The Holborn Herb Growers Guild held their annual tea party last week at the Western Reserve Village in the Canfield Fairgrounds with more than 170 in attendance. The event brought in $1,700 that will be used for a variety of horticulture causes.
"It was a huge success," said guild member Carrie Bookwalter. "We always strive to reach over $1,000 so we can provide a scholarship."
Following the tea, the guild held its annual picnic and went over the results. Attending the picnic was Michelle Edwards and her father. Edwards is the 2013 recipient of the annual $1,000 scholarship, and she showed up to thank the guild members for it. She told the membership that she plans to major in greenhouse management.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Western Reserve Village trustee and Holborn Herb Growers Guild member Carrie Bookwalter takes her turn at watering during the hot weather last week. Following a successful tea party last week, the guild will be able to continue its efforts of providing scholarships and tending to the gardens at the Canfield Fairground’s historic village as well as at Boardman Park.
The funds raised at this year's tea will go towards the 2014 scholarship that will be given out next spring. Bookwalter said the scholarship committee will get in touch with Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and get names of students who are pursuing a career in horticulture.
While the scholarship takes up the bulk of the tea's proceeds, the balance of funds will go towards the gardens at Boardman Park and at the Western Reserve Village. They are already tending the village gardens in preparation for the Canfield Fair next month.
"We have a mix of annuals and perennials in our gardens," Bookwalter said. "There are always some plants that we need to replace each year."
She said while the focus at the village is on herbs, the fair is not a good time to see them. Most have flowered or are flowering now, leaving just a sea of green at fair time.
"Everything looks good now," she said. "but the plants will be done flowering by the fair, so we mix in blooming annuals for color."
As for the weather over the past week, Bookwalter said none of the gardens will suffer. She said the guild signs up volunteers for a two-year stretch. The members are responsible for sections of the gardens, ensuring they are watered and weeded.
The funds from the tea also provide for items that are needed, such a tools, hoses and the like. Last year, funds were used to purchase a shed to store tools and supplies at the village.