Shawnee State Park Partnership
Shawnee State Park Management and Region 10 Garden Clubs will join forces to create newly designed flowerbeds at the State Park in Shawnee Forest. The new concept will feature native plants and materials, so
Park visitors may experience the area flora without actually accessing the forest area.
Frank Porter, of Porterbrook Native Plants and Jenny Richards, Shawnee State Park Naturalistwill meet with Region 10 Garden Club members on May 12 for a design/work day to transform flowerbeds throughout the park. Shawnee Park maintenance workers will remove the old plants in readiness for the new project, and management will provide $200 per bed for native plants, mulch, and rocks. Gardeners will provide the bed designs, the tools, and installation labor for this inventive and cooperative project. Clubs will be indentified with their flowerbed and will compete for Best Bed.
This project is important as it spotlights the native plants of Southern Ohio. Dr. Porter has said that every plant is native to some place, but when humans move it beyond its normal range, the plant becomes an exotic species. A native plant lives in its natural range and habitat and can grow and reproduce without outside aid. It is in balance and harmony with its surroundings. It is never aggressive or overpowering, and will always be a thing of beauty. Of the more than 3,000 species of plants found in the Ohio Valley, about 25% are non-native, and nearly 60 of these have aggressively invaded our natural woodlands.
Members of Green Triangle Garden Club met at Bridgeport Convalescent Facility for the April meeting. They came prepared to hold a therapy workshop and the project featured handmade Easter baskets for the residents.
Sherrill Day, President conducted a short business meeting, receiving reports and announcements. The May meeting will feature a trip to the Amish Garden Center on Four Mile Rd., Jackson.