ELKINS – The Emma Scott Garden Club met March 14 at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, 450 Randolph Ave., Elkins with 32 members in attendance. The meeting was opened by President Linda Shomo.
As part of the old cases, recognition was granted to the construction sites of the month in the region for the months of July, August and October (autumn) 2021.
The July 2021 winners were Citizen’s Bank of WV (Business Award), Naomi and Dick Pennington, Dry Fork (Regional Chairman’s Award) and Sherri Smith, Amy and Dennis Kittle, Charlene and Dave Mace, Liz and Chris Marshall-MacVean (Award Elkins).
The August 2021 winners were Carte-Hall CPA (Business Award), Paula and Nils Heinke, Woodridge (Regional Chairman’s Award) and Theresa and Steve Birk, Robin George, Kim and Ryan Urban, Barbara Carr and Bob Mothershed (Elkins Awards ).
October or Fall 2021 awards went to Jennings Randolph Elementary (Business Award), Betty and Russ Linger (President’s Award) and Vanessa and Shane Halle, Cindy and Carl Nucilli, Renee and Dr. Tom Benz, Susie and Bob Higgins (Elkins Prize). The YOM Awards were presented by YOM members Joann Gabel and Donna Isner.
During the new business session, it was announced that the West Virginia Garden Club conference was to be held at the Canaan Valley Resort on April 1, 2, and 3. Shomo requested that five volunteers form a committee to create a logo for the ESGC and present their design. at the April 11 meeting. A sign-up sheet has been forwarded to recruit members to receive/organize and evaluate plants for the May 14 Plant Sale to be held at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
After a refreshment break, Judy Guye Swanson introduced guest speaker Gwen Kohut, West Virginia Garden Club, Inc. Flower Show Judge, who introduced the program “Tips for Preparing for a Flower Show.” Kohut provided members with a detailed document describing different types of flower shows according to National Garden Club guidelines (Standard, Small Standard, Youth Standard, Youth Small Standard, Horticultural Specialty, Design Specialty).
Show categories were listed as general, small, holiday and patriotic, shows sponsored by a plant society, and large flower shows. The division possibilities are Horticulture, Design, Education, Youth and Botanical Arts. Horticulture and design are necessary.
Kohut explained in more detail what is expected in the two divisions required. The point systems used to judge displays and designs were reviewed to help participants understand the judging system. Several resource books of pictorial drawings were also shared by the presenter.
Kohut showed off a design she created using small potted succulents on a tiered rack while club member Becky Amorese prepared a monochromatic line design of pine, spiky leaves, rhododendron and vine.
Kohut invited ESGC members to participate in a flower show to be held at Quiet Dell United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 4 from 1-3 p.m. To enter, call Kohut at 304-623-1927 or 304-204-2545.
Announcements were made that members, Ed and Carol Daniels would be hosting a Plant a Seed program on March 20 at the Seneca Mall Atrium from 2-4 p.m. The ESGC would participate.
Katy McClane shared a list of gardening and tree-related spring events. Events include a river cleanup in Coalton on March 26 starting at 9 a.m.; pruning and grafting workshop at Kump House, March 26, 2 p.m.; Can You Dig It Workshop April 9 at Elkins City Park from 2-5 p.m.; Earth Day tree planting at Elkins City Park at 11 a.m.; Arbor Day Tree planting at Glendale Park at 2 p.m.; Tree planting for National Tree Day with local Girl Scouts at 5 p.m. with the TBA site; Earth Day Celebration with Women Democrats of Randolph County at City Park 12-3 p.m.; Darden Gardens Clean up May 23 at 10 a.m. For more information on these events, contact McClane at 304-591-4407.
Bobbi Trimboli announced that Our Town, Inc. will host a Welcome Spring Family Activity from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Seneca Mall with various groups of volunteers featuring information and activities for children, door prizes and passes. .
If anyone is interested in joining the ESGC, please contact Membership Chair BJ McKenzie at 304-614-3079.