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Planting Day at Ohio State Fairgrounds

OAGC members will again host a Membership Outreach project during the Ohio State Fair run, July 26 through August 6, 2017. In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, we again will use our expertise to plant landscape improvements at the Natural Resources Park at the fairgrounds. Come join our first workday there on May 15 at 9:30.

During the fair, OAGC will share about activities and membership advantages of OAGC with fairgoers of all ages. We need volunteers who will serve a few hours engaging visitors at our display with information and demonstrations. We also may have a day we dress in historical costume to demonstrate life as it was decades earlier at the old log house.

Volunteers will receive free fair admission and parking and may enjoy the rest of the fair when not on shift for OAGC. OAGC executive officers will have sign-up sheets at our spring Regional Meetings, but you can also email sparker@oagc.org your interest. You are also encouraged to participate in or visit the Ohio State Fair’s Amateur Floral Arts competition in the nearby Nationwide Donahey AG/Hort Building. Visit www.ohiostatefair.com for more fair news.

Johnny Appleseed Highway

Johnny Appleseed Highway
Portion of the Johnny Appleseed Highway

John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who had a vision of making the wilderness fruitful. With his bag of appleseeds, herbs and sometimes evergreen seedlings, he traveled down the Ohio River trails, up the Muskingum, back and forth, through the central part of Ohio, and finally to Indiana where he died in 1845.

In small clearings he made plantings over the state. Through the years he traveled to tend his orchards, giving and planting more seeds. He lived a simple life, loving plants, creatures of the wood and all mankind.

Appleseed Highway Marker
Appleseed Highway Marker

In the 1930s, The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs had members who worked with the Ohio Roadside Council and attended the Short Course on Roadside Development that was offered by the Ohio State Highway Department and the Ohio State University. Gradually, the idea of selecting a highway planting as a statewide beautification project took form to beautify and soften the impact of Ohio’s developing highways.

In 1950, the “Johnny Appleseed Memorial Highway” was dedicated by the State of Ohio. It ran north from Pomeroy on the Ohio River through Columbus, to Toledo and on to Lake Erie via State Routes 33, 31 and 25. The project focused on roadside plantings of crabapples, native trees and shrubs to accentuate scenic views, landscapes, and points of interest along the routes.

The Highway Department workers. Circa 1950
The Highway Department workers. Circa 1950

Landscape architects of the State Highway Department designed plantings and maintained them. OAGC clubs from around the state supported the efforts financially and provided supplemental beautification plantings. (Source, The Garden Path archives, 1951)

 

2014 Hueston Woods Lodge Beautification Project

OAGC members and friends from Regions 3 and 4 gathered to beautify the Lodge. Nearly 60 people on Day 1 and 35 on Day 2 made the 2014 Hueston Woods Lodge Winter Wonderland a huge success!