Pansy Garden Club members each brought a new toy for the Toys for Tots program, as well as items for the silent auction fund raiser, to their December meeting


Pansy Garden Club members each brought a new toy for the Toys for Tots program, as well as items for the silent auction fund raiser, to their December meeting

While dining, the members shared using evergreen native plants during the Christmas season.

Pat Neasbitt brought a bouquet of yaupon Holly and Nan Dina, both native to Oklahoma, explaining the difference and uses of the red berries and how she places this type of bouquet on her patio to watch the variety of birds that come eat the berries.

Sheri Pickens shared their family tradition of using the mistletoe, a symbol used since before statehood as our state flora, and the history of it being used to hang in a doorway and if caught under the mistletoe, being kissed.

Linda Buck shared her family always having the poinsettia plants in their home during the Christmas season and how they came to the United States. She also shared how in the warmer climates where she has lived, how they are grown outside becoming as high as 16 feet tall.

The annual Christmas Silent Auction had members racing around tables raising each other’s bid and trying to get the winning bid. The proceeds were added to the window treatment project.

A Certificate of Appreciation was made to present to Pepper Jo’s Farm owners Jovita and Randy Black for their support and contribution of preparing the chicken spaghetti for the annual December Christmas Food Festival recently conducted at the Garden Center.

January’s meeting will be led by garden club member Arline Guthary as she presentsinformation about birds of Oklahoma and the native plants that the birds enjoy. The club will make suet for their home feeders and bring bags of birdseed to be donated to different nursing homes in the area who have bird feeders on their grounds.

Pansy Garden Club meetings are open to the public and meet the second Thursday of each month from September through May at 6 p. m. at the Ardmore Garden Center, 500 Stanley St. SW. To ask questions, call Sandy Alexander at (580) 657-4435.