Dogwood Circle Garden Club elects new officers

PHOTO PROVIDED Dogwood Circle Garden Club members include, from left, in front: Connie Barker, Dot Taormina and Svitlana Budzhak-Jones; in the second row: Jane Pool, Marion Hoffman, Zonda Gregory, Jo Ann Bowes, in the third row: Kathy Miller and Pam Fiorentino; in the fourth row: Susan Daniels, Carol Lugg and Hazel Myers; and in back: Suzanne Camerer, Mary Vairo, Judy Walker, Bonnie Hannis, and Sherry Dwyer.

LOCK HAVEN — Mary Vairo is president of the Dogwood Circle Garden Club for 2018.

Other officers elected in December are Susan Daniels as vice president and secretary, and Jo Ann Bowes as treasurer.

The club welcomed two new members in 2017, Kathy Miller and Suzanne Camerer. Also, Carol Lugg reactivated her membership.

Fall and early winter were busy times for the club. Following September’s business meeting, held at the home of club member Sherry Dwyer, club president Judy Walker presented an instructional session on Kokedama, the art of Japanese hanging gardens.

Members traveled to State College in October to tour the Penn State Arboretum.

In November, they put the gardens to rest at the monument and the triangle in downtown Lock Haven. This was done later than originally planned due to the unseasonably warm weather in September and October – flowers were still in bloom at cleanup time!

November’s meeting was held at the home of club member Zonda Gregory and the group made framed arrangements of pressed flowers on velvet. The arrangements were part of the silent auction fundraiser T he Festival of Trees.

In December, the club closed out the year with a meeting and holiday party at the home of club member Pam Fiorentino. Officers were elected and, following the business meeting, holiday arrangements made by the members were exchanged in a Yankee Swap.

The DCGC extends thanks to the Clinton County Community Foundation for a grant to purchase plants and planting supplies for the two gardens. The club also recognizes members of the community who walk through the gardens and passers-by who beep and wave, expressing thanks to club members for the colorful beauty of the gardens. The community’s appreciation of the club’s efforts keeps members motivated.

The Dogwood Circle Garden Club will resume its monthly meetings and programs in March.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteering at planting and cleanup times is encouraged to visit the club’s website and send an email. The website can be found at: