The Chipley Garden Club held its first meeting of the 2017-2018 year Wednesday, September 6, at the Orange Hill home of Glenda and Terry Wilson. The meeting, hosted by Glenda Wilson and Beth Watford, was directed by Club President Debbie Mitchell.

During the business portion of the meeting, Wilson recapped the 2017 English Tea and Garden Walk. Reports from the FFGC Spring District II Meeting and the club’s participation in Falling Waters State Park's Squirrels, Girls, & Pearls event were presented by Debbie Mitchell.

Collins finalized plans for the Crafty Crows Scarecrow Contest/Arts & Crafts Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Washington County Historical Society. In addition to the scarecrow building contest, more than twenty vendors are scheduled to be on site.

Youth Chair Linda Pigott reported on plans to distribute plants to 1st and 3rd grade Kate m. Smith Elementary School students in October. Plans are also being made to make terrariums, dish gardens, and live/dried floral designs. All the projects will be displayed and judged at the 2018 Washington County 4-H Youth Fair.

Yard of the Month Chair Lillian Pittman announced that the September Yard of the Month will be awarded to Cain family, located at 706 Fifth Street. A certificate will be presented at the Third Thursday meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.

Heather Lopez, Director of Washington County’s Tourist Development Council, updated members on plans for the “Ralph Carter Wildflower Trail,” which will run from Blue Pond to State Park Road and feature Florida wildflowers. The club will provide a list of suggested wildflowers in the future.

For wildflower education, Beth Watford presented information on Virginia Spiderwort AKA Tradescantia Vrginiana, a North American native perennial wildflower with small, bluish lavender flowers. Watford stated Spiderwort is very invasive, but it is also edible and tastes "a bit like asparagus" and will grow “anywhere it wants to.“

Chipley Garden Club will meet again Wednesday, October 4. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or would like more information about the club’s projects and activities may contact President Debbie Mitchell at 850-638-0536. New members are welcomed at any time during the year.