Garden Club News

Mary Ann Peercy

March 24, 2012

Garden Clubs Plan Spring Meeting

Regional Garden Clubs are planning a daylong meeting on April 19 at Portsmouth Convention & Visitors’ Center. With hopes for an early spring, area gardeners are looking forward to a program, “B’ Dazzled”, hosted by Slocum Garden Club. Members from all regional clubs, including gardeners from Scioto, Pike, Adams, and Lawrence are invited to register by April 10.

Spring flowers will be featured throughout the day, and raffle tickets may be purchased for a variety of club baskets with detailed themes, and two garden structures. The morning session will feature a short business meeting, and then attendees will adjourn to Shawnee State University for a visit to the Clark Planetarium, where Dr. Tim Hamilton will conduct a tour of the facility, which features the Konica Minolta Mediaglobe II system for projection. Lunch will be served in the Shawnee State University dining room and the afternoon session will return to the Welcome Center.

Dr. Frank Porter, Racine, Ohio will conduct the afternoon program on “Native Plants”. Followed by Jenny Richards, Shawnee State Park Naturalist with “Restoring America, One Native Plant at a Time”. Several Ohio Association of Garden Clubs State officers will be attending and several vendor tables will be available at the Welcome Center.

Registration information is available by contacting Linda Warfield, Region 10 Treasurer.

Lucasville Garden Club

January and February are the months when seed companies flood the mails with beautifully illustrated catalogs to tempt gardeners. For the February meeting of the Lucasville Garden Club program, members brought their favorite retailers’ catalogs. Discussion featured a critique of the various companies, and some tips concerning items that members had purchased and used with success. Not all seeds germinate, and not all bare root plants grow, and so, those items were also discussed, as members planned for spring plantings.

President Joan Adaway conducted the business meeting, received the officers’ reports and welcomed a guest, Alexander Smith. Plans for the club’s annual anniversary dinner were finalized. The club will invite several guests, including honorary members. Several honorary members are summer assistants with the SR 23 roadside garden park. The meeting is scheduled for March 15th at Giovanni’s in Lucasville,

American Electric Power recently received permission from the PUCO to increase rates, and that has impacted the Lucasville Garden Club, as they have installed a light in the SR 23 Park to illuminate the flag-pole. The club voted to protest the increase.

Members donated live flowers for two floral arrangements and worked together in a workshop genre. The two completed creations were auctioned, with Don Crabtree serving as auctioneer. In the monthly flower show, Sharon Penn won the February blue ribbon.

Green Triangle Garden Club

Green Triangle Garden Club members were treated to a lasagna luncheon by hostess, Anna Cardenas. Sherrill Day, President convened the March meeting,receiving the business reports. Day also presented the program on Transparency Design. This design must have unity and connectives in the total effect. Containers and flowers should have harmony in color and texture. A harmonizingcolored background will also be beneficial. The designer can chose any container or plant material, as this is a creative design. Transparency design is a creative incorporation of material of “see through” quality, displayed as an integral part of the design. The front portion of the design or parts of the whole should give the illusion of depth and space beyond. Characteristics of transparency design incorporate a 3 dimensional effect with the illusion of depth and space. Day introduced Vicki Daily, a guest speaker. Daily spoke to the club concerning the benefits of Home Health Care. She had interesting, new information concerning the manychanges effecting home care. Day announced up-coming regional events: April 19 Region 10 members will meet at the Scioto County Welcome Center. Attendees will visit the Planetarium and enjoy lunch at Shawnee State University. The April meeting of Green Triangle Garden Club will be held at Bridgeport Convalescent Center to make Easter Baskets for the residents. Club prizes for dried arrangement and the monthly specimen were awarded to Joyce Payton and Eva Wolery.