MINFORD GARDEN CLUB
The November meeting of Minford Garden Club was held in the midst of a flurry of activities that included the Region 10 Fall Meeting, at Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton, Ohio. Four members participated in the Regional Garden Show “Sunshine On The farm”, all were awarded winning ribbons. Eight members participated n the Christmas decorations at Shawnee State Lodge.
The November program “Thomas Jefferson, Horticulturist”, was researched and presented by Rebecca Dodson. Jefferson, our third president, governor of Virginia, and author of the Declaration of Independence was also an avid horticulturist. Jefferson once said, ” No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” His gardens became a living laboratory for the study of plants from around the world.” Jefferson once said , “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” Jefferson would plant his flowerbeds in an informal style of landscape design which he later considered one of the seven fine arts. Jefferson also enjoyed trees, and he planted 160 different species. When Jefferson spoke of his “garden”, he was referring to his vegetable garden. This garden not only provided food for his family but also was a laboratory where he planted 330 varieties of more than 70 species of vegetables. His vegetable garden became Jefferson’s “most enduring horticultural achievement at Monticello.” Today, Jefferson’s garden is used as a preservation seed bank of Jefferson-era and 19th century-era vegetable varieties.
President Carolyn Wilcox conducted the business meeting, receiving various reports. Assignments were made for the upcoming flower show, “ Sing We Now of Christmas.” Minford Garden Club will combine with Slocum and Willow Garden Clubs to host a Christmas Flower Show on December 1, 2016 at Glendale Senior Center Building, Clarktown, Ohio, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The public is invited. Members were reminded to attend the Shawnee Lodge Christmas Open House on December 4. Wilcox’s tip of the month was to be diligent about ordering your seed catalogs for 2017. Wilcox will host the December Christmas dinner meeting.