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The Organizations of Castle Marrach: The Garden Society

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  • The Organizations of Castle Marrach: The Garden Society

    Twenty-fourth day, First Moon
    Twentieth Year of the Recent Awakenings,

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of
    The Garden Society.

    Aromas of earth and herbs greet the senses when one first enters the Garden Society's Suite. Located in the Outer Bailey, across from the Practice Hall, is a room filled with many varieties of flora. With a pleasant outlook over the Gate Courtyard and gallery opposite, the room is decorated simply; flowers and herbs are clearly the focal point. Red and yellow blooms, fuchsia, lavender, spearmint, and other green plants surround the room. Rushes and sweet smelling herbs strewn over the floor, add to the overall charm of the atmosphere.

    The Garden Society, established prior to the Recent Awakenings by Dame Oriana, was designed to welcome those who had an inherent love for the natural beauty that springs from the earth. From flowers to herbs, plants to shrubs, the Garden Society cultivates and nurtures all forms of plant life. Many do it for the sheer satisfaction of sharing this love with our fellow castle dwellers. The Society is responsible for bringing the beauty of greenery and flowers to walls of Castle Marrach. The Garden Society provides not only flowers and plants for visual appeal, but also collaborates with the cooks, the healers, the stylists and clothiers - providing them with plants they require for food, medicine, soaps and dyes. Planning for a fully functional apothecary shop is underway, which will be open for denizens to order brews and other herbal remedies and goods. These currently are ordered from the Garden Society.

    Popularity of different plants changes over time. Roses were most requested in the seventh year of the Recent Awakenings and the fashion moved to carnations in the thirteenth year. Now in the twentieth year, in the Inner Bailey the most popular tend to be lavender and jasmine and in the Outer Bailey, carnations and tulips.

    Other more common flowers are daises, geranium, tulips, snapdragons and daffodils. The plants that were more difficult to cultivate comprise a much longer list: roses, aloe, mugwort, basil, ginseng, valerian, and orchids are very delicate. Peppermint, lotus, ladyslippers, and sunflowers are also hard to raise in any quantity. Most of these, like the orchid and aloe, require the soil and temperatures to be just right to grow. Others require a lot of sunlight, and flowers can catch root rot and mold very easily. To grow any of these successfully, much care and constant checking of their growing environment is necessary. If you are curious about items you can obtain at your current link, please seek out a core member of The Garden Society or consult the public guidelines. The plants that are available per the guidelines come from the garden suite and the conservatory. The Conservatory is in the Inner Bailey, the domain of the Royal Venefice, Lady Hieronyma.

    The Garden Society is the only Outer Bailey organization restricted to women, as its as the Charter states men cannot become full members. Men are welcome to join the auxiliary, which is open to all who either do not wish to or cannot be a full member, to share their passion for plants. Some auxiliary members have become 'foresters', tasked with documenting the trees in the gardens and other are from time to time given their own special projects to contribute to the Garden Society.

    Persons interested in becoming a member of the Garden Society may seek any member, identifiable by their thistle-shaped cloak clasp or sage wool shawl. Applications should be sent to Mistress Juliana or sera Trinity with name, affiliations, time awake and reason for wishing to join.

    Mistress Juliana is the leader of the Garden Society and makes herself available every Tuis evening at four late bells in the Garden Suite, for students, consultation and placing orders. The Mistress also holds a weekly class in the Inner Bailey at two late bells on Tuis for members of the Court, to offer them a genteel and courtly class in bouquets and topiaries.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers to indicate discreetly to me any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, The Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm.

    Sera Tine

    Senior Chronicler
    Penned by Rayna: Eighteenth day of the Ninth Moon, 5th YRA
    Updated by Jerisa: Twenty-third day of the Ninth Moon, 7th YRA
    Updated by Euphelia: Twenty-seventh day of the Fifth Moon, 13th YRA
    Updated by Tine: Twenty-fourth day of the First Moon, 20th YRA

    Senior Chronicler
    Secretary to Lord Dolph Li'astri