Mene Gene and Leo Stone at Aficionado Seeds, in Northern California’s Mendocino County. Aficionado is known for drawing from a deep Emerald Triangle heritage to produce highly sought-after genetics that consistently dominate at the Emerald Cup, as well as for their famously fancy packaging.
Black Lime Reserve placed 2nd at the 2014 Emerald Cup. It is a cross of Black Lime, which placed 9th at the 2007 Emerald Cup, and Chemdawg Special Reserve, which won 1st place at the 2012 Emerald Cup. Black Lime is a private heirloom strain whose ancestry can be traced back to Northern Lights and old-world Afghani, Oaxacan, and Burmese. Chemdawg Special Reserve is Elite Chemdawg #4 crossed with Stardawg, and according to Aficionado, it is “the absolute and most definitive version of Chemdawg in seed.”
Aficionado’s seeds are expensive and elusive, but quite popular among a close-knit community of cultivators. At the heart of that community are Swami Chaitanya and Nikki Lastreto. These outspoken advocates for organic, sungrown, Mendocino cannabis have been judges for the Emerald Cup since its inception in 2003. Their specialty “Swami Select” brand of cannabis is grown outdoors in their beautiful Ganja Ma Gardens, an off-grid homestead and “spiritual sanctuary” with solar power and spring water.
Swami in his garden
The Garth House, The Junior League of Beaumont, where she was proud to be a sustaining member, Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Triangle Aids Network, and the Beaumont Bridge Studio, where she achieved Life Master status. She also endowed a scholarship at Lamar University that will continue her spirit of cultural enrichment. The Mary Jane Garth Regents’ Scholarship benefits undergraduate students in the school of Arts and Communications.
Mary Jane will always be remembered for her adventuresome spirit and as a compassionate and vibrant person who overcame life’s challenges with dignity and wisdom. She loved to receive friends and patrons into her home to share her fabulous contemporary collection of artworks. She will be fondly remembered for her gift of hospitality, especially her annual bridge club party and festive New Years Day celebration.
She is survived by her three children, Terry Garth and wife, Lee Ann, of Beaumont; Harriet Garth of Beaumont; and David Garth and wife, Canice, of Austin; four grandchildren, Jessica Garth Whitney; Tyrrell T. Garth; Kitridge B. Garth; and Laurie Johansen; and ten great grandchildren.
The family greatly appreciates the wonderful support staff that cared for Mary Jane during her lengthy illness; particularly her attending physician, Dr. Benjamin Beckert, her household manager, Karen Buchanan, and her household staff and care givers, Sandra Dugas, Loretta Young, Mae Rosales, Dorothy Henry, Veronica Leslie, Florence Jordan and Joje Frantz.
A gathering of Mrs. Garth’s family and friends will begin in The Cloister, at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 23, 2015, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 680 Calder Avenue, Beaumont. Her cremation will be held under the direction of Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.
At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Mary Jane be given to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 680 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702; The Garth House Mickey Mehaffy Children’s Advocacy, 1895 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77701; Julie Rogers Gift of Life, 755 South 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
“Right now it’s all about Christmas,” she said. “Poinsettias, centerpieces and wreaths.”
Cutler opened Cary Florist in November, her second Triangle floral shop. Cutler said she originally was searching for a larger space in Raleigh where she could relocate her other store, North Raleigh Florist.
“I couldn’t find anything with this kind of charm,” she said of the Cary location. “All of it fell into place.”
The quaint building with plenty of space was the ideal location to expand her business, she said.
“My most favorite aspect is the walk-in cooler,” she said.
The cooler is open to customers who can choose their flowers for do-it-yourself projects.
“It’s like a flower market in there,” she said.
Cutler said an open design counter, a private consultation room and an event showroom where customers can see their vision on display sets the shop apart from others.
“We’re all a little bit different,” she says of area florists. “We all have our own niche.”
Customers who are interested in learning more about floral design can sign up for one of the store’s workshops. On Jan. 20, the shop will hold a class on arranging and caring for fresh-cut roses. The $50 fee includes a dozen roses for each participant.
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