Horticulture displays at the county fair

Garden club members and many “country” folks love working in their yards and gardens. The Scioto County Fair offers a venue for displaying examples of those beautiful plants and blossoms. Entering cultivars for judging at the fair is open to everyone. It is said that horticulture is the art and science of plant production for both beauty and utility.

Following are the rules and regulations needed for entry into the 2016 Scioto County Fair. Entries open to all, and members of garden clubs will exhibit as individuals. No exhibit may compete in more than one class. The Chairman in charge will DISQUALIFY exhibits which do not meet specifications of the schedule or which exceed specified size maximums. In order to ensure an adequate number of entries in each class, the committee reserves the right to combine, add, withdraw, or subdivide classes as needed. Additional classes will be set up if entries warrant. Classes will not be subdivided into more than 4 groups. Horticulture classes for Monday MUST BE STAGED BY 11 A.M. Horticulture classes for Thursday MUST BE STAGED BY 11 A.M. NO EXHIBITS CAN BE PLACED AFTER 11:00 A, M. Container-grown plants must be staged by 11 A.M. Monday, and cannot be removed before Sunday. Container-grown plants must have been in the possession of the exhibitor at least 2 months, must be labeled as to named variety and must be in a watertight container or have a saucer beneath them. Containers will be furnished for horticulture cut specimen classes. All horticulture specimens must be grown by the exhibitor. Horticulture exhibits must be correctly identified and labeled as to the named variety. An exhibitor may make as many as 4 entries in a horticulture specimen class, provided each entry is a different variety or cultivar. All horticulture entries become the property of the Scioto County Fair after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and after 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Small monetary prizes will be awarded.

CLASS: (1) CACTI. May be multiple stemmed, any variety, named, one plant, pot not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. (2) SUCCULENTS. May be multiple stemmed any variety, named, one plant, pot not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. (3) FOLIAGE PLANT. One plant per pot. Any variety other than fern or coleus, named, may be multiple stemmed, pot not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. 4) BLOOMING HOUSEPLANT. Any variety, not an annual, named, container not to exceed 12” in diameter, plant not to exceed 24” in height. (5) Monday Flower container using 3 or more types of material. Not to exceed 20”; cannot trail below bottom of pot. Using an unique container not originally intended for a flower container. Must pre-register.

SECTION II HORTICULTURE: (6) MINIATURE ROSE named, any variety, one bloom, disbudded, with foliage and thorns attached. (7) ROSE, HYBRID TEA, named, one bloom, disbudded, with foliage and thorns attached. (a) White, yellow, yellow blend, orange, orange blend. (b) Pink, pink blend, apricot blend, mauve, mauve blend. (c) Red, red blend, orange-red, russet. (8) SHRUB ROSE. One spray with foliage and thorns attached, not disbudded. (9) ROSE full blown bloom, named, one bloom, disbudded with foliage and thorns attached. (10) FLOWERING Begonia Bowl, one bloom named, stem removed, floating in a clear glass ivy bowl, provided by grower. (11) ROSE FLORIBUNDA, polyantha, grandiflora or Old English, named, one stem, not disbudded, with foliage and thorns attached (12) ZINNIA medium size, named, disbudded, with foliage attached, one bloom. (13) ZINNIA Dahlia flowered, named disbudded, with foliage attached, one bloom. (14) ZINNIA Small flowered, disbudded, with foliage attached, 3 matched blooms. (15) MARIGOLD Triple Treat (New 2016 Plant SPECIAL CLASS) disbudded with foliage attached; one bloom (16) MARIGOLD, large flowered, named, disbudded, with foliage attached, one bloom. (17) SUNFLOWER, one bloom, not to exceed 9” in diameter, disbudded, named, foliage attached. (18) SUNFLOWER, Crimson Blaze, one bloom, not to exceed 9” in diameter, disbudded, foliage attached. (New 2018 Plant) SPECIAL CLASS. (19) DAHLIA one bloom, any variety or type, named, disbudded with foliage attached. (20) GLADIOLUS, named, one spike, disbudded, solid color without markings. (21) GLADIOLUS named, one spike, disbudded, with markings. (22) HYDRANGEA, named, any variety, one bloom, foliage attached. (23) CELOSIA plumed, named, one stem may or may not be disbudded, foliage attached. (24) CELOSIA crested, named, one stem, foliage attached. (25) COLEUS, a collection of cut coleus named with 3 varieties each. SPECIAL CLASS (26) CALADIUM, A collection of cut Caladium leaves, named with 3 varieties, each in a separate container. Limited space, must pre-register. SPECIAL CLASS.

Section III Junior Horticulture: (27) Annual Flower. One bloom, any variety, named, not to exceed 8” in diameter, disbudded with foliage attached. (28). Perennial Flower, One bloom, any variety, named, not to exceed 8” in diameter, disbudded with foliage attached.

For all horticulture exhibiters: Horticulture classes for Monday MUST BE STAGED BY 11:00 AM. NO EXHIBITS CAN BE PLACED AFTER 11:00 AM. Horticulture classes will be judged according to The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. standard system of judging, one first, one second, one third. More than one honorable mention may be given for worthy entries. Judges’ decisions are final. Hint: Horticulture exhibitors should present plants free from all dirt and spray residue. A camelhair brush should be used to remove all dirt from the flower and stem. The container should be neat and clean. Anyone needing additional information should call Carolyn Wilcox at 740 776-4453. Details for the Floral Design Shows will appear in July.

Portsmouth Garden Club

The May meeting of Portsmouth Garden Club was held at the home of Linda Sieling. The Sielings have a lovely garden incorporating a beautiful pond area that features a wooden bridge, stunning plantings, a rock garden and gold fish.

George Essman provided the program, which spoke of the beauty and tranquility that a water garden adds to any outdoor area. Essman had installed the pond and waterfall for the Sielings nearly 15 years prior. The benefits of a water garden go beyond the ordinary, as the negative ions that moving water release into air offer purifying assets. Aquatic plants create a natural look while providing shade and shelter for a wide variety of creatures including frogs, fish and dragonflies. With proper care, aquatic plants will not only enhance the beauty of the pond, they will also reduce maintenance and create crystal clear water conditions. Aquatic plants offer an attractive, dynamic element that changes with their growth and reproduction, giving your pond a natural look. Dolly Cole, President conducted the business meeting, receiving various reports. She noted that in conjunction with Councilman Kevin Johnson, the Portsmouth Garden Club has presented Beautification Awards to Tony & Donna Hubbard; Cary & Alicia Erwin; Marian & Drew Applegate; Fred and Belinda Evans; Paul & Jonie Payton; and Rick & Yodi Wilson for outstanding residential lawns.

In June, members traveled to Aberdeen for a luncheon meeting at Moyer’s Winery. A riverside lunch was enjoyed and a short business meeting was conducted.

Ev Veach provided the program, demonstrating how to construct a floral arrangement, featuring the Bird of Paradise. Also known as a Crane flower, it is tropical and bears a strong resemblance to the shape of a bird in flight. It is particularly colorful and native to South Africa. She explained its usage in floral arrangements and with expertise demonstrated why it is a favorite of floral designers.

Green Triangle Garden Club

Karen Wood’s home on Rt. 522 was the site for the June meeting of Green Triangle Garden Club. Members were treated to a tour of the beautiful gardens situated on a ten acre

site. Mr. & Mrs. Wood maintain their plantings and flower beds with ecology in mind. Bees and insects are so important in the pollination of not only our flowers, but also our vital food supply. They are careful to control unwanted insects, while safeguarding friendly bugs. Wood also provided hints for attracting pollinators and reducing the use of chemical insecticides.

Eva Wolery, President conducted the business meeting.

Wood provided the horticulture report, with some interesting information on garden containers. Container gardening solves many problems, as pots can be located in areas where a flowerbed is impossible. The gardener can choose from a large variety of containers available commercially, or adapt something into a unique container. For example tomatoes can be gown upside down, in a special container in a sunny location. Annual and perennials with shallow roots can be planted in containers, using 2/3 mulch, and 1/3 potting soil. There is a whole new aspect to container gardening, if one uses creativity. Rules to remember are: 1. Choose the container for the location; 2. Choose the plants based on the container & the location; 3. The container must have a drainage hold; 4. Choose the correct mixture of soil and/or mulch.

Tip for the day was a suggestion that plants will thrive if watered with the cooled water from our boiled or steamed vegetables.