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Three County Spring Meeting

Garden Clubs from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto Counties met in April for a day-long session, hosted by Ironton and Rock Hill Garden Clubs. The meeting was held at the Ohio University Ironton (Riffe Building), and was under the direction of Irmalee Gampp, Regional Director . The host clubs provided a continental breakfast prior to registration and nearly seventy five gardeners attended.

Tables were decorated with a spring motif and the meeting theme was “Swing into Spring”. Reports were presented from various departments and from all three counties. Attending the meeting was Ohio Association of Garden Clubs’ Vice President, Geri Rhea from Mansfield, Oh. The morning session ended with a slide show presentation from Carrie Yaniko, Soil & Water Conservationist, concerning ways to design, and maintain a rain garden.

Following the catered lunch, five Regional designers worked from scratch to produce beautiful fresh, floral arrangements. Talented designers included Beverly Norman, Diane Reese, Carolyn Wilcox, Jean Moore, and Faye McGinnis. The presentation was instructive and beautiful.

The table decorations were given as door prizes and 11 club baskets were raffled.

Slocum Garden Club

During April members of the Slocum Garden Club were assisted by the children at Kid’s World Day Care Center at Slocum in planting a red maple tree in celebration of Earth Day. Two additional things were also accomplished: 1. Students learned the value of trees; 2. The club dedicated the tree in memory of Rita Turner, a community leader.

The meeting proceeded to the Greater Portsmouth Airport in Minford where club president Teresa Book conducted the business meeting. Book extended thanks to the staff of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District for their grant to the club supporting the re-cycling of flower potting materials. The club will distribute re-cycling containers on several occasions at Lowe’s, Wheelersburg in the summer and fall months. She also acknowledged the blue ribbon entry of Olive Smith in the Regional Junior Flower Show, and distributed Scioto County Fair flower show schedules.

Beverly Norman led a club tour of the wooded gardens at Aullwood Garden in Englewood, near Dayton, Ohio, an historic state garden created by Ohio industrialist John Aull and his wife, Marie. Members were treated to a spectacular display of spring blooming wildflowers, paths lined by Virginia bluebells and Dutchmen’s britches, violets, shooting stars and trilliums in bloom throughout the seventy acre, Audubon Center. It has long been a favorite for garden club Spring visits.

The April program was presented by Loretta Smith, who provided detailed information on the propagation of African Violets. She is a member of the African Violet Society of America, The Cincinnati African Violet Society and Ohio State African Violet Society. She instructed members in making tiny greenhouses by placing the potted, watered specimens into sandwich bags. Additional information on violets is available by contacting Smith at 740-935-6556.

Plans for May include a trip to the Amish 4-Mile Greenhouse in Jackson, a trip to Hocking County’s Great Blue Heron Rookery and Eagle’s Nest and a visit to Corey’s Wildflower Farm in Chillicothe. Members begin working on the native plant gardens at Shawnee State Park’s office on May 17.

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