2016 Tour Flowers
Floral arrangements by our club's talented designers are a popular part of the annual Home and Garden Tour. Here is a sampling of the floral designs of the 2016 Tour. To see more, visit our club's album at Shutterfly and check out our club's Facebook page.
2015 Tour Flower Arrangements
One of the fine traditions of our Home & Garden Tour is the flower arrangements that are created to enhance the homeowners’ efforts to present their homes in the best light to our visitors. Due to requests from our Tour guests, starting in 2015, we are posting the arrangements from each tour year in a separate album. Previously, selections from many past tours have been combined in a single album (still available below).
Hudson Home & Garden Tour
The tour offers many delights - homes, gardens, flower arrangements made from our members' own garden flowers, a complimentary afternoon tea and a Garden Shop. Here are some photos from past tours. We invite you to come enjoy this year's tour in person!
Tour Flower Arrangements
Club members create floral arrangements for the homes on the Hudson Home and Garden Tour using flowers picked from our members' own gardens. Each is designed specifically for the room in which it is displayed. The unique flower arrangements are one of the many touches that make the tour so special.
Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz
Our club participates in the Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz Program (BLBB) program. It is an Ohio-wide citizen science program aimed at evaluating the current state of native and exotic coccinellids (aka lady beetles). Monitoring lady beetles is a good way to educate the public about the importance of biodiversity and to engage volunteers in the scientific process of monitoring biodiversity. Lady beetles are beneficial predators, several species occur in residential habitats and the species are relatively easy to identify. Yellow sticky card traps and an identification card are used to collect beetle data twice during the summer. The data is then reported to the program coordinator at The Ohio State University. We use the Community Garden on Ravenna Road as our monitoring site. For more information about the program visit www.ladybeetles.osu.edu/
The Clinton Street Rain Garden
Rain gardens are special landscaped areas designed to capture runoff from paved areas and compacted soils. As rainwater flows over impervious surfaces, it picks up sediment and pollutants and carries them directly into streams and lakes. A properly designed rain garden can absorb the runoff, treat the pollutants via the plants and soil microorganisms in the garden and lessen the flow into stormwater systems.
Hudson's Clinton Street Rain Garden was installed in 2006. Hudson Garden Club provided the funding to purchase the plants and worked with the city, individuals, organizations and businesses from our community to make the project a reality. The garden club's BUGs did the intial planting and have been maintaining the site ever since. The garden was designed to function as a natural area that requires no supplimental watering, fertilizing or temporary plantings.
The garden features 2000 square feet of low-maintainance natives, hardy perennials and grasses which provide habitat for wildlife. The garden controls the nearby parking lot's stormwater overflow from going into Brandywine Creek which is located directly behind the garden. Recognized during the Hudson in Bloom competition, the Clinton Street Rain Garden has helped Hudson's ecology and is a beautiful addition to downtown.
Field trips to interesting and educational places are a great way to get to know other members. The times and locations are announced in our club newsletter. We meet up, form a carpool and drive to the location. We've taken field trips to private and public gardens, tea rooms, nurseries, attended workshops and even had a factory tour. Just about any gardening-related idea is considered. The trips are generally free or have a very minimal charge.
2013 Hudson Holiday Doors
The Corpus family's door was selected as the Hudson Holiday Door for 2013. The brightly colored decorations (first thumbnail) caught the eye of homeowner Tracy Corpus several years ago, before the house had even been built. An eclectic, cornucopia-shaped stocking highlights the front door while the two flanking planters are accessorized with items found by Corpus at a local store. The arrangements bring an element of holiday whimsy to the European cottage home.
As the recipient of the Holiday Door of Hudson 2013, Tracy Corpus was presented with two tickets for the Hudson Garden Club’s 2014 Home and Garden Tour
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