MHG Club tours garden, installs officers

By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT

The lovely garden of Charles and Nina Rivenburgh of Starkville was the setting for the last program of the year for the Maben Home and Garden Club on May 15.

Mr. and Mrs. Rivenburgh welcomed the group and then led them on a garden tour that resembled Laurie Parker’s “Garden Alphabet.” The garden was surrounded with edged-sloped beds of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, water features, concrete pottery, ironwork pieces, stepping stones, tiles with names and pieces of broken earthenware.

From A to Z: Alyssum, ajuga and angels; balloon flowers, benches, butterfly bushes, and birdbaths; clay pots, cannas (variegated red and yellow) and crape myrtle trees; daisies, and delights at every turn; edging fronted every bed; ferns, lush green foliage and flagstone paths; garden paths, gardenias in bloom and groups of ladies everywhere; hostas, hydrangeas and hummingbird feeders; iris foliage, impatiens and ivy beds; Japanese maples; Knockout roses; lantana, lamb’s ear, lilies and liriope; magnificent magnolias, mowing neighbors, Mexican petunia and mulch by the truckload; nandinas, newly planted mondo grass and noisy landscapers; pine trees reaching for the sky, petunias and phlox; quick-as-a-wink birds and squirrels, quaint yard art and quiet waterfalls; Rudbeckia (black- eyed Susan), robins in the trees and rivers of pathways; spiderwort, salvia and spireas; trellises, treetops, tools and trails leading past hydrangeas; urns big and small, violets from the woods, vinca and Viburnum; welcomed friends and guests, waterfalls hiding over at the neighbors and wall-to-wall green in every shade; x-citing to view; yellow flowers and zero weeds.

Thanks Laurie for the inspiration.

After touring at a leisurely pace, the group reassembled under the shade of the tall-tall pines, where Mrs. Rivenburgh had an offering of cold bottled water. As a token, each guest was given a small turtle-shaped garden spade.

Program leader Jackie Christopher then presented the Rivenburghs with a small token of appreciation from the Maben Home and Garden Club.

Christopher delivered the devotion, which she took from Ecclesiastes 3:1-12, which tells there is a season for everything and a time for every matter under heaven. She concluded with a reading from Chuck Swindoll’s “Great Days with Great Lives” and closed with a blessing.`

New Officers After the devotion, the first order of business at the end-of-the- year program is the installation of the new officers, which was delivered by Lois Haley.

The new officers are as follows: Anne Earnest-President, Jane Collins- Vice President, Dottie Dewberry-Secretary and Jackie Christopher- Treasurer. Haley advised the new officers to do their best for the club as how each does her job will make a difference to the club and to the community.

After pictures were made, the group repaired to The Veranda for luncheon and a short business meeting.

Club secretary Dottie Dewberry issued Flower Power Crossword Puzzle sheets along with info sheets from the Webster County Extension Office.

Club member Sandra Bishop presented outgoing president Joyce Holt with a token of appreciation (an easel and a plate inscribed with the following verse) from the club for her dutiful services for the past three years. “Friends: a friend knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

Suretha Brooks announced that the Yard-of-the-Month sign had been placed in the yard of Peggy Hamilton.

Community Birthday Calendar chairman Marge Musser reported that the calendar sales packages would be here the first of August. Members were instructed to collect monies when orders are taken.

The fiftieth anniversary project has been delayed until the fall when plantings can be made.

The monthly door prizes, which were donated by Joyce Holt and Scarlett Sheppard, were won by Marie Pinnix, Jimmie Cooper and Dottie Dewberry.

With a motion from Sandra Bishop and a second by Marie Pinnix, the club agreed to adjourn until Sept. 18, when the new club year begins.