Area garden club news

October 31, 2013

Regional Garden Club Meeting

Seventy-five gardeners from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties met for a daylong session held at Grace United Methodist Church, Waverly. The host clubs, Waverly and Prime Thyme Garden Clubs had the church auditorium bedecked with pumpkins, as the theme was “Pumpkin Palooza”. Early arrivals were greeted with a continental brunch and a chance to view a flower show and sales tables.

The morning program was a delightful dissertation on Fairy Gardens, conducted by Julie Brunner. A Fairy Garden is very imaginative, with small, fanciful items incorporated into the garden setting. Brunner hand-constructs many of the items and she was generous in passing along instructions. She also demonstrated construction of an enclosed, miniature rain garden, complete with growing plants and artifacts in a clear plastic container, suitable for a child’s room.

Jim McCormac, a botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a contributor to the Columbus Dispatch was the afternoon guest speaker. McCormac has a vast knowledge of Ohio trees and shrubs, and the living organism, inhabiting our forests. He is very familiar with habitat plants that encourage vital animal life. He stressed that Ohio was originally a prairie setting and that type of flora is best for the area, although we now have an infestation of global insects and plants threatening our surroundings. Hidden in our forests are thousands of strange and beneficial beings, like worms that transform into butterflies, each worthy of our concern.

Several out of town guests were in attendance: Geri Rea, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs 2nd V.P. and her husband; Stephanie Patrick, OAGC Counselor, Virginia Bennett, former OAGC Regional Director.

Outgoing Regional Director Sue Thomas, Waverly Garden Club opened the business meeting and received the Spring Regional reports. Thomas congratulated Region 10 members on their success at the August OAGC State Convention. Region 10 Flower Show Chair, Beverly Norman designed the Convention Flower Show and Lawrence County Junior Garden Club, “The Rocks” were State Junior Club of the Year. Thomas presented certificates of merit to numerous clubs for outstanding work in 2013.

V. P. Rea conducted the installation of new regional officers for 2014 and the gavel was passed to Incoming Director, Irmalee Gampp, Minford Garden Club. Gampp received reports from eight chairmen and three County Contacts. The winners in the flower show were chosen by popular vote, each receiving a monetary award.

Winners were: 1st Place, Eva Woolry, Green Triangle Garden Club; 2nd Place, Jean Moore, Willow Garden Club & Darlene Martin, Prime Thyme Garden Club; 3rd Place, Sheila Tackett, Rock Hill Garden Club; 4th Place, Anna Cardenas, Green Triangle Garden Club.

Slocum Garden Club

October meeting of the Slocum Garden Club featured a trip to Adams County for the Wheat Ridge Farm and Herb Festival, held in two large barns that contain eccentric and unusual antiques. Where 200 Artisans handcraft unusual items: unique metal yard art, hand made bowls, toys, boxes, birdhouses, racks and walking sticks. Also available were: pottery makers, jewelers, sewn items from quilters, weavers and knitters; plus, baskets, candle-makers, copper sprinklers, herbal wreaths, gourd sculptures, jams and jellies, timber framing and spilt rails, photography, recycled glass art, engraved rocks, mini barns and butterfly artworks. Garden Therapy is a prime concern for this club. They received a top award for their 2013 therapy programs at the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Annual Convention in August. Rose Mary Montavon reported on the recent programs at the Best Care Adult Daily Living Program in Wheelersburg. The club recently made floral bouquets and shared them with the residents. The October program for Best Care will feature a trip to a farm center to gather pumpkins and a fall picnic with residents. President Teresa Book conducted the business meeting, welcoming three new members: Sue Leadingham, Nancy Mullens and Gail Smith. Members were reminded to bring tools and materials for a work session, making ornaments for decorating the Shawnee Lodge trees on the 2nd floor. Slocum Garden Club’s trees are: “A Patriotic Salute”, “On the Pond”, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Nature’s Bounty” and “A Critter Tree”. The Shawnee Lodge Christmas Display is open from November 15 to January 1 and the public is invited to share the beauty of the Christmas spirit. The November meeting will be at Greenbo Lake State Park, with speaker Dan Palmer, Scioto-Lawrence Waste Management representative and a proposal to initiate a Monarch Way Station for butterflies. New members do not have to reside in the Slocum area, and are always welcomed. For additional information contact Teresa Book at 776 3267.

Green Triangle Garden Club

Karen Evans, presided at the October meeting of Green Triangle Garden Club. All reports were approved and Evans coorindated plans for a sales table and a gift basket raffle at the Region10 Fall Meeting in Waverly.. Green Triangle will oversee the Christmas project at Shawnee Lodge for 2013, and job assignments were made.

Stephanie Wright presented the Horticulture Report, “Getting Ready for Winter”. She advised that fall is a great time to prune trees and bushes, divide and/or store spring-flowering bulbs, clean and prepare beds for the winter with either leaves or mulch, remove water from ponds and/or pumps and clean before storing. One should prepare to feed birds suet cakes and seed throughout the winter. And remember to clean and sharpen tools for spring.

Melody Pontious, Portsmouth Garden Club, provided the October program “Creative Design Demonstration”. Pontious participated in the Scioto County Fair Flower Shows with a floral design entitled “Rehearsal Dinner”. The Fair flower show theme for 2013 was “The Bride and her Groom”. Pontious replicated her table setting entry, with commentary for the October club program. For the centerpiece base she used a metal design vase, then added dishes, using a large plate, a small flower-shaped plate, two blue margarita glasses, a napkin, and flowers. Competitively, she would have used real flowers but for this demo she used silk. She also showed the same design setting, alternating from a wedding motif to a fall theme using orange and lime green colors and pumpkin designs. She stressed that colors should coordinate.