Area garden club news

Region 10 Recognition Tea

The Minford Garden Club hosted an afternoon luncheon Tea Party in honor of Irmalee Gampp. Gampp is the out-going Director of Region 10 Garden Clubs. She served, with distinction as Minford Garden Club president and Region 10 Director for the years 2014 & 2015. Members of ten garden clubs, from three counties (Lawrence, Pike, & Scioto) celebrated in her honor. The tea was held at Sunshine Church of Christ Fellowship Building on SR 335 and the room was beautifully decorated with fall pumpkins, gourds, mums, dried wheat stocks, and colorful Indian corn.

A lovely luncheon was served. And a special dessert along with edible acorns, hand-made by Becky Jarvis, was enjoyed by all. Among other gifts, the Region awarded Gampp, a Life Patron Membership, to the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. She asked that the membership be labeled for the OAGC Scholarship Fund.

Among the guests honoring Gampp were her husband, Wayne, her sister, Pam Coriell, and friends: Jane Hickman, Sharon Scott, JoAnn Miller, and Delores Gampp.

Portsmouth Garden Club

The November meeting of Portsmouth Garden Club was held at the home of Linda

Warfield and Pat Pekar conducted the program.

Pekar had researched backyard beekeeping and provided many details on the extremely beneficial bee. Bees are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants, and known for their role in pollination of nearly everything known to man. They are as old as human history, and there are 20,000 known species. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. Crops require the service of bees.

Bees can be raised in one’s backyard, however like any other creature they have certain needs. The first item would be the hive, which should imitate the bees’ natural choice of home. The backyard Keeper should become familiar with bee predators, i.e. the yellow jackets, wasps, mice and ants. These threats will need to be addressed. The Keeper should also be aware of the bee lifecycles. Late winter is when the queen bee begins laying eggs to re-populate the hive. Some beekeepers re-queen the hive at this time. Spring is when bees start making nectar and hive business begins to slow in late summer. A bee colony consists of three different kinds of bees: the queen, who controls the hive and the only one who can reproduce young; the drones, all males, who do not work, but aid in reproduction; and the worker bees, who are all females, and do all the pollen gathering and hive maintenance.

Items that you might need to correctly tend the hive are protective garments that allow you to work near the hive and not be stung; a hive tool allows the keeper to loosen the frames from the hives; a smoker to calm the bees, and a feeder to provide nutrition in bad weather. There is no species more eco-friendly than the bee, so your backyard beehive will benefit the world.

Dolly Cole presided at the business meeting, receiving a variety of reports, and providing announcements.

Members gathered for an ornament workshop for Shawnee State Lodge Christmas trees.

And later in November the club decorated the main lobby and the bar at the Lodge. The club will be participating in the Shawnee State Lodge Open House on December 6, when the public will be invited to view the beautiful trees, listen to local high school choirs, and feel the spirit of Christmas.

Slocum Garden Club

Slocum Garden Club met at Moyer’s Winery Restaurant to celebrate their 64th anniversary as a Garden Club. Members contributed small traditional table designs of autumn flora to the festivities. Table favors were candy-filled turkeys from hostesses, Karen Beasley and Gail Smith. Guests were: Betty Fannin, Jane Stephenson, Joyce Braunlin, Pam Bryan, and Carla Scifres.

Anniversaries spawn memories, and many items were on display from the past. Special mention was made of the late Rose Mary Montavon, a 53 year club member, for her many contributions.

Members were reminded that November is a great time to prune shrubs and trees.

President Diane Reese received the business reports. She reviewed club activities, including the Fall Regional Meeting where newly appointed Regional Director Beverly Norman awarded certificates to the club for superior programming and publicity books. She also noted that Mary Lou Beaumont received the Faye Collins Design of the Year Award and Reese, herself was named Regional Club Member of the Year.

The program, “The Seductive Amaryllis” was presented by Carla Scifres. Georgia O’Keefe’s painting inspired the title as she used the large, deeply colored flowers in many of her paintings. The amaryllis is quickly gaining an edge on the ever-popular Christmas poinsettia and holly.

This bulbous plant can be found at most garden centers at the beginning of the season and, if purchased and planted early, can grace the Christmas table. Scifres reduced her audience’s anxieties about growing this stunner, explaining that planting is as simple as taking the bulb out of the box, pouring the pre-mixed fluffy soil into a shallow pot, (sometimes provided) and simply sitting the bulb atop the soil, adding a minimal amount of soil to

stabilize the bulb. With watering the plant quickly sends up a tall shoot and produces several large blooms. This process takes 4 to 6 weeks but the blooms last more than a month. It is a perfect

holiday indoor plant! Once spent, allow the stalk die back so as to replenish the bulb, then cut the stalk off and store the bulb in a cool, dry place, such as a garage. After spring’s last frost, plant the bulb outdoors for a summer surprise.

Members met, along with other Region 10 clubs to decorate at Shawnee State Park and Resort’s lodge. Slocum Garden Club decorates the lodge’s 2nd floor. Their theme trees are: “On the Pond”, “Critter”, “Nature’s Feast”, “Patriotic”, “Flying Friends” and “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening”. The “…Snowy Evening” tree is based on Robert Frost’s poem but adds a 21st century twist. Viewers can read the poem, posted near the flocked tree, which is decorated with sleigh bells and horseshoes. Near the tree are a lady’s wrap, lantern, boots, gloves, and sidesaddle.

The “Flying Friends” tree beckons viewers to respond to the plight of the disappearing monarch butterfly by encouraging the cultivation of milkweed. The milkweed is the only host plant on which the monarch eggs are laid.

The beautiful Christmas displays will remain at the lodge until January 3, 2016. Shawnee State Park and Resort’s Open House is scheduled for December 6. The event brings numerous crafters to the lodge, joining high school choirs, musicians and performers in offering the public a wonderful day of fun and refreshment.

The club will join Minford and Willow Garden Clubs in hosting a Christmas flower show entitled “Silver Bells” Thursday,

December 3 at the Glendale Senior Center in Clarktown. Christmas centerpieces, swags, and miniature, small and creative Christmas designs will be featured. A junior division will showcase berried branches and decorated wreaths. The public is invited to attend from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with free admission and refreshments for all.

Garden clubs bring beauty and fun to their communities over the holidays. Visit the lodge, the Clarktown flower show and “Have A Happy, Blessed Christmas! For more information, contact (740) 259-4432.