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Flower show winners announced

Submitted by Rosemary Maulden

The Glynn County Garden Club Council’s clubs Blythe Island Garden Club, Magnolia Garden Club and Urbana Garden Club members of Oleander District of The Garden Club of Georgia Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. opened its Standard Flower Show Oct. 31, in conjunction with the Exchange Club of Brunswick’s Annual Fair. Serving as Flower Show Chairman was Pat Ingram and Co-chairmen were Sherle Beck and Carol Smith, show titled, “Farm Life”. It featured 24 Designs and 203 Horticulture entries. The youth section was exceptional with 50 Designs and Collages, and 33 Horticulture entries.

In the Design Division, JoAnn Quinnelly, Blythe Island Garden Club, captured the Award of Design Excellence and Designer’s Choice Award for her creative design titled “Earth’s Surprises.” Brenda Griner, Blythe Island Garden Club, was awarded the Design Petite Award with her petite design “Time To Visit”.

The Horticulture Division, John Glendenning received the Award of Horticultural Excellence and Award of Merit – Perennials with his Rosa, Cecile Brunner. Rosemary Maulden, Urbana Garden Club, received the Arboreal Award for her Cassia Senna, Cassia bicapsulares. Barbara Horner, Iris Garden Club, received the Award of Merit – Annuals for her Coleus hybridus. Pat Ingram, Magnolia Garden Club, received Award of Merit – Bulbs, Corms, and Tubers for Gloriosa rothschildiana. Ercie Cano received Grower’s Choice Award in foliage container grown for his Notocactus, Silver Bell.

The Youth Design Awards in Preschool through age 7 was won by Caroline Kinstle petite design “Tractors, Tractors and Tractors”. Age 8 through 12 was awarded to Ben Aguirre for his petite design “Garden Bugs”. Age 13 through 18 years was won by Kenya Capers for her petite design “Berry Picking Time”.

Youth Botanical Arts Awards in Preschool through age 7 was won by Saria Burton for her collage “A Little Dirt Never Hurt”. Age 8 through 12 years was won by Dillon Underwood for his collage “Harvest Time”. Age 13 through 18 years was won by Tanya Mills for her collage “Path Through the Pines”.

Youth Horticulture Awards in Preschool through age 7 was won by Dixie McCall for her Foxtail Fern. Ben Aguirre captured the age 8 through 12 Horticulture Award for his Umbrella Plant.

Pictured on the back row are Kenya Capers, from left, Tanya Mills, Rosemary Maulden, Brenda Griner, JoAnn Quinnelly and Marilyn Hauser. On the front row, Dixie McCall.

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Get Growing: Why you shouldn’t be so quick to put your roses to bed

Special to the Reading Eagle: Gloria Day | Roses can bloom well into fall and beyond.

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City Garden Design Opens in Downtown Cary

Cary, NC – A new garden design store is now open in Downtown Cary, with design and installation services as well as unique plants and custom arrangements for interior decorating.

Unique Plant Options

City Garden Design, located on W Chatham Street opened this past Saturday, October 28, 2017 but owners John and Paula Higdon have been working on bringing their store to Cary for about a year.

John Higdon has 20 years of experience in landscaping and has a degree in horticulture, working in design and landscaping for the past eight or so years.

“I did a lot of design work but I missed the other aspects like interior plants,” Higdon said.

Higdon described the store as full service, with installation, custom arrangements and orchids for delivery and more.

“We also have plants for inside, with unique options and specimens you can’t get in box stores,” Higdon said.

Plans for the future include tree rentals as well as custom cuts for wreathes and poinsettias around the holidays.

Creating Urban Design

City Garden Design is opening on W Chatham Street at a time when the downtown region is growing quickly.

“Downtown Cary is taking off and we wanted to be a part of that,” he said.

Cary in general is also expanding quickly and Higdon said they can carry new developments past those initial design plants.

“We want to be the next step where you get something nicer,” he said.

With an area such as Downtown Cary, Higdon said his preference is to work on courtyards and small urban planting, or as he says, getting the highest impact with the smallest space.

In addition to plants, City Garden Design also carries decorations, from physical decorations such as crystals and geodes to fragrances such as French soaps and room sprays.

“A lot of reaction has been there’s nothing like this in the area,” he said.

City Garden Design is located at 266 W Chatham St.

Story and photos by Michael Papich.

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: What to watch in today’s elections | Virginia a must-win for Dems | Trump says ‘hundreds more’ would have died in Texas with tougher gun laws | Air Force lapse with shooter draws scrutiny | Day two of tax bill markup | Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE talks to The Hill | Landscaping led to Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDallas Morning News: Cornyn ‘betrays’ GOP by backing Roy Moore Jeff Flake knows the GOP is in trouble, and so does the base Cornyn backs Moore in Alabama Senate race MORE assault | Nike’s NBA jerseys keep tearing



Why Virginia Dems will be nervously pacing today: Via The Hill’s Lisa Hagen and Ben Kamisar, the stakes are high in Virginia, as polls show Republican Ed Gillespie gaining on Democrat Ralph NorthamWhy this race is critical for Dems: Democrats haven’t won a major race since President Trump took office. If Northam wins, it’ll give Democrats their much-needed momentum for 2018. But if they lose, it’ll likely lead to more party infighting and blaming.

PRIMER: The Hill’s Niall Stanage has a good breakdown of where the race stands:

OTHER THAN VIRGINIA, HERE’S WHAT TO WATCH: The Hill’s Reid Wilson has a list of the other races to keep an eye on today:

JUST NOW — COUGH, WRONG DAY AGAIN, COUGH: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIntel Dem: What’s in dossier more important than who paid for it Overnight Tech: Twitter bans ads from Russian media | Dem says she was targeted by Russian bot | House Judiciary to hold hearing on net neutrality Democrats dig for Russian connection and uncover environmentalists MORE Jr. just tweeted, “Virginia, the future of the Commonwealth is at stake tomorrow. Find your polling place at to vote Ed for #VAGov.” This is the SECOND time he made this mistake today. 

INTERVIEW WITH TOM PEREZ: The Hill’s Jonathan Easley spoke with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez about the upcoming elections. Perez spent Sunday talking about party unity on the campaign trail, but he knows he’ll be judged in the short term on the party’s electoral success. Winning, he hopes, will be a salve for party wounds until Democrats can bury 2016 once and for all. Excerpt: “This is an outcomes business and legacies will be determined in no small measure by our success in winning elections,” Perez said. “We’ve lost too many elections. I came here so we can start winning elections.” Full interview:

It’s Tuesday — Happy Election Day! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



Latest on Texas shooting — A failed line of communication: Rep. Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee this morning said it’s “appalling” that the Air Force failed to notify the FBI about the criminal record of the man who attacked a church in Texas. That led to…: The lapse by the Air Force likely allowed the identified gunman, Devin Kelley, to purchase a weapon despite his conviction on a domestic violence charge.

Read his full statement — it’s pretty powerful:

Trump was asked about gun laws: President Trump was asked during a press conference in South Korea whether he would consider “extreme vetting” for purchasing a gun. His response: “If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him, and hit him and neutralize him. And I can only say this: If he didn’t have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. So that’s the way I feel about it. Not going to help.”

Watch the interaction — it’s been getting traction:

TRENDING VIDEO — DEM WALKS OUT OF A MOMENT OF SILENCE: Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) posted a video during a moment of silence on the House floor for the victims of the mass shooting in Texas, saying he “will not be silent” after yet another massacre. Watch

New info on Sen. Paul’s assault — I take decorative shrubbery very seriously: Via The New York Times’s Nicholas Fandos, Noah Weiland and Jonathan Martin, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his longtime next-door neighbor had disagreements over landscaping, according to neighbors, which led to Paul’s assault last week.

ObamaCare is getting lots swipes to the right: Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, a record number of people signed up for ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment this year compared to the same period in previous years, several sources close to the process told The Hill. The numbers: On the first day of enrollment alone, more than 200,000 people selected a plan for 2018, compared with about 100,000 last year. More than 1 million people visited that day, compared to about 750,000 last year.

LATEST — WILL THE GOP REPEAL THE OBAMACARE INSURANCE MANDATE?: Probably not — the House is unlikely to repeal the mandate to buy insurance under ObamaCare as part of its tax-reform bill, GOP sources say, though the issue could return down the road.



Oh wow, they do look similar…:


Feels like yesterday, huh? 😉


Ohhh boy:



The House and Senate are in.

12:30 p.m. EST: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence attends the Republican lunch.

This afternoon: President Trump’s former bodyguard, Keith Schiller, is meeting with the House Intelligence Committee for its Russia probe.

1:30 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. Their schedule today:

2:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with lawmakers.

5:15 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

7 p.m. EST: The polls close in Virginia.

11:25 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves South Korea for Beijing.

NEW DETAIL — Dec. 12: An international climate change summit in France. Via Reuters, President Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, is not invited for now. How many countries are invited: More than one hundred.



Today: Day two of the House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republican tax-reform bill. Livestream and live blog with updates:

How day one went: In short — it was contentious:

Op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) writes why he thinks tax reform is never easy but that GOP majorities hang in the balance.

2 p.m. EST: Senate Republicans brief reporters. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: Senate Democrats brief reporters. Livestream:

9:05 p.m. EST: President Trump delivers a speech to the National Assembly in South Korea.

8 a.m. EST Wednesday: National Journal is hosting its 2017 Leadership Summit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate budget just the latest attack on seniors McCaskill zings GOP senator over car incident McConnell-linked group: Ward will not be Arizona Senate nominee MORE (R-Colo.) speaks at a Heritage Foundation event on North Korea. Livestream:

Just announced — 9 p.m. EST Thursday: CNN’s Alisyn Camerota is moderating a prime time discussion on sexual harassment in America. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandPentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass Overnight Regulation: EU approves data privacy shield in annual review | FCC delays Sinclair-Tribune merger review | Feds give CNN approval to fly news drones | Controversial EPA nominee already at agency Dem senator slams Trump EPA nominee for starting work before confirmation MORE (D-N.Y.) are among the participants. 



Today is Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.

The photos are pretty funny: NBA jerseys have been easily ripping this season, and Nike now says the company is working on a solution. Keep in mind: Nike is in its first season of providing jerseys to all teams in the NBA. Photos of the torn jerseys:

And because you read this far, here’s a lazy dog lounging on the couch eating a bag of tortilla chips:


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Lucille Wayland, 1932-2017

Lucille Wayland, 85, of Columbia, passed away at her son’s home in Columbia on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Friends will be received from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Parker-Millard Funeral Home, located at 12 E. Ash Street, Columbia. The memorial service will be immediately following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 18, 1932, in Springfield, Mo., the daughter of the late Wendell and Beulah (Suttle) Settle.

Her talents and interests were reflected in her role as a mother, grandmother, wife and friend. She was a business owner in partnership with her husband during the 60’s and 70’s. Together they established “Lucille’s Yarn and Fabrics” in downtown Columbia. The business was the center of activity for anyone interested in sewing, knitting and all forms of art needlework. Lucille loved teaching classes in all of these subjects.

She had a love of landscaping and gardening. Her appreciation for nature and growing things resulted in beautiful blooming gardens, as well as an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs.

She loved cooking and considered baking a pie or hot rolls her therapy. For her, the days were never long enough, and she claimed to have never had a boring day in her life. She truly loved life and all those around her.

After the business was sold, her talents turned to her love for merchandising and sales. She worked in the advertising department at the Columbia Daily Tribune, then managed Kelly, a new furniture store in Columbia, and finally was the gift shop supervisor at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

At 72, she finally retired to pursue her life-long dream of watercolor painting. This again led to teaching, and exhibiting her work.

Her days were filled with the activities she loved. She was a member of Columbia Garden Club, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Auxiliary, Columbia Art League and the Missouri Watercolor Society.

She is survived by her sons, Wendell Comer of Fair Grove and Randall Comer of Columbia; her daughter, Victoria Nerenberg of Berkeley, Calif.; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie L. Wayland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Shriner’s Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.


Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153.

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Master Gardeners volunteer across Beaufort County

Knowledgeable volunteers assist local Clemson Extension agents and office staff by providing research-based information to homeowners and residents. Plant clinics and workshops are staffed by certified Master Gardeners and interns who obtain continuing education by doing research while giving back to the community. Beaufort County Master Gardeners report more than 5,000 hours of community and educational service annually.

Do you need to bring in a soil test to check pH and soil fertility on your property before purchasing fertilizers? When is the right time to put out fertilizer? Are you worried about lawn pests and diseases? Would you like help with a school or home garden? Do you need help with landscaping in the Lowcountry? These are just a few of the many questions and problems Beaufort County Master Gardeners can help with.

Soil tests

Climate and soils can be challenging to folks moving to the coastal south from other growing regions, but a $6 soil test can help. The tests are submitted to the Agricultural Laboratory and offer recommendations on lime and fertilization.

Plant Clinic

New residents may be unfamiliar with our area’s plant materials or warm-season grasses that have different requirements than those grown farther north. If a homeowner is experiencing a problem with turf or ornamental plants, the Plant Problem Clinic can help. Samples are examined by specialists, and for $10, clients can receive a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment. The clinic offers additional tests including weed and insect identification, irrigation water tests, aquaculture ponds, orchard leaf, and feed and forage analysis.

The Hilton Head Plant Clinic is held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at the South Beaufort County Government office, 539 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. The clinic has forms and collection bags for submissions. Cash or check only.

Volunteer work

Master Gardeners volunteer to help others become successful gardeners in many ways. They “coach” teachers and students in school vegetable gardens, weed and plant public ornamental gardens, speak to civic and environmental groups, and serve on community boards.

Master Gardeners have also organized the award-winning Lunch and Learn program, which brings garden speakers and demonstrations to the Port Royal Farmers Market on Saturdays.

The Lowcountry Master Gardener Association’s fundraiser, Rent a Master Gardener, provides home visits by a team of Master Gardeners and interns. The team makes recommendations on specific problems and offers suggestions about plant materials for your landscape. Proceeds from this program have gone toward Clemson University scholarships for area students studying horticulture or natural resources, in addition to funding other local programs.

Volunteers also have a presence each Thursday at the Bluffton Farmers Market. Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions and distribute brochures on gardening, landscaping, water quality topics, and to help raise environmental awareness.

To learn more about Master Gardeners and their work, go to or The Beaufort Extension office, 18 John Galt Road, Beaufort, is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 843-255-6060.

Laura Lee Rose is the Consumer Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for the Beaufort County Clemson Extension Service. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.

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Agnes Hardt named grand marshal for Christmas Parade

This year’s parade theme is The Sights and Sounds of Christmas

The Board of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has chosen Agnes Hardt, former Director of the West Kern Oil Museum, to be the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Christmas Parade.
This year’s theme is The Sights and Sounds of Christmas. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday,December 4.
Hardt had been an integral part of the West Kern Oil Museum since the early 1980’s when she joined the WKOM volunteers out of an interest in the gardens and landscaping surrounding the grounds of the Museum. 
Her passion was the native plants and the gardens throughout the Museum. 
Under Hardt’s watchful eye, no vegetation that was not native to California was allowed to thrive in the Museum’s landscape.
Although she came on board as a gifted gardener, Hardt served the Museum in many capacities.
She wrote a column for several years in the Museum newsletter, The Pumper, about the native plants and garden. When Curator Jane Kinsey passed away in 2005, Hardt was named Director of the Museum, a position she held until her retirement in 2010. 
She is still a volunteer today.
The Grand Marshal of the Taft Christmas Parade is an honor bestowed by the Taft Chamber Board of Directors to persons who have made extraordinary contributions to our community over the years. Past Grand Marshals in recent years have included Victor Killingsworth, local businessman and “Father of the Oilworker Monument”; Bob Colston, builder, most recently of Sandy Creek Estates; Dr. Vibul Tang, medical doctor, Bill Black, plumbing contractor; and the late John Miller, businessman. The Taft Christmas Parade is presented each year on the first Monday of December. 
The parade route traditionally begins on the 800 block of Center Street and proceeds east to the 200 block. “We invite all interested clubs, churches, and other groups to enterthe parade by filling out an application from the Chamber, 400 Kern Street, in Taft,” Kathy Orrin, Executive Director of the Chamber said. 
The $10 donation accepted with the application is deposited into the Taft Fireworks Fund to be used to help fund the fireworks show on the Rails to Trails in July each year. | $1.00

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