Shawn Turner from Turner’s Florist gave a presentation on “Echinacea (Cone Flower) Diseases.” Shawn had photos to pass around for everyone to see so members would know what to look for. There is a wasp that infects these flowers with a virus that makes it grow funny. The flower stays green and starts growing more plants out of the center. The only way to cure this is to pull the plant up and get rid of it so it doesn’t infect any other Cone Flowers. There is another virus called “Yellow Aster” that affects the plant by letting it only develop halfway. The “Mosaic Virus” affects the leaves more than the flower by eating holes in the leaves. Members enjoyed the interesting presentation.
President Joanne Smith called the meeting to order. The minutes were read and approved. Roll call was taken with 11 members present: Darlene Frieden, Daveen Holzapfel, Ronda Huffman, Faye Hunt, Dolores Larsen, Lila Niehoff, Frances O’Banion, Linda Robbins, Norma Sellers, Jacquie Smith and Joanne Smith.
Daveen Holzapfel, the club’s humorist, read a story called, “How to call the police when you are old,” which was a true story. In the funny story, the old person had to make up a big story before he could get the police to come to his home, but it worked.
Yards of the Month for October in Ottawa were: south side, Gary and Trela Sheffield, in the 1800 block of South Ash Street; and north side, Kasey Dillard, the 200 block of Megan Lane. This is the last of the Yards of the Month for this year.
Smith appointed Darlene, Niehoff and Huffman as the nominating committee for next year’s officers. Their choices will be shared with the club at the next meeting, which will be 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Sirloin Stockade.
The sign-up sheets for next year’s meetings and Yards of the Month will be presented at the next meeting for all to make their commitments.
The Garden Club’s Christmas Party will be 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Frances O’Banion’s home.
— Submitted by Dolores Larsen, secretary