Garden club holds spring auction

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President Nancy Baldwin called the April 23 meeting of the Hillsboro Garden Club to order and welcomed everyone present. Members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a rendition of “God Bless America” led by member Ed Davis. Roll call showed 16 members present, five absent and three guests.

The roll call question was, “What new plant do you want in 2019?” Responses included specific plants and requests for no more plants.

The gardening tip was, “Geraniums bloom a long time, thus they need lovely partners such as white petunias, ageratum, white browallia or blue stevia.”

Opening the business meeting, the reading of the previous minutes was dispensed with. Treasurer Ruth Anna’s report was accepted. A gift of bulbs has been sent to longtime member Beryl in her new home.

The members voted on proposed changes to the bylaws of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. The vote was in favor of the changes. Carol will notify the OAGC.

Ruth Anna announced the cost to reserve the Highland House Museum has been raised. Nancy Sonner moved to pay the reservation fee. Judy seconded the motion and the motion passed. The November meeting will be on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Information and seed packets were distributed for the 2019 Highland County Fair. The seeds are for plum sunflower and giant lime zinnia. These are to be grown and exhibited at the fair.

Information on the upcoming Spring District 16 Regional Conference on May 9 and a day trip to the governor’s residence on June 25 was also shared.

An OAGC Anniversary Certificate to Hillsboro Garden Club for its 90 years of dedicated service was passed around as well as a card from Merchants National Bank congratulating the club on 90 years of success. The club appreciates the thanks.

Ohio House Bill 59 has been passed and is now in the Ohio Senate. The bill will designate the month of April as Ohio Native Plant Month.

Then the spring auction began. Larry Moore was auctioneer, assisted by Liz Stritenberger and Shelly Rayburn. There was a short break for refreshments provided by Carol and Andrea. The bidding was heated at times, but many desirable plants were taken home by new owners.

The next meeting will held May 21 in Floral Hall at the Highland County Fairgrounds. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The hostesses will be Debbie and Arlene. All gardeners are welcome.

Submitted by Jennifer West, Hillsboro Garden Club.

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