ELKINS – The Emma Scott Garden Club, at its monthly meeting, was informed of numerous West Virginia Garden Club awards that were announced at the recent State Conference at Canaan Valley Lodge. Certificates and monetary awards in several categories were presented by club president Linda Shomo.
State and regional awards include: Youth Poetry Contest winners Ellyse Goddard and Abby Terry; winner of Excellence in Education, ESGC-sponsored Elkins Mountain School Horticulture Club; the Shirley Conservation Award and the Arndt Award for Butterfly Conservation and Environmental Protection at Midland Elementary’s Pollinator Garden, led by Linda Shomo.
The Emma Scott Garden Club received the Outstanding Directory and Newsletter Publication Award at the state and national level. Outgoing President Pat Mayes received special thanks for the time and effort she devoted to preparing the monthly newsletter.
Ed and Carole Daniels are the founders of the nonprofit “Planting the Seed” Project that strives to educate the public about producing their own food, volunteering their time to work with school children in Randolph County. They also grow and maintain many types of herbs at their Shady Grove farm and produce various herbal products which are sold locally. Ointments, capsules, tea blends and tinctures derived from native herbs have many uses including boosting the immune system, improving mental focus, preventing inflammation, increasing energy and aid in digestion.
Among the Daniels’ herbal blends are those containing goldenseal, elderberry, ginseng, chaga mushroom, cayenne pepper, ramps, hemp CBD, and black cohosh. They work to encourage the natural growth of these herbs by limiting their harvest to a particular area, leaving roots in the ground, and spreading seeds and roots while returning young plants to their native environment. They also offer rootstocks for sale to encourage others to plant and grow herbs that are becoming scarce due to overharvesting and disturbance of their natural habitat.
The presentation and display of information about the herbs of the Daniels revealed a sincere effort to promote the use of local resources and public education. For more information about Shady Grove Farm and their herbal products, visit their Facebook and Instagram page or shadygrovebotanicals.com.
Katy McClane went over a long list of upcoming community activities, including the City Park tree planting on April 29 in Glendale Park and Bluegrass Park. An Earth Day celebration is also planned for April 30 in City Park, cleaning up the gardens of Darden House on May 21. Club members are encouraged to participate in all of these community events.
The annual ESGC-sponsored plant sale and bazaar will again be held at the Randolph Co. Arts Center on May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an abundance of plants; houseplants, divisions, seedlings, garden related items, baked goods and more. Don’t miss the 8 foot cactus!
Becky Amorese reported that a flower show is planned for September with more details to come. All categories of specimen and exhibit listings will be permitted. A bird feeder hanging and cleaning activity will take place on April 14 at Midland School. The ESGC will also be participating in Midland’s Reading Awards Celebration at City Park on May 27 with student face-offs.
Shomo thanked Ken Hanscom for leading the club fundraiser, hostesses Jane Trimble, Dianne Demoto and Christina Sanders for refreshments, the welcoming committee of Lucinda Barrick and Mary Higgins, photographer Debbie Shahan and publicity volunteers Bobbi Trimboli and Sarah Phares. Members are reminded to pay their dues to BJ McKenzie by June.
Any members of the community who would like to join the Emma Scott Garden Club or attend a meeting can contact Membership Chair BJ McKenzie at email@example.com.