June with Shaker Farm Garden Club

Mike Holscher, owner of Holscher & Hackman Landscaping in Dent was the featured speaker at the June 28 meeting of Shaker Farms Garden Club. He spoke that evening on the evolution of the nursery business and talked about the unusual and varied plants that he has available. A trip to his nursery was a pure delight as all of his trees and shrubs are botanically labeled. Brenda Manger, new club president welcomed Karen Fuchs from Hickory Flats to the meeting.

Everyone agreed that they had a fantastic June outing and meeting at Madison Indiana where they toured Madison in Bloom gardens and Stream Cliff Farms in Kaminsky, Indiana the day before.

Gail Chuck, Betty Cookendorfer and Mary Lou Smith represented Shaker Farms Garden Club at the Garden Club of Ohio,Inc. convention in Toledo where the club won first place for civic beautification for the maintenance of the Othneil Looker House Gardens on Marvin Rd, first place for Civic Beautification for “Beautify Harrison” the annual containers throughout Harrison; second place for their program at the Harrison Branch of the public library for National Garden Week, “Taking Root” with the distribution of Schumard Oak tree saplings. They also won first place for their Press Book and this book won First Place at National Garden Club’s convention in Richmond Virginia for the best press book in the United States for a small club. They agreed the convention in Toledo was terrific and they look forward to the convention in 2018 when it will be held in Cincinnati.

Karen Weingartner, Mary Lou Smith, Nicki Schunk, Fritzi Kuhlmann and Gail Chuck presented “Amazing Monarchs” to celebrate National Garden Week June 4-10, for children grades 1 & 2.

Peggy Roudebush read the names of the businesses nominated for their landscaping: Hawk Insurance 1006 Harrison Avenue, Brater-Winter Funeral Home 201 S. Vine and Fresh Sausage Specialists 100000 Martins Way. Club members will vote next month and the winner will be honored at the September Civic Beautification Awards Program. Nicki Schunk reported that the June Garden of the Month winner was Janet Rust from Blue Jay and the July winner was Tracy Jacobs on Kater Aveune in Harrison.

Nicki Schunk discussed the possibility of having a Gold Star Marker in Harrison, honoring the soldiers that have given their lives in combat. She will head a committee and hopefully it will be installed this fall.

Club members have been busy keeping their civic beautification projects in good condition, including the Looker House, Passmore Cabin in Crosby, the Beautify Harrison Pots, I-74 Interchange at Dry Fork and the containers at the Harrison Branch of the Public Library. It was reported that all 5 Maples and 2 Japanese Lilac trees at the I-74 interchange have died. These will be replaced this Fall.

This month’s meeting will be July 26 at the Harrison Township Civic Center. This will be a workshop on making a floral design showing water, a design that is usually in all flower shows.

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