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Christmas Lighting Contest and Garden Club News
Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:32:43 AM - Monroe Ohio



The monthly meeting of the Monroe Garden Club was held on Tuesday, November 17th in the James Monroe Community Room of the City Building.  Master Gardener Helen Fox presented the program “Granny’s Garden School of Loveland”.  Granny’s Garden is the largest and most comprehensive school gardening program in the Midwest.  Roberta Paolo who wanted to give children a chance to pick flowers founded it in 2002.  Today it covers 25 acres on Loveland Elementary School grounds and features 100 garden beds, nature trails, flower beds and is an outdoor classroom for more than 1300 children.   Other programs are Bouquets on Wheels, flowers for teachers, Harvest Soup Lunch and Backyard Gardens.

Granny’s Garden School is not supported financially by the school district.  The principal fundraiser is a plant sale on April 30, May 1 and 2.  For more information visit their website at


Anna Hale, president presided over the business meeting.  Guests were Vicki Lambert, Dan Rembley of the Butler Co. Extension Office and Ruth Ann Charles of the Shovel and Hoe Garden Club.  Beth Heinkel was welcomed as a new member.  Hyacinths, tulips and daffodils were planted at the Veteran’s Memorial last month.  Becky Howard and Jessie Hull will co-chair the Christmas Lighting Contest.  Revised Garden Club Bylaws were read and approved.  Hostesses Erin Chesar and Janina Szopinska served a delicious dessert course.  Erin Chesar was presented a blue ribbon for her fall flower arrangement.  Peggy Abernathy received a blue ribbon in horticulture, American Holly.


The next meeting will be Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Becky Howard.  Members are to bring a side dish or dessert to share.  As is the tradition, a $5.00 wrapped gift for exchange and judging will be part of the festivities along with holiday singing and Christmas readings.







The Monroe Garden Club will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Lighting Contest.  The date has been set for Wednesday, December 16, 2009 with judging to begin at 6:30 p.m.  To be considered for judging you must be registered.  Deadline for entries is Monday, December 14, 2009.  In past years it was not necessary to register, but with the growth of Monroe, it is now needed.  There have been many worthy displays in the past few years, which were not registered.  Help us make this a great holiday event by entering. Categories are Entryway, Child’s Delight, Most Effective Use of Lights, Religious and Business Display.  To register to be entered in the judging, visit our website at  Prizes will be awarded and wooden Christmas trees will be placed on the lawn of the homeowner until January 2, 2010.  Becky Howard and Jessie Hull are co-chair of this event.

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