Timothy D. Benedict is the Warren Garden Club Scholarship winner for 2009. He is a sophomore at Penn State Mont Alto, working toward a degree in forest management. Benedict is dedicated toward his goal of graduation by working part time on a dairy farm near college and still maintaining a 3.0 grade average. He is a member of Penn State Mont Alto's Forestry Club and Woodsmen's Team. He used his woodsmen's skills and won a few events at the Woodsmen's Contest at the Warren County Fair this summer. Another of his goals is to have a farm of his own some day.
Christopher Mosebach spoke at the garden club's August picnic which was held at Connie Lucas' home on Hull Rd., Youngsville. Mosebach, who has a degree in forestry and environmental education, works for the Warren County Extension Office. He talked about plants and trees he found along the road leading to the picnic location. He described the plant or tree's origin, history, characteristics and native usefulness. He said milkweed seed fluff was used as filler in life jackets during WWI and WWII. Children were paid to gather the fluff during this period. He shared the popular quote, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the next best time is today."
The garden club will sell Asiatic and Oriental Lily bulbs at the farmer's market in Warren during the last two weeks of October. Daffodil bulbs also will be sold in response to the National Garden Club's promotion to make "America Golden."