Granny's Garden: Museum sponsors seed exchange

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

CALLING ALL GARDENERS:  The Museum will feature “Looking Back at Grandmother’s Garden” on Saturday April 6th from 10 until noon in the museum side-yard.  This drop-in event will be an exchange of heirloom (old-fashioned) garden seeds and plants.  Please bring your potted plants and seeds for sharing.  Browsers are welcome, too.  No registration and no cost!  Incidentally a wonderful source for heirloom seeds is Renfrow Hardware in Matthews.  Treat yourself one day soon and browse this fascinating “antique” storehouse of all things - home, yard and garden.  You’ll be more than glad you did!!  You won’t leave empty-handed, guaranteed.

The Museum is offering an art class for children ages 6-9 on Saturday April 27th.  Space is limited; only 15 participants can be accommodated.  The class is free, but registration is required at 704.624.3192 or 704.624.2602.

If you missed Donna Van Sant’s spinning wheel demonstration Saturday 23rd, you missed a delightful, informal, informative event.  It was raining, but the Museum was dry and cozy!   Museum events are well-planned and interesting. Don’t miss out on these free, local enrichment opportunities.

All museum programs are supported by a grant from the Union County Community Arts Council and the Grassroots Program of the N. C. Arts Council, a state agency. 


Working at the Museum suits Katherine Pulliam, a Wingate University senior, to a tee!  Dr. Caroline Hoefferle, the history department chair, arranged for Katherine to secure this second semester internship and receive University credit. She began working in late January and must put in ninety hours.  A history major from Kannapolis, she wants to be an archivist, a person in charge of the preservation of historical records in a museum, educational facility, etc.  At the Museum she has been engaged in research and developing exhibits in the short time she has been working. Two of the exhibits she has helped create are the Black History Month and the new one in the entry.  She did some research on the current Boy Scout exhibit as well. She was busily working on Saturday during the spinning demonstration. How good this experience will look on her resume when she starts looking for a job after graduation!  So for Katherine and the Museum, her employment is definitely a win-win situation.  Two other University students are volunteers, Sarah Allen Carpenter, a senior and Hillary Hough, a junior.  As volunteers, they will not receive any University credit for their work.  Other University help is expected for the summer and fall.  What a wonderful bonus for the Museum and Wingate students needing pre-graduation work experience. 


The Small Town Main Street Committee met Thursday night March 21 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall with Beth Traywick presiding.  One item discussed was the unfortunate,  misleading name of the Committee. Contrary to its name, the Committee is concerned with the entire town and the outlying areas — not just Main Street.  Small Town Main Street just happens to be the name of the state program the Committee is working with. The major topic of the meeting and many others in the past was coming up with a symbol (brand) that reflects the Marshville of the twenty-first century – one that “speaks” to the general population giving a positive image of and creating interest in our town.  A well-known effective brand is South Carolina’s state symbol – the palmetto palm and crescent moon. Seeing it, one immediately thinks of SC and in a positive way.  Marshville needs such a brand to go on promotional brochures and other materials. Since there are various interest groups in our town, as in any town, the Committee is eager to have representation from these groups involved in this project.  All interested people are cordially invited to join the Committee at the library on April 18 at 6 p.m. and be a part of the decision making regarding our town’s future.  Future meetings will also be on the third Thursday of each month same time but in the library.  The library was scheduled, so the March meeting was in Town Hall


Highlights from the latest Town Council meeting

Approved a resolution requesting the General Assembly to remove Section 6.1 Utility Billing and Termination.  Utility billing should be addressed in Town policy.

Approved a resolution requesting the General Assembly to de-annex property identified and Union County Tax Parcel #02180003 located off Old Highway 74, Marshville.  This property is not contiguous to the town’s corporate limits, is undeveloped and currently not served by the town.

Approved a resolution supporting an application to the State Revolving Fund for 0% loan to construct a drinking water system project described as Automatic Meter Reading System.  If the application is approved, it will come back before Town Council. 

The goals and priorities from the budget retreat of March  11 in Wadesboro were reviewed.


As I wrote last week, Trevor Searle, Bill and Elizabeth Walters’ grandson, was a delight.  I was full of questions about the Mormon faith and he was most willing and eager to answer them. The Temple itself has always intrigued me.  Its inaccessibility to non-Mormons makes it seem mysterious and other-worldly.  As I recall a former Secretary of Agriculture’s daughter was married there and her father, a non-Mormon, could not attend. My experience with churches has been one of total open-door policy.  I remember being appalled to learn non-Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion in the Catholic church.  Trevor showed me his Temple recommend, his ticket to gain admission to the Temple.  I examined it and noted it contained a number, his membership number.  He has to show his recommend to enter the Temple.  In addition, he must be properly dressed.  No jeans!  The dress is formal – dress up.  To enter the Celestial Room, the prayer room where everyone wishes to go, he must be dressed in all white even to his shoes.  There is a distribution center that sells white clothing just for this purpose.  Once inside the Temple, he must change into his white clothing to go into the Celestial Room.  The Temple has no worship services; prayer in the Celestial Room  and observing ordinances are the Temple functions.  One of these ordinances is  baptism.  Baptism of the dead is a form of service, performing good works, for Temple members.  To enter heaven, Mormons believe, one must be baptized.  Those who have died without benefit of baptism must be baptized vicariously.  A Temple member may be baptized in their stead and thus assuring the deceased of entrance into heaven.  The Temple maintains a list of those needing baptism, so this is always an option for service.  Trevor reminded me that Jesus died vicariously for everyone’s sin and I had to agree with him.  There is much to admire about the Mormon faith and many questions plaguing us who know so little about it.  Thanks to Trevor for some insights into his religion.


Several years ago I went with a group from the Union County Agricultural Center on a bus trip to the NC State arboretum.  When we arrived, our guide got on our bus and lo and behold, it was a former high school classmate, Anne Calvert.  A retired textiles professor, she was pursuing a new passion, horticulture.   Since I’ve always loved digging in the dirt, our tour and Anne’s running commentary truly whetted my appetite for gardening.  How envious I was of Anne and how I wished that I lived close enough to take extension classes in growing flowers, shrubs, and trees.  Fast forward some years and I discovered the Union County Master Gardeners program and the resident horticulturist Jeff Reives in the fall of 2006.  What a find!  Due to some conflicts, I wasn’t able to enroll and begin the 40 hours of classwork until late August 2012.  Jeff taught some, but the bulk of the teaching was done by graduates of the program.  What a wealth of knowledge and well presented! Our thick loose-leaf text was in a 3-ring binder published by NC State;

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it was the only cost for the course.  The textbook is a very extensive, research-based guide for growing almost everything.  A wonderful reference source for a lifetime of gardening!   


Union County Master Gardeners is indeed hands-on.  When the classwork is satisfactorily completed and the exam passed, there still remains 40 hours of volunteer work to be logged before one is recognized as a bona fide Master Gardener. These hours may be spent working in one of the gardens on the grounds or some other instructor-approved activity.  One option is working in a school garden or establishing one.  There are as many options for accumulating the required hours as one can imagine.  To maintain the status of Master Gardener, one must devote 20 hours in volunteer service each subsequent year after the classwork is finished.  The exam was exhausting.  Open book it was and sometimes that is the most difficult form. 

For me, one of the endearing pluses of the Master Gardener program is the camaraderie and the food.  The Master Gardeners are like one big happy family.   For each class session and the exam, a feast was spread by several students.  The snacks had to be nutritious and local food as much as possible.   We ate, chatted, laughed, befriended and learned. It doesn’t get any better than that!

There is an amazing teaching garden on the Ag Center grounds.  On almost any given day, you will find some Master Gardeners busily weeding, planting, transplanting, mulching, laying stones or brick or working in the greenhouse.  Workdays are posted on the Internet and there is always work needing to be done. Some of these working have accumulated hundreds of garden hours. Currently there are two gardens – the woodland and the cottage.  A third is being planned – a children’s.   You are cordially invited to visit the gardens at any time and be astounded at the variety of plants, the artistry of the landscaping and the projects in progress at any given time.  One of those in-the-works projects is the planning for hosting the annual state convention in June.


If you have some folksy news, an idea, suggestion or whatever, please give me a call at 704.289.1545 or e-mail me at  I do welcome criticism, too.  I have much to learn even if my hair is gray and my knees arthritic.!