Geranium City Garden Club tea

Members of the Geranium City Garden Club including current president Laura Labrado, center, enjoy tea time Wednesday at the Fairfield Senior Center. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)


Geranium Club honors its past presidents

By From page A3 | February 21, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Some orange ginger tea, a scone, a cucumber sandwich or maybe a tuna sandwich and plenty of cookies, all served on china and mixed with good conversation.

That’s the recipe used Wednesday by the Geranium City Garden Club of Fairfield and Suisun at a tea honoring its past presidents. About two dozen people attended at the Fairfield Senior Center to enjoy these food items and other delicacies.

“You’re not going to leave hungry,” Geranium City Garden Club President Laura Labrado told the gathering.

The Geranium Club’s stated goal is to increase knowledge and interest in amateur gardening and plant life and to promote horticultural activities. That extends to plant life far beyond the geraniums in the group’s title.

“Everything,” said Labrado, who qualifies as a past president herself because of a previous stint at the position.

Labrado was among those who decorated a table at the Senior Center for the 1:30 p.m. tea. Her centerpiece featured miniature tea pots surrounding a white camellia, rather than a geranium.

The group participates in Pennies for Pines to raise money to plant pines in burned-out national forests. Labrado said it costs $68 to plant an acre with 325 trees.

Exploring the local plant world includes going on outings, such as to see heirloom tomatoes in Suisun Valley. It includes holding presentations, such as when county Agricultural Commissioner Jim Allan talked to the club about helpful and harmful garden insects.

The Geranium City Garden Club also tries to help the area’s students. It offers a $500 scholarship to a help a high school senior study horticulture or a related subject.

The club has staying power. The late Pauline Davidson founded it in 1956. She did so, she said in a 1999 interview, “because I wanted a garden club to learn more about flowers and gardening. And nobody said ‘No.’ ”

Among the club’s projects is the Pauline Davidson Living Memorial Park at the Pennsylvania Avenue and Dana Drive entrance to the Linear Park.

The Geranium Club is a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs Inc., Pacific Region, California Garden Clubs Inc., Sacramento River Valley District.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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