April 3, 2013
Portsmouth Garden Club
In several ceremonies Portsmouth Garden Club, represented by Alison Barrett, Vice President, made monetary gifts to local establishments engaged in the beautification of the Portsmouth area. In March Barrett presented $150.00 to Dottie Justus of the 1810 House to be used on 2013 activities. The 1810 House is located on Waller Street and seeks to preserve Portsmouth’s historic beginnings.
Earlier Barrett presented a check for $150.00 to Main Street Portsmouth’s representative, Sarah Surina. This organization is dedicated to the beautification and promotion of the Portsmouth area. Their spring project is the purchase and installation of a water fountain at Alexandria Point.
Portsmouth Garden Club is active in local endeavors as well as club and garden activities.
Slocum Garden Club Explores Butterfly Conservation
Slocum Garden Club met at the home of Karen Beasley in March just prior to the release of the New York Times article, “Monarch Migration Plunges to Lowest Level in Decades”. The report stated that the number of monarch butterflies migrating in 2012 to their winter home in Mexico occupied only 2.94 of the once 50 acres covered. The March club topic was “Assisting the Preservation of the Monarch” seeking ways to attract and, hopefully, increases the number of, not only monarchs, but any butterfly, as their numbers dwindle. Guest speaker was Kate Sowards, Education Coordinator for the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District.
Sowards explained that in its first stage, the caterpillar requires the eating of a host plant. Sadly, modern farming techniques use broadband pesticides and cornfields no longer house the
Milkweed, growing between the rows of millions of acres of crops in the corn belt states. Milkweed, dill, parsley, carrot, violets, plantain, black locust, birch, dogwood and viburnum serve as host plants to monarchs, swallowtails, fritillaries, buckeyes, skippers and azures
that frequent the Ohio Valley.
The adult butterfly requires nectar-producing flowers with multiple florets and broad petals. Local gardeners can provide a butterfly garden of lilac, purple coneflower, butterfly bush, zinnia, and possibly a stand of native goldenrod, ironweed, milkweed, or phlox.
The business meeting was conducted by President Mary Beaumont. Reports were presented including updates on beautification efforts at the James Erwin Post American Legion, Minford, Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg, and Shawnee State Park.
Garden Therapy activities at Best Care’s Adult Living Program featured a Mardi Gras theme in February.
Plans were discussed for future activities at the OAGC Spring Regional in April at the Lake White Club in Waverly, and the Exhibitor’s & Judge’s School at Deer Creek State Park.
The club is seeking new members. Call 776-4005 for information.
Green Triangle Garden Club
Green Triangle Garden Club members met in March at Gatti’s Pizza Restaurant and the business meeting was conducted by President Sherrill Day. Business reports were presented and approved. Plans were announced for the upcoming Spring Regional meeting in April. Day appointed a Nominating Committee for 2014 officers.
Guest Designer, Diane Reese presented a design lesson with dried materials entitled “Windy City”. The object of the design is to convey movement, although the flowers are stationary. Movement or rhythm relate to “flow” in a floral arrangement. It can be an illusive quality, as it can lead to a confused view, if the lines are too repetitive. Reese produced a lovely arrangement, with nice lines, using dried berries, lavender, and hydrandia, aptly conveying the movement of wind.
Lucasville Garden Club
A gardener must have patience as it is a long time between planting the seed and cutting the bloom. But what if the plant happens to be biennial? A biennial plant is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological lifecycle. A biennial plant produces leaves stems, and roots during its first year, then goes dormant during the cold months. In the second year it finally shifts gears and shoots up, producing both a bloom and seeds. A biennial requires vernalization (or exposure to cold). Joan Adaway provided this information in her February program for the Lucasville Garden Club. She named a few biennial plants: Sweet William and some hollyhocks.
The February luncheon meeting was hosted by Grace Koch, with assistance from Melanie Hawk and Laquita Abrams. President Adaway received the business reports, including a report on plans for a club anniversary dinner. Plans were discussed for an honorary planting in the SR 23 North Flower Bed for deceased members, June Carroll and Terry Penn,
Hawk won the club prize for outstanding plant specimen and Valentine floral arrangement. Barb Smith had gifts of seeds purchased in Germany for all members.
The January meeting featured a program on the benefits derived from houseplants, and Coleen Crabtree had information concerning the best type of planters for indoor plants. Her program featured a display of planters, including some beautiful antique vases, and a variety of houseplants: Cactus, orchids and geraniums. Barbara Smith’s orchid planter won the blue ribbon for best specimen.