2010-09-22 / Community

Colquitt Garden Club meets

(L-R) India Taylor, Iva Tabb and Kathleen Rugel (L-R) India Taylor, Iva Tabb and Kathleen Rugel Members of the Colquitt Garden Club came together Tuesday, Sept. 7, for their first meeting since summer vacation. They met at the home of Kathleen Rugel who moved to Colquitt from Athens, Ga. about a year ago. She is currently completing her doctoral research at the Jones Ecological Center at Ichaway in Baker County. She taught art, biology and chemistry and was a professional calligrapher for ten years. She is also an artist.

Club president Iva Tabb conducted a short business meeting, during which, it was decided by members to participate in the upcoming mural conference in October, by hosting a breakfast for the conference guests. They will also be working with the city to spruce up some areas around the square before our visitors arrive.

Our horticulture report was given by member Grace Moore. She noted that it is time to prune roses back by 1/3, fertilize them and they need a lot of water right now.

Our program was held by our hostess, Kathleen Rugel, who is an avid water pond enthusiast. She presented a slide show that showed water features ranging from a galvanized pail or flower pot to elaborate water ponds with bridges. She maintained that anyone could build a water pond. You could invest as little or as much as you wanted and still receive the serenity and enjoyment that comes with having one. She showed us slides of different plants that could be used in and around a pond. Koi, goldfish and mosquito fish were some of the fish recommended. Her passion for water ponds made all of us want to go out and start building one!

The afternoon ended with a reminder that our October meeting will be at the Chamber of Commerce, and our program on the history and cultivation of blueberries will be presented by Wayne Phillips.

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