Ohio Region 7 Gardeners
Ohio Assoc. of Garden Clubs
North Central Ohio

Crawford County Clubs News

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Earth, Wind and Flowers Install New Officers

Newly elected leaders of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, Bucyrus, were installed by member            Mary Lee Minor, who used woven wooden hearts filled with fresh artemisia and pearly everlasting.            Bows were attached, symbolic of each office. L.-R. Judy Widman, president(red), Cheryl Corney, vice-president (pink),            Deb Pigman and Bev Sipe, co-secretaries (blue), and Joy Lauthers, treasurer (gold).
Newly elected leaders of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, Bucyrus, were installed by member
Mary Lee Minor, who used woven wooden hearts filled with fresh artemisia and pearly everlasting.
Bows were attached, symbolic of each office. L.-R. Judy Widman, president(red), Cheryl Corney, vice-president (pink),
Deb Pigman and Bev Sipe, co-secretaries (blue), and Joy Lauthers, treasurer (gold).

Outgoing state OAGC President, Geri Rae, speaks to Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club of Crawford County.

When the new program year began  in October the speaker,  Geri Rea, Mansfield, was the current president of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.  She spoke about the structure and work of OAGC .
The club’s winning beautification record book was displayed; it chronicled the 23 years of hanging baskets along with the two years of work on the square of Bucyrus.

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During the June 8-17, 2017 trip to Ireland region 7 garden club members and spouses have
just completed a visit to the Cobh Heritage Museum. Each was given a passage ticket with
a name from one of several historical departures from the Port of Cobh. The task was to discover if they
survived the Luisitania, The Titanic or a number of smaller voyages.
    L.-R.- Mary Lee Minor, Dennis Mettle (behind) Norma Jean Hill, Paul and Kay Wright.
Many gardens viewed included Bantry, Boyces’, Muckross, the Irish Folk Park and Gardens,  and The Rose Garden of Tralee.
They toured the Jameson Distillery, stood on the windy Cliffs of Moher, traveled the scenic Ring of Kerry,
 visited Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills and Bunratty Castle where they were part of a Medieval Feaste night.
The hotels were  Killarney, Trident and Bunratty and they did some mighty fine dining.
             A FUN DAY IN IRELAND.    L.-R.- Mary Lee Minor, Dennis Mettle (behind) Norma Jean Hill, Paul and Kay Wright.
A FUN DAY IN IRELAND.
L.-R.- Mary Lee Minor, Dennis Mettle (behind) Norma Jean Hill, Paul and Kay Wright.
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Peas in a Pod Juniors Enjoy Easter Theme at Heartland of Bucyrus Visit.

When the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club visited Heartland of Bucyrus, April 8      the pre-Easter visit brought helped from the Peas-in-a-Pod junior gardeners Here, Abi Chester, and Clareese     Prenger celebrate with resident "Irene" giving her a bouquet of pussy willow.          The visit planned by Mary Lee Minor, focused on the value of carrots. Residents  tasted and talked about    carrots, received hugs from a big bunny (Sharon Stump) and ate carrot muffins.
When the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club visited Heartland of Bucyrus, April 8
the pre-Easter visit brought helped from the Peas-in-a-Pod junior gardeners Here, Abi Chester, and Clareese
Prenger celebrate with resident “Irene” giving her a bouquet of pussy willow.
The visit planned by Mary Lee Minor, focused on the value of carrots. Residents tasted and talked about
carrots, received hugs from a big bunny (Sharon Stump) and ate carrot muffins.

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When the “Green Spring Fling” event arrived at Possum Run Nursery in Bellville, Mary Lee Minor, Region 7 Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, presented a segment to honor St. Patrick’s Day and green.

Four floral designs were completed as Mary Lee blended fresh flowers, potted plants vegetables and tossed in a few artificial flowers.    

 

Mary Lee used two red cabbages, soft lavender artificial hydrangeas, deep violet geraniums, and three alliums.  On her left side is a triangle of soft blue-green hues.
Mary Lee used two red cabbages, soft lavender artificial hydrangeas, deep violet geraniums,
and three alliums. On her left side is a triangle of soft blue-green hues.

 

Photograph one-  Mary Lee used two red cabbages, soft lavender artificial hydrangeas, deep violet geraniums, and three alliums.  On her left side is a triangle of soft blue-green hues.

 

This example of a Pot Et Fleur, blended a Fluffy Ruffles fern, Granny Smith apples,  yellow daisies and alstroemeria, pussy willow, three glittery spheres and a St. Patrick's Day bow.
This example of a Pot Et Fleur, blended a Fluffy Ruffles fern, Granny Smith apples, yellow daisies
and alstroemeria, pussy willow, three glittery spheres and a St. Patrick’s Day bow.

 

Photograph two- This example of a Pot Et Fleur, blended a Fluffy Ruffles fern, Granny Smith apples,  yellow daisies and alstroemeria, pussy willow, three glittery spheres and a St. Patrick’s Day bow.

The two days brought a bee keeper, a segment on blooming baskets,  a pruning talk from Peggy Case and
         Celtic Blast.

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EARTH, WIND AND FLOWERS MEMBERS GARDEN THERAPY

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     At center, Janet Nance of Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club works with two residents of Heartland of Bucyrus, during a garden therapy visit.

The group made placemats for February.  White lace rectangles received old valentines, precut hearts, flowers, and words from gift wrap, and some sticky hearts. 

The mats were personalized with each resident’s first name lettered onto blocks at the bottom.  Assistance came from Peas-in-a-Pod  and Nuts About Nature junior gardeners. Residents were encouraged to use it at the next meal.

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EARTH, WIND AND FLOWERS CHRISTMAS DINNER 2016

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Above, members of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club –  Cheryl Corney, Sharon Stump, Amy Frizzell and Beverly Sipe – have just completed the club’s Christmas dinner and Robber’s Bingo game at Janie’s Place attended by 27 members.

Club president Susan Maynard shared that the club had submitted a Publicity record book to region 7, a temporary beautification project to OAGC’s state chair, and entered the flower show records for “All Aboard”.

Old stockings were sought for a December 10 garden therapy visit to Heartland residents, planned by Peas-in-a-Pod junior gardeners.

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Japanese Flowers and Floral Art

        These pictures appeared in a power point presented twice in Bucyrus this past year by Mary Lee Minor.

 

During a program at the January, 2016 meeting of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, Mary Lee brought a power point which emphasized the many gardens, horticultural centers, and flowers viewed while she and her husband Bill visited friends Keiji and Kazuko Nishio in Kawagoe, Japan.

Mary Lee Minor stands with her friend Kazuko Nishio beside one of Kazuko's plots outside her Kawagoe City, Japan, home.

Mary Lee Minor stands with her friend Kazuko Nishio beside one of Kazuko’s plots outside her Kawagoe City, Japan, home.

The two week stay took them to an International Rose Show in the Tokyo Dome where competitive classes had been judged.  Collections of  10 roses, shrub roses, a flowing walkway of shifting colors, arranged roses in wall pockets, bonsai including roses, hanging baskets and roses grown with annuals in framed displays were featured.

 This close up of a collection of 10 pink roses is an example of the skill shown in growing.
This close up of a collection of 10 pink roses is an example of the skill shown in growing.

Travel by train took them to Hamasatzu Botanical Gardens where the visit was an entire day. Vertical gardening efforts made use of begonias and sempervirens and other annuals which were massive, and themed.  Inside the building were collections of plants from around the world, and an especially well-done Mexican garden. Rose walkways, and other collections could be seen from a small train ride through the grounds. Huge fountains were lined with topiaries.

The flowing color border complete with a mermaid, softened the walkway in the Tokyo Dome for visitors to the International Rose Show.
The flowing color border complete with a mermaid, softened the walkway in the Tokyo Dome for visitors to the International Rose Show.

In Kawagoe City a tour down Penny Candy Lane brought handmade items, gardening efforts, antiques and every variation of sweet potato snacks.  Temples also brought landscaping visual; delights.

After an initial explanation of the highlights Mary Lee played a tape with oriental water sounds to accompany the flowers and plants which had their own beauty.   She pointed out the fact that orchids were abundant, and the people clearly love blue flowers and especially hydrangeas.

If a group is interested in having this as a program, it is simple,  bringing a glimpse of the beauty in Japan with some glimpses over backyard fencing and entrances to homes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 The Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club     Bucyrus, Ohio

 Members of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club joined Mary Lee Minor around her design “Bees” at the conclusion of a tea party   held by Methodist Women on September 6 at the Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Bucyrus.  The garden club members received a special invitation and 9 of them came to support the program on arranging to the theme ‘Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees’.  The event brought almost 90 women. 2016-darkecoann-pplants-larvae-on-parsley-co-fairetc-007

  (L.-R.)  Mary Lee, Sharon Stump, Susan Maynard, Deb Pigman, Janet Nance, and Susan Coffman.

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Mary Lee Minor shares with exhibitors and flower show judges, a wreath constructed of fresh materials on a mixed evergreen base onto which she pinned carnations, hypericum fruit, pine cones and ribbon.

Her presentation titled ‘Winter and Holiday Shows’ covered the new chapter in the Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges on September 20 at Deer Creek. it included artistic design ideas and horticulture.

 Beautiful, Mary Lee!  

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Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club Decorates Bucyrus Historical Society.

Here, Shirley Chapman fastens a cluster of frosted foliage, roses, beads, and satin bows onto a garland which decorated the staircase railing which stretches to the second floor. Wreaths with with huge white bows were hung on outside windows while over 30 bows were used along the length of a wrought iron fence. Every room received decorations. Three trees were bedecked in white ornaments. The work was done as the November meeting activity.

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Garden Club members decorated the Bucyrus Historical Society for a “White Christmas “.

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EARTH, WIND AND FLOWERS GARDEN CLUB EXCEL AT OHIO STATE FAIR FLOWER SHOW

Three Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club members managed to capture three of the top floral design awards in the first flower show, July 28, 2016.
Michael Hoepf's  First Best of Show Entry
Michael Hoepf’s First Best of Show Entry
The entry above, with a blue background, is a design “Remarkable Renaissance of Rust” by Michael Hoepf; he received a first place and first Best of Show.
The gladiolus were an unusual rust color. Hosta leaves and rusty items were combined.
June Gebhardt's Beautiful Design 'Lateral Line with Lavender Liatris'  captured the 'Judge's Award of Distinction'.
June Gebhardt’s Beautiful Design ‘Lateral Line with Lavender Liatris’ captured the ‘Judge’s Award of Distinction’.
This design above, by June Gebhardt, was titled ” Lateral Line With Lavender Liatris”; her dried and painted liatris combined with fresh glads bringing her
the Judge’s Award of Distinction.
Mary Lee Minor's 'Magical Monocromatic Mass' won the Second Judges's Best of Show.
Mary Lee Minor’s ‘Magical Monocromatic Mass’ won the Second Judges’s Best of Show.
This all blue design–a monochromatic titled “Magical Monochromatic Mass” was made by Mary Lee Minor. The entry received a first place and a second Best of the Show. It included hydrangeas, echinops, delphinium, salvia and eringeum.
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IT’S HALLOWEEN IN CRAWFORD COUNTY

NUTS ABOUT NATURE JUNIOR GARDENERS BEGAN A NEW PROGRAM YEAR WITH A WORK SESSION AT WYNFORD HIGH SCHOOL, OCTOBER 13, CALLED "PUMPKINS AGAIN".
These jack-o-lanterns were carved by L.-R. Kaelyn Smith, Chynna Rose, Sam Peck, Hannah Crabtree(behind), – Kaytlin Villars, Chloe Radcliff, Kennedy Teynor, Shannon Crabtree.
Photograph- Nuts About Nature Gardeners began a new program year with a work session at Wynford High School, October 13 called “Pumpkins Again”.
       
Advisor, Mary Lee Minor made pumpkin pancakes for the group using maple syrup from the Royal Woods.  
Seed catalogs were constructed for the saving of a garden flower, a vegetable and an Ohio native plant.
These will be entered in a flower show at the adult regional meeting of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs on October 26 in Mansfield.

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Some pictures from the recent show put on by North End Garden Club of  Galion, Oh.

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