Damascus Garden Club learns about dahlias

DAMASCUS – The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met Sept. 12 in the cafe of the Damascus Friends Church. Sixteen members attended. President Marilyn Wingett opened the meeting extending birthday greetings to Peggy Stoffer and thanking hostesses Lee Kuentz, Val Knoedler and Pat Hoopes. Correspondence from the Ohio Garden Club Inc. and the family of Joyce Steer were read.

It was announced that New Garden Club of Ohio Inc. awards are coming in and the club will consider applying for five of them. A workday at the post office garden was scheduled for Sept. 17. Knoedler provided bud vases for the Sept. 17 community blood drive. President Wingett reported that the Damascus firehouse and Auburn gardens are in good shape and she thanked all the volunteers who watered them. Kuentz and Marjorie Phillips volunteered to fill the position of historian for the remainder of the year. Rhonda Mitchell, June Wallace and Marty Hollinger will head a committee to create decorations for the Dec. 7 Ruritan banquet. Members will meet on Dec. 6 to make the decorations. The location and time will be announced.

President Wingett asked members for ideas for the 2014 National Garden Week celebration. Sign-ups were taken for the club’s October meeting which will be in conjunction with the Canton District Fall Meeting. Kuentz motioned to donate money to the Penny Pines project. Hoopes seconded the motion and it was approved.

The program for September was a presentation by the Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society. Randy Foith lectured the club members on all aspects of dahlia care and gave special tips on preparing dahlias for show. His talk included a display of dahlias that represented the wide variety of forms the flowers may show.

September is the anniversary month of the Damascus Garden Club’s 60th anniversary year. In acknowledgment of the club’s traditions, the luncheon tables were decorated with lace and linens, fancy hats, white gloves and garden gloves, and vases of yellow roses, the club’s symbol flower. Kuentz read a tribute to the club’s history and activities that includes 60 years of promoting the art of flower arranging, horticulture, and conservation in the Damascus community.

Under old business, President Wingett and Vice President Mitchell reported on their attendance at the Canton Flower Show School. Wallace and Mitchell will host the November meeting. Its location will be announced.