Area garden club news


On January 9 Slocum Garden Club convened at Shawnee State Lodge to take down holiday decorations. The lodge staff provided an appreciation luncheon. All Scioto, Pike and Lawrence County Garden Clubs participated in the cleanup activities.

During the holiday season Slocum Garden Club met for a potluck luncheon at the home of Sue Leadingham, where the holiday decorations were beautifully displayed. Leadingham and Connie Chamberlin served as hostesses and the theme was “Heaven and nature sing”.

President Diane Reese conducted the business meeting and reviewed the club’s participation in the December Flower Show “Sing We Now of Christmas”, at the Glendale Senior Citizen’s Center. The annual show is co-sponsored with Minford and Willow Garden Clubs. Region 10 Director and OAGC judge, Beverly Norman, presented awards. Winners were Mary Lou Beaumont, Best of Show, horticulture; Abigail Dunn, Junior Best of Show; Diane Reese, 1st place, table centerpiece; Caroline Wilcox, Best of Show Artistic Design. Jean Moore treated visitors to a demonstration on Christmas bows

Reese received various business reports. Mary Lou Beaumont informed members of garden therapy activities and the recently presented 2016 residential beautification awards to local winners.

Marty Newman, Director, Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg and her staff were recognized for their exemplary role in garden therapy activities, with Slocum Garden Club over the past four years. The program ceased operation in 2016, but the club wishes to continue garden therapy activities and is asking for community input in choosing a new site.

Reese reviewed a recent OAGC Garden Path newsletter, high lighting scholarship opportunities available through the Ohio Association of Garden Club’s Foundation, Inc. Babs Sabick, OAGC Foundation Development Director provided information relative to eligibility requirements for available scholarships. Over the past four years OAGC has awarded $38,000 in scholarships to students planning to earn a degree in the fields of horticulture, conservation, nature and beautification, landscape design, landscape contracting, commercial florist or floral arts. Students must plan to attend an Ohio college, university or technical school. Foundation trustees stress scholastic excellence, school and community involvement. 2017’s deadline is March 15. To download an application and cover letter, visit

Reese ended the meeting with a tip on poinsettias. They need bright filtered light – 68 degrees during day and cooler at night. One should avoid overwatering.

The club will next meet on February 9 at the home of Carla Scifres for the annual candy and cookie exchange. Two designs from the 2017 Scioto County Fair schedule will be demonstrated.

Winter’s here, and we have the opportunity to enjoy nature’s gifts. Take a walk on a snowy day; catch a glimpse of a sycamore’s stark white bark silhouetted against a fiery sunset; hear the chickadee’s chirp or delight in the smell of wood smoke; get to know and count birds. Join a garden club. Above all have fun. For more information about the Slocum Garden Club, call 740-259-4432 or e-mail


Winter is a time of planning for gardeners, as they think about spring plantings, and ecology in general. For Green Triangle members it is a time to enjoy the holidays, with Christmas covered dish luncheons and hostess gifts of daffodil bulbs, and the camaraderie of work days at Shawnee Lodge, in decorating and “undecorating” for the holidays.

Jim Chattin, Ohio Div. of Forestry provided an interesting program on invasive plants. Exotic plants are interesting and available, but are not always compatible to our local habitat. Thus we have plants that endanger our native habitat. The most invasive plants in Ohio are: Honeysuckle (Japanese & Bush), Japanese Knotweed, Buckthorns, Garlic Mustard, and the multi-flora rose. The multi-flora rose was thought to be a benefit as a living “fence”, but soon became a problem. Control of these “weeds” can incorporate burning in combination with systemic herbicide application. Herbicides can be applied to the leaves when native plants are dormant. And once is generally not enough. Prevention is the best cure. Use only native plants for the best results.

The January meeting of Green Triangle was held in conjunction with the undressing of the trees at Shawnee Lodge and the packing of the decorations for storage.

Again, all Region 10 Garden Club members are treated to a luncheon by the Lodge staff.

Eva Worley, President presided at the afternoon meeting and Anna Cardenas served as hostess. Worley received the business reports and reviewed the monthly gardening tip: Winter is a good time to refurbish garden tools, and provide a tune-up for power tools.

The February meeting will be a Valentine luncheon at Gatti’s Pizza and the hostess is Joyce Payton.