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Traditionally the Starkville Town and Country Garden Club takes a break from monthly meetings in the heat of the summer.¬†
However, that does not mean the ladies are not working, after all, this is summer and gardeners in Starkville¬†are busy.¬†
National Garden Week, held June 5-11, was celebrated by the club with a donation of the beautiful book, ‚ÄúPrivate Gardens of Georgia‚ÄĚ written by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost .¬†
Susan Street, Imogene Triplett, Jane Loveless and Anita Reynolds also put together a lovely garden display near the front door of the library which features¬†gardening books¬†and Imogene Triplett‚Äôs¬†stunning bromeliad plants.¬†¬†
Imogene Triplett said she became fascinated with the plants when she first went to Brazil.¬†¬†Her¬†plants are unusual¬†with dramatic variety in both the leaves and flowers.¬†Some leaves¬†have vertical stripped leaves while¬†others have horizontal stripes the flowers are very colorful.
The plants have names like Friendship, Red Hot Poker and Fingernail.¬†They can grow on the side of rocky cliffs and should be watered within the cup found in the center of the plant, not in the¬†dirt where planted, explained Mrs. Triplett.¬†¬†
One book she recommends is ‚ÄúBromeliads for the Contemporary Garden‚ÄĚ by Andrew Steens,¬†a¬†wonderful reference book for reading more about¬†bromeliads.