The Monroe Garden Club met Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the James Monroe Community Room. Dan Diver of Diver Garden & Pet Supplies of Middletown was guest speaker. His topic was on his favorites and new gardening items and pet supplies including garden cart, hand tools organic insecticides for roses & vegetables made of cottonseed oil, garlic, rosemary & peppermint. He also brought examples of these along with a squirrel bird feeder, preventative for mosquito larvae, which is safe for birdbaths and rainbarrels and topsy turvey Tomatoe planters. He spoke briefly on the Emerald Ash Borer and gave a handout “Ash Alert”. He also shared his favorite websites for the Ohio gardener, www.plantfacts.osu.edu, www.ohioline.osu.edu, (your link to information to information, news and education), www.bygl/osu.edu, (Buckeye Yard and Garden Online). Door prizes provided by Mr. Diver were Rose Pharm and Veggie Pharm given to Peggy Hesson and Peggy Abernathy. His presentation was very informative and enjoyed by all club members.
Hostesses, Marilyn Niebur and Betty Westercamp provided a delicious dessert course. Guest for the evening were Geraldine Bontrager and Bonnie Kindler.
Club president, Peggy Abernathy presided over the business meeting. Christmas Lighting Contest and Christmas on the Plaza Christmas wreath sales were discussed. Plans were made to purchase Redbud trees to be distributed to Monroe Elementary 3rd grade students on Arbor Day were completed. Ribbons for Horticulture – forced branch or bulb were presented to Peggy Abernathy and Marilyn Niebur. OAGC Region 4 Spring meet will be held on April 25th at Receptions Eastgate, Eastgate Blvd. Cincinnati. Melissa Moser ODNR will present “Invasive Species in Ohio” in a.m. and Tom Bowling presents “New Trends in Floral Industry” in the afternoon. Several announcements regarding upcoming Region 4 garden club events were made. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the James Monroe Community Room. The program will be “Plant Exchange”. Share your plants and knowledge with other club members. We invite everyone who is interested in gardening to join us. Please contact Peggy Abernathy at 513-539-7892 for more information.