Garden Club News
by Brenda Gibson
Region 10 Garden Clubs completed another successful Christmas season, in conjunction with the staff at Shawnee Lodge. As in past years, patrons from across the state enjoyed the beautiful and unique Christmas décor at the Lodge, courtesy of the garden club members from Lawrence, Pike and Scioto counties.
Club members met on January 7 to remove the decorations, and carefully store them until next year. The clean-up operation is nearly as time consuming as the November decorating. However club members have the cooperation of the Lodge staff and the staff will host an appreciation luncheon for club members on February. All garden club members are invited, and over-night accommodations are available.
Portsmouth Garden Club
Portsmouth Garden Club met in January at Shawnee Lodge. Alison Barrett presided, as President Dona Chabot is still recuperating, and Barrett received the monthly reports. Portsmouth Garden Club is checking tree prices, as they will be replacing the Lodge lobby tree and the bar tree for Christmas 2013. They will also make an annual contribution to 1810 House and Main Street, Portsmouth.
The January horticulture program was provided by Carolyn Snively and she advised on ways to recycle all those Christmas greens. Boughs of the Christmas tree can be removed and placed around shrubs as a protective mulch. If your family has a cut Christmas tree, it can be moved, intact outside as a bird shelter. If it is placed near your bird feeder, it will serve perfectly, and of course, it could be run through a chipper to produce a nice mulch. If, instead
you have purchased a live tree, it can be transplanted into your garden to be enjoyed all summer.
Plans were made for the Cincinnati Flower Show and for a Gardner’s’ Day Out to the Jackson area.
Green Triangle Garden Club
The Green Triangle Garden Club December program, “Wild Flowers of the Holy Land” was presented by Shelby Powell. Flowers are mentioned extensively in the Bible, but the Mid-Eastern horticulture is quite different from ours. The apple, also called the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge & Evil in Eden, was probably an apricot, as apples are not native to the Holy Land. The Spiny Hawthorn, sometimes called the Christ Thorn, was used as the twisted crown Jesus wore to the cross. Flowers of the field, mentioned in the scriptures surely contained the Corn Marigold and the Anemone. Small shrubs of the area are the flowering Almond and the Fig and Olive trees.
Sherrill Day, President conducted the business meeting and received the monthly reports. The featured floral arrangement was a seasonal, red door decoration, and the spotlighted horticulture specimen was holly. Day announced a list of coming events.
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