McCullough guest speaker at garden club

Skip McCullough

EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool – Calcutta Area Garden Club held their monthly meeting at the Peter Metrovich Center on Oct. 28, with 23 members and two guests.

President, Chris Bell, welcomed all members and opened the meeting with an inspirational poem about “Autumn”, by Bonaro W. Overstreet. The club members were asked to remember their ill sisters in prayer.  The president thanked the hostesses, Lisa Chronister, Doris Musselman, and Beryldene Bertschy for their beautiful gourd decorations and candy.

The monthly garden tip of the month was provided by Linda Vermillion. She showed the members a picture and explained how to make a seasonal wreath with grasses. She also gave a very helpful tip of how to protect shovels and garden tools with sand and motor oil for the end of the season.

In other business, Linda Petras gave a very interesting overview of their recent trip to The Fellows Riverside Garden Center in Youngstown and some very interesting ideas that the East Liverpool Garden Club might do in the future.

A few of the objectives of the club is to promote civic beautification, improve the knowledge of horticulture, and stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. Lisa Chronister presented a possible project of meeting those objectives by possibly involving community schools, church groups, and businesses to meet this goal. There will be ongoing discussions regarding the subject at future meetings.

After the business portion of the meeting and lunch, Bell introduced Skip McCullough from Meadowbrook Nursery in Lisbon. He is an expert landscaper, gardener, and horticulturist with over 47 years of experience. His love of landscapes, plants and trees started a very early age. He gave a very educational and enthusiastic presentation on the history and use of herbs, “the do’s and don’ts of pruning”, and the “yes and nos of planting plants”. He gave tips on when to prune and when to fertilize to name a few of the great tips that he presented. He even suggested purchasing a good set of pruning shears to be the hero of your garden tool arsenal. He engaged the members to be active in the presentation. The members gave him a very hearty round of applause for a great presentation.

The president reminded the members that their money and paperwork needs to be turned into Cathy Wollam, Treasurer, for the Christmas dinner on Dec. 2, at the East Liverpool Country Club by Nov. 15. The cost for the meal is $20. The next meeting will be on Nov. 18 at the Metrovich Center with Ann Hanka and Linda Petras teaching the members how to create a “Make and Take Christmas Centerpiece”.