Local Garden Club groups usher in the holidays

By Portia Williams

November 13, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writers

FRIENDSHIP — Ten local garden clubs came together Tuesday to ‘Deck the Halls’ of the Shawnee Resort during the annual decoration event.

For 22 years local garden clubs and community members have joined forces to bring holiday cheer to Shawnee Resort with lights and a host of ornaments.

Karen Sue Evans is the president of the Green Triangle Garden Club and chairman of Decoration committee of Shawnee Resort.

“Our garden club, Green Triangle, is in charge. There are nine other Garden Clubs and each one has their own section and area. We try to get the decorations up for Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. There will be an Open House here at Shawnee Lodge on Dec. 8,” Evans said.

Evans said the clubs also received help from 32 students from local high schools, including Minford, Portsmouth, and Portsmouth West.

According to Evans, South Webster High School students were unable to participate due to inclement weather on Tuesday.

“It is always a pleasure to have the students come out and help. They are a great help, and they seem to really enjoy decorating,” Evans said.

She said the decoration event came about from desire of the clubs to do a community project together.

“Several of the garden clubs wanted to do something as a project. So they came out and talked to the manager at the time, and told him that they would like to help,” Evans said.

Evans said all of clubs provide their own unique decorations.

“Each club has their own little sections and nothing is alike with a different theme, with a variety of different trees,” Evans said.

Irma Lee Gampp, Regional Director for Region 10 of the Minford Garden Club, said the decoration event is a great motivator.

“It is good to work with good friends, good gardening friends, they are wonderful. It kind of helps you to get started, and to get in the Christmas mood. After you have been out here working, it makes you want to go home and get your Christmas all done,” Gampp said.

The Slocum Garden Club set up and decorated the Red, White and Blue Tree, and was responsible for the upper level decorations of the resort. Terry Book is president of the Slocum Garden Club.

“This is the Red, White, and Blue Tree. We have pictures of the veterans. People bring in their pictures and we use ribbon to make a little frame around them and we put them on the tree. This is our salute to the veterans,” Book said.

Book said she enjoys be a part of the decorating committee.

“It is awesome, to see the transformation. I told some of the girls, just wait until tomorrow evening, when you see it all done, it is just awesome. You never want to take it down,” Book said.

Other special scenes consisted of a Robert Frost tree, a Nativity scene and much more.

“Rockhill Garden Club does a children’s area, where the kids can actually touch and play. One of the ladies that helps took boxes that her husband was throwing away and made a barn, a church. There will be a house made out of cardboard that the kids can go in and out of,” Evans said.

When the holiday season comes to an end the decorations will come down.

According to Evans, the garden clubs will come back together again Jan. 6 to take the decorations down.

The garden clubs plan to gather again in 2014 for the 23rd annual decoration event.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.