Garden Club of Kent plans annual banquet

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The November dinner meeting of the Garden Club of Kent featured guest speaker Danae Wolff, horticultural educator for Summit County.

Wolff spoke on "Invasive Plants," how to recognize and identify non-native plants, why they are not as beneficial as their native relatives, how they can be removed from native habitats, how plants affect natural areas, native plants and animals and what gardeners can do to decrease the spread of these plants.

The December meeting included the usual "Identify These Plants" contest, several "shorts" (old movies from President Rick Strebler's collection), and a social time.

At 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, the Garden Club of Kent will hold the 66th annual President's Banquet at the Conference and Event Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. The cost is $20 per person for the banquet, with a cash bar. To make reservations, call Harold at 330-673-1686. The event is open to the public.

The program will include remembrances of members for 2012 and the presentation of awards for Gardener of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Service, Horticulture, Friends of the Garden Club of Kent, and the Paul and Leah Houser Community Beautification Award. Created in 1999, the Houser Award honors the memory of Paul and Leah Houser of Kent and promotes community beautification. The award goes to an individual, business or organization that makes exceptional contributions toward the beautification of Portage County communities, with emphasis on Kent. This year, the award will go to the Ron Burbick Foundation for the considerable renovation and new construction in downtown Kent.

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