The Karnes City Home and Garden Club members met on Thursday, Feb. 21. The meeting was called to order by President Gladys Janysek and everyone present recited, together, the Lord’s Prayer followed by the pledge to the United States of America.
The guest speaker, Dr. Larry Franke, was presented to all present. Dr. Franke has a degree in agriculture and he is a dentist in town.
Dr. Franke is an avid gardener and he gave our members essential advice pertaining to plant directions. He advised our group that the chinquapin oak tree is good for our area; don’t ever cut the top of any tree off as this causes them to dry out; the pink Jasmine is a fast, hardy growing plant; dwarf pomegranate are evergreen year round; the flora bunda Burford Hollies are hardy; bridal wreaths growing on a wall do well; a good rose is the Don Juan. 0ther good plants are dwarf hollies, orange tree, Valentine roses, Mexican firebush, Indian Hawthornes, Loquots and coral vines.
When deciding to plant new plants don’t plant them under a drip line; determine which direction the plant will face; the plant will need good drainage; determine whether the space you have will not cause the plant to overgrow the area - this is very important.
Our members are continuing to support the Boy Scouts in our city. We truly appreciate our scout leaders/mentors, Kevin Kilcrease and Trip Ruckman for their many hours of dedication in the scouting program helping our youth to achieve responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of activities.
Our member, Jeff Quintero, is serving on a committee working diligently to keep our two Memorial Gardens in good shape. He also recently attended a special seminar in San Antonio about the care of fruit trees. He brought a wealth of information including: fruit trees need at least 10-12 hours of sun daily, natural spring water once a week with soil that drains well, root rot is the number one disease to watch out for; keep weed free; prune at bud break; and spray dormant oil at bud break.
The hostesses for the meeting were Charlene Looney and Betty Butler assisted by Evelyn Hoffman. The red, white and blue theme was carried out throughout the room complete with the United States flag. Salads and relish dishes with the humming bird cake and a cherry jello salad topped with thick whipped cream was served.
Our members are looking forward to a field day outing in April in the City of Victoria, touring a garden area and spending time at the Dalhart Windberg Arts Etc and antique shops.