Mexico Federated Garden Club held its Sept. 30 meeting at Hickory Ridge Orchard where members toured the grounds and picked apples. Dona Bingham served as the meeting's host.

Sue Priest reported on a new variety of Hydrangea that is now available as a plant of merit. Laura Worstell and Helen Hynes conducted nature therapy at Teal Lake Senior Living and The Arbors at Lakeview Bend, respectively. They helped residents create decorative autumn leaf shapes. Hynes also reported on the Monarch Butterfly migration. Rita Guile and Hynes mulched plantings made at Williams Center Community Support. They will do more pruning at a later date.

Laura and Sue Ellen Worstell used carrots, plums, apples and grapes in the food for sampling Sept. 4 at the Laura Miller George Help Center. The hoop house at the community garden has been repaired with a better structure. The garden needs a picnic table and more raised beds.

Contest entries are sought for the Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl poster contest. They must be submitted to the Mexico club before January. Youth poetry entries also are sought for the club's youth poetry contest. Winners are then submitted to the state office. Hynes entered Guile's picture and story to the National Garden Club's Plant it Pink contest to promote a breast cancer-free world.

Unused budget funds will be donated to Scattering Fork Outdoor Center for its new hidden edibles garden under development. Dee Ragsdale will submit an amendment to the state to change club by-laws so members can volunteer to read to preschoolers at the Williams Center. Roberta Wilson will complete the annual treasurer's report by Nov. 1.

Garden Club members are asked to submit ideas for next year's programs. Suggestions have included Missouri spiders, straw-bale gardening, touring Shopher's Garden and chair yoga. Stamps will be purchased with Happiness Dollars funds.

The October meeting was to be held at Scattering Fork, with Mary Allen's scrapbooks from Garden Club meetings on display.