Area garden club news

Three County Regional Fall Meeting

Garden Clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties will meet October 15, for a day-long session, at Friends’ Center, Portsmouth, hosted by Slocum and Portsmouth Garden Clubs. The meeting theme is “Fall Into Color” and the morning speaker will be George Essman, Yard Designer with a program, “Color in Horticulture”. Irmalee Gampp, Regional Director will preside at the business meeting and new Region 10 officers will be installed:

Regional Director for 2015/16 Beverly Norman; Director Assist, Sheila Tackett; Secretary Sharon Gothard; and Treasurer, Diane Reese. The new Director will preside at the afternoon session, and the afternoon program will feature a design workshop with Myrna Cordray, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Master Designer, providing 8 to 10 “Fall Into Color” designs.

Region 10 designers will competed in a fall flower show, using the meeting theme, with six floral divisions and four horticulture divisions. Flower Show judge and designer, Jean Moore, Willow Garden Club will award ribbons in all divisions and provided a tutorial on each design. Several officials from Ohio Association of Garden Clubs will be attending the meeting. For additional information, club members may contact Diane Reese, Region 10 Treasurer.


Slocum Garden Club members schedule many trips during the year, but for the September meeting they traveled the back roads of northwestern Scioto County, along country roads alive with fall colors to the home of Beverly Norman in McDermott. Although this was a regular meeting, they found guests from many Region 10 clubs, gathering for a picnic and a delightful tour Norman’s spacious gardens.

Norman’s garden is mature and with time she has expanded the area to presently include over fifteen themed areas. She has incorporated both sunny and shady gardens filled with hundreds of plants, while houseplants are on summer vacation on her porches and decks. It is a pleasure to tour and observe bees, bugs and spiders also in residence, along with her many pets. The favorite area on this tour was Norman’s dahlia garden. She has specimens from the fourteen groups established by Dahlia Society. Dahlias are beautiful flowers, especially during the fall season, with some reaching 5 to 6 feet in height with many shapes and hues, characteristic of this bushy, tuberous, herbaceous, perennial plant that is the national flower of Mexico. Dahlias require lot of TLC from a gardener. For example, Norman carefully digs the cultivars prior to the first frost, washes, dries and stores them in cardboard boxes covered with peat moss. The boxes are placed in a dry, dimly lit location until spring, when the process begins anew. But to Norman each plant is familiar and she knows the name of each and their particular trait. The International Registrar of Dahlia Names (Royal Horticulture Society) lists 57,000 varieties of dahlias.

Visitors were also treated to a picnic lunch, with a specially decorated cake, featuring The Ohio Association of Garden Club’s theme of “Growing, Knowing, Sharing, Caring”. Visitors received small gift favors, along with invitations to the “Silver Bells Christmas Flower Show” hosted by Slocum, Willow and Minford Garden Clubs to be held December 3 at the Glendale Senior Center in Clarktown and to the Region 10, OAGC, “Fall Into Color” Fall Regional Meeting on October 15 at the SOMC Friend’s Center in Portsmouth, hosted by Slocum and Portsmouth Garden Clubs. Information pertinent to the regional meeting flower show was shared and visitors were encouraged to participate in this activity, which features six design opportunities.

Teresa Book, President began a short business meeting with a recap of the Scioto County Fair’s Flower Shows, congratulating members: Mary Lou Beaumont, Diane Reese, Carla Scifres, Beverly Norman and junior gardeners Brooklyn and Rainy Johnson and Abigail and William Dunn on their contributions and awards. The club was also the winner of the Sweepstakes Award. Norman won the Anna Cole Award for most points in potted plants and the Exhibitor of the Year award for most total points in all categories. Book also congratulated the participants in the club’s garden therapy program at Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg, for their winning entries in the dish garden and living wreath categories.

August garden therapy activity at Best Care was under the direction of Mary Lou Beaumont, Gail Smith and Ann Spears. They led participants in creating bouquets from flowers and foliage grown by club members. The club will assist the nursing staff at their annual festival fundraiser on October 10 as a part of McDonalds, Wheelersburg car show; supplying baked goods and a gift for their auction.

The day ended with the installation of new officers for the 2015-2017 program years: Diane Reese, President; Carla Scifres, Vice-president; Mary Lou Beaumont, Secretary; Teresa Book Treasurer; and Sheila Lanning, Corresponding secretary.

The agenda for 2015-16 year will include trips to: Moyer’s Restaurant; Portsmouth Boneyfiddle District; Jackson’s 4-Mile Amish Greenhouse; “Lilyfest” at Lancaster; Huntington, WVA, Ritter Park Rose Garden; Ashland, Ky. Central Park; and Butterfly Way Station, Shawnee State Park Lodge. The club will begin the new year in October with a trip to the Wheat Ridge Herb & Farm Festival, Adams County. Members were challenged to take the long way home and traverse the rural areas of Scioto County. The “long way” uses back roads; roads like Pine

Creek Road which hugs Wayne National Forest, or the forest roads of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve in beautiful Southern Ohio.

This is a great time to join the club. Contact 740-259-4432 for information about the up-coming activities and other fun opportunities awaiting Region 10 garden club members.