There were 13 members and two guests present at the January meeting of the Pansy Garden Club on Jan. 14, at the Garden Center in Ardmore.


There were 13 members and two guests present at the January meeting of the Pansy Garden Club on Jan. 14, at the Garden Center in Ardmore.

The business session, con­ducted by president Sandy Alexander, consisted of dis­cussion of the new window coverings that have been installed, the bathroom reno­vation and enlargement, par­ticipation in the 2010 Earth Day celebration, attendance at Environmental School and the State Butterfly Contest.

Guest speaker for the eve­ning was Judy Grotts, imme­diate past president of Okla­homa State Garden Clubs. Grotts, who is from Chan­dler, is a State Flower Show Judge, among her many oth­er accomplishments.

She presented a program on drying materials for flow­er arrangements. Many of the things Grotts used were not flowers, but much more creative uses of things such as artichokes, pampas grass, fruit and dogwood branches. Grotts said that 80 percent of all organic materials can be dried, and gardeners should have fun and try something different.

She gave several different ways of drying plants and said the easiest ones give the best results. Her favorite way is to soak flowers in alcohol a few minutes and hang up­side down from a wire hang­er with rubber bands until dried.

Spray paint can be used to get whatever effect desired. One of Grotts’ favorite objects to use in a flower arrange­ment is an artichoke. She said she looked everywhere in Oklahoma and couldn’t find any and was thrilled when she found them at the Ardmore Walmart right be­fore the meeting.

Pansy Garden Club wel­comes guests and new mem­bers to meetings conducted on the second Thursday of each month at the Garden Center.