Garden club takes trip, installs officers

May 22, 2014
Photo by: Donated A TRIP TO THE FARM — Susan Fernandez, in yellow, of Wildcat Ridge Farm speaks to  Mountain View Garden Club members about peonies and fig trees.

The Mountain View Garden Club of Waynesville ended its fiscal year on a high note — a road trip to the Wildcat Ridge Farm located along the banks of the Pigeon River in Clyde.

Owned by Riccardo and Suzanne Fernandez, former owners of the Loma Grill in Waynesville, this farm specializes in growing peony plants and fig trees. They grow over 60 varieties of both herbaceous and intersectional peonies in a rainbow of colors, fragrances and sizes.

Intersectional peonies are a hybrid of the tree form that originated in Japan that grow taller and have larger blooms, while herbaceous peonies are the more traditional form. Like many blooming plants in this region, the bushes will be a little late in blooming as a result of the recent extreme cold temperatures, but by the end of May this riverside property should be in glorious color.

The club members learned about growing fig trees, the other specialty at the farm. Ricardo grows about six to eight varieties ranging from 4 to 7 feet in height for the joy of the delicious fruit.  He was in the process of bringing out approximately 200 trees that had been stored for the winter.

Following the talk and plant viewing, the club had its monthly meeting riverside and installed officers for the new year beginning June 1.

The new officers are Jan Ariko, president; Sally Jamieson, vice president; Sharon Hall, recording secretary; Diane Kornse, corresponding secretary; Jan Herrmann, treasurer; and Judy Nabors, historian.

The Mountain View Garden Club, one of four garden clubs in the Waynesville area and is a member of the N.C. Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Federation of Garden Clubs.  In addition to visiting places of gardening and outdoor interest in the greater Haywood Country area, the club holds monthly meetings at various Waynesville locations, and is involved with and committed to community projects in the Waynesville area that include maintaining the topiaries at the Waynesville Library; the planters at the post office; the town’s welcome sign; creating and maintaining a garden at the Shelton House; cleaning up Boyd Avenue as a part of the Adopt-a-Street Program; and volunteering at the Autumn Care Nursing Home.