Garden Club news

October 11, 2013

Green Triangle Garden Club

Green Triangle Garden Club met a Gatti’s Pizza for their September meeting and new President Karen Evans presided. All reports were accepted, and new program books distributed. Several members reported on the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs’ State Convention, Maumee Bay, Ohio.

The meeting program was provided by Melody Pontias and featured a creative floral arrangement, with instructive details. A creative design is the designer’s own choice of plant material and other components in the organization of the design, to create an art form. Creative designs usually show restraint in the amount of plant material and the number of flowers used. The design may have more than one focal point, more than one point of emergence and may also include some abstract qualities. A creative design is not bound by rules, styles or traditional patterns. The creative design is a fresh and ever changing art form, absorbing ideas from the environment, the seashore, or the garden.

Slocum Garden Club

September – Fall – Apples – Jackson Apple Festival, these are all words that describe the September meeting of the Slocum Garden Club. They gathered for a Gardner’s Day Out in Jackson, beginning with a tour of the city’s historical homes and lovely gardens, and continuing to the Jones Museum for an exhibit, “America’s Camp”, which highlights the artistic work of children who lost loved ones on 9/11.

The program was provided by Mary Lou Beaumont, and featured Johnny Appleseed. She had referenced several venues, including the Johnny Appleseed Center at Urbana University and several books. Much has been written, concerning this iconic person, some of it myths, some truth. Beaumont advised that Appleseed, (aka: John Chapman) planted millions of apple trees from seed throughout the mid-west. Ohio has a highway, from Marietta to Toledo dedicated in his honor, and so named in 1951 in a joint venture of OAGC and Ohio Dept. of Transportation.

Also featured in this program was information concerning the Rome Beauty Apple, which was first grown in Rome Township, Lawrence County, Ohio by Joel Gillett in 1817. Gillett found a strange specimen contained in a shipment of orchard trees, and handed it off to his young son. The odd tree thrived on the riverbank and Horatio Nelson Gillett took cuttings began producing Rome Beauty Apples commercially. The original tree survived into the 1850’s.

Beaumont conducted the business meeting, welcoming four new club members. Reports were received from the OAGC State Convention, where three Slocum members received flower show awards. Beverly Norman directed the State Flower Show, held in Maumee Bay State Park and she was honored as Region 10 Garden Club member of the Year.

Slocum Garden Club sponsors a garden therapy program for adults at Best Care Rehabilitation Center in Wheelersburg, and they received the highest rating in the state for their ongoing efforts. Member Rose Mary Montavon was recognized as the director on this project.

Fall assignments were made for several beautification projects in which the club is involved. October is a busy month as the club prepares a trip to the Adams County, Olde Thyme Farm & Herb Festival.

Ending the business session was an installation ceremony for new club officers. Teresa Book will lead the club in 2013-14 as president. Assisting her will be: Gracie Bates, V. President; Karen Beasley, Secretary, Diane Reese, Treasurer, and Mary Lou Beaumont, Corresponding Secretary.

Attending members received a Rome Beauty apple and Beaumont read Chapman’s prayer: “ The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord…for giving me the things I need, the sun, the moon and the apple tree. The Lord is good to me.”

New members do not have to reside in the Slocum area, and are always welcomed. For additional information contact Teresa Book at 776 3267.