Special to The Record
Ivy League Garden Club

The first meeting of the year of the Ivy League Garden Club was held in fine style Thursday morning, Sept. 22.

The Ivy League Garden Club held its first meeting of the year this past Thursday, inside the beautiful Brown Center, which was arranged by hostess Betty Sheridan. Co-hostesses were Linda Claybar, Martha Oliver and Gwen Poutra.

The event featured Mayor Brown Claybar of Orange as guest speaker, who addressed the club members on the city’s status of its downtown development project and the reasoning behind its creation.

The Ivy League Garden Club was chartered in 1994 with Martha Oliver as the first president. The purpose of the group is to promote the beautification of its surroundings and to gain knowledge about plants, flowers, landscaping and the proper care.

Through the years, the group has been involved in many projects. Some of those projects include planting wildflowers along the Interstate, landscaping particular locations in the City of Orange, erecting a marker at the Texas Travel Bureau and participating in Arbor Day celebrations.

Currently, some members of the Ivy League Garden Club spend time tending a garden plot at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange.

Club officers are Mary Jean Prather, president; Sue Harris, vice president; Ardine Obenhaus, secretary; and Jackie Dugas, treasurer.