Damascus Garden Club meets, hears program on floral design

SALEM – Sixteen members of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Ohio Garden Club Inc., met on April 11th at the Damascus Friends Church.

President Marilyn Wingett opened the meeting and correspondence was read. The Damascus Community Center thanked the club for its donation of candy to the community Easter egg hunt. The West Branch Academic Recognition Board requested funds for its banquet. Joyce Steer moved that the club donate to the cause and Irene Morkel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.

Committees reporting were: Awards: Lee Kuentz will develop the awards application on the Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center project. Conservation: On Earth Day, April, 22, the club sponsored a project in the Auburn Center’s patio garden. Historian: In recognition of the club’s 60th anniversary year, Joyce Steer has written an article about the club’s activities and history that will appear in the summer issue of Garden Greetings.

Under old business, there was no movement on a previous suggestion to provide centerpieces for the Ruritan’s December dinner. Rhonda Mitchell said that for the club’s May visit to Best Hostas members are to meet in the Damascus Friends Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. May 9. After the tour, lunch will be served at Copeland Oaks. In lieu of a previously discussed horticulture show, it was decided that club members bring horticulture samples of special interest to the meetings throughout the season.

Under new business, Wingett suggested that the club join with the West Branch Environmental Club in a project to plant and care for the flower beds in front of the Damascus Firehouse meeting room. Members will meet with the club at the meeting house at 3:40 p.m. May 21 to begin the project.

In a discussion about the cost of maintenance at the Damascus Community Park, June Wallace moved to donate funds to aid in the upkeep of the park and Morkel seconded the motion which was approved by all. Wingett requested that program ideas for next year be given to Sandy Kilmer.

The program for the month, A Floral Design Workshop, was led by Marilyn Brumbaugh. The hostess for April was Kilmer and co-hostesses were Pat Hoopes and Lee Kuentz. Lunch was served in the cafe of the Damascus Friends Church.