No matter what actually happens weather-wise next week, spring will be in the air in Emmaus, thanks to the Emmaus Garden Club.
The Emmaus Garden Club will kick off its 2013 schedule of programming on Tuesday, March 5 with a noon meeting at Faith Presbyterian Church, featuring a guest speaker and refreshments, according to Claire McCrea, a garden club member who has handled publicity for the club for the past year.
Club member Bob Stamper, who McCrea describes at a “world traveler and expert gardener” will speak about the plants of Chile. “Bob is one of the best and most experienced gardeners in our club and he takes such wonderful photos you feel like you are going on the trip with him,” McCrea says.
The Emmaus Garden Club, which currently has 67 members, meets on the first Tuesday of the month from March through November at Faith Presbyterian and there is a speaker at each session who typically talks for about an hour, McCrea says.
"Refreshments" are also served at each meeting, although McCrea says the food is really more like a light lunch. “We have a different hospitality committee in charge of the food for each meeting,” she says, “and they try to outdo each other each time.”
Those who saw early publicity material for the club’s 2013 speaker schedule may recall that Stamper was actually scheduled to speak at the club’s August 2013 meeting. He agreed to take the podium on March 5 when the original March presenter, Myra Fenza, owner of Flora Accents, needed to cancel at the last minute, McCrea explains.
Fenza will deliver her talk, titled “Art in Bloom” at the Emmaus Garden Club’s August 6 meeting.
All Emmaus Garden Club meetings, including the March 5 program, are free and open to the public.