Portsmouth Garden Club February is a planning month for gardeners and Sue Burke of the Portsmouth Garden Club provided a Spring Program

February 26, 2013

Portsmouth Garden Club

February is a planning month for gardeners and Sue Burke of the Portsmouth Garden Club provided a Spring Program, as the club members met for a pot-luck luncheon at All Saints Church. Burke provide an excellent gift for each member, “The Gardener’s Idea Book”. She spoke about planning summer flowerbeds and containers. The tips included ideas for color combinations, types of beds and containers, and possible themes and accessories. In planning a pleasing container, one should remember three types of plants: 1.Thriller, (this is the tall, middle plant); 2.Filler, (this is shorter, thicker foliage plant); 3.Spiller, (this is the vinery plant that drapes dramatically over the edge of the container). The only other requirement, for a beautiful planter, is a fertilized potting soil, with built-in moisture control.

Portsmouth Garden Club members provide maintenance and planning for the flowerbeds at Tracy Park, Alexandra Point, and 1810 House. Burke advised that volunteers and money are always welcomed at these three important locations, during the early spring and throughout the summer. She advised that the beds at Alexandra Point are being updated with new timbers. The flowers in the 1810 House beds are of the heirloom variety. Anyone interested in either of these locations can contact Burke at 740 354 1621.

The business meeting was conducted by V. President Alison Barrett and she received the club reports. After lunch the club completed 100 Hospice favors for use at SOMC Hospice Center. This project was lead by Rita Ugrin and Linda Warfield.

Announcements concerned the 10th Annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium

On March 2, 2013. The club will be participating and reservations must be made by February 22.

Slocum Garden Club

“An Arboretum - Its More Than Trees” served as the topic of the Slocum Garden Club’s February meeting held on Valentine’s Day at the home of Mary Lou Beaumont. Arbor Day is April 26.???????

Rose Mary Montavon gave the club members a tour through Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., near Chicago, using a videotape of her summer visit. Montavon complimented the presentation with information about the Arbor Day Foundation. J. Sterling Morton, of the Morton Salt Co. was the founder of Arbor Day. His daughter, Joy Morton is the founder of the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700 acre facility, dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the world’s trees for future generations. There are 4,100 different species in the arboretum, which also includes a four-acre Children’s Garden, a Fragrance Garden, Ground Cover Garden and Hedge Garden.

Arbor Day Foundation newsletters were distributed, and Beaumont spoke about the Foundation’s Tree City USA, Nature Explore for Youth, and Rain Forest Rescue/Shade Grown Specialty Coffee programs, encouraging members to join this ecological organization. The club plans to plant a tree at the Kid’s World Day Care Center in Slocum on Arbor Day.

Beaumont conducted a brief business meeting, focusing on membership and fund raising. Members were encouraged to participate in the following opportunities: 1. Annual Amish Bird Symposium on March 2 at the Wheat Ridge Community Center in Adams County; 2.The Ohio State University Extension-sponsored Native Plants in Landscaping symposium in Pomeroy on March 28; 3.To support the club’s photo in the Boneyfiddle Arts Center photo contest; 4.To begin planning for a public design study workshop at Kroger, Wheelersburg, on March 28; 5. The Ohio Association of Garden Club’s Exhibitor’s and Judges School on April 15 and 16.

Club member Beverly Norman, Assistant Region 10 Director and Ohio Association of Garden Club’s State Flower Show Chairperson, addressed design categories planned for the Region 10 Spring Regional Meeting at Lake White Club in Pike County on April 18 and the Scioto County Fair. OAGC Judge and club member Diane Reese will be conducting a design study workshop for several local clubs in the coming month.

Loretta Smith circulated numerous photos and flowers contrived of seashells she made in workshops at Santabel Island, Florida. Norman was directed to research and explain OAGC’s policy on the use of shells, and contrived flowers in designs at a future meeting.

The March meeting will be held at the home Karen Beasley with Kate Sowards, Conservation Education Coordinator, Scioto County Soil and Water Conservation District, speaking on rainwater conservation and butterfly gardens.

New members are welcomed. If interested, call 776-4005.

Green Triangle Garden Club

The February program for Green Triangle Garden Club was presented by Stephanie Wright and featured an interesting project, Glass Garden Totems. This is not a quick project, but it can make an attractive addition to your spring garden. Select several pieces of glass with interesting shapes, that might stack nicely. They can vary in color and shapes, and for the sake of stability, one can include some flat plates. All surfaces should be clean and dry. Be especially careful in handling to prevent oils from your fingers, that might hinder the adhesive. Silicone glue is recommended, with approximately one to two weeks curing. Lexel is also recommended and dries clearer than the silicone, but requires a 30 day curing period. If you choose a glass vase, remember that denture cleaner is effective in cleaning. A tall totem should be constructed in small pieces and each allowed to cure. A totem with a clear vase as a base looks fabulous in your garden setting over a small garden light.

A Valentine theme prevailed and President Sherrill Day conducted the business session, receiving the reports. Day announced the location of the Spring Regional Meeting, at Lake White Club in Waverly. The March meeting of Green Triangle Garden Club will feature a workshop program with Diane Reese and the meeting hostess will be Anna Cardenas.