VICE PRESIDENT-- --LOFTON WESLEY
FORETHOUGHT READER----REBBCCA SMALL
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE----ROBERT MILLER
1951 PLACES OF MEETING
JUNE HICKORY RIDGE
JULY LITTLE HOUSE
AUGUST SOUTH HIGHLANDS
SEPTEMBER THE PORCHES
OCTOBER COMMUNITY HOUSE
"Clermont" 4/4/1951-3- April 1951 The first meeting of the 1951 season of the Horticulture Society met with Ulric and Rose Hutton in their delightful new house of modern architure. The view from the picture window in the kitchen almost made the female members of the society envy Rose the job of washing dishes.
The meeting was called to order by President McReynolds and the minutes of the October meeting were read and approved.
Lofton Wesley, the first reader, began his reading with a quotation from a placque in the oldest garden in Saint Augustine; "The kiss of the sun for pardon The song of the birds for mirth One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth." then read us his article, "I still Spray", from the April Home Garden. this advocate of spraying says that he can get bigger and better crops of vegetables, fruits and flowers when he uses sprays and dusts than when he does without them. In his observations of Nature in the raw, he gives examples of a wild apple tree in the wood with it's gnarled apples as compared with a sprayed trees whole fruit; the chestnut tree preyed upon by the blight; the Dutch elm disease; the army moth and the gypsy moth which could be controlled with sprays, and does not feel that he is outraging Nature when he uses a few pounds of
sodium nitrate from deposits in Chile, or of phosphate rock from Virginia, for "who if not Nature made them"?
Jessie McReynolds instead of reading gave a list of early spring flowers which she had collected for her daughter's small Georgetown garden. On the list were; early dwarf iris, snow drops, scylla, both pink and white hyacinths, crocus, jonquiles, primroses, grape hyacinths, phloxes, myositis, lilies of valley, pansies, violas and bleeding heart, names which conjured up a regular picture of beauty to her listeners.
Our good Committee on Forethought, Rebecca Small, told us that azaleas like an acid soil and now is the time to prepare the ground for dahlias. Peony blight can be controlled with Bordeaux mixture; set out pansies now; scatter radish seeds in the carrot rows. Rebecca finished her report by reading the poem " The First Spring Day", by John Todhunter.
Our meteorologist had no report on the rainfall as he had been away but told us that the average temperature for Maroh was 43 degrees.
The name of Grace and Francis Thomas were suggested as new members to the society referred to the Mem. Com.
"Tanglewood" was named the next place of meeting with Elizabeth Logon and Leon Small as readers.
The secretary read a note of resignation from the Nesbitts which the society accepted with regret. The
secretary was asked to write them a note expressing the feeling of the society.; also a note to Clarence H Hurrey with good wishes for his speedy return to health.
There were a goodly number of exhibits for this early in the year, with "Homestone2UH bringing, walnuts and potatoes, "The Cedars" flowers, "Tanglewood", parsley parsnips salsify and potatoes, and "The Highlands" were represented by six kinds of flowers besides potatoes, turnips and rhubarb.
The meeting was adjourned and the members partook of the delicious supper which is no small part of the societies program.
S. B. Woodward Sec.