The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Fayette County will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, April 8 at the Crown Room in Washington Court House.
Registration will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour. A buffet dinner will begin at 7 p.m.with the main speakers to follow immediately.
Farmers, gardeners and all others who have an interest in the production and health of plants will want to hear Denise R. Ellsworth, the director of the honey bee and native pollinator education program at the OSU Department of Entomology at Wooster. She will address the critical situation with bee health, conservation and habitat enhancement.
Ellsworth also has a keen interest in phenology, the age-old study of recurring biological phenomena and their relationship to weather and climate. Bird migration, blooming of wildflowers, and the seasonal appearance of insects are examples of phenological events that have been recorded for centuries.
Fayette County is home to a phenology garden located within the Washington Cemetery and maintained by the local Master Gardeners. James Essman, OSU-FC alumni club member, is our local phenologist and will talk briefly about how the data collected here is part of a nationwide program. For those who would like to actually see the garden before hearing about it, Jim will hold an open house at the cemetery garden from 4:45 to 5:45 before the annual meeting on April 8.
Brigitte Hisey, natural resource specialist with the Fayette Soil and Water Conservation District, will be available to explain upcoming SWCD projects.
To make a reservation for the annual meeting or if you have questions, please contact Pat Gall at 740-335-7073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.