Jack Berninger gave a tremendous lecture on the Fakahotchee Strand, the orchid, fern, and bromeliad capital of America to members of Shaker Farms Garden Club and guest Vera Dunsieth Wednesday, May 28, at the Harrison Township Civic Center.
Jack talked about the fabulous plants he sees each winter when he vacations and tours the Fakahotchee Strand in the Everglades.
It was the last explored area in the country, with a 50-50 mixture of tropical and northern plants and only 22 feet above sea level. The Strand hosts a variety of unusual plants, including the ghost orchid and 45 types of ferns.
Fakahotchee is home to the Florida panther, otters, bobcats, and deer.
Refreshments were provided by club members Pat Hill and Mary Joe Hammant.
After the program, Mary Lou Smith conducted the monthly meeting. She reported on the civic projects and maintenance at
Interstate 74, Looker House, Passmore Cabin, Village Park and Harrison Branch Library.
Members put arrangements around Harrison businesses for National Garden Week, June 1-7, and displays were featured at the Coffee Peddlar and the library.
No applications were filed for the $500 scholarship the club awards each year to a senior in the Southwest Local School District to continue an education in horticulture or related field.
Peggy Roudebush discussed the possibility of a scarecrow contest this fall with area business participating with window displays.
Karen Weingartner and committee have planted a monarch butterfly station at Miamitown Elementary. Students were enthralled with the life cycle of the monarch and their migratory habits. The station, hopefully, will be home for many monarchs and other important butterflies.
Twelve members and guests Vera Dunseith and Jeannie Whitney toured Pyramid Hill, one of the nation’s top sculpture gardens, outside of Hamilton Thursday, June 15.
It was a beautiful day to visit the gardens right in our own back yard. There are 64 sculptures on the 335-acre park.
The group also toured the museum and viewed the ancient sculptures Harry T. Wilks had in his home and transferred a few years before his death earlier this year.
After the tour, members lunched at Ryan’s Restaurant in downtown Hamilton.
Club President Mary Lou Smith welcomed Vera Dunseith and Jeannie Whitney, Nicki Schunk’s sister. She announced that F & M
Mafco gave a donation for the plantings at the I-74/Dry Fork Road interchange.
Five native sumac trees were planted this past spring. The club also received a thank-you note for its donation of a brick, in Shaker Farms Garden Club’s name, for the Veterans Serenity Gardens in Clifton.
Loose change continues to be collected for purchasing another set of penny pine trees.
Members voted for the entrance to Fort Scott Development for this year’s civic beautification award winner for commercial/business planting. A plaque will be presented at the civic awards reception in September.
The Cannon yard tour was rained out Friday, June 27, but members and guests had a wonderful dinner at the Harrison Township Civic Center, organized by Brenda Manger.
The tour was rescheduled for that Sunday afternoon. The Cannon’s yard is a hidden treasure, off Baughman Road, in Harrison Township.