Area garden club news


REGION 10 Garden Clubs (Lawrence, Pike & Scioto) schedule summer garden tours during July. It is a time to appreciate the beautiful gardens, and to socialize with the great gardeners in our surrounding areas. And in July Portsmouth Garden Club members participated in the Pike County Garden Tours, traveling to four gardens beautified by Pike County members. First stop was at the home of Connie Shelly, Prime Thyme Garden Club, where her private garden overlooks the hills near Alma, Oh. The Shelly family has occupied this property for fifty years, and the flowerbeds and plantings were spectacular.

Second stop was at the home of Denise Orr, member of Waverly Garden Club, and her home is located in the Lake White area. The Waverly Garden Club hosted a luncheon at the Orr home. Third stop was also in the Lake White area, at the home of Kathy Duffy, Waverly Garden Club. The lake itself has been drained for dam repairs, but using some ingenuity, the Duffys have created a nine-hole golf course on the lakebed.

The tour continued to the home of Pat Holland, where guests were again dazzled by her gardening skills.

After the July Pike Co. tour, Portsmouth Garden Club met at home of Linda Warfield for their regular club luncheon meeting. President Dolly Cole conducted the meeting, receiving reports, and making summer announcements. Following a discussion, members agreed to participate in the Portsmouth Farmers Market to display some hand crafted garden items for sale. Preliminary work on the club’s participation at the Scioto County Fair in August was discussed, as Brenda Wooten and Melanie Karr will be working on the public display at the building entrance, “Invitational Garden”.

Cole also advised that the Region 10 Garden Clubs, will be hosting the 2017 Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Convention to be held in Dublin, Ohio, July 2017. Planning for this huge event begins immediately. Work has also begun on the 2017 Club Program Book.

SLOCUM GARDEN CLUB— SUMMER GARDEN TOURS “More than anything, I must have flowers, always, always.” Claude Monet

Monet’s words ring true… especially for the Slocum Garden Club as they began a month of garden tours early in July with a trip to Lily Fest, in Hocking Hills. Members spent a day ambling through wooded acres filled with creeks, ponds, walking trails, sculpture, and thousands of lilies, hostas, hydrangea, roses and a multitude of native fauna. Lily Fest exists as a bequest of their property, from Bobbie and Bruce Bishop to the Hocking County Water and Soil Conservation District and the subsequent contributions of many artisans over the past 24 years. The festival also spans Bishop Educational Gardens in Rockbridge, Ohio.

From Lily Fest, members traveled to Amanda and the home of Andrea Moore, Naturalist at Hocking Hills State Park, and niece of member Carla Sciefres. Moore and her husband have cultivated and nurtured many native plants over the past 25 years. Their garden blends herbs, native flowers with heirloom vegetables and fruits, and Moore provided worthwhile information on native plants. The visit culminated with a walk into the surrounding woods, ending at a campsite housing an authentic Native American tepee. Members received bags of seeds and herbs, and all agreed it was an enchanting place.

President Diane Reese conducted a brief meeting as the club dined in one of Laurelville’s excellent Amish restaurants. Members were reminded to complete their coleus trees, a club project, for September judging. Approval was given for a donation to the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs’ Foundation.

In addition to supporting the development of their own gardens, club members are excited to recognize beautiful neighborhoods gardens. For 2015 Slocum Garden Club is awarding an Ohio Association of Garden Club’s Residential Beautification Certificate to the following beautiful yards and gardens: Mike and Cheryl Ralston, Lucasville; Charles and Tammy Whittaker, Slocum Station; Bill and Wolda Schwamburger, Wheelersburg; Mary Agnes Bihl, Franklin Furnace and the Clives, Wheelersburg.

Reese encouraged club participation in the Scioto County Flower Shows scheduled for August 8 and 11, and gave hints on preparing horticulture specimens for judging.

The club ended their month of garden tours by hosting Scioto County’s Annual Garden Club Tour of Gardens, held July 22. Thirty-five garden club members and guests traveled to the county’s Northwest sector, for a daylong tour at the homes of Carla Scifres, Beverly Norman and Diane Reese.

Scifres dazzled visitors with terraced gardens embellished with butterflies, flowers and critters fabricated of garden implements, dishes and glass, demonstrating how everyday items can be spun into garden gold. Norman escorted guests through fifteen garden plots, featuring specific plants; and imparting her knowledge of the hundreds of lilies, hostas, roses and dahlias she has collected over the years. Members were served iced drinks and deserts under a tin roof, slate floored pergola at the Reese home. Each garden was crafted for the expressed purpose of attracting and nurturing butterflies and several featured fairy gardens. These lovely gardens provided inspiration to the tour visitors.

Slocum Garden Club will participate with the Flower Show set-up on August 7 at the Scioto County Fairgrounds. Flower Shows in design and horticultural are scheduled on August 8 and 11 at the Fair.

In September 8 the club’s program will feature a walking tour of Portsmouth’s Boneyfiddle District. New members are welcome. This is a great time to join as the new program year begins in October. Contact 740-259-4432 for additional information.


“Say it With Flowers” is an old adage, but also true. Flowers send a quiet message when they grace our dinner table, or a hopeful message when sent as a gift to a friend. Karen Wood, with her horticulture report provided some tips on everyday floral arrangements. Size is an important factor if the arrangement is intended for the dinner table… it should not crowd the food, or obstruct conversation with guests across the table. Arrangement size also will determine the container size, as it should be about 2/3 lower than the overall height of the arrangement. To hold the flowers in place, one can employ some stabilizing items, i.e. florist clay, or an old fashion “frog”.

For a casual arrangement, one begins with the greenery, noting how the arrangement is to be viewed. When the “filler” is complete, place the tallest flower.

Depending on the size of the bloom, one will normally use a total of 3, 5, or 7 flowers.

Unless the arrangement is quit large, seven is usually excessive. Fill in bare places and

you are ready to impress family and friends.

Green Triangle Garden Club had a short business meeting prior to their participation in the July Garden Tours. President Eva Wolery urged club members to assist in the Flower Show Set-up for the Scioto County Fair. The design and horticulture shows are scheduled for August 8 and 11.