By Rita Van Fleet
The Wildflower Bunch celebrated July with a garden party in the exquisite gardens of Fran Holman McKenzie and Lars McKenzie in Big Canoe’s Wildcat neighborhood. Guests dined alfresco wearing their favorite hats adorned with flowers.
The McKenzie gardens feature a lush mix of native plants, traditional favorites, and specimen plantings from their home state, Louisiana. To ward off uninvited guests in her garden, Fran places a mix of chopped vegetables – radishes, onions (green, purple, and white), and broccoli – under the garden mulch near the plants she wishes to protect. She also uses underplantings of herbs – basil, dill, oregano, and fennel.
To conclude the event, guests gathered around the bed of Oenothera (family of evening primrose) which blossoms each evening. As the sky darkened, the leaves appeared to quiver slightly, then the yellow flower petals quickly unfurled under the rapt attention of the crowd.
At the next Wildflower Bunch meeting on August 2, Dan Long of Brushwood Nursery will discuss growing and maintaining Clematis vines.
For more information about WFB or its programs and events, contact co-president Fran Holman McKenzie, franholman@ yahoo.com, or visit www.wildflowerbunch.com.
Membership applications ($20 annually) for Big Canoe residents and Property Owners are welcomed throughout the year and are available online or at the Big Canoe postal facility.