Eleven members of Shaker Farms Garden Club met for lunch at the Harrison LaRosa’s on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Mary Allen spoke to the members about the Whitewater Shakers and their heritage.
The founding members selected the name Shaker Farms Garden Club because of the closeness to the Whitewater settlement.
Mary Lou Smith talked about raising sunflowers from seed, and Debbie McCane grows her father’s heirloom tomato plants from seed.
Member Diane Packard has published a children’s book, Batina and Croakus. It can be viewed at the Harrison Branch Library.
The club also is putting a fresh floral design at the Harrison branch each month along with some information about the flowers selected.
Several club members attended the winter meeting of Federated Garden Clubs of Cincinnati and Vicinity in January at the Winton Centre. They heard about Vertical Garden from John Spencer, owner of KCAI Green-Design-Works.
Club members are again selling Posy Power, a soil conditioner and fertilizer for home gardens. Order forms are available from any club member, or my calling Gail Chuck 367-0483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club received notification it will be presented an award at the Garden Club of Ohio, Inc. annual convention in Akron in April.
The Cincinnati District Spring meeting and luncheon for GCO will be Wednesday, May 1, at Crown Plaza in Blue Ash. Club members also will attend the Federated meeting Wednesday, May.
This month’s meeting on Wednesday, March 27, will include installation of officers for 2013-2015.
Meanwhile, Twenty-three members of the Shaker Farms Garden Club welcomed Pauline Welling at the 12th annual Christmas party and December meeting at Pat Hill’s home on Morgan Road.
Members started the evening with holiday cheer, finger foods and cookies contributed by all club members. During the holiday season, the club helped three needy families in the area. STAY provided their names.
Environmental Chairwoman Donna Hughes suggested those with a live Christmas tree to place it outside so the birds can use it for nesting or shelter this winter.
After the meeting, members exchanged a re-gifted or recycled Christmas tree ornament, and member Jeanne Wise gave everyone a jar of sorghum she made this year.
The slate of officers was presented and accepted: Mary Lou Smith, president; Peggy Roudebush, vice-president; Debbie McCane, recording secretary; Christy Connelly, corresponding secretary, and Trish Kluener, treasurer. They will be installed in March.
The January meeting was a basket making workshop at the Harrison Township hall on New Haven Road. Basket weaver and fiber designer Judy Dominic was the instructor.
Members are, from left: Judy Noes, Norma Schell, Debbie Datillo, Diane Packard and Jeanne Wise.