WEEDS BEWARE GARDEN CLUB SCARECROW
Weeds Beware Garden Club in Mansfield, OH. has “fashioned” a scarecrow for The Great Pumpkin Glow held in October annually at Kingwood Center Gardens.
This being our fourth year to enter a scarecrow, we designed a “Farmer’s Market” theme making a female scarecrow, using a rake for the head, yarn for the hair, a skid for fencing, and baskets filled with gourds, apples, pumpkins, squash, and Indian corn set around bales of straw.
It is fun to be creative, as the Great Pumpkin Glow attracts approximately 10,000 visitors on the two weekend nights that it is open.
People get to vote on their favorite scarecrow entry. Much to our chagrin, we have not won although we are always sure that our entry is the BEST!
GANGES GARDEN CLUB
Ganges Garden Club of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) donated a Red Sunset Maple tree to Oakland Cemetery in Shelby in honor of Arbor Day 2014.
Representing the Ganges Club are: left to right — Roberta Wilson, Barbara Lantz, Charlene Kuhn, Sherry Huff and Judy Hess.
MARCH NEWS FROM OAGC GANGES GARDEN CLUB
Eight members of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden Club met at 7PM March 13th at the home of club member Sherry Huff. President Charlene Kuhn called the meeting to order with members answering roll call by naming their favorite place to vacation.
Member Roberta Wilson reported that she had contacted Oakland Cemetery officials & Wade & Gatton Nursery. The club will purchase a sunset red maple tree for planting by cemetery officials in the spring; the tree will help replace some of those damaged during 2013 Shelby storms.
Members also voted to purchase a gardening magazine subscription to donate to the Shelby Marvin Memorial Library.
OAGC Region 7’s spring meeting will be held at Fairhaven Hall on April 23rd with Richland & Ashland County clubs hostessing. Ganges will help provide muffins for early morning brunch & members to assist in flower show registration & clerking.
Members voted that the club donate $50 to Mohican Outdoor School; the same amount will be matched by the Young family foundation for a camp scholarship for a needy student.
Charlene Kuhn provided a fascinating verbal & pictorial program of landscapes of the western United States discussing her trip to Farmall Museum, Iowa; the Corn Palace; Bad Lands National Park; Black Hills; Yellowstone; & others.
Members enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by hostess Sherry Huff—especially the novelty of a dessert centerpiece consisting of a simulated flower arrangement made of cupcakes–& concluded the evening with fun fellowship. A good time was had by all.
Kay Jenney will hostess the club’s next meeting at 6 PM on April 10th at Mohican Gardens, Loudonville. We will be making fairy gardens with members bringing containers & Mohican Gardens supplying other materials for purchase.
Garden Hint for the Month: Seed bluegrass & fescue lawns from mid-February to mid-March.
GANGES GARDEN CLUB NEWS
Seven members of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden Club traveled to the Big House at Malabar Farm off Pleasant Valley Road, Lucas on Thursday, December 12th. At 4:30 PM members enjoyed a guided & narrated tour by Malabar assistant Sybil Burskey of the beautifully holiday decorated Big House built & inhabited by the late author/farmer Louis Bromfield. Highlights included many fascinating stories by guide Sybil & a piano selection by Ganges member Gayle Davis on the Steinway in the main entrance hall.
The group then traveled to the nearby newly remodeled Malabar Inn on Pleasant Valley Road for a delicious meal of appetizers, entrees, & desserts at 5:30 PM. Arrangements for the evening were made by December hostess Kitty Company.
Since Malabar was in its “heyday” during the 40’s & 50’s, members had been asked to wear something of that vintage. Over dinner all shared the historical story of a variety of jewelry & fur wraps worn for the occasion. Kitty also provided an overview of the club’s activities in December, 1949—the club having formed in January of that year as Ganges Garden Circle with members changing the name in December, 1949 to Ganges Garden Club; Charlene Kuhn shared some very interesting photos of early members.
A brief meeting was held following the evening meal. A good time was had by all.
Garden Hint for the Month: “Soil, water, & forests are the foundation not only of our national economy but of our very existence & civilization.”—Louis Bromfield(Malabar Farm)
Next Meeting: None in January & February; March 13 with hostess Sherry Huff
“HERBS & PEACOCKS” NOVEMBER PROGRAM FOR GANGES (OAGC)GARDEN CLUB
Ten members of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden Club & two guests convened at the Shenandoah Christian Church, 5642 St. Rt. 13 – arrangements made by church member Kay Jenny & meeting hostessed by Phyllis Rhodes on November 12, 2013.
The evening began in the sanctuary with an informative & entertaining Power Point presentation by Master Gardener Bonnie Hawley on “Herbs & Peacocks.” Many years ago Bonnie & her husband began their peacock collection with 2 from Kingwood Center, & her current flock now numbers 30.
Members then moved to the church basement for fellowship, business meeting, & delicious seasonal refreshments prepared by hostess Phyllis Rhodes.
A special congratulations to club president Charlene Kuhn who will serve as Richland County secretary/treasurer for the upcoming year.
On December 12th members will tour the Christmas decorated Big House at Malabar followed by dinner at the nearby Malabar Inn.
Garden Hint for the Month: Peonies will do better next spring if they receive a dressing of bonemeal this month.
Kitty Company-Publicity Chairman/Ganges Garden Club 419-896-3456
GANGES GARDEN CLUB ANNOUNCES UPCOMING PROGRAM
Eleven Ganges(OAGC) Garden Club members began their September 12th meeting by creating stepping stones under the expert directions of Charlene Kuhn; she meticulously guided members in applying a concrete mixture to base stepping stones into which personal memorabilia was embedded. Member Barbara Lantz served as hostess.
Programs for the 2013-14 year were announced with a theme of “Nature’s Colors.”
Oct. 12: Garden Gourds/visit to Down’s Farm Market & Greenhouse
Nov. 14: Peacocks & Herbs/speaker Bonnie Hayley
Dec. 12: Visit Malabar Farm Home Tour
No meeting in Jan. & Feb.
Mar. 13: Landscapes of Western US/speaker Charlene Kuhn
Apr. 10: Visit to Mohican Garden Center & Greenhouse
May 8: Uses of Mint/speaker Roberta Wilson
June 12: Colors in the Garden/speaker Sherry Huff
July 10: Daylilies in the Garden/speaker Phyllis Rhodes
Aug. 7: Richland County Fair/view flower show
Sept. 11: Butterflies in the Garden/speaker Phyllis Brown
OAGC GANGES GARDEN CLUB BUSY WITH SUMMER ACTIVITY
OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden members have been busy with many summer events:
In June they toured the beautiful English & Asian gardens developed by Elvin Burnell at his & his wife’s Schier Road home & property. The gardens & Asian style fence constructed by Burnell over many years incorporate a variety of textures with specific plant/landscaping product placement to create the appropriate ambiance for each garden. He shared that some species were moved several times until the perfect ambiance was achieved.
In July members traveled to the rural Applecreek residence of Dr. & Mrs. Kenny Blanchard where they were guided through the couple’s many daylily gardens, their collections consisting of thousands of species they have both collected & hybridized themselves. Before leaving for a lunch & shopping at the Wooster Pine Tree Barn, members purchased a variety of daylilies to add to their home gardens.
Several members created, exhibited, & won a variety of placements at the Richland County Fair. Others volunteered working in Fairhaven Kitchen on Tues., August 16th.
Program committee members are currently busy planning meeting dates & programs for the upcoming Fall, 2013 – Summer 2014.
GANGES GARDEN CLUB
Following a 2 month hiatus eight members of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden Club met on Thursday, Mar. 14th at the home of member Starr Kessler. Region 7’s 2013 Spring meeting will be held at Floral Valley Community Center, Howard on Apr. 24th; the OAGC state meeting will be held on Aug. 26-28th at Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center & Lodge.
Club members voted to again participate in the annual Beautify Downtown Mansfield project with a donation of $30 to the project & on site planting on May 21st. Initial plans were made to hold a garage sale at end of May/beginning of June at the home of member Tracyee Davis.
Club member Sherry Huff presented a program on “Planting Raised Flower Beds,” the text & materials of which had been prepared & provided by Master Gardener Debbie Sickmiller.
Next month’s meeting will be held at the home of Traycee with members bringing perennial specimens from their gardens to share with the meeting hostess.
Gardener’s Hint: When building a retaining wall, slant the stones slightly toward the earth side.
GANGES GARDEN CLUB
Six members of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden Club & four guests on December 13th visited Wooster’s Quailcrest Farms. After 2 hours of simultaneous visiting & shopping in the seasonal gift shop all enjoyed a delicious lunch of various soups, bread, cookies, & hot beverages in the vintage house located on the property. After a short business meeting they shopped at an antique shop in Burbank on their return trip.
After a winter break members will meet at the home of Starr Kessler in March.
Gardener’s Hint: If Christmas Day is bright & clear, there’ll be 2 winters in the year.
Ganges Garden Club Busy with Activities
OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) Ganges Garden Club members have been busy.
Members Judy Hess, Charlene Kuhn, Gayle Davis, and Traycee Davis exhibited their creativity by creating one of the many scarecrows on display at Kingwood Center during this year’s Halloween Glow.
5 members attended OAGC Region 7’s meeting at Sunbury and 5 at the Richland County fall meeting.
Most recently members celebrated their annual “Harvest Dinner” meeting at Clay Memorial Lutheran Church with member Judy Hess hostessing on Thursday, November 8th. After a delicious potluck buffet of foods prepared by members and fellowship by all members listened to Merrill Tawse of Ashland-Richland County Master Gardeners; he presented an interesting and informative Power Point program on water gardening followed by a question and answer session.
On December 13th members and guests will travel to Quailcrest Farms, Wooster for lunch and an afternoon of holiday shopping to celebrate the upcoming winter holiday.
Garden Hint for the Month: For a naturalistic look site your pond in a low place in your garden.
OAGC GANGES GARDEN CLUB HONORS OUTSTANDING LANDSCAPING PROJECTS
OAGC Ganges Garden Club kicked of its 2012-13 year on October 11 at the home of Phyllis Rhodes by honoring the efforts of Pamela Sigenthaler, the founder of downtown Mansfield’s streetscape planting project now in its 4th year.
Pamela shared her story of how she initiated and continues to manage the annual beautification project that involves the planting efforts by area garden club volunteers and city workers in downtown Mansfield and the Carousel areas each May.
Her brainstorm has and continues to make Mansfield’s downtown sidewalks beautiful and a fun place in which to work and relax for locals and visitors.
Publicity chairman Kitty Company presented Pam with an OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Clubs) certificate in recognition of her civic contribution.
At a later meeting other winners will be honored: Angie and Kathy Lehman for outstanding residential landscaping and Julie Friebel of Shelby McDonald’s for outstanding commercial landscaping.
Outgoing president Judy Hess conducted an officer installation ceremony for incoming club officers. Officers for 2012-13 are: President-Charlene Kuhn, Vice-President-Phyllis Rhodes, Secretary-Kitty Company, Treasurer Gayle Davis and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer-Barb Lantz. New member Traycee Davis was welcomed by members present.
Program on Fall gardening was presented by member Judy Hess.
OAGC Ganges Garden Club Announces Activities for Upcoming Year
Eight members of OAGC Ganges Garden Club met a Shelby’s Wendy’s Restaurant on September 13th. Starr Kessler presented a program on bird migration.
Activities for the upcoming Fall 2012 – Summer 2013 were revealed as follows:
- Oct. 11, 2012 – Fall gardening program / Installation of officers / Recognition of Summer Landscaping Honorees / Hostess: Phyllis Rhodes
- Nov. 8, 2012 – Harvest Dinner at Clay Memorial Lutheran Church / Water garden program / Hostess: Judy Hess
- Dec. 13, 2012 – Visit Quail Crest Farms(Lunch & workshop) / Hostess: Charlene Kuhn
- Jan & Feb, 2013 – No meetings
- Mar. 14, 2013 – Raised bed gardening program / Hostess: Starr Kessler
- Apr. 11, 2013 – Creating a perennial garden / Plant shower / Hostess: Gayle Davis & Traycee Davis
- May 9, 2013 – Container garden display / Hostess: Debbie Sallee
- June 13, 2013 – Tour Gottfried Memorial Gardens / Hostess: Sherry Huff
- July 11, 2013 – Visit Dr. Kenny Blanchard’s daylily garden / Hostess: Roberta Wilson
- Aug. 8, 2013 – Richland County Fair / view flower show with some members entering
- Sept. 13, 2013 – Make a garden stepping stone / Hostess: Barb Lantz
September Garden Hint: Leave the seed heads on coneflowers and other late blooming perennials so the birds can enjoy them in the winter.
Kitty Company / Publicity Chairman – OAGC Ganges Garden Club
GANGES GARDEN CLUB TOURS PRAIRIE GARDEN
OAGC Ganges Garden Club members met at the 6010 State Route 95, Fredericktown prairie farm and residence of retired Ohio Department of Natural Resource specialist Guy Denny at 5 PM on Thursday, July 12th. Guy walked members through his acres of prairie explaining in detail and answering questions regarding the various species of wildflowers and grasses he has established over the past 18 years on his prairie farm. Upon leaving members drove around the entire farm in order to view other fields and ponds before reconvening at the nearby “Gathering Place” to enjoy a light supper and dessert.
Members then considered 14 nominations for the club’s summer project of recognizing outstanding landscaping/gardening projects in Mansfield through northern Richland County during this 2012 summer . Categories included:
Winners will be announced at a later date.
No official meeting will be held in August. The next meeting will be held at the home of Phyllis Rhodes on September 13th.
Monthly Garden Hint: Leave the seed heads on coneflowers and other late blooming perennials so the birds can enjoy them in the winter.
GANGES GARDEN CLUB TOURS JENNY’S GARDEN
OAGC Ganges Garden Club members began their June 14th meeting by strolling through member Kay Jenny’s many beautiful and well manicured annual/perennial gardens and among her alpaca herd.
Several members participated in the annual decorate downtown Mansfield project planting planters on May 22nd.
Over the summer members will nominate and accept nominations to recognize outstanding landscaping/gardening projects in Mansfield through northern Richland County; — potential categories include residential landscaping, community landscaping, and commercial community landscaping. Winners will receive certificates on behalf of OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Club).
Several members plan to attend the upcoming June 23rd “Fences of Zoar” garden tour.
The next meeting will be held at Guy Denny’s between Chesterville and Fredericktown where members will tour his many prairie gardens.
Monthly Garden Hint: To attract butterflies, put out pieces of peaches. The butterflies love them as they ferment.
GANGES GARDEN CLUB NOTES – May
GANGES GARDEN CLUB TOURS DARON FARMS GREENHOUSE
OAGC Ganges Garden Club members began their May 10th meeting with a shopping trip to the Daron Farm Greenhouse, Plymouth Springmill Road, Plymouth, where the staff members pride themselves on personal service and product quality. Members returned to the home of Kitty Company for their business meeting and program on songbirds presented by club member Roberta Wilson.
Some club members will plant planters during the annual decorate downtown Mansfield project on May 22nd. The club is initiating a new project of recognizing outstanding landscaping/gardening projects in Mansfield through northern Richland County during the 2012 summer. Potential categories include residential landscaping, community commercial landscaping, and community landscaping. Members will nominate area landscaping/gardening projects presenting OAGC(Ohio Association of Garden Club) certificates to winners.
The next meeting will be at the home of Kay Jenney on June 14th. Program includes a garden walk through the Jenneys garden.
Monthly Garden Hint: To attract butterflies and hummingbirds, a flower very seldom mentioned is “Purple Homestead” verbena or any verbena . . . they love it.