Garden club news


The February meeting of Slocum Garden Club was held at the home of Mary Lou Beaumont. The February design program featured Beverly Norman.

With water-soaked corn shucks and curling iron in hand, Norman demonstrated, “How to Make Contrived Flowers”. Contrived flowers, fabricated of natural materials are popular with designers as they do not fade or die and can be manipulated in floral designs. It is also easy to control the color designs.

President Diane Reese conducted the business meeting. She offered praise for the many workers at Shawnee State Lodge during the Christmas holidays and honored the memory of Ruth Riepenhoff, a beloved long-time member who recently died. Slocum Garden Club members will be attending the Amish Bird symposium on March 4 in Adams County and the Arbor Day conservation Fair at Portsmouth’s Tracy Park in April.

Beaumont hosted a Valentine luncheon for members and a guest, Linda Warfield. Individual valentines for everyone were seeded, needing only sunshine and water for a tiny winter garden.

Beverly Norman, club member and OAGC Region 10 Director, shared flower show schedules for Spring Regional Flower Show and the OAGC Convention Flower Show. As it is wise to plan for competition flower arrangements early, a portion of the March meeting will be dedicated to assisting those interested in creating their designs for both shows.

In December, Slocum garden therapy activities at Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg were making small Christmas-themed table arrangements and evergreen filled Christmas tree bulbs. February activities will feature the planting of caladiums and seeded valentines in preparation for spring potted-gardens.

The meeting climaxed with a video of Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens a world-renown destination, nestled in the Brandywine River District. Longwood Gardens represents the efforts of two families. First, George Peirce who, purchased 402 acres in 1700 and built a fifteen acre arboretum which became one of the finest collection of trees in the nation. Second, Pierre S. DuPont, in 1906 who purchased the property in order to save the trees, and over the next fifty years created one of the nation’s leading horticultural display gardens. Longwood Gardens today consists of twenty gardens, home to 4,600 plants and trees. Longwood is known also for its numerous fountains, walkways, and lakes. Hundreds of horticultural and performing arts events are hosted annually, as well as flower shows, concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre and fireworks displays. 14 freight cars were required to deliver the 10,010 pipes for the organ, purchased in 1929. The garden continues to expand with the recent addition of a multi-acre prairie garden, tree houses, and reconstruction of the famed Five Acre Main Fountain Garden.

The February gardening tip was presented by President Reese, who demonstrated the making of a birdfeed scoop by recycling a half-gallon plastic jug into a scoop with a built-in handle.

The March meeting will be at Hillview Retirement Center, with Anna Cardenas demonstrating Japanese floral design. The public is often invited to participate in the many yearly garden club garden tours. For more information, contact 740-259-4432.


For the January meeting of Green Triangle Club, Karen Wood presented the horticulture report on composting.

Compost is simply decomposed organic material. The organic material can be plant material or animal matter. While composting may seem mysterious or complicated, it’s really a very simple and natural process that continuously occurs in nature, often without any assistance from mankind. If you’ve ever walked in the woods, you’ve experienced compost in its most natural setting. Animals of all sizes, worms, insects, and microscopic organisms, consume living plants and annual plants that die, resulting in compost. Compost is a combination of digested and undigested food that is left on the forest floor to create rich, usually soft, sweet-smelling soil.

To make your own compost is easy. You need “green materials” (i.e. shredded leaves, grass cuttings, etc.) and “brown materials” (i.e. paper, sawdust, fertilizer) plus water and air. The ratio is important, and can be gauged by layering the materials. The bacteria needed to produce the compost need air, so it is important that the pile be stirred on a regular basis. Water should be added to keep everything moist, not wet. The minimum size should be 3ft x 3ft. and a piece of carpet or plastic on top will trap the heat into the pile. The inner temperature should be 100º F or higher. If the pile cools in the center, you need to add more air.

Composing alleviates our landfills and produces beautifully rich soil for our spring plants.

President Eva Worley conducted the business meeting and a donation of $50 was made to Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Scholarship Fund from the proceeds of a wreath and centerpiece sale.

Worley thanked Sherrill Day for her contribution to the sale.

The meeting hostess was Joyce Payton and refreshments were served to members and four guests.

The March meeting will be at the home of Anna Cardenas, with a program from Hurley Landscaping.