September 2, 2014

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Shaker Farms Garden Club plans monthly activities PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:07 PM

Cold weather and snow forced the cancellation of Shaker Farms Garden Club’s January meeting but the program committee has been meeting to plan 2014-2015 monthly activities.

The club also is selling Posy Power, a super soil amendment, for $6 a bag. Interested persons can contact Gail Chuck at 367-0483 or for order forms, or more information.

Mary Lou Smith, Peggy Roudebush, Karen Weingartner, Debbie Dattilo, Gail Chuck and Christy Connelly attended the Federated Garden Club of Cincinnati and Vicinity’s winter meeting, Thursday, Jan. 30, at Winton Center.

Karen Weingartner received the engraved silver champagne urn for best horticultural specimen in the club’s fall show at Maple Knoll Retirement Village.

Members were treated to a fabulous talk by the brother and sister team Judy Burrus and Wayne Richards. “All About Butterflies” covered native species, with their own photographs, centering on habitat, value and vitality.

Old Friends gather in early January PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 1:37 PM

Old friends and Bright Beginnings’ monthly luncheon will be Thursday, Jan. 2, at Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church at 11:30 a.m. Lunch, catered by B&P Grubbs, will consist of soups, chili, salad, and dessert.

Your reservation and $8 will be appreciated by Sunday, Dec. 29, by contacting Lois Gellert at 1-812-487-2026 or Thelma Stutz at 1-812-637-5569.

The Marzan Brass Quintet of Cincinnati and Harrison will return to provide the entertainment. The group consists of Ron Porges and Steve Joos on trumpets, Paul Russell on baritone, Marilyn Bourquein on French horn, and Bruce Knapp on tuba.

They will play holiday music with some surprises, along with some jokes. They will feature arrangements by Ed Howard.

Thanks to the East Central High School Concert Choir and to Director Donna Tanner for the excellent performance at the December luncheon. 
Their songs, special numbers, and solos were beautiful and helped set the mood for the Christmas Season.

Thanks to DHUMC Youth Director Jon Batch for his timely devotions and to B&P for the delicious food.

Thanks to all who brought food and donations for the North Dearborn Pantry.

A new year of senior volleyball on Thursday, Jan. 9 and  Thursday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m.

Pic pro presents flower program PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 1:36 PM

Terry Viel was the guest speaker at the Shaker Farms Garden Club October meeting at where he presented a power point program of the pictures his father, uncle and grandfather took of flowers of the Whitewater Valley.

The artistic pictures captured florals from 1945 by Herman, Cyril “Bud” and John Viel, and included rare lady slipper orchids, unusual fungi, wildflowers, and farm pictures.

Hostesses Paulla Dill and Debbie McCane provided an array of finger foods. The decorations were potted fall flowers and Paulla gave those to members with October and November birthdays.
The president welcomed Brenda Manger, Karen Schunk and Dottie Long as guests. Nancy Martin and Shirlee Morgan talked about their favorite art inspired by nature.

The club is supporting GCO, Inc. Penny Pines Program. Debbie Dattilo collects money each month by passing the purse around for loose change. A combined donation of $68 will purchase 100 trees in Shaker Farms name to be planted in burned-out areas of the country.

At the recent GCO, Inc. District meeting, Mary Lou Smith received a National Garden Club Rosette for the flower show the club had last year.

Attending members heard about Alternative Landscapes and Green Roofs, and saw a wonderful demonstration by Robin Wood on holiday designs.

Diane Packard’s gourd ornament won second place and $15 at the Federated Garden Clubs meeting in October. Club members participated in the Federated Garden Club’s Standard Flower Show at Maple Knoll Retirement Center.

Karen Weingartner won a grower’s choice award for fairy garden. It also won the Horticultural Excellence Award, a National Garden Club Award for the best Horticultural specimen in the entire show and the Federation’s  Evans Revolving Silver Trophy. Other winners include Mary Lou Smith, Donna Hughes, Pauline Welling, Diane Packard and Gail Chuck.

Nancy Martin presented Melissa Jacobs a bluebird house as she was welcomed into the club. Nancy’s husband, Dick, makes the birdhouses and each new member gets one.

Shaker Farms Garden Club has a bluebird trail that covers the Greater Harrison area.

Gail reported that the wall around the sign at Interstate 74 and Dryfork Road has been completed. When it is filled with topsoil, members of the HPLAC committee will plant it with Knockout roses, Stella d’Oro daylilies, daffodils and Salvia before winter sets in.

Next spring: cannas, low grasses and hardy chrysanthemums will be planted for summer color.

Garden Club members make glass flowers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:33 PM

Members of Shaker Farms Garden Club and two guests, Dottie Long and Melissa Dunaway, met at Nesuold Glassworks on McMillan in Cincinnati for demonstrations of hand blown glassware in August.

Two glassblowers showed various techniques for making intricate vases, pitchers and paperweights.

Each member was able to make their own unique flower.

They also toured the gallery, where artists’ works were on display for sale.

After the tour, members ate lunch at historic Mecklenburg’s German Restaurant in Clifton and had their meeting.

Pictures of the 2013 civic beautification winners are on display at the Harrison Branch of the public library.

The civic beautification awards were presented on Sept. 25 at the Harrison Township Civic Center.
Environmental chairwoman, Donna Hughes, encouraged club members to keep their bee balm and other flowering perennials in bloom not cut to enable butterflies and hummingbirds extra nectar this fall.

Mary Lou Smith, Betty Cookendorfer, and Gail Chuck won several awards including Best of Show at the Hamilton County Fair in August.

Other exhibitors included Diane Packard and Jeannie Wise.

Gail Chuck and Mary Lou Smith entered Harvest Home Flower Show in September for the club competition. 
Chuck also was general chairwoman of the Federated Garden Club of Cincinnati & Vicinity’s flower show at Maple Knoll Retirement Center Oct.18 & 19.

The Wednesday, Oct. 23, meeting will be at the home of Nicki Schunk.  The program will be Nature in Clay (Rockwood Pottery Co.) and Tagua Nut carvings.

Garden gals name club officers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013 7:58 PM

Mary Lou Smith was installed as president of Shaker Farms Garden Club, following the March meeting at the home of Norma Schell.

The other new officers are vice president, Peggy Roudebush; recording secretary, Debbie McCane; corresponding secretary, Christy Connelly, and treasurer, Trish Kluener.

The meeting was conducted by Vice President Karen Weingartner because Nicki Schunk was unable to attend. Weingartner welcomed guests Dottie Long and Diane Brown.

Jeannie Wise named larkspur as her favorite flower to grow from seed, and Paulla Dill said the sunflower was her favorite. The club received a thank-you note for the monthly arrangement put in by Gail Chuck at the Harrison Branch of the Public Library.

The club received notice it would receive awards at the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. state convention in Akron in April. Mary Lou Smith, Peg Roudebush, Gail Chuck and Betty Cookendorfer attended.

There was  a flower show at convention and they had  entries in horticulture and design.

There was a reception for Eagle Scout Candidate Derek Manger Sunday, April 14, at the Looker House. He rebuilt the Looker House beds, and helped with the replanting of the perennial flowers and herbs.

The club also will assist in the planning and planting at the new Harrison Township Center on New Haven Road.

Club members received their new program books for 2013-2014.  Members attended the GCO, Inc. district meeting at Crown Plaza on May 1, and the Federated Garden Club luncheon and meeting May 15.