Flowers creatively displayed at show

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A bottle brush bush is displayed during the Gonzales Garden club's annual flower show at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales. The show featured floral arrangements, samples of area flowers and a plant display.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A bottle brush bush is displayed during the Gonzales Garden club's annual flower show at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales. The show featured floral arrangements, samples of area flowers and a plant display.

Janis Poche put a few drops of white paint in an old milk bottle and filled it with calla lilies to complete her “Got Milk” display in the Gonzales Garden Club’s Spring Flower show.

Near the bottle was a painting of two men milking cows.

The bottle, lilies and painting represented Poche’s years growing up on a dairy farm, she said.

Her father sold his milk to Louisiana Creamery Inc., which distributed Lily Milk in bottles bearing an image of the calla lily, she said.

“It just all reminded me of growing up on a dairy farm and the work my dad and brother used to do,” she said.

Garden club members entered 16 floral exhibits in the show held April 10 and April 11 at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Club members used a variety of flowers, plants and other materials to interpret a photograph or painting.

Lorraine Gautreau used a painting she had of a boiled crawfish in a blue colander as inspiration.

“I love crawfish ... and this is typical of south Louisiana,” she said.

She used small red flowers, a lemon, brass crawfish, a tiny bottle of Tabasco and a blue pot in her display.

The winner of the annual event won’t be announced until May 1, the next time the club meets, said Poche, club president.

Library visitors voted for their favorite and the library staff counted the votes.

“They keep it a secret until our meeting,” she said. “I don’t even know.”

Poche said she was impressed with the variety and quality of the floral arrangements in this year’s show.

“There’s a lot of creativity,” she said.

New member Mary Jo Pohlig used a purple iris, Gerbera daisies, eucalyptus and a pair of candlesticks to interpret a painting of a Paris street.

Longtime member Conchita Richey drew on the peaceful, calm feeling she got from a photo she took of New River from her backyard for her display.

Richey used cypress branches and wild flowers to depict the bayou scene.

The flower show is just one of the annual events hosted by the club.

Poche said the group is holding its annual plant and bake sale May 10 at Gonzales city hall.

A variety of plants will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The club, chartered in 1961, is a member of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and national Garden Clubs Inc.