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Gathering Group makes plans to restart

| March 30, 2021

The Gathering Group is restarting with a fun-filled summer schedule of learning the art of preserving flowers. The first get-together is an introduction meeting, to each other and to dried flowers on Thursday, April 15, at 10 a.m., at the Lake Park picnic shelter area. Open to the public for all those interested. Wear your mask, practice social distancing, RSVP appreciated not required, come/bring family and friends.

The Gathering Group began in 2019 and took a break in 2020, is about drying flowers via hands-on projects, informative handouts and demos. Air drying, “A natural process by which the air evaporates the moisture from the flower or foliage” was used by Colonial Americans.  It is an easy skill to learn and passed-on thru the family. Other preserving methods are also practiced and taught thru the summer months.

The leader Diana Swigert, retired from Roscoe Village Landscape, is sharing years of knowledge, experience, the love of gardening, creating gifts and decorations from the garden “the skill of preserving.” Roscoe Village Volunteers or “Garden Elves” – Connie Miller, MJ Mitchel and Kathy Gwinn are assisting with their gardening and preserving experience.

Summer meetings will be monthly. Drying flowers is an all-summer-long activity. Each month will feature the current flower to cut, methods for preserving, future flowers coming into bloom, handout information sheets and creative projects  will be demonstrated.

Being an outdoor activity meeting dates are scheduled only one month in advance. As the weather determines how plants grow and produce blooms. Each time will be 10 a.m., the best time for cutting, after the morning dew has dried. The locations will vary throughout the community and we will practice outdoor social distancing with mask wearing.

Large gardens are not needed. Growing everlasting annuals in containers and about annuals is our topic for Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m. at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds Rotary Pavilion. Other summer topics include: Perennials, weeds, autumn items, cones, pressing, decorating, cutting times, methods, flower’s bloom stages for cutting, growing, care and answering your questions.

Contact person is Diana Swigert, phone 740-622-2394. Registering is not require, but would help with information handouts and seating area.

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