Gardener helping Glenwood library attract patrons


March 14, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MASTER GARDENER Marilyn Rogers demonstrated how to create "A Basketful of Flowers" at the Glenwood library Monday. Her presentation is part of a blossoming trend to get area residents involved at the library.

"We try to get people from the community, like Marilyn, to come in and present programs that would be of interest to the community," said library associate Lucie Pettis, who designs many of the library classes. "We want it to be a place that people come to and have fun and learn new things that might affect their lives."

So Pettis, who lives in Glenwood, invited Rogers, of Ellicott City, to give basic pointers on how to make an arrangement of fresh flowers in a basket. Rogers discussed buying flowers and supplies, floral arrangement and care of the flowers. The structure of a floral composition was illustrated using flowers of different sizes, textures and colors to create balance and harmony.

"The more you practice, the more confidence you have," Rogers said.

Rogers pointed out that certain fruits can destroy floral freshness. "Ethylene gas will cause flowers to wilt," she said.

Bananas and apples release ethylene gas. Rogers also pointed out that unused flowers should be stored in your refrigerator, and she discussed the importance of water in floral arrangements.

"If you're cutting your own flowers, do it early morning while the dew is still on them," she said. Rogers explained that floral arrangements' water should be checked every day, and flowers in vases should have their stems cut daily to preserve freshness.

Lisa Baker and Randee Talley, both of Woodbine, enjoyed the free program. "I come here once a week," Talley said. "I love it."

Pettis gears the classes to the needs of western Howard countians.

"Around here, there are so many new houses, and people would like some advice on how to arrange," she said.

Pettis has booked Rick Weinkam, of Sebastian's Home Decor in Glenelg, to teach two classes. He will describe "Furniture Placement Solutions" in July and discuss how to "Dress Up Your Walls" in August.

Future topics will include "A Stitch in Time -- The Wonderful World of Quilts," "Can't Stand the Heat -- No-Cook Summer Meals," "Fresh Flowers from Your Own Garden," "Tropical Plants in Your Home," "The Rotten Truth: Composting" and "Environmentally Friendly Gardening Practices."

At the end of the hourlong class, Baker and Talley admired the simple, yet beautiful, floral arrangement that Rogers created.

"I think I can do this," Talley said.

Information about classes: 410-313-5577.

Walk for health

Laurie Rhody has come up with a unique way to earn money for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-day Walk. She will be host of a fun-filled photo scrapbook party tonight.

Rhody, who lives in Clarksville, will participate in the walk, which begins May 3. She has pledged to raise $1,900. The walk is designed to improve breast cancer awareness and raise money for research.

You can help Rhody meet her goal, and novice and experienced croppers can join in the fun. A scrapbook consultant will have photo supplies available for purchase to help you get started. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded.

If you cannot attend, you can still donate and be eligible for the door prizes. Donations are tax deductible. The money raised will go directly to the Avon Breast Cancer 3-day Walk.

The cost is $20, and the party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria at Fulton Elementary School, 11600 Route 216.

Information: Laurie Rhody, 301-604-1514.

Logical thinkers

Seven River Hill High School students participated in the Howard County Math, Science and Technology Fair held at Long Reach High School on March 2.

Adrienne Criss won the fair's grand prize, the Howard County MST Sweepstakes Award, for her project, "A Technique for Passive Object Location Using Sound." Adrienne also received first-place recognition from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, second place from the U.S. Air Force, and a Certificate of Excellence from the American Nuclear Society.

Matt McKnight and Seth Matheson each won an Award of Excellence from the Howard County public school system for their team project, "Wireless Control of Household Appliances." Britt Boras won first-place recognition from the Optical Society of America and an Award of Excellence from Howard County public schools for "Sonoluminescence Stability in Levitation Cells."

James Lee received first-place recognition in Engineering and Awards of Excellence from the Air Force and the Army. Jeff Marquart and Jenny Lee also displayed projects at the fair.

River Hill science instructional leader Barbara Jewett served as adviser to the students, who are members of the school's Math, Science and Technology Research program. Nineteen students participated in this year's program.

Some youths take the program for several years. Adrienne is a second-year student, while Britt and James are third-year students in the program. Britt and Suneel Bhat, another third-year student, were also selected as semifinalists in the 61st Intel Science Talent Search.

Take a break

Give yourself a break from cooking Saturday. Go to Lisbon United Methodist Church to feast on ham and oysters, as well as sides of coleslaw, potato salad, gelatin salad and vegetables.

Dinners will be served from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $10 for adults; $5 for children, ages 6 to 12. The church is at 15875 Frederick Road, Lisbon.

Information: 410-489-7245.

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