Master Gardener guest speaker at WH Garden Club recent meeting


The White Halll Garden Club met recently at the Pine Bluff National Bank Community Room.

Hostesses Verblene Lovelace, Doris Earnest and Carol Grant, served BBQ pork and beef, with slaw, potato salad and baked beans, and pie for dessert.

Following the meal, program chaiman, Brenda Simmering introduced Jack Cockrum for the program on preparing soil and selecting plants. He shared his recipe for soil that “any plant will grow in.” Start with 6 cubit feet of peat moss, then 40 pounds of cow manure, and cover with 2 inches of sand, for 75 cubic-foot bed. Choose the right plant for shade or sun as stated on plant tag. He placed flowering plants in his back yard where he can enjoy them and prefers a formal manicured front yard of boxwoods, holly and azaleas, with curb appeal. He said he learned to have success with dogwoods by placing them on a slope with the roots on the ground and covering them with soil, not digging a hole. Geraniums are a favorite of his, and can be replaced in summer with hibiscus when the blooms finish. He tries to have something blooming year-round. He has helped many folks plan and place their favorite plants for their yards.

“It’s rewarding to go back and see the results later,” he said. Several stories were shared about clients. He recommends not planting trees or shrubs in a straight line, but staggered. A question-and-answer period followed.

The business meeting was opened by president Joann Gregory. Visitor Delores Kelly was welcomed. She was invited by Lovelace. Gregory thanked the hostesses for the meal.

Plants were chosen and planted in approximately 16 pots at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by Cathy Currington, Gregory, and Gwen Henry.

The club voted that the established teams for planting at Crenshaw Spring, White Hall Library, city hall/park sign were responsible for planting by mid May, and watering their areas throughout the summer until Oct. 1.

To complete the Virginia Brown Memorial Project, the club voted to place pink and white azaleas on the right side of the library to match the left as soon as possible. The plants are the second part of the Virginia Brown Memorial. A bench will be placed at a children’s play area in the White Hall City Park as the first part of that memorial.

The meeting adjourned for the summer. The club will resume regular meetings the third Monday in September.

For more information, contact Grant at 870-247-0411.