The St. Denis Garden Club hosted its 60th Anniversary Floral Show with guests Tuesday, March 19. The historical Cherokee Plantation housed members’ gorgeous floral arrangements, strategically placed in certain rooms throughout the main house. Several members worked on their arrangements the previous day at Jeanne’s County Gardens. Members arranged their bouquets while keeping their assigned rooms and placements in mind. The St. Denis Garden Club was founded in 1959 by Thelma Mitchell and its first president was Conna Cloutier. The current president is Sarah Luster. They meet monthly and enjoy listening to guest speakers, usually on the topic of gardening and floral arranging and going on trips.
Photos by Hannah Richardson
Kay Foshee’s floral arrangement included ruby snapdragons, green hydrangea, blue delphinium, coffee beans, cluster roses and green wreath.
Gail Hines included red roses and fern leaves in her arrangement.
Sandra McCullen used garden and Valentine’s Day roses, blue delphinium and thistle in her floral arrangement.
Cynthia Brown used white roses and coffee beans, placed in a vase that compliments the wall in the background.
Kim Johnson had sweet heart white roses, seeded eucalyptus leaves and fern leaves in her arrangement.
Margaret Berry primarily used roses, goldenrod, yellow daisy, a curly willow branch and accented with a cute bird nest.
Rita Kate Breedlove primarily used pink roses, white hydrangea and coffee beans in her floral arrangement.
Juanita Murphy’s arrangement consists of lilies, seeded eucalyptus, coffee beans, blue delphinium and mini daisies.
Charlotte Cross used white roses, seeded eucalyptus, coffee beans and curled leaves in her floral arrangement.
Sarah Katherine Ahrens placed blue hydrangea, yellow tulips, ruscus in her mother’s candelabra.
Chrissey Henry included snowball hydrangeas, geranium, thistle, bells of Ireland and snapdragon in her arrangement. It was placed outside next to the front door of the plantation and was this first one guests saw as they signed in.
Marian Keator took inspiration from the gardens of colonial women in her arrangement, adding red lilies, geranium and witch hazel, placed in an antique vase from Galveston, Texas. Her arrangement also made in memory of the first president of the club, Conna Glass Cloutier, whom she has many fond memories with.
Sharon Gahagan and Sarah Luster created the floral arrangement that served as the centerpiece for the appetizer table. It consisted of white hydrangeas, yellow roses, iris, dogwood, fern leaves, mint, rosemary, delphinium and monte christo.
Photos below by Juanita Murphy
Teresa Rachal stands by the food table
Garden Club members and guests visit on the front porch of the plantation house.
KA fraternity volunteers escorted guests such as Ann Gilmer.
The food table had several delicious appetizers for guests.
Tommy Whitehead sits in a rocking chair on the front porch.
Fleur de lis artwork designed by Cynthia Brown is the club’s logo