Area garden club news


Garden Clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties will meet October 20, for a day-long session, hosted by Ironton and Rock Hill Garden Clubs. The meeting theme will be “Down on the Farm” and it will be held at the Southern Ohio University Rotunda Bldg. in Ironton, beginning with registration at 9:00 AM.

A competitive flower show is planned, “Sunshine on the Farm” and artistic designs will be small, miniature, and large. Fall horticulture will be judged. Jean Moore, Ohio Association Garden Clubs Judge will review all entries, award all prizes, and constructively comment on the artistic designs.

Attendees will be dressing in farm-like attire, and the décor will be rural. Interesting programs are scheduled, with a morning program by Andrea Moore, “Mycology in the Garden: Good, Bad & Ugly”. The afternoon program will feature Mary Lee Minor, former OAGC President, with a design program, “Rainbows from My Bed”.

Beverly Norman, Regional Director will preside at morning business session. Lunch will be provided and the afternoon session will end with door prizes.

Reservations are required and members should contact Diane Reese, Region 10 Treasurer.


Kate Sowards, of the Soil & Water Conservation was the featured speaker for the September meeting of Green Triangle Garden Club, with information relevant to the Monarch Butterfly. The Monarch is native to the North American continent, and travels thousands of miles to winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mexico. In the larval stage the Monarch feeds entirely on milkweed, which provides them with food and a toxin that discourages predators. During a season, they produce four generations, with the fourth living approximately nine months, and completing the winter migration. The Monarch is endangered, and Ohio has a statewide initiative to protect and encourage them. Scioto Soil & Water Conservation office, SR 104 is collecting milkweed pods for 2017 and gardeners are encouraged to plant milkweed in your gardens, particularly for the Monarch.

Gay Chandler was the hostess for the September meeting. Eva Wolery, President conducted the business meeting, receiving a number of reports and welcomed guest, Roger Gallimore.

Karen Wood, with her horticulture report provided some tips on everyday floral arrangements. She reminded members that flowers send a quiet message when they grace our dinner table, or a hopeful message when sent as a gift to a friend. 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.


Portsmouth Garden Club traveled to Adams County, in the Peebles area to visit the Magic Gardens of Ric and Vicky Potts. They have developed acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on Unity Road, incorporating a wide variety of flowers, bamboo, herbs, cacti, and vegetables near a pond, and then artistically added rock sculptures. There were opportunities to rest in their shady gazebo and enjoy panoramic views from their wooden tower.

Following the garden tour and lunch in Peebles, the business meeting was called to order by President Dolly Cole. She received the business reports, and announced the date for the Region 10 Fall Meeting at the Southern Ohio University Rotunda Building, Ironton on October 20. Portsmouth Garden Club will provide a raffle basket for meeting, and members will outfit a sales table.

New arrangements concerning the “Neighborhood Beautiful Yard Award” for 2017 were announced. Beginning in the spring of 2017, the award will be a beautiful glass artwork for the winners’ yard, along with a letter of accomplishment. The glass artwork will be hand-made by member Shanna Henson.

The October meeting will feature a Halloween party at the home of Donna Chabot.


At the confluence of the Scioto & Ohio Rivers, within sight of the ancient Erie Canal is a Portsmouth treasure, Alexandria Park. Members of the Slocum Garden Club met there in September to enjoy the Boneyfiddle area. Members received leaf embossed coasters from Carol McCain and Connie Chamberlin, hostesses. The park was beautifully blooming with lantanas and mums, framed by two beautiful bridges across the Ohio.

Beverly Norman presented the horticultural report, “The Care and Storage of Bulbs & Tubers”. The particular bulbs mentioned were dahlias, gladiolus and caladiums, and others. Certain practices and principles apply to most: digging before the first hard frost, washing them, and drying each. Then choosing a dry, dimly lit, cool but not frozen location, and assuring air circulation in the storage area. A peat moss storage medium is usually best, as the goal is to prevent moisture. She expressed the importance of allowing the plants’ foliage to die back rather than cutting it from the bulb. The foliage provides nourishment for healthy bulb growth. If in doubt, instructions can be obtained in an on-line search. Variation exists in the method used for each species.

President Diane Reese conducted the business meeting and welcomed a new member Rebecca Holt. Reese made note of the many contribution made by member, Gracie Bates. Bates is moving out of state. Assignments were made for the upcoming Regional Meeting in Ironton, October 20. A commendatory prayer was offered for two recently deceased participants in the club’s garden therapy program at Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg.

Mary Lou Beaumont reminded members to collect milkweed seed pods for donation to the Pike Scioto Soil and Water Conservation office, Lucasville as a response to the State of Ohio Department of Transportation’s Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative. The collected seeds will be planted along Ohio’s 19,000 miles of highway right-of-way, statewide to support the monarch butterfly population in Ohio. Monarchs lay their eggs only on milkweed, a plant rapidly disappearing from Ohio’s landscape. Ohio serves as a principle stopover for monarch migration. The deadline for the submission of seedpods is October 30. Plans were discussed to continue collaboration with Shawnee State Park’s Naturalist Division towards the development of the newly formed Flutter-by Monarch Way Station at the Shawnee Nature Center site.

Reese reviewed the club’s success at the Scioto County Fair. In all, members provided twenty-six artistic designs and nearly a hundred horticultural specimens. Prizes were awarded to Slocum members at each flower show. Junior club members, Abigail and William Dunn entered thirty items in Junior Horticultural Division, with Abigail receiving the “Best of Show” Award. Slocum Garden Club earned the Sweepstakes Award, given to the club with the most overall points. The Anna Cole Award is given to the exhibitor earning the most points in the potted plant class, and that was Beverly Norman. Diane Reese received Exhibitor of the Year distinction for most over-all points.

The business meeting ended with Reese reminding members to plant or transplant peonies, daylilies and irises in the early Fall. The tour continued to the Portsmouth Brew Pub for lunch, then on to near-by nurseries, farm and feed stores and shops in search of Fall plants and items.

The club will begin their 2016-2017 program year on October 7 with a trip to the Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Celebration in Adams County Amish Country. The club hopes to expand their membership. This is a great time to join a garden club. For more information, contact 740-259-4432.