The Monroe Garden Club held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 21st in the James Monroe Community Room. Paul Koloszar of the Cincinnati Civic Garden Center was guest speaker. He presented a slide presentation of the Native Plants of Ohio. At the end of the presentation, he recommended books by Lucy Braun, “Woody Plants of Ohio”, “Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide” and “The Ohio Nature Almanac” by Stephen Ostrandeer. For those interested in advanced research, he recommended the website, plants.usda.gov. Hostesses were Ellen Kinsey and Geraldine Bontrager who served a delicious dessert course. President Peggy Hesson conducted the business meeting. Guest was Karen Branum. Erin Chesar was welcomed as a new member of the club. Plans were finalized for the Arbor Day Tree Presentation to the 3rd grade students at Monroe Elementary School. The Club has presented tree seedlings to 3rd graders since it was founded 48 years ago. Chances are some of the trees in your neighborhood were given by the Monroe Garden Club. Horticulture was tulips and daffodils. Jean Maple won a blue ribbon for tulip and Anna Hale won a red ribbon for tulip. Ellen Kinsey won a blue ribbon for daffodil. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 19th. Members will carpool from the City Building Parking lot at 2:15 p.m. for a field trip to “Mary Ellen Herb Gardens”, Three Barn Farm in Lebanon. After touring Mary’s Herb Garden, we will continue to Waynesville for refreshments at Hammel House or Cobblestone Café. On the return to Monroe, we will stop at Evers Garden on US 42 to shop for plants. Guests are always welcome. If you are interested in attending this meeting or for more information, please call Peggy Abernathy at 5339-7892.