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VAN WERT — The Evergreen Garden Club met on Wednesday, March 5 at member Julie Hamilton’s store location “Something from the Garden: on US Route 224.

The program “Year Round Color in the Garden” was presented by Rachel Hoverman. Rachel has a horticulture degree from Ohio State University and is employed at Beining Nursery and Landscaping in Ottoville. Rachel passed out colored photos of the beautiful colorful landscaping items she included in her talk. Flowering shrubs (Storm Quince, Twist Redbud, and Funky Fuchsia Butterfly Bush) are making a come back with new colors and names. “Gold Heart” Bleeding Heart: “Buckeye Belle Peony,” and the “Black Gum” tree seemed to be voiced favorites.

Without using “winter photos,” Rachel mentioned landscaping ideas for winter interest plantings. Such as Red and Yellow Twig Dogwood; Ornamental Grasses; evergreens of different shapes, colors and textures; textured bark trees; shrubs that hold their berries, and rose hips.

Vice President Diane Ryan opened the business meeting with 20 members and 2 guests in attendance. The following events were announced and discussed: Regional II meeting will be held on April 22 at Trinity Friends Church with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.; the perennial plant sale will be May 3 at 8:30 a.m., which is open to the public and held at Fountain Park; the Van Wert County Flower Show will be June 7 and 8, entries are open to the public and the new location for the show will be at Wassenberg Art Center.

A report was given on maintaining the local public gardens. Many new hands are needed and if you are interested in helping please contact Marcia Davies.

Julie Hamilton gave the horticulture report on seed starting. Some seeds germinate under the potting soil and others on top. Seeds required to be chilled before planting can be placed in the refrigerator on a wet paper towel a few days before planting. Check the zone and temperature for germination before planting. Planting for zone 5 is April 14 for hardy plants and tender plants not before May 14.

A thank you letter was read from John Carr in appreciation for the 2013 decorating of the Brumback Library. The work schedule, for the historical museum garden, sign up was distributed.

After the meeting concluded, the members noted the different items Julie carries in her shop. Starting March 15 “Something from the Garden” will be open on Saturdays. Bulk seeds will be carried this year along with the usual fresh food items.

Hostesses for the meeting were Paula Stemen, Janet Smith, Laurie Purmort, and Linda Morris. The next meeting will be April 3 at 7 p.m. at Wassenberg Art Center.