Garden clubs prepare for summer


MINFORD GARDEN CLUB

Members of Minford Garden Club met in May to celebrate their 80th anniversary at the home of Carolyn Wilcox. Hostess for this Garden Party was Beth Bennett, and she presided at a beautifully decorated table, featuring, an antique candelabra, with vases of roses on a floral covered table.

So, it was 1938 when the ladies formed the very first meeting of Minford Garden Club.

In 1938, Minford was very “country,” and a garden first contained vegetables for the family dinner table, excess to take to the neighbors and enough to preserve for winter. Then the ladies added flowers and shrubs. But the garden was not frivolous or for show, as it was necessary to the family welfare. One should note that there were no power tools, insecticides or fertilizers. Even so, the members of Minford Garden Club (1938) were eager gardeners, respectful of the environment. Our mothers and grandmothers spent hours in the garden, hoe in hand, from April through the fall months growing and then preserving the bounty of the garden. Utility is a requirement, but the ladies could not resist the beauty of a rose bush or a row of marigolds. We are forever in their debt for the legacy of gardening.

President Brenda Covert reviewed all the coming activities related to the 80th anniversary, and received the business reports. The designer “school” at the home of Irmalee Gampp will convene at 10 a.m. June 12, and is open to all Region 10 gardeners. Covert offered a garden tip: June is a good time to prune azaleas, lilacs and forsythia after the blooms fade.

GREEN TRIANGLE GARDEN CLUB

May is the perfect month for Gardeners Day Out programs, as they entail traveling. Green Triangle Club members traveled to neighboring Greenup to visit Imel’s Garden Center, where everything was available for the spring garden. The fairy garden is a current favorite, and many items were on display along with perennials, herbs and annuals.

Merrill Wood provided the horticulture report on summer flowering bulbs. Summer bulbs provide some dazzling color for the summer garden, and they include dahlias, oriental candalla lilies, gladiolas and cannas. They should be planted in well-drained soil, with plenty of light and air. Plan a space of 18” to 20” between bulb, for growth and air circulation. Fertilize and water when the soil is dry, preferably in the morning or early afternoon to enable foliage time to dry before nightfall.

President Karen Evans presided at the short business meeting, and received a number of reports.

During April, Green Triangle members hosted a therapy session at Bridgeport Health Care Center. They assisted residents in completing Easter decorations. Therapy enables elderly patients to use their motor skills and achieve the pleasure of creating something lovely for their rooms. It is a pleasure for the members participating and the elderly residents.

The June meeting will be at the home of Helen Hale, and will feature a program by John Simon.

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