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Azalea Garden Club hears program on plants

March 5, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 4, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.


The Azalea Garden Club met Feb. 11 in the home of Dolly Stokes for a timely and very interesting program on "Hardy Texas Plants."

The presenter was the well-known area nursery expert, Laurie Garretson, owner with her husband, Mark, of EarthWorks Nursery, 102 E. Airline Road.

Garretson discussed the varieties of drought-tolerant, native plants that do well in Victoria. She covered plants in categories ranging from ground covers, grasses, vines, annuals, shrubs, perennials and trees.

Members were pleased with Garretson's discussion of specific plants thriving in our area. A few of those are: ground covers such as Asiatic jasmine, monkey grass and dwarf mondo grass; vines such as passion vine, fig ivy, honeysuckle and confederate jasmine; annuals such as pentas, asters, purslane and Indian blanket; shrubs such as firebush, plumbago, abelia, lantana and spirea; perennials such as butterfly weed, hinkley columbine, coreopsis and Mexican oregano; trees such as anaqua, crepe myrtle, desert willow, mountain laurel, vitex and live oak.

After Garretson's presentation, members asked questions about specific plants' water needs, as well as why some plants purchased at large stores did not live up to their expectations a few weeks after planting. Garretson reaffirmed a key requirement for new plants of sufficient watering. As an advocate of organic gardening, Garretson also stressed the need for feeding plants for growth, as well as for prolific blooms on flowering plants.

After the program, the meeting continued with President Francisca Watts presiding. Valerie Parker, treasurer, presented the budget and finance update, and Becky Miller, secretary, read the minutes from the last meeting. After the meeting was adjourned, members visited and enjoyed the wonderful refreshments provided by hostesses Dolly Stokes, Becky Miller and Francisca Watts.

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