HOWARD — The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Region 7 Spring Meeting was held at Apple Valley’s Floral Valley Community Center with seven counties represented including Ashland, Crawford, Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow and Richland. Knox County was host for the meeting.
State OAGC Officers attending the meeting were Geri Rea, president, and Jean Jankowski, second vice-president.
The morning speaker was Kaye Alban, Licking County Master Gardener who is in charge of the Butterfly Garden at the Newark Master Gardener Gardens.
She presented a slide program on “Butterflies of Central Ohio.” Many facts were learned about butterflies visiting local gardens.
The afternoon speakers were Master Floral Designers, Mary Lee Minor, Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club of Bucyrus and Joy Strine-Sprang, Loudonville Gardener’s Guild. They demonstrated traditional and creative designs. A special table setting design was in tribute to Marcia Barcroft, past regional director and OAGC judge.
The flower Show “Spring Awakening,” chaired by Jo Ann Graham from Tan and Toil and New Shoots Garden Clubs was entered with more than 80 daffodils, tulips, spring flowering bulbs, tree and shrub branches, and container grown plants. Horticulture Best of Show was awarded to a red Christmas Cactus in full bloom exhibited by Audrey Spearman, Apple Valley Garden Club, Howard.
Artistic Best of Shows were awarded to Joy Strine-Sprang, Loudonville Gardeners Guild, “Wild and Wonderful” a creative interpretive design and Robin Rapp, Apple Valley Garden Club, “House Cleaning” a traditional design using a heater vent. Judge’s Choice was awarded to Joy Strine-Sprang for a vibratile design, “Birds Are Harbingers of Spring.”
Junior Horticulture Best of Show was awarded to Aiden Hawkes of Beautiful Junior Garden Club of Loudonville for a yellow daffodil. Izzy Plagge of Rosebuds Junior Garden Club, Mount Vernon, was awarded Artistic Best of Show exhibiting “Spring Fever,” a design of spring flowers in a basket.
The show was judged by Anita Roller, adult sections, and Michael Hoepf, junior section, both accredited OAGC judges.
The Invitational Display of new and unusual perennials was exhibited by Country Colors Greenhouse, Fredericktown. Julie Divelbiss and Carma Jo Kauffman, Knox County Master Gardener volunteers presented the Educational Display “My Garden Is Planted with Tender Perennials.” Nancy Singer, Harlem Township Garden Club, displayed a horticulture exhibit “Trees for Bees.”
The meeting was conducted by Regional Secretary Alice Sanz, Loudonville Gardeners Guild in the absence of Kristy Apt, Presidential Garden Club, Region 7 Director. Table Centerpieces were made by Town and County Garden Club. Each attendee received a mug rug as a favor. A lunch was catered by Heather Jackson of Apple Valley. Attendees also visited club sales tables and a raffle of filled baskets benefiting Region 7.