Area Garden Club News

Spectacular Desgin Show At The County Fair

Six Scioto County Garden Clubs join forces to spearhead two bountiful flower shows during the Scioto County Fair. The unique shows are built from scratch by Carolyn Wilcox, Minford Garden Club and Pam Scarfpin, Willow Garden Club.

The theme for both the Monday and Thursday Shows was “Music Through the Ages” and

members from all clubs participated: Green Triangle, Lucasville, Minford, Portsmouth, Slocum, and Willow Garden Clubs.

The music theme was immediately announced by the horticulture display, featuring a pathway into the show, of piano keys. Brenda Wooten and Melanie Karr, Portsmouth Garden Club spotlighted beautiful potted plants with super-imposed violin nametags and a base violin.

The Flower Show on Monday was judged by personnel from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. The two highest awards went to Carolyn Wilcox, Minford Garden Club (Best of Show Award for “Man in the Mirror” a reflective design) and Ev Veach, Portsmouth Garden Club. (The Judge of Distinction Award for “Sneaky Snake”, a horizontal design). The Novice blue ribbon was awarded to first time winner, Angie Strickland, Willow Garden Club, (“A Tisket, A Tacket”, a mass design). The Junior Best of Show (“Coming to America”, a vertical design) was awarded to Lairell Bass, Willow Garden Club.

Also on Monday, awards were given to the top horticulture displays and Jean Moore, Willow Garden Club, was a double blue ribbon winner with a purple pom-pom zinnia and a potted Rex begonia. Both flowers were outstanding and received, Best of Show Ribbons.

On Thursday, the Decades of Music Flower Show continued with all new floral arrangements and horticulture displays. Winning again, this time for Best of Show was Ev Veach, Portsmouth Garden Club, (“Puff the Magic Dragon”, a creative design). Second top award, the Judge of Distinction Ribbon was won by Diane Reese, Slocum Garden Club, (“Sound of Music” a transparency design). The Junior Best of Show Award went to Brooklyn Johnson, (“Fly Me to the Moon” a creative design). Johnson is Diane Reese’s granddaughter.

Thursday’s Horticulture Show’s top award (Best of Show) was also won by Reese for her zinnia. Junior horticulture top ribbon (Best of Show, a purple astilbe) was won by William Dunn, Grandson of Mary Lou Beaumont, Slocum Garden Club.

During the final evening, a drawing was held for a yellow buckeye tree drawing, contributed by Portsmouth Garden Club and the winner, happily was Lane Hurst of Wheelersburg.

Finally, there are three over-all Awards: 1. Anna Cole Award for the most potted plants on display went to Beverly Norman, Slocum Garden Club; 2. Exhibitor of 2015 for the most blue ribbons in horticulture & design and it also was awarded to Norman; 3. Sweepstakes Award, for the club with the total number of blue ribbons overall at the Fair, and that went to Slocum Garden Club.


Green Triangle Garden Club’s Gardeners Day Out featured a tour to the Magic Gardens, Peebles, Ohio. And, magic it is, with beautifully landscaped gardens, featuring; butterfly loving flowers and shrubs, flowering fruit and nut trees, evergreens, birdhouses and hummingbirds. They feature a large pond area, stocked with fish, water lilies, and surrounded by several varieties of horticultural grasses. The various gardens featured numerous fountains, fairy and rock gardens, even a miniature garden, with small garden decorations. One of the very interesting areas was a display of stacked rock and stone materials. Members finished this enjoyable outing with lunch in Peebles The regular July meeting was held at Gatti’s Pizza to elect officers and to learn about late summer insects in our gardens. Anna Cardenas provided the Horticulture Report, “‘Attracting Beneficial Insects With Sugar’’. She advised that there are beneficial insects that aid the garden and there are harmful pests that can wreck untold havoc on flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. Sugar water is an interesting garden treatment that has the ability to attract beneficial bees that pollinate the healthy plants, and kill harmful nematodes that can damage many different plants. A gardener can spray sugar water on plants for positive results. You will need 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of tap water. Step 1. Measure and pour the sugar into the saucepan. Add the water and stir well to combine, heat to boiling (stirring to dissolve the sugar). Remove & cool to room temperature. Step 2. Pour the sugar water into a larger container and add 1 gallon of cool water. Pour some of the sugar water into a spray container. Step 3. Spray the mixture on flowers that are beginning to blossom, or that seem damaged by insects. Vegetables, especially ones with vines, will benefit from sugar water. Continue to observe the plants to ascertain whether the sugar is attracting more bees to the garden. Reapply the sugar water again after several days, as necessary. Also, spray the sugar water on plants that are showing signs of a nematode infestation. Several common plants may harbor nematodes: grapes, strawberries, blackberries, beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, peas,

peppers, tomatoes, squash, spinach and turnips. Any plant that is turning yellow or is wilting and not growing properly may have a nematode infection. This simply spraying process may be continued once or twice a week to attract bees and eradicate nematodes. The Nominating Committee reported to President Karen Evans in the business meeting, but prior to voting, a proposal for an addition to the By-Laws was presented. The amendment was added to the By-Laws, and the new officers for 2015-16 are: Eva Wolery, President; Anna Cardenas, Vice President; Stephanie Wright, Secretary; and Karen Wood, Treasurer. In memory of members, Betty Hamilton and Irene Maple, the club will purchase garden club books to be placed at the local library or churches.