downy Woodpecker being the most popular in Southern Georgia, she told the group.

Woodpeckers are found throughout the world, except in Austrailia and New Zealand, she said.

They eat bugs, suet, and dead logs and they have a life span of four to 11 years. The woodpecker has a re-inforced skull, which helps them absorb the shock from pecking, she also said.

Lofton said urban sprawl and habitat laws are their enemies.

Club member Shirley Mims designed a “Halloween Design” flower centerpeice, which contained small pumpkins, gourds, cattails, sage, cotton and straw. In the centerof the design was a small scarecrow.

Club member Mary Phillips did a program on dark foilage. Begonias, azealas, lilies, elephant ears, tulips roses and irises were just a few of the blooming plants that have dark flowers, she said.

Trees, shrubs, small berry plants, vegetables (pepper & eggplant), carrots, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the other dark leafed plants, she also told the group.

Mary Phillips judged the members’ horticulture samples.

Shirley Mims and Joyce Berg were the hostesses for the October meeting.

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