Slocum Garden Club Recognizes Residential Beautification Award Winners

Wayne Allen

June 1, 2013

What a gift it is when our neighbors create beautiful roadside gardens but we seldom have the chance to say, “thank you”. Slocum Garden Club solved that by giving neighborhood, beautification awards in April.

They presented The Ohio Association of Garden Club’s Residential Beautification Award certificates, which recognizes outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of residential property and community beautification, to Don and Sue Lang, Dan and Ann Kirby and a beautiful garden on Stewart Hollow Rd. Lang’s property on Sheila Blvd. is alive with yellow forsythia. And the Kirbys on Gleim Road have avenues of white pear trees in full bloom. The Stewart Hollow property also earned an award with hundreds of daffodils and peonies.

Ann Kirby explained that her father, now deceased, planted their pear trees. He would daily water each of the tiny trees to assure their livelihood. “The certificate will hang on the wall of his apartment, an extension of our home. He would be amazed and humbled by this award ” said Kirby. Gardens often evoke wonderful memories of those who planted and nurtured them.

The club held their May meeting at Good Seed Farm in Brown County, choosing new plants for their gardens, particularly watermelon seeds, as they are conducting a watermelon-growing contest. Beverly Norman gave a presentation about the proper growing and nurturing of watermelons, highlighting special needs of this fickle but delightful fruit. Also distributed were seeds of Burpee’s Key Lime marigold and Coconut Ice sunflower, new to the Scioto County Fair Flower Show horticulture schedule. Functional table design guidelines were reviewed, as the club has been chosen to participate in the table decoration contest at OAGC’s convention at Maumee bay Sate Park in late August.

Other activities on the club’s early summer agenda include their garden therapy program at Best Care’s Adult Daily Living’s participation in the Area Association on Aging 7”s Senior Citizen’s Art Exhibit at Rio Grande University, holding a plant sale on June 6th at the Wheelersburg Flea Market, planting a tree at Slocum’s Kid’s World Day Care Center, and attending to beautification projects at Best Care, James Irwin Post, American Legion, Minford, and Shawnee State Park’s office.

Rose Mary Montavon, chair of the garden therapy committee, described the Polish tradition of surprising friends and shut-ins with a basket of flowers on the 1st of May. In keeping with the tradition, the club made and distributed baskets to loved ones and shut-ins at Concord and Best Care rehabilitation and nursing facilities. Committee members recently assisted participants in the garden therapy program at Best Care’s Adult Daily Living site in making flower pots and planting seeds. June’s activity will center around planting herbs in a raised flower bed furnished by the club.

Club president Mary Lou Beaumont will welcome members to her home on June 20 with a walk back through time with a Victorian-inspired tea and the topic of the Language of Flowers.

The club is seeking new members. Call 776-2611 if interested.