May 1, 2013
Three County Regional Meeting
Lake White Club was venue for Region 10 Garden Clubs from three counties, Scioto, Pike and Lawrence, for a Spring Regional meeting on April 18. Members participated in a beautiful flower show entitled “East Meets West”. Best of Show Ribbon was awarded to Carolyn Wilcox and the Award of Distinction was won by Diane Reese. Faye McGinnis was the flower show judge.
Bees are very important to gardeners and Beekeeper Wyatt Bates provided an interesting morning. Apian Program. Bates exhibited a hive and explained the bee society. He suggested that local honey may be of assistance with local allergies. And honey is the only food that never spoils. It can be reconstituted even from ancient times.
Myrna Cordray, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs instructor and flower show judge, created eight distinct floral designs during the afternoon program, Part of her success lies in the wonderful vases she uses. And vases are one of a kind, designed by her husband, Tom Cordray. He also attended and his unique vases were available for purchase.
Susan Thomas, Region 10 Director conducted a short business meeting in the morning session, receiving numerous reports. Guests included Ohio Association of Garden Clubs President Mary Lee Minor and 2nd V.P. Geri Rea. Several other OAGC Board members were present, along with guests from Region 9. Irmalee Gampp was announced as the Regional Director Elect (2013-2015).
Minford and Double Delight Garden Clubs served as hosts and club gift baskets were raffled.
Slocum Garden Club Tours Greenlawn Cemetery
Did you know that there is an annual beauty contest for trees? Ann Bonner, Ohio’s State Arborist with The Ohio Department of
Natural Resources had the answer for this question for the Slocum Garden Club and their guests on a tour through Greenlawn Cemetery in April.
Every year states choose their most beautiful tree and they are placed in a national competition. Greenlawn Cemetery has the distinction of having an American Holly and a Common Persimmon as state winners and an Oriental Arbor-vita as a national winner and also in having the most award winners in one place in Ohio.
The Holly tree grows next to the chapel and the Soldiers Circle, the Arbor-vita near a very tall Ginko tree just behind the chapel and the Persimmon is near the middle, seeming to be two trees fused at the trunk.
Bonner highlighted the type, estimated age and general condition of several trees during the tour.
Many trees are estimated to be as old as the cemetery itself. Greenlawn opened in 1829, so the trees are a wonderful treasure.
Slocum Garden Club is considering the tagging of winning trees as a gift to Portsmouth during it’s bi-centennial in 2015.