Slocum Garden Club May news

Staff Report

A wildflower walk is a popular activity that pulls people to country roads, meadows and steams in early spring to witness nature’s emergence from the snows and chills of the winter months, and members of the Slocum Garden Club were invited to inspect the woods near McDermott by President Diane Reese for the May meeting and the wildflowers were bountiful.

Carla Scifres and Beverly Norman, hostesses, presented gifts of candies and colorful metal garden creatures (butterflies, birds, etc.) and members exchanged a variety of spring flowers from their gardens.

The horticultural specimens noted in the 2017 Scioto County Fair Flower Show Schedule were reviewed with suggestions as to where one might secure seeds and plant starts. Many of these specimens will be obtained by members through club-sponsored activities, green house visits, festivals, garden centers and area gardens. Many gardeners purchased flowers from vendors at the Region 10 Spring Meeting on April 20. Slocum gardeners visited 4-Mile Amish Greenhouse, Jackson, Ohio on May 4, and ended with a visit to Daniel’s Greenhouse on St Rt. 73 where members secured coleus plants for constructing a coleus tree.

Reese conducted the business meeting and recognized members who participated in the Arbor Day activities at Portsmouth’s Tracy Park on April 29. The club highlighted the importance of recycling, as Arbor Day is a celebration of the conservation of earth’s precious resources. Members instructed visitors on the opportunity to recycle plastic potting materials at Lowe’s Garden Centers and provided information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife on creating a healthy environment for butterflies in one’s backyard. Visiting children were given the opportunity to plant a flower, choosing the type of flower and an appropriate container. The club also offered, for sale gently used and recycled items as a fundraiser for future garden beautification efforts.

Members were encouraged to participate in the OAGC Convention Flower Show scheduled for July 13. Also, scheduled is a flower show at Bristol Village Activity Center, “Nature’s Bounty,”, sponsored by Waverly and Prime Thyme Garden Clubs during their Tour of Homes and Gardens at Bristol Village on June 23.

The Scioto County Fair 2017 Flower Show theme is “Visiting the Farm” and will feature seventeen senior and four junior artistic designs, twenty-three horticultural classes, as well as classes for cacti, succulents, foliage plants, blooming houseplants and ornamental peppers. An exhibition garden entitled “The Farm Yard” will feature contributions from all participating Region 10 OAGC garden clubs. The exhibition garden is stylized by Brenda Wooten and Melanie Karr from the Portsmouth Garden Club, with the guidance of Wooten Landscaping. Minford Garden Club’s Margaret Reed will provide an educational exhibit entitled, “Honey Bees At Work”.

The May program, “Spring Blooming Shrubs and Bee Friendly Flora” was provided by Reese. She suggested ten early-flowering, spring shrubs for the landscape: Korean Abelialeaf (white forsythia), Fragrant Viburnum, PJM Rhododendron, February Daphne, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Manchu or Nanking Cherry, Winter Honeysuckle, Goat Willow, Fragrant Winterhazel and “Westerstede” Witch Hazel, as per Landscape Planning, 2002 by Judith Adams. She also suggested several bee friendly specimens for our yards: bee balm, catmint, coneflower, sedum and flowering dogwood, as referenced in the Country Extra magazine, May 2017 edition. She noted that bees will collect pollen more efficiently when flowers are planted in masses and one should leave a patch of loosely undisturbed earth to encourage their nesting. Most importantly, do not use pesticides; even organic ones can harm insects.

All Saints Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will host a workshop featuring bird suet cakes, pinecone owls and July 4th themed wreaths.

Slocum Garden Club will gather on June 8 at the Wheelersburg Flea Market for their annual plant sale, offering for sale plants from their gardens, as well as baked goods and gently used and recycled items.

Mary Lou Beaumont advised that an invitation had been received to initiate a garden therapy program at Riverbend House, Wheelersburg. The first session was a flower planting activity on May 30. Members also created greeting cards to place on gifts of flower-embellished, cloth tissue box cozies to be given the mothers at Riverbend House for Mother’s Day.

In June the club meeting will feature tours of the Wheelersburg yards, woods, and gardens. The tour will visit the homes of Beaumont, Nancy Mullins, Connie Chamberlin and Karen Beasley.

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