The Kanunsita Garden Club has deep roots in McMinn County.The club was
founded in 1947 when it was sponsored by the Athens Garden Club. This new club was formed in an attempt to include the more youthful women of Athens. The first officers selected by the 26 club member were Mrs. Thomas Mayfield (Alma), president; Mrs. W.B. Wilson (Carolyn), vice president; and Mrs. T.B. Dooley (Laverne), secretary/treasurer.
After arranging they looked for a club name. They got the input of gardening and nature columnist Robert Stimulates Walker of the Chattanooga Times on names and picked Kanunsita, which suggests “dogwood” in the Cherokee language.In October 2022 they celebrated their 75th year by hosting a flower show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church throughout the Pumpkintown Festival. Design themes were selected that celebrated the club’s roots, area interests, and autumn flora. The club has 35 members under present president Beth Beaty. Marsha Flanigan was the Flower Show chairman. The public was invited to go to and see the beautiful flower plans and to see a different quantity of cultivation cut from members’ gardens as well as houseplants.There were winners of blue ribbons in each style classification and in horticultural. Marsha Flanagan’s blue-ribbon style in the class was”A Marvelous Heritage “where the style was a style utilizing all dried product that incorporated pumpkins or gourds; this remarkable arrangement also won”Finest in Show. “Her style incorporated Southern Magnolia seed pods, dried okra, corn shucks, and “cash plant.”
Martha Culvahouse made a blue ribbon for her interpretation of “Greening of America”; this was a textural plan in all green. She used thread leaf amsonia, lamb’s ear, wire vine, green hydrangea, and river oats. The different greens were arranged artfully in a green container.We do live in Tennessee, so Huge Orange fans who visited the flower show agreed the most timely developed exhibition was Terri Kratz’s blue-ribbon representation of”Tailgate Time in Tennessee, “which caught a Tennessee Vols sports style in a casual picnic setting. There was no lack of orange. Members later on laughed that Terri’s arrangement was most likely the factor the Vols beat LSU last Saturday.The horticultural winner was Emily Cate with her succulent
entry of Euphorbia lacteal.Included in the flower program were how-to presentations by Beth Beaty on bow-making and
wreath-making for the upcoming Christmas season. Educational displays are another fundamental part of being a Garden Club of excellence. Kanunsita welcomed two brand-new members who happily helped establish the program. Beth Baillon is currently a Master garden enthusiast and Maggie Dieter is presently seeking to finish this UT program. Gayle Fisher is a master gardener for the state of Tennessee, along with an accredited National Flower Program judge. A student specialist for landscape style, she has actually functioned as an officer in District IV Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs and is a member of the American Horticultural Society. She can be reached at [email protected]!.?.!