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Rose Luncheon

Garden Club celebrates state awards and installs officers

Submitted photos Members gather on the side porch following the Emma Scott Garden Club annual Rose Luncheon, with many holding the dark blue roses which were given out as part of the ‘What’s New in Roses’ program.

ELKINS — The Emma Scott Garden Club presented its annual Rose Luncheon at the historic Kump house on June 12.

Twenty-four members of the club attended the luncheon, which was catered by Vince Trimboli and Sara Slider and hosted by club members Bobbi Trimboli and Sue Russetti. The large dining room table that was once used by the former governor, H. Guy Kump, along with family and friends, was decorated in silver and white with multicolored rose centerpieces reflected in mirrored squares. Each setting was defined by silver chargers holding a rose napkin and pictorial rose favor for each guest.

Other members and guests found themselves dining in the formal living room and sun room, seated at tables using the same motif and surrounded by period furnishings and family artifacts. After enjoying a wonderfully prepared lunch, Sally Phares from Blossom Village Florist in Beverly gave a “What’s New in Roses” talk on how growers can change colors of roses through dyes and metallic applications. She also talked about the challenges growers had during the pandemic and the shortages many florists experienced.

President Pat Mayes announced the results of the award program given at the May West Virginia Garden Club convention. Awards and recognitions to local garden clubs were named and the Emma Scott Garden club won 11 awards, the most of any club.

The following awards were won by the ESGC:

Sally Phares of Blossom Villages presents the program, informing members and guests about creative new ways roses are being enhanced by florists.

• The West Virginia Garden Club Award for outstanding civic contributions which included the Holiday Decoration Project at the Kump House, the installation of the Serenity Garden at Davis Medical Center (DMC), the planting of the flowers at the Iron Horse, the creation of the Midland School Pollinator garden and the continuation of the Horticulture Club at the Elkins Mtn School;

• An Award of Merit for the Sarah Townsend Landscape Award project in co-operation with non-gardening group for the Serenity Garden at DMC;

• The Ashworth Arbor Day for Arbor Day Activities at the Davis St. Park;

• The Award of Merit to club member Melodee Price for meritorious efforts with the Make it Shine Program;

• The Arndt Award for Environmental Education for the Midland Elementary School Pollinator Project;

Patricia Mayes, far right, installs newly elected officers for the next two years. From left are Becky Amorese, Linda Shomo, Judy Guye, BJ McKenzie and Joanne Bright.

• Best Garden Club Yearbook for clubs over 25 members;

• The Esther Hinchman Scholarship Award Winner Sponsorship award;

• Certificate of Honor for assisting a youth high school garden program for the Elkins Mountain School Horticulture Club;

• Best Publicity Pressbook for a club over 25 members;

• and finally two awards from the National Garden Club: South Atlantic Region recognized the Elkins Mountain School Horticulture Club for outstanding youth group in gardening, and the ESGC for sponsoring a youth group.

In all $400 in cash awards were received. President Mayes congratulated the club for their efforts, which did not go unnoticed at the state and national levels.

Lastly, an installation ceremony for new club officers was conducted.

Using colorful garden gloves representing the duties of each office, Mayes installed Linda Shomo as President, Judy Guye as Vice-President, Becky Amorese as Recording Secretary, BJ McKenzie as Treasurer and Joanne Bright as Corresponding Secretary.

Mayes was thanked for her four years of service as president and was given a Diamond Membership to the WV Garden Club and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

The Emma Scott Garden club usually meets the second Monday and is always welcoming new members. For more information, contact BJ McKenzie, membership chair at 304-614-3079 or Linda Shomo, president, at 703-861-9351.

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