“DOWN ON THE FARM”
Garden Clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties met October 20, for a day-long session, hosted by Ironton and Rock Hill Garden Clubs at the Southern Ohio University Rotunda Bldg. in Ironton. The meeting theme was “Down on the Farm” and attendees dressed in farm attire. Beverly Norman, Regional Director presided at morning business session and several officers of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs were recognized. OAGC President Geri Rhea presented remarks. Reports were given and approved, while judges reviewed a beautiful floral design show, “Sunshine on the Farm”. Fall horticulture was also displayed and judged.
Andrea Moore, Naturalist presented the morning program, “Mycology in the Garden”. She advocates an interconnected ecology that links all living things together. For example, the mushroom is vitally important to many other plants and trees, proving fungi in the soil. Mushrooms have been determined to be a vital link in a healthy environment. As well as being an edible food, the mushroom can present as the largest organism or the smallest organism in our existence, and a necessity for healthy soil. Handouts and books were available.
Flower show winners were announced, with Best of Show awarded to Irmalee Gampp, Minford Garden Club and the Award of Distinction going to Diane Reese, Slocum Garden Club. Joyce Rambacher, Ironton Garden Club received the Best of Show for her rose in the Horticulture Div. Pam Scarfpin, Willow Garden Club served as judge.
Following lunch, OAGC Past President, Mary Lee Minor presented a tutorial on floral design. As an artist, Minor believes that floral design is an art form and should follow design criteria. She provided guide posters depicting the triangle, then proceeded to create floral designs with strict triangular lines. In all she created four beautiful bouquets, each based on the triangle, with some having more than one triangle, or a stretch version of the triangle. Her presentation was colorful, beautiful and informative.
Norman provided ending announcements and the host clubs provided door prizes. The Spring Regional meeting will be hosted by Lucasville and Willow Garden Clubs.
GREEN TRIANGLE GARDEN CLUB
The October meeting of Green Triangle Club was originally scheduled for a trip to John Simon Sorghum Festival, but the weather intervened and the meeting moved to Shawnee Lodge, and the meeting began after lunch.
President Eva Worley conducted the business meeting, with information about the upcoming Fall Regional meeting. Christmas decorations at Shawnee Lodge were discussed, and business reports were received. New program books were distributed.
Karen Wood presented the horticulture report , entitled “Enhancing Food Production for Woodland Wildlife”. She advised that foresters use the term “Mast” for edibles available for wildlife. This generally is nuts and berries, therefore it is important that we protect the many trees and shrubs that produce “Mast”. An important threat to the forest is non-native species that crowd out native flora, leaving the animals to starve.
Hostess Sherrill Day provided the program. She demonstrated the art of creating an underwater floral arrangement, providing information that is important if the arrangement is to be judged. She also reminded members about the fall chore of cleaning and storing garden tools. Her recommendations were to thoroughly clean the tool, and apply a light oil to prevent rust. She suggested that storing the tool, immersed in a bucket of sand was a perfect solution. Day also provided a lovely painted pinecone to each attendee.
PORTSMOUTH GARDEN CLUB
Traditionally, October lends itself to interesting decorations, and in that vein Portsmouth Garden Club was greeted with an interesting holiday luncheon at the home of Donna Chabot. Chabot and Dolly Cole were the hosts for the October meeting, and members arrived in costumes. Prizes were awarded for the “Sexiest Legs” to the Octopus; “Most Purrfect” to the Tiger Kitten; & “Most Colorful” to a Box of Crayons.
Cole presided at the business meeting, receiving various reports. She previewed the new 2016-17 Program Book, featuring the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs’ new theme. Plans continue for the work to be accomplished at Shawnee Lodge in November, and that will mark the 25th year for this endeavor. Region 10 will be decorating 40 trees, using 27,000 lights and yards of garland and ribbon, Cole reminded members of the holiday schedule.
Cole presented the Horticulture Program on Herbs. Herbs have been used as food and for medicinal purposes for centuries. In America, there has been an increase in the use of antioxidant herbs i.e. flaxseed, licorice root, and green tea for their potential antioxidant compounds that provide protection against chronic disease. There is also an increase in the usage of essential oils, ordinary culinary herbs and spices, as well as herbal teas. Cole listed 25 herbs with beneficial properties.
The November meeting will feature a Thanksgiving luncheon at Hillview Retirement Center.
MINFORD GARDEN CLUB
Fall brings a time of harvest, and the program for the October meeting of Minford Garden Club presented tips and data on seeds and each member brought seeds to be saved. Seeds are often taken for granted, but they are vital to the health and well being of all people. Ohio State University has established the Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science and this a quote from their website: “Seeds are vital as propagating units for the tree, landscape, flower, turf, vegetable, fruit, and agronomic crop industries. American seed companies are one of the significant agricultural industries benefiting from advances in seed research.”
The program presenter was Margaret Reed and her advice concerned saving seeds. She advised that harvested seeds should never be stored in plastic bags, because of the moisture buildup, rather choose paper bags. It is a good idea in saving green bean seeds, to allow them to dry, then store in a glass jar and freeze them. Gardeners should select seeds from tomatoes, using the biggest and ripest tomato available. Small seeds such as pepper and tomato can be stored in small plastic bottles after they are thoroughly dried.
Garlic is planted in the fall, and one should use only a single clove for a seed. It can remain in the ground for several years. When winterizing Elephant Ears bulbs, one should dig, wash, and dry the bulbs, then store them in peat moss, in a cool, dry area, safe from freezing.
Club members were welcomed by the meeting hostess, Brenda Covert and the business meeting was called to order by President Carolyn Wilcox. Reports were presented and new program books distributed. Wilcox welcomed two new club members, Beth Bennett and Brenda Covert, and several events were discussed, as the club will be participating in the Fall Regional meeting, and Shawnee Lodge Christmas decor. Also in the future is the Christmas Flower Show, “ Sing We Now of Christmas.” on December 1, at Glendale Senior Center Building, Clarktown. Minford will join with Slocum and Willow Garden Clubs for this presentation.
As a community service, the club maintains a garden at Bennett Cemetery and a committee was appointed for fall cleanup chores.
The November meeting will be at the home of Mary Wakefield.
Slocum Garden Club
Autumn at the Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Celebration, Adams County is a delight, dodging pumpkins from cannons fired by Amish boys, farm animals on display, and vendors offering: herbs, soups, pumpkins, gourds, ciders, soaps, and homespun crafts. Eleven members of the Slocum Garden Club traveled to Adams County for their October meeting.
The October program featured gourds, Carla Scifres demonstrated ways of using gourds in décor. Julie Hines explained the methods of growing and drying gourds. Gourds come in bell, orange, egg, pear and apple shapes. They may be smooth, warty, colored, plain striped or ridged in pattern. The drying period is about 3 weeks. The gourd should be wiped clean with a bleaching agent to remove bacteria. The day’s hint was to bring gourds indoors and to store with good air-circulation to obtain maximum drying outcomes. After drying, gourds may e shellaced.
President Diane Reese welcomed new members Joyce Bays, Donna Breiterbach, Rebecca Holt and Connie Percell. She distributed the 2016-2017 club program book. 2017 will find the club continuing their tradition of full participation in the Ohio Association of Garden Club’s Region 10 flower shows and garden tours, and a continuation of their annual fundraisers, beautification projects at the James Irvin Post, American Legion, Minford and the native plant gardens at Shawnee State Parks’ office and nature center. New for the year are excursions to a number of Columbus, Ohio gardens and a trip to the Frankfort, Ohio Sunflower Festival.
President Reese received the business reports and thanked the meeting hosts. Announcements included the Fall Regional Meeting, Region 10, on October 20; decorating at Shawnee State Park and Resort’s Lodge on November 7 and a Christmas Flower Show “Songs of the Season” on December 1 at Glendale Senior Center in Clarktown.
On October 20, at the Fall Regional Meeting of OAGC Region 10 at Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton, members Diane Reese, Teresa Book, Carla Scifres, Mary Lou Beaumont and Beverly Norman garnered awards in both the artistic and horticulture classes.
On October 26 members will hold a workshop at the home of Carla Scifres to make decorations for use at Shawnee State Park and Resort’s Lodge on November 7. Help is always needed in decorating Shawnee Lodge and it’s a fun-filled day. Contact 740-259-4432 for information if you would like to participate.
The November meeting will celebrate the club’s 65th Anniversary and will be held at Casa Grande Restaurant in New Boston on November 10, with special recognition for the staff of Best Care, Wheelersburg’s Adult Daily Living program, which has hosted the club’s garden therapy program since December 2011.