Scioto County Garden Clubs


The Scioto County Fair Board and the area Garden Clubs have traditionally hosted great flower shows all week at the Scioto County Fair in August. It requires weeks of TLC to provide the many excellent cultivars for the horticulture displays on Monday of Fair Week. Growers must begin plants early and cultivate to obtain the beautiful specimens to be displayed. Since a horticultural show is a controlled environment, it is important that everyone have the specific specifications for the only show on August 10th.

The theme for the 2015 Scioto County Fair Flower show will be “Music Through the Decades”. Entry in the shows is open to everyone and will be judged for awards by approved judges from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Both daily shows will feature a design section. This year the horticulture show will only be scheduled for Monday, August 10, with judging at 12:00 noon. Any gardener wishing to participate in the horticulture show or needing additional information may contact Carolyn Wilcox a (740) 776-4453.

Specifications for both horticulture shows:

SECTION 1- CONTAINER GROWN PLANTS: Plants must be owned and grown by the exhibitor for at least two months. The exhibitor must furnish all plant names. No oil or polish is permitted on foliage. All plant materials must be clean and well groomed, with containers scrubbed clean and either watertight or placed in a saucer. Container-grown plants should be large enough to be good specimens of that variety, but not too large to be handled easily. All entries become the property of the Scioto County Fair after 5:30 Wednesday and 4:00 Sunday.

CLASS: (1) CACTI. May be multiple stemmed, any variety, named, one plant, pot not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. (2) SUCCULENTS. May be multiple stemmed any variety, named, one plant, pot not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. (3) FOLIAGE PLANT. One plant per pot. Any variety other than fern or coleus, named, may be multiple stemmed, pot not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. 4) BLOOMING HOUSEPLANT. Any variety, not an annual, named, container not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. (5) DISH GARDEN. Monday Not to exceed 20”; cannot trail below bottom of pot. Must pre-register. Thursday Living Wreath; Not to exceed 20”

SECTION II HORTICULTURE: (6) MINIATURE ROSE named, any variety, one bloom, disbudded, with foliage and thorns attached. (7) ROSE, HYBRID TEA, named, one bloom, disbudded, with foliage and thorns attached. (a) White, yellow, yellow blend, orange, orange blend. (b) Pink, pink blend, apricot blend, mauve, mauve blend. (c) Red, red blend, orange-red, russet. (8) SHRUB ROSE. One spray with foliage and thorns attached, not disbudded. (9) ROSE full blown bloom, named, one bloom, disbudded with foliage and thorns attached. (10) FLOWERING Tuberous Rose Bowl, one bloom named, stem removed, floating in a clear glass ivy bowl, provided by grower. (11) ROSE FLORIBUNDA, polyantha, grandiflora or Old English, named, one stem, not disbudded, with foliage and thorns attached (12) ZINNIA Dancing Girl (New 2015 plant), named, disbudded, with foliage attached, one bloom. (13) ZINNIA Dahlia flowered, named disbudded, with foliage attached, one bloom. (14) ZINNIA Small flowered, disbudded, with foliage attached, 3 matched blooms. (15) MARIGOLD small-flowered, named, one spray with foliage attached; single stem with blooms on lateral branches, led by a terminal bloom, that blooms 1st. (16) MARIGOLD, large flowered, named, disbudded, with foliage attached, one bloom. (17) SUNFLOWER, one bloom, not to exceed 9” in diameter, disbudded, named, foliage attached. (18) SUNFLOWER, Candy Mountain, one bloom, not to exceed 9” in diameter, disbudded, foliage attached. (New 2015 Plant) SPECIAL CLASS. (19) DAHLIA one bloom, any variety or type, named, disbudded with foliage attached. (20) GLADIOLUS, named, one spike, disbudded, solid color without markings. (21) GLADIOLUS named, one spike, disbudded, with markings. (22) HYDRANGEA, named, any variety, one bloom, foliage attached. (23) CELOSIA plumed, named, one stem may or may not be disbudded, foliage attached. (24) CELOSIA crested, named, one stem, foliage attached. (25) COLEUS, a collection of cut coleus named with 3 varieties each. SPECIAL CLASS (26) CALADIUM, A collection of cut Caladium leaves, named with 3 varieties, each in a separate container. Limited space, must pre-register. SPECIAL CLASS.

Section III Junior Horticulture: (27) Annual Flower. One bloom, any variety, named, not to exceed 8” in diameter, disbudded with foliage attached. (28). Perennial Flower, One bloom, any variety, named, not to exceed 8” in diameter, disbudded with foliage attached.

For all horticulture exhibiters: Horticulture classes for Monday MUST BE STAGED BY 11:00 AM. NO EXHIBITS CAN BE PLACED AFTER 11:00 AM. Horticulture classes will be judged according to The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. standard system of judging, one first, one second, one third. More than one honorable mention may be given for worthy entries. Judges’ decisions are final. Hint: Horticulture exhibitors should present plants free from all dirt and spray residue. A camelhair brush should be used to remove all dirt from the flower and stem. The container should be neat and clean. Anyone needing additional information should call Carolyn Wilcox at 740 776-4453.

Details for the Floral Design Shows will appear in July.


During 2015 OAGC Region 10 will be sponsoring summer garden tours of members’ gardens. The first tour occurred in May, with a daylong tour in Lawrence County.

Garden 1 belonged to Rock Hill Garden Club member Sheila Tackett. Her property is mainly hilly and she has fashioned a hillside garden, with various levels in a natural setting. Her plantings are old-fashioned, with a wildflower theme. Her family was present and hospitality was excellent.

Garden 2 was located in Ironton at the home of Georgia Triplett. This was a beautiful urban garden, all mulched and pruned to perfection. Flowerbeds surrounded the house and a raised bed in the backyard contained kitchen vegetables. Variety of plants was great and everything was well designed and established by an able gardener. Private gardens are an asset to the community

Garden 3 was located at the edge of the Wayne National Forest, at a high altitude, with a spectacular view of Ironton. The log house was located on a private drive and Margie Fields proved to be an inspirational gardener. The very front garden bed was overflowing with beautiful cabbages. Doe combines flowers, vegetables and herbs for interesting beds. Guests were provided with lemonade, cookies and fresh fruit, along with the breath-taking view and splendid plantings.

Clubs from Scioto County attending were Minford, Green Tri-Angle, Slocum and Portsmouth. Clubs from Pike attending were Waverly and Prime Time.


Late in May, members of the Lucasville Garden Club traveled to Chillicothe to visit Corey’s Wildlife Garden. Mr. Corey, a World War II veteran cultivates seven acres of hostas, poppies, bluebells and various other plants in a wooded area, with convenient walking paths. Mr. Corey Is well known for his many varieties of hostas, but during May he had several acres of peonies in full bloom. Of course all the items are also for sale, and he will tag your purchase for pickup at the proper planting time.

Peonies are outrageously beautiful, with lush foliage and longevity, some have been known to thrive for 100 years. They require little maintenance as long as they are planted correctly and are established (they do not fancy transplanting). The rules for success are full sun and well-drained soil. They need the winter chill for bud formation. After its stunning bloom, the peony becomes a handsome bushy clump, with glossy, green leaves, that turn purplish or gold in the fall. Peonies do well with columbines or roses or irises. ‘The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.” –Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93)

A short business meeting was held at lunch, and Linda Scott won the club gift.


Members of the Green Triangle Garden Club assembled at the Minford Airport for luncheon meeting, with Karen Evans presiding. The nominating committee presented a slate of officers for 2015-16 and they were approved.

Eva Worley reported on the garden therapy session at Bridgeport Convalesant Center. Worley and Stephanie Wright provided the refreshments and a craft for eleven members.

The June theme was Flag Day, and the participants made ribbon flags. The craft consisted of a clothes hanger, and various ribbons of red, white & blue to be fashioned into a door or wall decoration. Everyone enjoyed the activity.

The meeting was adjourned to the Gampp Gardens, adjacent to the airport. Irmalee Gampp, OAGC Region 10 Director has a well-established garden and a design workroom in a converted barn. Her garden was lush with spring flowers in full bloom and members spent the afternoon discussing horticulture.

June horticulture tip was to check the roses in your garden for mildew, aphid, or black spot and remedy that immediately. Roses require monthly fertilizing and they need to be pruned after blooming.


There is never a dull moment for garden clubs and summer promises many fun experiences for those lucky to be in a Region 10 garden club. For example in June, Slocum Garden Club has participated in community beautification projects; attended the annual Oho Association of Garden Club Convention in Maumee Bay, participated in a senior citizen’s art-expo; held a plant sale; assisted with senior garden therapy activities; toured stunning regional gardens and worked on plans for Scioto County Fair.

Slocum Garden Club received several awards at the OAGC Convention in June. Major awards were given to: Diane Reese, Region 10 Garden Club Member of the Year; Mary Lou Beaumont, the Faye Collins Designer of the Year State Award; and Slocum was name Garden Club of the Year for Region 10. The club

provided the required educational exhibit for the OAGC Convention, “Nature’s Critters Come Home For Christmas”. The exhibit highlighted “critters” made from natural elements to decorate Shawnee State Lodge’s trees over the Christmas holidays. As the primary purpose of an educational exhibit is to entertain and to inform, the exhibit encouraged other clubs to initiate a beautification program with their respective state lodges.

The club’s garden therapy program participants at Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg, received an award for designing a living wreath at the Annual Senior Citizen’s Art Exhibit, held at Rio Grande University and sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, District 7, Inc. Winners were also recognized at a tea on June 5.

Margaret “Moo” Phipps, a club member who died in April, loved gardening. Her family requested in her obituary, that bulbs and perennials be given family members for her memorial. Slocum Garden Club was happy to donate perennials not sold at the club’s annual plant sale in her memory.

Club members are encouraged to recommend local “gems” and to share their “finds” with the club. One such gem is the Atwood Bed and Breakfast’s gardens in Chillicothe, recently visited by a club member. This stately home was built in the 1840s and is an example of the Classic Greek Revival Period. The impressive stone cornice is not common to the period. Local lore holds that first bricks used in the construction were transported from Baltimore, Md. by canal but the remaining bricks were made in a foundry constructed in the basement of the house. The Fullerton family owned and lived in the dwelling over a span of 150 years, passing ownership through the women of the family.

In 2002, Bill Hirsch acquired the property and restored its original floor plan. Bill, a former employee of Camp David, has added a stunning collection of presidential memorabilia and blue and white and rose medallion china. While the contents of the home are impressive, the grounds are equally impressive and hold to a formal European design. Visitors will find herbs, roses, irises, lilies, hydrangeas, columbine, hosta, cherry, peach, apple, grape and fig among the wealth of plantings. Visitors can dine on Victorian inspired porches and verandas in this small backyard oasis declared by Ohio Magazine’s a “Best of Ohio’s Bed and Breakfasts.” The B&B sits at 68 South Paint Street, just across from St. Mary’s Catholic Church and beside the Franklin Museum.

Later this month, members will tour the beautiful gardens of George Essman, who has been a principle figure in the beautification of Scioto County for many years through his landscaping business. He will be receiving both an Ohio Association of Garden Club’s Residential and a Commercial Landscaping Award for his talents and contributions. On July 10 the club will travel to Lily Fest in Rockbridge, Ohio to tour three acres of designed gardens, ponds and garden sculptures. Thinking about joining a garden club? Need some (free) perennials? Call 740-776-4005.