April 2023 Meeting Recap

What better way to celebrate Louisiana Native Plant Month than in Carro Gardner’s beautiful native garden? Town Gardeners celebrated the neighborhood in April, enjoying our business meeting and program in Carro’s home and garden with Tammany Baumgarten (right) of the Louisiana Native Plant Society, Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans, and BaumGardens.

Tammany presented on the garden project she and Carro undertook together but also on the general benefits of native gardening and the opportunity to integrate native plants alongside longtime non-native favorites such as camellias. The Heart of the Park committee gave a hat luncheon fashion show extraordinaire, Jeanne Barousse introduced the elegant plan for tablescapes, and Caroline Reily invited members and guests to sign up for a millinery session to ensure a festive chapeau. After a discussion about the Heart of the Park luncheon, members voted to continue hosting the luncheon for the next two years.

Lynn Box, Kristi French, Virginia Rowan, and Pierce Young, our Zone Flower show delegates and entrants, shared their plans and designs for the Flora & Eudora Zone IX Flower Show the following week. Members enjoyed lingering in Carro’s garden while walking across the street to the home of Beth Favrot, where a delicious lunch was presented by head hostess Catherine Freeman and her committee. New members  received their initial NOTG orientation.