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Master Gardeners learn about “Tussie Mussies”

Jan 24, 2013

The Washington County Master Gardeners met at the extension office Jan. 22 with 11 members responding to roll call by answering the question “What is your favorite plant that you have gotten from a family member or friend?” Answers included rhubarb, cactus, wild ginger, orchid, hostas, daisies, tulips, peonies, clematis and iris. Many were received from previous generations.

A presentation was given on Tussie Mussies (Little Nosegay) arrangements by Tracy Edens. Tussie Mussies were popular accessories in the 16th century and were carried through the streets to disguise unpleasant smells. Along with the presentation Edens handed out a brochure on the language of flowers and a handout on making nosegays. Start with a center and build in a circle around the center. Many different flowers and herbs can be used.

A membership list was passed around for any changes from last year. Ideas were gathered for presentations, garden tours or trips to be made this year. Instead of the regular gift exchange this year, Sheila Gerot suggested that members share seeds, bulbs and cuttings for the November meeting.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, with Jonathan Poulton speaking on the “Quest for Blue Daylilies.” Roll call will be your favorite plant catalog to share or show.

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