Garden clubs install new county officers

GALLIPOLIS — Representatives from Gallipolis, Floral Friends, Open Gate and Cheshire Garden Clubs and guests met at the Holzer Senior Care Center for a spring meeting.

New county officers were installed: Katie Shoemaker will be the Gallia County chairperson; Phyllis Mason, secretary; Nancy Skaggs, treasurer; and Maxie Oliver, news reporter.

Katie recognized outgoing county contact chairperson Brenda Cover for her outstanding job over the past two years, and introduced Pam Schatz, Region 11 director of Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

Mrs. Shoemaker then welcomed the team of Gallipolis in Bloom officers, Kim Canady, Diane Parks and Bev Dunkle. Gallipolis in Bloom has many new projects, including community planting and free plant exchange on Saturday, April 30 starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers for planting begonias and green elephant ears in the planter are needed. Purple, pink and yellow supertunas will be placed in the hanging baskets this year and planters on Third Avenue are still available for organic plants to be placed before judging on July 11-12.

Arbor day on April 29 will be recognized by planting a tree in the park, with free trees available by the Gallia Southwest Conservation Department.

The evening’s program by Erica Preston from the Gallia Soil and Water Conservation District, included information about the monarch butterfly and cicadas. As the monarch population has declined in recent years, ODNR is wanting help collecting milkweed seeds so the Gallia SWCD office will become a collection spot for these seeds if you have some to drop off. Butterflies deposit eggs on milkweed plants, which then provide nutrition for the caterpillar phase of the butterfly’s life cycle. Native plants in the garden would be an excellent addition to a milkweed garden.

Erica explained the difference in the annual cicadas and the periodical cicadas. Annual cicadas usually come out later like mid-August, and the periodical cicadas emerge in springtime every 17 years. Prepare to see them in the northern parts of Ohio. It is not known if much of Gallia County will see them or not. They can last six to seven weeks between April and June. The periodical cicadas like hickory, oak and fruit trees, which can be protected by putting cheese cloth or small screens around the trees.

After a brief business meeting, Cheshire Garden Club prepared refreshments and door prizes were given to all present by Floral Friends.

— Submitted by Maxie Oliver