Millersburg Garden Club will begin a new year on March 10, at which time members will participate in their first business meeting of 2011. New members and guests will be welcomed, budget will be presented, upcoming activities will be discussed, and the new yearbooks will be reviewed.
This year’s theme is “Aspire, Inspire Through Gardening.” It is hoped that the following programs will inspire many to get involved in gardening and aspire to spend more time outside while improving their landscapes and the environment.
•March 10, 1 p.m. - lunch at 5th Street Cafe and program, “Bringing Art to Your Community” by owner Robert Barker.
•April 14, 11 a.m. - Bourbon County Extension Service. Program, “Planting an Anti-inflam matory Garden by Paula Antonini, Certified Health Coach.
•May 12, 11:30 a.m. - lunch at Garden Girl’s Cafe at Al’s Garden Center, Winchester. Tour of garden center.
•June 9, 10:30 a.m. - entertainment and gifts for residents of Bourbon Heights Nursing Home, Paris. A program of song and dance, “Country Music Favorites,” presented by club members. Every man and woman will be given a handmade gift from the club. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Migdalia’s Bistro, Paris.
•June 16, 1 p.m. -Millersburg Community Park. Herb/Vinegar Workshop led by Sue Clifford of Cynthiana. Clifford will tell about the many culinary uses of herbs and participants will make Purple Ruffle Basil Vinegar.
•July 14, 11 a.m. - lunch at Parkview Inn, Augusta, Ky., 2 p.m. - program at Lavender Hills of Kentucky in Brooksville. The first commercial lavender farm in Kentucky. Members will learn how lavender is used in recipes, as well as the wide variety of lavender products for the kitchen, bedroom, and bath.
•Aug. 11, 11 a.m. - Wallis House, Paris. Butterfly Detective, Richard Hesterberg Sr. has studied butterflies throughout the United States and the world. While living in Costa Rica, Hesterberg collected a specimen never found before, and it is now known as Adelpha Hesterbergi. He will present a program, “Kentucky Butterflies: Their Host Plants” and will also bring his collection of butterfly jewelry for purchase.
•Sept. 8, 11 a.m. - lunch at home of member the Rev. Erin Rouse of Lexington, 1 p.m. - program by a docent at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, who will share information about the Arboretum and lead a tour of the gardens.
•Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. - Millersburg Community Park. “Drying our Favorites and Using Them in Arrangements,” a program by member and Master Gardener, Brenda McElroy.
•Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - Wallis House. The program, “Decorating for the Holidays,” will be presented by Jason Smith, award winning Floral Designer and owner of City Florist in Grayson, Ky. Smith will share his floral expertise.
•Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. - gifts and entertainment for residents of Johnson Mathers Nursing Home, Carlisle. A medley of Christmas favorites (singing, dancing, instrumentals, poetry, etc.) will be presented. Handmade gifts from club members will be given to each resident. Lunch at Jailer’s Tourist Home, Carlisle at noon.
Millersburg Garden Club officers are Hilda Price and Barbara Harris, co-presidents; Sharon Helphinstine, vice president; Marilyn West, recording secretary; Elaine Deutsch, treasurer; Wilma Cleaver and Janis McCarty, co-corresponding secretaries; Linda Gillespie, advisor and former president.
Visitors are invited and encouraged to attend any meeting of the club. For more information contact Barbara Harris at 234-4538 or Hilda Price at 234-4318.