Gilstrap guest speaker for Bayou Vista Garden Club

Jean Gilstrap, Louisiana licensed florist and interior designer, was guest speaker for Bayou Vista Garden Club’s November meeting. She has won numerous awards for her flower designs in flower shows around the state. Gilstrap is also Louisiana Garden Club Federation Roadside Development and Cleanest City Contest chairman.

Her demonstration showed how to make foliage-only designs. BVGC members brought containers from home and foliage from their gardens that they used as design elements with the help of Gilstrap.

Club Horticulture Chairman Pam Breaux presented Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) as the horticulture exhibit. She explained that the evergreen perennial shrub has Mediterranean origins. According to Breaux, it is often used as a decorative plant and has many culinary and medicinal uses. She also distributed handouts which included sun and soil requirements, pruning technique, and propagating guidelines.

Hostesses for the meeting were Jo Ann Ryan, Ann Breaux and Mary Myers. Ryan created the Pot-et-Fleurs floral design, Count Your Blessings. This type of design combines two or more soil-growing plants with cut plant materials artistically arranged together in a suitable container. Plants included were viola, snapdragon, ornamental pepper, cordyline, schefflera, cardinal flower and various ferns.

Door prize winner was Donna Bucci.

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