The Heritage Garden Club of Troy met on June 10 at Greener Pastures Farm located on Armenia Mountain. Nicole Harris introduced us to her sustainable and diversified family farm and green houses that she runs with her husband Steve and children Anson and Nora. As members of the club arrived, they got to see and pet two little baby goats that had been born just that morning.
Nicole, with the able assistance of her son Anson, demonstrated a number of ways to make container planting interesting and creative. She urged the group to “think outside the box” and incorporate plants from their own gardens such as astilbes, hostas, and Japanese painted ferns in addition to nursery plants. An economical gift can be created by digging up hostas and adding annuals to your container.
People want something different – you will not see white plastic hanging baskets here. It is important to include “thrillers, fillers and spillers” when selecting plants along with choosing attractive containers and color combinations.
At the completion of the program, members of the club had the opportunity to pick out plants from the greenhouses and put together their own containers. Nicole was on hand to offer advice and answer questions. She has a background in horticulture, which she taught to students at Williamsport High School.
The evening ended at the Douglas House, an air B&B that the Harris’s run, which is located not far from the greenhouses. Hostesses Vivian Hall and Carol Ulmer provided refreshments.
President Charlotte Lyon presided over the business meeting that followed. The committee reports were given and yearbooks passed out to all who had not already received one.
Farmer Boy Days was reported to be a success with a record number of 900 fourth graders in attendance. Barb Andrus, Vivian Hall, Laura Steele and Judy Warn enjoyed taking part in this event.
The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania state board meeting was held on June 2-3 in Boalsburg, Pa. at the Windham Hotel. Barb Andrus, Sharon Brown, Vivian Hall and Judy Warn attended this event. During the meeting it was announced that Isaac Marshall Leach, who had been sponsored by Heritage Garden Club, had been awarded a $4,000 scholarship from National Garden Clubs, Inc. He was the only Pennsylvania recipient of this award. He and Nick Martin also received a $1,000 GCFP scholarship. Following the state board meeting, Barb Andrus and Sharon Brown attended a Flower Show symposium at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.
Barb Andrus reported that a new Class 11 in Design has been added to the Troy Fair Floral Department. She displayed an example of a Class 2 “TEALIGHTFUL,” which is a 10″ wide X 10″ deep X 9″ tall allotted space. The panel and underlay is optional. A teacup and saucer is to be incorporated into the design. Fresh or dried plant material is to be used in or around the design. The exhibitor need not grow the plant material. Barb also said the Floral Department is looking for Large Displays. In addition to the Troy Fair, exhibitors may enter the Flower Show at the Fall Festival, which is being sponsored by Heritage Garden Club. For more information about entering any of the classes, call Barb at (570) 297-3043 or Laura Steele at (570) 297-4547.
New members are always welcome. For more information, call Charlotte Lyon at (570) 297-4269. Heritage Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc.