SYRACUSE — Wildwood Garden Club encouraged those with a passion for gardening and floral design to let their imagination run “wild” with creativity as they began their 80th continuous year on Oct. 4 with the installation of officers and a review of the past year’s accomplishments.
Organized in 1938 with the Forget-me-not designated as the club flower and the Robin as the club bird, their objectives stated,“to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants, and birds, and to encourage civic planting.”
The Club is affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs (OAGC) as part of Region 11 that includes Athens, Gallia, and Meigs Counties, and meet monthly at the Syracuse Community Center.
As the years have passed, Wildwood has waned in size but not in enthusiasm. This “hands on” Club offers gardening, education, and floral design in their program topics, and attend nature tours and visits to local nurseries and gardens. Continuing projects are the maintenance of plantings at the Syracuse Community Center and distributing fruit baskets to shut-ins at Christmas.
Wildwood participated in the Winter Flower Show and both Meigs County Fair Flower and Horticultural Shows, receiving numerous awards for their designs and plant specimens.
The Club sponsored a tea last fall with seminars presented by Maureen Burns-Hooker of Herbal Sage Tea Company entitled “Herbal Medicine during the Depression Era” and Depression Era Glass writer and speaker Lorna Hart, “Floral Patterns of Depression Era Glass”.
The Club’s fundraising project was the growing of a new varieties of zinnia and marigold that were featured in the Fair Flower Show. As part of the planting, Joy Bentley and Lorna Hart included junior gardeners Hannah and John Turley. After the seeds were sown, the two junior gardeners were responsible for watering, and earned a huge thank you from Wildwood for their excellent care and attention to the process.
The plants were available at the Spring Region 11 Garden Club meetings, where the group also enjoyed seminars on pollinators and honey, and floral design demonstrations.
The 2018-2019 Club Officers include Joy Bentley, president, Peggy Moore, vice-president, Lorna Hart, secretary, and Patty Tarr, treasurer. Upcoming programs include “Deer-resistant Plants”,“Natural Oils for Garden and Home”, ”Landscaping with Ohio Native Plants”, and “Roadside Wildflowers”, along with recommended planting dates and floral design demonstrations.
Those interested in the Wildwood Garden Club are welcome to attend one of their meetings, held the second Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Syracuse Community Center (except December). For more information contact Joy Bentley at 740-992-2365.