Gaudet speaker at Bayou Vista Garden Club October meeting

Marie Gaudet, a horticulturist and florist, was guest speaker at the October Bayou Vista Garden Club meeting. She presented a program called, “Keep it Simple,” and created a fresh floral table arrangement. Presenting Gaudet with a gift of appreciation is club Program Chairman Gloria Roy, right.
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Mary Myers, left, and Ann Breaux were hostesses for the October Bayou Vista Garden Club meeting. Myers created the meeting’s floral design titled, “Fall Colors.”

“Keeping It Simple” floral design was the theme for the Bayou Vista Garden Club October meeting.
Marie Gaudet, an experienced florist, demonstrated the steps in making a fresh floral table arrangement. She constructed a “rhythm” design using bird of paradise, orange roses, purple statice, yarrow, golden rod, palm fronds, lotus pods and variegated pittosporum.
Program Chairman Gloria Roy presented Gaudet with a gift of appreciation on behalf of the club.
Gaudet received a degree in horticulture from Nicholls State University and has been employed as a florist by Ambassador Florists, and Cannata’s in Bayou Vista and Houma.
Annita Blanco, Wildlife Conservation chairman, visited the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans to enhance her understanding of the critically endangered whooping crane. Blanco presented her research and photos of the current status of the bird.
She explained that whooping cranes are omnivores and primarily eat crustaceans, small fish, insects, amphibians and reptiles. The birds also eat grains, marsh plants and acorns. The habitat of whooping cranes are wetlands, mudflats, wet prairies and fields. They can live between 20 to 25 years in the wild. The whooping crane is protected under the United States Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Act.
Horticulture Chairman Jean Chauvin conducted a member plant exchange and discussed the October horticulture hint on growing herbs all winter. Environmental Awareness committee member Carol Schaub explained the need to recycle aluminum cans.
Club President Donna Bucci distributed potted hurricane lilies (Lycoris radiata), a “pass-along” plant, to all club members. These lilies, also known as spider lilies, can be found in yards and gardens throughout the southeastern United State at the height of the hurricane season each October. The lilies are 18- to 24-inches tall on leafless stalks topped with clusters of brilliant red flowers. They appear seemingly overnight and out of nowhere.
Mary Myers and Ann Breaux served as hostesses for the meeting. Myers created the floral design, “Fall Colors,” using a fresh pumpkin container filled with sunflowers and purple chrysanthemums, surrounded by a variety of gourds, pumpkins and corn on the cob.
The Bayou Vista Garden Club cookbook, “Bayou Vista Garden Club Really Cooks,” has been distributed to members and is on sale. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund club projects and activities. The book costs $20 and may be purchased from any club member.
The door prize winner was Gloria Roy.
The next club meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Bayou Vista Community Center. New members are welcome.

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