Garden Club meets and tours the grounds of historic Houmas House | Ascent

The Gonzales Garden Club met for a business meeting, lunch and garden tour on April 6. The annual flower show has been postponed until next year.

Vice President Mary Jo Pohlig reported on preparations for the upcoming Gonzales Centennial celebration. She met with Scot Byrd, administrative manager, at Jambalaya Park on March 31 in conjunction with the mayor’s office. She used her own gardening tools and brought bedding plants, soil, mulch and slow release fertilizer and was reimbursed by the city.

Two city workers raised in a bucket truck planted lantana and lemon sedum in the tops of the planters of the 10 iron jambalaya poles with Pohlig directing from below. Before lowering the bucket, workers gave the plants their one and only supplemental water, praying for the occasional rain for the otherwise drought-tolerant plants.

President Gwen Heck spoke about a new Live Oak Society project. The Garden Club is partnering with the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs, through GCCA Vice President and Lions Live Oak Tree Project Committee Chair Pam Hughes, to promote recognition of registered live oak trees in the parish. . The goal is to purchase and install commemorative plaques on 12-20 selected trees and publicize mapped tree locations on public lands for residents interested in self-guided tours of Ascension’s largest oak trees.

President Jamie Trisler discussed next month’s plant sale. Members multiplied plants and were reminded to also bring baked goods to sell. A leaflet will be distributed to publicize the event. The sale of plants and pastries will be held on the lawn of the Hôtel de Ville on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The club ate at the Carriage House Restaurant at Houmas House, where members strolled through shaded walkways, oak trees, plantings, statuary, water features and seating areas.

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