State Officers

President: Geri Rae
3380 Shad Drive E
Mansfield, Ohio
419 709 8184
Secretary:Kim Long
P.O. Box 635
Goshen, OH 45122
1st Vice
President: :

Suzy Parker,
PO Box 802
Syracuse, OH 45779
Sales Secretary:
Babs Sabick
1128 Darlington Dr.
Beavercreek, Oh
2nd Vice President:
Jean Jankowski
20 Carmarthen Way
Granville, OH 43023
Judy Christman,
1963 Ethellynn Lane
Goshen, Ohio
Enjoy this story from our

This variety of pumpkin "Knucklehead" a cushaw variety, was one that got away from our columnist, at a recent silent auction, of squashes and pumpkins.

Over the Garden Fence
November, 2012

In this new position as state president of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. I find
myself in all parts of Ohio confronted by temptations beyond the normal realm. When my
promise to travel to region 8, landed me in Coshocton, what should my wondering eyes fall
upon, but a heap of pumpkins, interspersed with squashes.

This was not an everyday pile, mind you. The grower happened to be the region's
horticulture chair. This gal played all out on a table top. There were maybe 16 varieties. Each had a tag which gave the name and a pertinent comment. Educational value here, was high. Plus, they were displayed at different levels, some atop inverted plastic pots. A flowering kale and a gorgeous rambling ivy, brought an aura of beauty to the staging.

There were pumpkin cookies frosted to tempt us further.

My mother would be so proud of me. As a youngster I despised squash. Her beloved acorns were downed with butter, brown sugar, a fork in one hand, and a pinched nose in the other hand. Somehow that subdued the taste. Pure torture is now a taste-tempting, tantalizing treat.

When Christie announced that she was donating the tableful to the region as silent auction items, my heart stopped. Then, I sped to the table and jotted down my bids.

Imagine my pleasure as I came away with nine of these prized vegetables.
I am waiting to consume
'Baby Pam' which promises sweetness.

'Fairytale' is an French antique variety; it will be baked.
A second French heirloom dates back to the 1880s and Paris' central market; it will be baked.
The 'Howden Biggie' is a
carver-type. I still might eat that.
'Cotton Candy', a white variety with golden flesh, will likely become pie.

'Jarrahdale' which was a column four years ago, is from New Zealand. It has the deepest orange, and sweetest flesh I have ever eaten. My mouth is watering.

The three squash varieties include 'Sweet Meat', from the Pacific northwest which freezes well, a native American 'Cushaw Green Striped' and a 'Blue Hubbard' an heirloom from 1798 is destined to become soup.

I cannot say why I let 'Knucklehead' get away that day. It was just so doggone cute.

Bring on the cold. I am ready for a feasting extravaganza, featuring golden delights. Life is good.