Master Gardener James Holmes, a man of many talents, showed an excellent slide-show of insects, birds, animals, trees, flowers and shrubs native to Texas at the monthly Kingwood Garden Club, explaining the benefits of each in gardening. The program, enjoyed by a huge crowd of members and guests, was informative and interesting. Holmes is part of the Gulf Coast Master Naturalist program and the Native Plant Society of Texas.
He photographs native plants at Sheldon Park, participates in the Jesse H. Jones plant propagation and annual Wildscapes event, and teaches landscaping at workshops. The local club was very fortunate to experience his presentation. Holmes, who passed all four of the Landscape Design Courses offered at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, has also given presentations on topics such as photography and gardening. His PowerPoint presentation thrilled the attentive audience.
Three active Kingwood Garden Club members received national awards at the meeting, which is held monthly at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Drive. Margo Rushin, 2nd vice president and membership chair, won a first place in the Gold Club for year 2016-17 and received the National Garden Club Award for increasing the membership greatly. Cecily Ryan, Publicity 2016-17, and Kay Caffey, who took on the responsibility because of Hurricane Harvey, both received first place awards, the Gold Club for the Publicity Press Book Awards.
The Blue Star Marker, donated by the club, will be dedicated Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Creekwood Middle School Veterans Garden on Lake Houston Parkway.