The program is part of the Clay Center's Science Café series, featuring guest presenters covering a variety of science-related topics in an open forum format, with plenty of time for discussion. Visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3517.
Bridge Road blossoms
Sarah Hoblitzell is organizing the merchants in the Bridge Road area to incorporate potted flowers in their spring plans. From 10 a.m. to noon May 2, businesses in the district will be filling planters with flowers. Sarah's encouraging the planters to make their displays unique with store themes, interesting pots and lots of color. There will be booths set up for garden-related activities (garden clubs that have helped with the plantings in the area will sell books and answer questions). So walk through this lovely shopping area on Saturday and ask the gardeners about their plantings. You'll get some new and interesting ideas to take home.
Garden Club awards
The West Virginia Garden Club held its state convention April 5-8 at Glade Springs. Brenda Moore of Oak Hill, West Virginia Garden Club second vice president, presented the following awards:
Gold Medallion for Best District or Council Show: Sandra Walters (Jo Lenora Hamrick, Kanawha District director and past president, award sponsor).
West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association awards:
First place: Kanawha Garden Club, Kathleen Muehlman, president, for continued work at Piedmont Elementary School. This year the group added a Peter Rabbit Garden.
Second place: Skyview Garden Club, Anna Bell Reed, president, for work with hearing-impaired students. They helped landscape and maintain two flower beds at Shoals Elementary School.
The South Atlantic Community Respite Garden, small club award: Belmont Garden Club, Pam Goodwin, president, for work on the Lee Street Triangle.
The Hurricane High School Band will be holding its annual Mother's Day Flower Sale in front of the school from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1-10.
A variety of hanging baskets, ferns and other items will be available. Proceeds from the sale will fund band travel and equipment needs for the upcoming year. Call 304-562-0419.
The Spring Medicinal Plant Conference will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 at Mountain State University in Beckley. Registration is $50; e-mail dmy...@mountainstate.edu or visit www.wvherb.org. Topics include Appalachian medicinal plants; healing with herbs; plant according to moon phases; plant propagation; breaking seed dormancy; cross-pollination of plants.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.