December 3, 2013
GARDEN CLUBS PLAN CHRISTMAS FLOWER SHOW
Slocum Garden Club, Minford Garden Club and Willow Garden Clubs are sponsoring a holiday flower show that is open to the public. Garden club designers will display their artwork, featuring 40 holiday designs of evergreens, poinsettias, berries, palms and magnolias, at Glendale Community Center in Clarktown on December 5. The show, “A Holly, Jolly Christmas” is free and open to the public from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The mediums of illumination, reflection, water and movement are designed to give the viewer a magical experience. Local citizens attending will be reminded of the Scioto County Fair Flower Shows, as they view the holiday creations of talented designers.
Light refreshments will be offered and the public is invited.
Slocum Garden Club
During the November meeting of Slocum Garden Club at Greenbo Lake State Park in Greenup, Ky., members concentrated on ecology, with a program presentation by staff of the Scioto Lawrence Waste Management Program. The club wanted to learn ways to collaborate with the agency in increasing their on-going recycling and beautification efforts and the program was informative.
Slocum Garden Club will sponsor a Monarch Butterfly Station in 2014, and Mary Lou Beaumont and Loretta Smith provided information concerning the plight of the butterfly in the United States, focusing on factors leading to their demise and a nationwide initiative by Monarch Watch. The club will provide an educational butterfly exhibit at Shawnee State Park and Resort Lodge (2nd floor) during the Christmas holidays.
President Teri Book made assignments for the holiday decorating of Shawnee Lodge, when they will join the clubs of Region 10, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, in decorating the lodge on November 12 and 13. Slocum Garden Club is responsible for seven trees on the 2nd floor of the Lodge. They provide hand-hewn ornaments, bows and embellishments, made of nature’s gifts gathered from yards, fields, woods and roadsides in Scioto County.
Garden therapy sessions at Adult Daily Living at Best Care, Wheelersburg will feature holiday crafts, including Thanksgiving wreaths and a special Christmas session on December 17. Rose Mary Montavon will direct garden therapy activities through 2015.
A club flower show is scheduled for December 12 at the home of
Karen Beasley. The show, “Christmas at the Plaza” is based on Kay Thompson’s, “Eloise at Christmastime” and OAGC Judge Jean Moore will select the winning designs.
The club welcomes new members Gail Smith, Nancy Mullens, Sue Leadingham and Connie Chamberlin. New members are welcome. Call 776-3267 for information about club activities.
Portsmouth Garden Club
Portsmouth Garden Club met in November at Giovanni’s Pizza, with hostesses Amelia Copen and Carolyn Snively. The November program was provided by Dan and Stephanie Helms, Solid Waste Management Dept. for Lawrence and Scioto Counties. Management was the key word in their presentation, as they mentioned several programs offered: 1. School program –“Cu-do’s for Caring”; 2. Household Hazard Waste (a drop-off project for tires, oil, batteries,etc.). Scioto County also offers a pill disposal program (located at the Sheriff’s Dept.) and an E-Waste Program (for electronic devices). Gardeners care about pollution and so this program was informative.
President Shanna Henson conducted the business meeting and received several reports.
Scioto garden clubs participate in decorating the Shawnee State Lodge in West Portsmouth, and this year Portsmouth Garden Club will add a new tree in the bar area of the lodge. It had been determined at the October meeting to christen it, “The Ohio State Buckeye Tree” and members allocated money for decorations and asked for buckeye donations.
The November design arrangement was to feature gourds and taking the blue ribbon was Linda Sieling.
The October meeting of the Portsmouth Garden Club featured guest speaker, Mary Lou Beaumont. The meeting was held at Hillview Retirement Center and Fran Newman and Wyvetta Hicks were hosts.
Beaumont’s program was, “The Language of Flowers” and she discussed that in our great-grandparents’ era a gift of flowers, delivered a message. For example: scarlet geraniums/ or yellow roses meant “rejection”; while hydrangea blooms mean “dispassion”.