The primary goal of the Hidden Valley Lake Garden Club is to foster members’ interest in horticulture, gardening, and flower arranging. Educational demonstrations, programs and tours are arranged throughout the year for members’ enjoyment.
To encourage and promote community beautification, the Garden Club presents a Yard of the Month award to homeowners with especially attractive landscaping. Look for the yard signs from May to October, recognizing residents whose landscaping efforts have improved their lots as well as the community.
The Garden Club also promotes fellowship among the women of Hidden Valley Lake by sponsoring luncheons, a pontoon party and field trips.
We extend a gracious invitation and welcome to all new members.
2nd Thursday of the month
6 p.m., HVL Community Room
President: MaryAnna Taylor
Vice-Presidents: Sharon Hornung and Luann Roberts
Treasurer: Luann Roberts
Recording Secretary: Carolyn Chasteen
Corresponding Secretary: Carol Mormon
All funds raised stay close to Hidden Valley. The Garden Club provides plantings, flowers, benches, and landscaping at many of the focal points around the community. We also make donations throughout the year to local charitable organizations and for special requests
Bunco Party: Saturday, October 14, at 1 p.m., HVL Community Room
Quarter Auction: second Wednesday each month (starting in April), at 7 p.m., Willie’s Lower Level
HVL Garden Club Minutes
On June 8th, the Hidden Valley Lake Garden Club traveled to Greenacres Art Center in Indian Hill, Ohio. After a pitch-in dinner, members toured the greenhouses and mansion grounds.
President MaryAnna Taylor opened the meeting with the Gardener’s Prayer. The minutes from the previous meeting were read. Sue Marcotte motioned to accept, Luann Roberts seconded, and the motion passed. Luann gave the Treasurers report. MaryAnna thanked Luann and Sharon Hornung for arranging the outing and printing directions for everyone.
Old Business: Claudia Richardt discussed the Christmas party. She had some general information about several places and asked for the members’ input. It was agreed that a change of venue would be acceptable. Claudia will get more details for a later meeting.
New Business: Members decided to work on the club’s scrapbooks at the July cookout at MaryAnna’s house.
Tonia Eidam will be hosting the August meeting and asked if it could be changed from her home to the community center. Sue Wessells said that “Snippy Jim” could make it to the August meeting to sharpen gardening tools for members.
Since the evening’s business was concluded, Judy Kay made a motion to adjourn. Marti Sharpe seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned.
After the meeting, Steven Sehlhorst, the head gardener at Greenacres, gave the group a tour of the greenhouses and the mansion grounds. He explained that the original mansion was built by the Fleischman family and later owned by Louis and Louise Nippert. The Nipperts set up a trust fund to run the 600-acre facility as a working farm, cultural center and equestrian center. 25 – 30,000 school children visit the center annually. It is a very unique complex and well worth the long drive.
Carolyn Chasteen, Secretary