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WFB members gather for the annual plant swap. PHOTO BY FRAN HOLMAN

 Wildflower Bunch Garden Club

Gardening and more gardening

By Fran Holman

Fall is associated with the gathering of the harvest. For Wildflower Bunch it also has been the occasion for gathering together.

First, the annual plant swap was at the Wildcat Pavilion, Wednesday, Oct. 26. WFB members generously gathered plants to share. Members were given time to view all the plants to determine which they wanted to take home, while they sipped on cider and a table of autumn treats provided by the WFB Board.

Among the many selections were passionflower vine, fall asters, Becky daises, red crossvine, blue mist flowers, cone flowers, native and bearded irises, buckeye saplings, seeds, unusual planters and even garden magazines.

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WFB member Janet Jones, left, and VP Programs Catherine Mann, back to camera, greet
November’s speaker Dawn Hines. PHOTO BY FRAN HOLMAN

One of the ongoing WFB projects is providing assistance to Big Canoe landscape projects. Anita Rosen and Debbie Dickson have been working with the POA on behalf of the club to improve the North Gate area. The lack of rain held up the installation of new plantings until early November, but boulders were placed on both sides of the gatehouse in October. WFB donates time and money to this project.

The November meeting was Nov. 2 at The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. Guest speaker Dawn Hines, a master gardener and master naturalist, presented a fact-filled program infused with garden humor. Her topic centered on attracting butterflies to the garden.

Hines introduced the state butterfly of Georgia, the Eastern tiger swallowtail. This is only one of the 160 butterfly species to be found in Georgia.

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In 2016, Wildflower Bunch worked with the POA to improve the landscaping at the North
Gate. While the lack of rain held up the installation of new plantings, the boulders were
placed on both sides of the gatehouse in late October. Responsible for the hard work are
Landscaping members Bob Gibson, bottom left, Alan Bridges, bottom right, Kirby Patterson,
top left, Patrick Malia, Mathew Parks and Marty Lingerfelt. PHOTO BY ANITA ROSEN

She illustrated her talk with photos taken in her garden of butterflies in all four states of metamorphosis. She described the plants that were most conducive to attracting butterflies. Among these are buddleia, lantana, pentas, bottlebrush, Queen Anne’s lace, beech, hawthorn, dogwood, blueberries and sunflowers.

In addition to specific plants for hosting butterflies, gardens need sunny spots, flat stones for perching, damp areas or puddles and windbreaks. The most harmful element to butterflies is pesticides.

For further study, Hines suggested a reading list, particularly Jaret C. Daniels’ “Butterflies of Georgia.”

After the applause ended for this talk, Co-President Judy Kaufman conducted a brief business meeting. Members were reminded of the culminating event in December: A Time to Share.

For more information on this and other gatherings of WFB, visit www.wildflowerbunch.com.

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