Area garden club news

Three County Regional Fall Meeting

The SOMC Life Center was decorated in fall colors, as garden clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties met on October 15, for a daylong session. Slocum and Portsmouth Garden Clubs served as hosts and were creative with décor featuring the theme “Fall Into Color”. The host clubs also provided a continental breakfast. Three guests attended from Region 9, Stephanie Patrick, Ginny and Tom Bennett.

Members participated in a fall flower show, with six floral divisions and four horticulture divisions spot-lighting many talented designers, and adding to the fall theme. Flower Show judge and designer, Faye McGinnis, Minford Garden Club awarded ribbons in all divisions. Angie Strickland, Willow Garden Club was the top winner of the Award of Distinction for her small design. Robin Hanning, Waverly Garden Club, who was entering for the very first time was the Best of Show Winner. Beverly Norman received the Best of Show in the horticulture division.

Irmalee Gampp, retiring Regional Director opened the meeting and acknowledged her outgoing Chairmen, with a small gift and many thanks for a good job. Gampp introduced the new Regional Director for 2016, Beverly Norman. Norman and the new 2015-16 Chairmen were installed by Suzy Parker, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs 2nd V. President.

The morning speaker was George Essman, Yard Designer with a program, “Color in Horticulture”. Experience counts, and Essman provided interesting and constructive information on home gardens. An unresponsive flowering shrub or ornamental tree is lacking in phosphorus and the gardener should look for a fertilizer rich in phosphorus (always the middle number in the ingredients). To deter our growing deer population, use “Deer-tape” (available at Menards). Essman graciously answered many questions from the floor.

Following the lunch break, attendees were treated to a beautiful design show by Myrna Cordray, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Master Designer. Cordray provided twelve “Fall Into Color” floral designs. A gorgeous creative design featured tinted corn stalks, corn shucks bent into contrived flowers, and ears of dried corn. A pumpkin vertical design was given as a door prize, and won by Shannon Henson, Portsmouth Garden Club.


The Lucasville Garden Club’s September program was presented by Linda Scott. Scott has recently returned from an European river tour, “Rhine Getaway”, and she had pictures and information on European gardening. The tour itinerary was France, Belgium and Amsterdam. The Rhine River is the border between France and Germany and even the gardening represents a blending of influences with the two countries. Amsterdam highlights colorful bulbs and well-preserved windmills. And of course there were the savory Dutch cheeses and Belgian chocolates. Scott’s pictures were delightful and the program was excellent.

The business meeting was conducted by President Joan Adaway and the appropriate reports were submitted. 2015-16 officers were installed, and new club program books distributed. Members are planning a yard sale on October 2 & 3 at the Lucasville Methodist Church.

Lucasville Garden Club provides maintenance and supervision of the roadside garden at the intersection of Rt. 348 & Rt. 23. Due to the high cost of power, they are

removing the street light and pole from the North plot.

The October meeting will held on the 22nd at Giovannis’s in Lucasville.


October was the “Changing of the Guard” for Green Triangle Garden Club, as they installed new officers. Beverly Norman was the installing officer, gifting each new officer with a decorative tea cup, and an explanation of their new office. Newly installed are: Eva Wolery, President; Anna Cardenas, Vice President; Stephanie Wright, Secretary; and Karen Woods, Treasurer.

As a part of the ceremony, gifts were presented to the outgoing officers. New program books were distributed.

The horticulture report featured interesting facts on butterfly gardens. A butterfly garden can be small, but must contain plants that provide nectar, some cover, water, and larva. The ideal area is sheltered, but receives direct sunlight. Butterflies need a landing area and sunbathing perches, a shallow water area, and a variety of flowers. Do not choose exotic plants, as it is always best to choose native flora. One should expect to attract birds to this garden as well as butterflies.

Anna Cardenas presented the program, “The Living Wreath”. A living wrath is constructed of natural materials, usually derived from a succulent garden. The base is a wire form covered with sphagnum moss. Cardenas demonstrated by using a double wire wreath form filled with potting soil and covered with sphagnum moss, sedums, cacti, and mondo grass. The project was educational and lovely.

Green Triangle conducts garden therapy at Bridgeport Health Care Center for residents. The October session was led by Cardenas and Joyce Payton.

The next meeting will be held on November 5.


Portsmouth Garden Club members, Fran Newman, Wyvetta Hicks and Karolyn Ketter, decorated the Hillview Retirement dining room with Halloween décor, for the October meeting. However, the program centered on Christmas.

Virginia Cook, representing Operation Christmas Child, presented a program about this benevolent organization. OCC volunteers fill shoeboxes with a few health items, a new testament (in the language of that child), and a toy or two. The shoeboxes are shipped worldwide and affect the lives of children around the world. OCC accepts donations of approved items, and monetary donations, to be used either for shoebox items or shipping costs. The garden club donated matchbox cars for the shoeboxes.

President Dolly Cole made announcements concerning future activities, which include a tea in honor of retiring Regional Director Irmalee Gampp, and plans for a pajama party at Shawnee State Lodge. Cole received all pertinent business reports.

Portsmouth Garden Club will continue to award a certificate for beautiful yards within the city limits in the new year. Beautification awards for this year were: Debra Parse @ 3818 Noddin Way; Steve & Alyssa Enz @ 2015 Dorman Drive; Linda Switzer, @ 319 Front Street; Martha Sommer @ 1234 24th Street; Jonathan Skiver @ 2626 Shawnee Rd.; Miles & Patti Ferguson @ 2750 S. Willow Way; Donna Gee @ 1625 Coles Blvd.; Barb Borden Gibson @ 2201 Sunrise; Lisa Allen @ 2710 Grandview; John & Jackie Hensley @ 2206 Dorman Drive; Steven Fitzer @ 3020 Woodridge Way; Ron & Cathy Jones @ 1121 Meadow Lane. Everyone benefits from beautiful yards, the neighborhood, walkers, and passers-by.

Brenda Wooten provided the horticulture moment, with Facts on Pumpkins & Gourds: 1. Pumpkins originated in North America; 2. Colonists originated the pumpkin pie recipe; 3. Pumpkins grow from seed, into a flowering vine in need of pollination aid from bees; 4. Gourds are distant cousins of pumpkins & melons & squash; 5. Gourds are not edible, but are decorative and useful.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, prizes were given for the member wearing the best Witches’ hat. OCC speaker Virginia Cook chose the 1st Place winner, Shana Henson.


October is the beginning of a new year for garden clubs, and Slocum Garden Club began their new year at Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair in Adams County. This is a fall celebration, featuring irresistibly unique handcrafted items. President Diane Reese welcomed three new club members, Kathy Chapman, Julie Hines, and Carol McCain and two guests.

Reese received the business reports and a synopsis of September club activities, which included: the annual Fall Festival at Best Care Retirement where participants fashioned owls from tiny pumpkins; garden clean-ups at the Adult Daily Living site, the James Irwin American Legion Post in Minford, and the native plant gardens at Shawnee State Park. New program books were distributed, and coming events discussed. A workshop is scheduled at the home of Gracie Bates to create items for the Christmas season at Shawnee State Lodge. The club will join two other garden clubs for a Christmas Flower Show, “Silver Bells” at the Glendale Senior Citizens Center, Clarktown on December 3. Public is invited.

The garden tip of the month was a suggestion to color-sort stored bulbs with appropriately colored golf tees to be better prepared for spring planting.

The horticulture report provided interesting information on the sassafras tree, which provides us with purple colored leaves in the fall, in three distinct shapes, (i.e. uni-lobe, bi-lobe, tri-lobe). The leaves and twigs produce a citrus like scent when crushed. All parts of the tree, roots, stems, twigs, bark, flowers & fruit have been used for culinary, medicinal and aromatic purposes. Everyone has enjoyed root beer, and the wood is also, excellent for shipbuilding.

Slocum participated at Fall Regional meeting, as a part of the host team and Beverly Norman, Slocum Garden Club was installed as the new Regional director. 2015 awards were distributed, and Slocum members were well represented.

The November 12 anniversary meeting will be at Moyer’s Winery in Manchester. Contact 740-259-4432 for information about attending and bringing a guest.