The Holden Beach Beautification Club met last Wednesday and heard a presentation from Michelle Ly and Genevieve Joseph of The Nature Conservancy. Michelle and Genevieve focused on the Green Swamp and Black River. We live in a biodiversity hotspot. The Green Swamp has 14 species of carnivorous plants and 18 species of wild orchids. The Black River is home to ancient Bald Cypresses – one was recently found to be 2624 years old. The Nature Conservancy works to protect these sensitive areas that hold unique and important species by purchasing the land and maintaining it as nature would have.
During the business part of the meeting, First VP Julia Anderson discussed the current Sponsorship drive. Members signed up to contact local businesses for their sponsorship. Cecelia Watson agreed to chair a committee to refurbish the mural across from Town Hall. There will be a workday in the gardens April 2, and spring plants will arrive April 17. Planting this spring will be April 17 and 18. Kate Felmly reported on the Plant Sale and reminded everyone that they need to contribute five plants to the sale. New this year, members will be able to buy plants after setting up on Thursday. Extra flowers have been ordered for this including the “Supertunias” which were used in the gardens last summer. Our hostesses for the meeting were Ann Landis, Peggy Schiavone, Carol Ann Lohman, and Gayle Todd with Helen Miller and Carol Gardner contributing.
Our next meeting is March 11 and the speaker will be from Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter. They will be bringing one of their feathered ambassadors for us to meet. At the meeting we will be collecting needed supplies: tall kitchen trash bags, unscented laundry detergent, gallon, and 2.5-gallon size Ziplock bags, Gerber chicken baby food, copy paper, file folders, and long envelopes. Make plans to join us at the meeting, everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a member!