April 2, 2014
Three County Spring Meeting
Garden Clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties will meet April 17, for a day-long session, hosted by Ironton and Rock Hill Garden Clubs. The meeting theme will be “Swing Into Spring” and will be held at the Ohio University Ironton (Riffe Building), beginning with registration at 9:00 AM. Irmalee Gampp, Regional Director will preside and Carrie Yaniko will be featured as the morning speaker. Lunch will be provided and the afternoon session will feature “Blue Ribbon Designers” completing several spring floral arrangements.
Slocum Garden Club
The Slocum Garden Club met in March at the home of Mary Lou Beaumont. Cold weather months are a good time for gardeners to think about “new” gardens, and Beverly Norman provided information on the new craze of a fairie gardening. Norman has created several Lilliputian-sized gardens and was familiar with a variety of props and plants used. A fairy garden appeals to the gardeners’ whimsical side. These miniature little gardens are for people who believe that “wee little folks” live somewhere nearby and are just waiting for the right place in the yard to call home.
Mushrooms are often used in creating a “Fairie Garden”. Beaumont added some information concerning the fairie ring, which is a naturally occurring ring of mushrooms. They are also known as pixie’s rings, or fairie circles. The English believe that fairie rings were where fairies came to dance and celebrate, and the mushrooms were used as stools for the fairies’ recuperatation during the festivities. Although science has explained much about mushrooms, there is a supernatural aura concerning the curious way mushrooms grow in an arc or circle,
Beaumont shared many of the practices based on beliefs in fairies and the power of mushrooms.
President Teri Book reviewed the upcoming club activities including participation in the annual OAGC spring regional meeting to be held April 17th at Ohio University’s Southern Campus in Ironton, securing items for the creation of May baskets to distribute to shut-ins, trips to greenhouses, the Great Blue Heron Rookery and Eagle’s Nest on the Hocking River, swans at Lake Logan, and Corey’s Wildflower Farm in Chillicothe. The club looks forward to their newest project - encouraging the re-cycling of plastic flower pots and containers in a joint effort of the City of Portsmouth, Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District and Lowes, to be held several days throughout the spring and summer months.
Past activities were also reviewed by Book. In February the club met at the home of Beverly Norman and underwater designs took center stage. Diane Reese explained OAGC rules concerning proportion, positioning and over-all aesthetics of an underwater design and created a design of roses, pine and dried materials. Members exchanged seeds for spring plantings.
Slocum Garden Club is very active in garden therapy at Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg . “Let it snow!” served as the theme of winter garden therapy activities. Adult participants made snow, fashioned snowmen of snow, ate snow and finished the day with a reading of two “cold, snowy” poems. February therapy featured the making of valentine gifts of framed photos embellished with flowers and butterflies.
The April meeting will feature a wildflower walk, picnic and floral fashion show. New members are welcome. Call 776-3267 for information