Bay Village Garden Club sees the end of winter approaching


BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Some think we are entering the dead of winter in Northeast Ohio. The Bay Village Garden Club sees it differently.

The club are already planning their contributions to spring plantings across the city and have already held their first quarter meetings with guest speakers for other plant and flower enthusiasts.

Holly Colleran is the current president of the club. She took a while to let us know what the club is up to.

The contributions the club makes to the city each year are vast and require a lot of hard work from the membership. Colleran said: “We are a club of about 65 people. A number of years ago we hosted Bay Village in the form of planters on every street – about a dozen planters. We plant colorful plants in it in the spring, then add some greenery in November. The planters are each on a post – roughly to size.

In addition, she said, the club are also planning the hanging baskets that the city hangs from poles all around the city. “We are also providing financial assistance for these baskets,” she said. “And we’re also planning the 12 horizontal and fairly long planters on the city’s only main bridge that crosses Cahoon Creek. The planters always contain cheerful and bright summer flowers.

Around Bay Village Town Hall, members literally get on all fours to plant two-panel annual flowers on Town Hall grounds: one at the corner of Wolf Road and Dover Center Road and the another right next to Dover Center so flowers are seen as people pull into the town hall parking lot.

“But we have to take them out for the winter,” Colleran said, “then we come back to plant these locations at the end of May.”

As if that weren’t enough, the club also maintains the perennial flowers around the Cahoon Park gazebo and offers the city Christmas wreaths to place on municipal buildings.

Upcoming Garden Club meetings and scheduled speakers

Bay Village Garden Club Luncheons are held at 11:30 a.m. on the 4th Monday of each month at Bay Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road. Holleran said it remains to be decided whether future meetings will include the usual lunch due to COVID. Meetings usually end around 1:30 p.m.

The meetings for the first quarter of 2020 are as follows:

January 24: African violets and houseplants. Participants “will learn about the most popular houseplants and their care with a special focus on African violets.” The speaker will be Don Landek, a master gardener.

February 28: Orchids for everyone. The presenter is Beth Murphy, also a master gardener. “Orchids are a sophisticated choice for plant decoration and can seem intimidating. However, they can be grown successfully at home.

March 28: Through the eyes of the artist, a presentation on the artist Louis Comfort Tiffany by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman. “A shrewd businessman, Tiffany has built an industry to satisfy his creative energy. No American artist before or since has enjoyed such a universal reputation for turning art into a thriving industry.

Only members are invited to meetings at this time due to COVID. But Colleran said anyone can join the club for $ 45 at the door. Membership is for 12 months and includes all programs and lunches. Or call the Membership Chair at 440-871-9098.


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