VERSAILLES – As the year begins, let’s remember to think about and plan the garden growing season in a number of ways.
“You can map out your planting schemes for the existing areas in your yard, and look through catalogs for new plants or get out the list that was made last year and see what you didn’t get then,” said a spokesperson from the Versailles Garden Club. “Maybe you want to expand or ‘remodel’ planting areas or even add new types of garden spots, whether indoors or out.”
There is an additional way to expand those gardening plans…join the Versailles Garden Club.
They have an active club in the Versailles area and like to work throughout the year to bring in speakers to meetings, attend seminars, host plant sales and holiday decoration sales, work on community beautification projects, sponsor a flower show during Poultry Days, contribute in an activity project at the Versailles Health Care Center by assisting residents in making fresh flower arrangements, recognize citizens within the local school district with Garden of the Month awards, and sponsor a scholarship for VHS graduates who major in a horticultural major.
In 2013, the Versailles Chamber of Commerce awarded the club with the People, Pride and Progress Award for the community projects completed. This year will find the club members bringing in more guest speakers and finding some hidden wonders in the area to visit and investigate to find new information and ideas for better gardens.
“We will also be striving to give more opportunities to expand learning sessions for natural plantings for home and farm in order to have better results for drought or even just less water requirements all the way to improving the pollinating possibilities for the Versailles area which can help crops, fruits and flowers,” said the spokesperson.
The club has experienced recent retirements of members to ‘honorary’ status (after decades of membership) and some members have moved away from the area. They have welcomed some members in the last few years, but they would like to continue to welcome even more this year. They have some charter members still active in the club and that indicates membership of more than 50 years. Last year there were 10 members who received special awards from the Garden Clubs of Ohio for exemplary standards for membership of at least 25 years in their club.
“We are truly working hard to make this an enjoyable year while learning and getting better at what we love to do – enjoy plants,” the spokesperson added. “If you are interested in joining or visiting at one of their monthly meetings, call 526-4798, email [email protected] or visit the Versailles Garden Club Facebook page and leave a message.”