DAMASCUS- The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., began its May meeting in a lovely spring setting at the Best Hosta gardens on Smith-Goshen Road. Owner Gary Stoddard informed club members about the variety of hostas grown in his gardens and included tips about planting and caring for them. After the tour, 14 club members met in the Terrace View cafeteria of Copeland Oaks for a luncheon meeting.
President Marilyn Wingett opened the meeting giving special birthday greetings to members Hilda Spack and Joyce Steer. The minutes from the April meeting were read and the treasurer's report was given, with approval on both. Treasurer Hilda Spack reported that the club's contributions to community projects to date this year have totaled $350. Correspondence from Beth Grimm of the Damascus Community Center Board was read. She expressed thanks for the club's recent donation. Canton district director of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., Celine Hallier, sent congratulations on the club's 60th year anniversary.
Committee reports: Conservation Chair Peggy Stoffer reported that the soil at the post office garden needs replaced. She will be contacting committee members for a workday. Community Care Chair Wingett accepted Rhonda Mitchell's offer to provide bud vases for the Red Cross blood drive on May 14. Historian Joyce Steer read an article from 1976 that reviewed the club's history and past activities.
The Damascus Garden Club enjoyed touring the gardens and seeing the extensive variety of hostas available at Best Hostas on Smith-Goshen Road. (Submitted photo)
Under old business, June Wallace made a motion to place a basket of seeds and a floral arrangement at the Damascus post office in celebration of National Garden Week, which begins June 2. Marcia Spack seconded the motion and all approved. Steer suggested displaying a poster about the club's 60th anniversary at the post office the week of the celebration. Wingett showed a floral/patriotic flag that could be used. Wingett made a motion to display the flag and Carol Kuner seconded, with approval by all. Those who visit the post office the week of National Garden Week are invited to take a packet of seeds from the basket.
Wingett reported on the Canton District Spring Convention. Steer and Wingett each received awards for photography. Wallace motioned to prepare decorations for the Ruritan Dec. 7 dinner. Mitchell suggested a workshop to prepare the centerpieces and seconded the motion which was approved by all.
Under new business, Hilda Spack motioned to prepare vases for the West Branch Alumni Banquet. Irene Morkel seconded and all approved. Members will meet at Steer's home on June 8 at 10 a.m. to prepare them.
Wingett asked that the club consider doing a project at the Ruritan's 60th anniversary car show in August. She also announced a Flower Show School Course to be held in Canton this September and encouraged those interested to attend.