SPRING INTO GARDENING
Garden Clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties met April 21, for a day-long session, hosted by Waverly and Prime Thyme Garden Clubs. The meeting theme was “Spring Into Gardening” and it was held at the Grace Methodist Church in Waverly, beginning with registration at 9:00 AM.
Many venders were available with items such as: herbs and garden décor, flower pot minions, garden stands, clay pot “people”, and wreaths. Pike Co. Soil and Water Conservation District displayed Earth Day items and Ohio Association of Garden Clubs had available their new Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges – and it sold out immediately.
Beverly Norman, Region 10 Director conducted the business meeting, She noted that Linda Warfield has been selected as a candidate for the OAGC Citation Award for her regional activities in 2014/2015. Warfield also the planned and directed the OAGC trip to the Philadelphia Garden Show in March 2016, From grateful members, Warfield received a standing ovation.
Other awards for club participation in OAGC 2014-15 contests were given and it was announced that Diane Reese will represent Region 10 at the OAGC Convention as a nominee for Gardener of the Year.
Norman announced that the 2016 Scioto County Fair Flower Show Schedule will soon be forwarded to club presidents. Carolyn Wilcox, Flower Show Chairman advised that the flower shows’ themes will focus on road signs, and that the Fair Board will open the 2016 show to all clubs in Region 10 (not just Scioto County clubs).
OAGC Vice President Suzi Parker attended the meeting and provided information concerning statewide events. Gardeners’ Day Out will focus on Blennerhassett Island.
The morning program featured the Basics of Traditional Design, with Irmalee Gampp and Wilcox. Every good designer has tools, so the items required were discussed, They came prepared to illustrate the essentials of floral designing, emphasizing scale and proportion, contrast, and position. Using various backgrounds they provide visuals of several beautiful designs.
The Flower Show winners were announced after lunch:
Artistic Designs: Marvelous miniatures – Beverly Norman
Table Centerpiece- Anna Cardenas
Designer’s Choice – Teresa Book
Reflective – Mary Lou Beaumont
“Let it shine” – Diane Reese
Horticulture: Iris – Tulip – Beverly Norman
Daffodil – Mary Lou Beaumont
House Plant – foliage – Carla Scifres
Juniors – Clay-Pot Wind Chimes The Rocks – Lawrence Co.
Juniors at-large – Abigail Dunn
Best of Show Winners – Artistic Design – Mary Lou Beaumont
Horticulture – Carla Scifres
Award of Distinction – Eva Wolery
Note: Designers were asked to add a “twist” to Spring. Some items used were: aluminum dryer venting;
an automobile suspension spring and abed spring.
“Welcome to My Garden” was the afternoon program, by Steve and Marian Moeckel, Troy, Ohio. Marian Moeckel has held several OAGC state level offices, most recently Nature and Conservation Chair. The Moeckels asked their listeners to adopt backyard conservation practices, speaking to the sudden and dramatic demise of our butterflies, birds and bees. Beautiful, exotic flowers from foreign lands are heavily marketed in the United States. Many of these plants quickly invade fields and roadsides with disastrous consequences, choking out native plants, draining water reserves, resulting in the over use of fertilizers which, in turn, contribute to algae blooms, a growing concern in our waterways. Too many earthworms, introduced as an attempt to strengthen our forests, are destroying them. The question is: are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) safe? In conclusion, attendees were asked to apply the day’s recycling, repurposing, reusing and reducing ideas and to adapt an earth friendly lifestyle.
SLOCUM GARDEN CLUB CELEBRATES EARTH DAY
Arbor Day and Earth Day are celebrated in April in recognition of our earth’s precious resources and our obligation to revere and preserve them. Slocum Garden Club takes this premise seriously and it is their quest to beautify our Southern Ohio yards and gardens by putting trowel to dirt at two beautification sites: Wheelersburg’s Adult Daily Living’s Homestead at Best Care, and Minford’s James Irwin Post, American Legion.
Armed with spring flowers, members filled beds and pots with violas, pansies, tossing weeds aside. Old potting materials were collected and readied for recycling.
To promote Earth Day’s “reduce, recycle, reuse and repurpose” theme, Slocum Garden Club participated in Scioto County’s Conservation Fair at Portsmouth’s Tracy Park on April 23. The club displayed items which can be recycled at Lowe’s Garden Center (any plastic and paper potting material), distributed information about contributing to the health of butterflies and birds, gave away CDs of the songs of Ohio’s birds, (provided by Ohio’s Division of Wildlife), and offered homemade, recycled goods for sale. In conjunction with Earth Day, the club asks that all used potting materials be taken to Lowe’s Garden Center for recycling. Yard waste represents one third of all garbage in landfills. One could keep a box in the trunk of one’s vehicle for this purpose. making a world of difference in keeping these items out of our landfills, streams and roadsides.
While members were at Best Care for flowerbed duty, elderly participants joined in for garden therapy by placing tulips, jonquils and irises and fiber-optic flowers into decorative watering cans. The therapy session was titled “April Showers Bring May Flowers” and another part of the session, directed by Mary Lou Beaumont, was producing fabricated flowers made of crepe paper, seedpods and shells, and wind chimes made of clay flowerpots.
At their regular April meeting, President Diane Reese conducted the meeting, thanking hostesses Sue Leadingham and Nancy Mullins for member gifts of flower-decorated aluminum baskets and gardening gloves. Seeds purchased for use in the Scioto County Fair’s flower shows were distributed, and it was suggested that they should be refrigerated, perhaps a month before planting.
Dates and deadlines were noted for upcoming Ohio Association of Garden Club’s events: State OAGC Convention at Deer Creek State Park in June and Gardeners Day Out. Reese also announced the club’s travel plans: May 5 to Jackson’s 4-Mile Amish Greenhouse and May 13 and 14 to Columbus, Ohio German Village Yard Sale, with local visits to area greenhouses, as well.
The club’s annual plant sale will be held Thursday, May 26 at the Wheelersburg Flea Market. They will also fabricate a fairy garden to enter into the Senior Citizen’s Art Show sponsored by Area 7 Agency on Aging, at Rio Grande University in late May.
A workshop was scheduled to construct and paint flower-shaped stands for sale at future events
In keeping with a Polish tradition where a basket of flowers delivered in early May reflects one’s love for another, the club will create baskets of coleus and geraniums to be delivered to shut-ins and loved ones.
Teresa Book presented each member with a tiny coleus plant to nurtured until the September meeting, when they will be displayed and judged.
It was suggested, in closing that as we approach Memorial Day, one can use a cordless drill to aid in securing flags, etc. by deeply loosening the soil at grave sites.
On May 12 Slocum Garden Club will meet for a picnic, nature walk and beautification activity at Lake Roosevelt, followed by a trip to Daniel’s Greenhouse on St. Rt. 93. Spring and summer offer tons of fun through local garden clubs. Want more information? Contact 740-259-4432.
Green Triangle Garden Club
In April, Green Triangle Garden Club met at Bridgeport Health & Wellness Center for a session that included the Bridgeport residents. Garden therapy encourages the residents to use their skills in artistic activities. Items, for the activity are provided by club members, and the residents take “home” the results.
Eva Worley, President conducted the business meeting, receiving several reports.
The horticulture specimen for April was a daffodil. The horticulture report was given by Karen Wood and concerned the choice for the gardener of annuals or perennials.
Many gardeners choose annuals in the early spring, because of their brilliant color and availability. Gardeners can expect a sea of color from annuals from April through October, and they are less expensive than perennials, but they do not winter over. Annuals require soil temperatures of at least 50 degrees. Annuals include: zinnias, marigolds, begonias, geraniums and impatiens.
The gardener should consider the plant’s ultimate location, as perennials are good for foundation gardens, and to fill up large spaees, while annuals provide instant color. Also light is a factor, as some plants require sun, others shade. Perennials include: lilacs, day lilies, roses, irises, butterfly bush, cone flowers, and many grasses.
Annuals must be replaced every year, where as perennials require trimming and winter care. A mixture of both types is a sure hit.
The meeting was adjourned with the tip of the day: for a natural plant marker, write the plant name (using a permanent marker) on a flat stone and place it near the base of the plant.