Evergreen Garden Club enjoys program on 'Lavender in Provence'
Sunday, February 17, 2013 7:58 PM
The Evergreen Garden Club met at 1 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Van Wert Co. Museum Annex. President Lyn Warren opened the meeting by welcoming the guest members of Wren Garden. Mary Czajkowski was introduced and welcomed as a new member to Evergreen Garden Club
Committee reports were given. Ruth Ann Covey announced the annual plant sale on May 4 in Fountain Park. Each member will be responsible to donate plants from their garden or give a cash donation equal. Helen Ashbaugh announced the next Region 2 meeting will be held on April 23 at Pandora Missionary Church, Route 12. Two workshops will be given by Juanita Wilkins at Faurott Park - on April 30 Creative Designs and May 14 Traditional Designs.
Juli Hamilton gave the monthly horticulture report. Each member was given instructions on how to "Make a Miniature Greenhouse." Using large liter soda bottles, cut off the bottoms of two bottles, add mixture of sand and potting soil, add cuttings or seeds and then fit the two bottoms together. Transplant plants to a larger pot after germination.
Linda Hoffman announced the dates of the 52nd annual Van Wert County Jubilee Flower Show. Due to conflict of location the show will not be held Peony Festival weekend. Set up will be on May 31 at the Van Wert Fairgrounds Administration. Entries will be accepted on June 1 from 8 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. There is no entry fee. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. Viewing will be on June 1 (from 1-5 p.m.) and June 2 (from 11-4 p.m.) There will be no admission charge.
The Garden Club voted to support a water feature/garden for Wassenberg Art Center's new location. Karen Koch purposed the $1500 project with half of the monies coming from the club's treasurer.
The club is selling for the Ohio Convention raffle tickets. Linda Bagley asks for planning ideas for a Biblical garden to be planted at Cross Over the Hill.
Leslie Simon, member, presented a visual tour of "Lavender in Provence, Italy." Leslie and family members toured the lavender routes during the harvest season in Italy. First visited was "Musee of Lavande" where a traditional still is working to remove the oils from the lavender. Lavender is harvested by hand the end of July through the end of August. It grows in rocky soil conditions. "Lavendar heaven" is the valleys full of lavender and essential oils are made in this area. Products spelled "Lavender" are more common items and less expensive. Products spelled "Lavandin" are more expensive items on the market for sale. Also toured was Claude Monet's garden with heated garden soil in Giverny. An ever-so-perfect photo of the Versailles garden was also shown.
Hostess for the meeting were Linda Morris, Phyllis Lininger, Diane Ryan, Janet Smith, Paula Stemen.
The next meeting, a tour of Nature's Green Greenhouse, will be March 6. Members are to meet at the parking lot of the former Pitt Stop. Lunch will be at CJ Highmarks.