By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Sorceress Lyndal, quite contrary,
how does your garden grow?
With moss and slime, and poisonous vine
and skunk cabbages all in a row!
A little Halloween sorcery crept into Shawn O’Donnell’s Grill & Pub at the recent Mill Creek Garden Club meeting when President Lyndal Kennedy, known for her creativity and sense of humor, surprised the group by materializing as an enchanted “garden witch.”
With lights dimmed, Lyndal recited a bewitching poem as she cast a spell around the room.
Visions of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and yes, even Christmas, continued to captivate with mesmerizing guest speaker Jon Robert Throne, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and owner of Countryside Floral & Garden, Issaquah, The Royal Bee Florist, Covington and Farm, Fares & Floral, Kent.
A popular speaker at Garden Club, Jon demonstrated how to design both autumn and winter centerpieces. There is nothing ordinary about what Jon conjures up; he created two on-the-spot holiday tablescapes and numerous floral arrangements with vegetables and greenery harvested from his farm; fresh foliage and flowers from his two stores as well as some artificial treasures too.
Those unique arrangements were awarded to one lucky recipient at each of the tables.
Jon joined the group for a “bootiful” buffet lunch of spine-chilling salads, rollicking rolls, perilous potatoes, paranormal pork tenderloin and an audacious apple crisp dessert complete with wicked whipped cream! It wasn’t a dark and stormy night, but there was a bit of magic in the air.
Garden Club membership is currently at capacity, but you can share an enchanted experience with us at our Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market 2020 on June 27—nothing eerie about that! But beware of what lurks behind those garden gates!
One of Jon's unique wispy autumn arrangements, complete with roses, Calla lily, and a gourd. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.