Emma Scott Garden Club hosts picnic

Submitted photos Emma Scott Garden Club members gather for annual picnic. Left to right, sitting: Virginia Cassells, Sue Pifer, Naomi Cassells, Rachel Pingley, Ruth Hepler, Valli Goots, Judy Guye Swanson and B.J. McKenzie. Standing left to right: Julia Cassells, Ken Hanscom, Linda Shomo, Rosemary Markley, Sara Phares, Heidi Jeffries, Joann Gabel, Donna Isner, Barbara Heasley, Becky Amorese, Dave Cutlip, Marian Hanscom, Pat Mayes, Christina Sanders, Dianne Sanders DeMotto, Mary Higgins and Bobbi Trimboli. Not Pictured: Al Swanson, Monica Varchetto and Bonnie Branciaroli.

ELKINS — Emma Scott Garden Club members and guests gathered Aug. 12 at the home of Judy Guye Swanson and Allen Swanson for the annual picnic meeting.

Club member Marian Hanscom gave a presentation on “The Lovable Lichen,” a common fungus which combines with algae for nourishment and lives on many outdoor surfaces in our area and throughout the world. Hanscom detailed the many species and forms of lichen, all of which are rootless and leafless; many remain flat and spread along rocks and trees while some grow to a foot or more in height. Surprisingly, the lowly lichen has many uses from fabric dye to cosmetic and medical applications. Perhaps the most interesting use is the scientific method of monitoring air quality, by studying the lichens’ reaction to pollutants in the environment. One local area using this method is the Otter Creek Wilderness Area.

During the business meeting, 2018-2019 yearbooks were distributed to members, outlining upcoming programs, new and ongoing projects and budget summary. Committees are in place to facilitate community projects that promote beautification, education and remembrance of veterans. One new project this year is the development of a “serenity” garden outside the Davis Medical Center Visitor Entrance to give families a respite from the stressful hospital environment. The club also agreed to provide $300 to the city of Elkins to help fund the flower plantings in the downtown area. The club continues to receive recognition at the state level for excellence in these areas.

Members then enjoyed a potluck picnic in the Swanson’s beautifully landscaped yard.

The next meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, featuring a program by Robert Barbor, horticulturalist for the city of Buckhannon.

Membership Chair, B.J. McKenzie, left, welcomes new member, Mary Higgins, right, to the Emma Scott Garden Club.

The Emma Scott Garden Club is a member of the West Virginia Garden Club Inc. (www.wvgardenclub.com) and meets monthly. For Emma Scott Garden Club membership information, contact B.J. McKenzie at 304-614-3079.

For updated information visit the club on Facebook at West Virginia Garden Club Inc.