The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
September 2011


General Meeting and Program

Thursday, September 15, 2011

“The Chelsea Flower Show And the Kew Royal Gardens”

LGC members Janice Hand and Rick Sanders

 

Have you ever wanted to walk through the Royal Gardens of England, experience the Chelsea Flower Show, or just visit some of beautiful gardens of England? Well join our own Rick Sanders and Janice Hand for a pictorial stroll through these exciting locations.

Rick and Janice just returned from England where they toured numerous gardens with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.  Rick will dazzle you with his photos and both will share their observations of the Chelsea Flower Show and the Kew Royal Gardens.

Hopefully you will join us for the first program of our new year.

Date:          Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time:         Business meeting 9:30am – 10:15am, Program 10:30am – 11:30am

Location:    Vernon Area Public Library 300 Olde Half Day, Lincolnshire, IL 60069


A Message from Our President, Linda Berryman

Welcome back, fellow gardeners!  September is a month full of anticipation. Just like a kid going back to school, I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and all I will learn at this year’s garden club meetings and events.  I’m sure you all feel the same! “My garden is my favorite teacher,” a garden blogger once wrote.  I think I would replace the adjective “favorite” with most challenging; because my favorite teachers, when it comes to my garden, are my fellow garden club members.  I learn so much from you all, and can’t wait to see what new things you will teach me this year, and new experiences we’ll share.

To that point, I’m very excited about the programs Sharon Chamberlain, our new Vice-President of Educational Programs has been busy planning for us.  If you thought her floral arrangements were creative last year, wait until you learn what creative ideas she has brought to programming!  To get us started this year Sharon is proving what I already stated, we have many teachers among us.  At our first meeting on September 15th are only husband and wife club members, Rick Sanders and Janice Hand, will share their fantastic trip to the Royal Gardens of England and the Chelsea Flower Show.  This is one of those ultimate trips as a gardener that perhaps a few of us will ever take, so we truly appreciate their willingness to put together a presentation for us. 

But wait!  The sharing of creative talents continues at our first meeting with our ever so clever hospitality team serving up an English breakfast, and our clever plant pedagogue, Joan Keyes, serving us a “special English tea.”   Hey!  Give us a theme, and we are quite a team!  I so look forward to seeing you all there soon.

Until then, I guess I better get off this porch swing, and heed the words of that famous English writer, Rudyard Kipling in The Glory of the Garden:

 

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made

By singing “Oh how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.

 

Garden Therapy

Thank you, for volunteering for the Annual Planter planting event on Sunday, 5 June 2011, at the Riverside Foundation.  The planting event was a success, all of the planters were planted in an hour, and the planters are still looking great.  The clients are proud of their work and appreciate the colorful display of the planters on the patio, as well as the planters outside of the client's windows at the kitchen parking area.  These planters are enjoyed by the clients, staff and visitors.  Thank you, again, for your generous gift of time.

Look Who’s Budding Now, by Karen Kravits

This month we talk with new Garden Club member Mary Lou Bartlett.  Mary Lou, once in commercial banking, and her husband, Bob, a retired attorney, have a daughter named Brooke who is a junior at Stevenson High School.

How long have you and your family lived in Lincolnshire?

We moved to Lincolnshire from Chicago when Brooke was just one, so about 15 years – 7 at the current address.

Are you happy in Lincolnshire?

Yes - I like Lincolnshire for the people, the gardens and the schools.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

I attended a few meetings and loved learning about gardening.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

Yes, absolutely.  I love the educational programs and the hands on events.

What is the biggest challenge you face in your own garden?

The previous owners over landscaped, so now it’s overdeveloped and must be pruned.  We have to learn what everything is.

Has your experience with the Garden Club changed the way you look at your garden?

Yes.  It’s made me more knowledgeable, but I have a long way to go.  I realize the potential.  And, it’s fun to learn from those who are so passionate.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

Perhaps a forum of experienced gardeners to answer questions or perhaps a Q&A section on the website to submit questions.

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

My friends.

What is your favorite plant?

Love perennials for their ease, but I really love roses.

Is there one tip you can share with us on your gardening techniques?

Not to plant too closely together and to use native plants where possible.

Thank you for spending time with us.  And, stay tuned for more introductions to our new members as we take a peek into how their gardens grow.

Membership News from Lisa Lewis

I want to send out a thank you to those of you who have sent in your membership forms and checks for the upcoming year.  We look forward to seeing you this month.

For those of you who have been waiting to do so, now is the time.  You can print off a membership form from the Garden Club website and drop it and a check in my mailbox. 

I very much encourage you to register before our first meeting on September 15th, because the club would like to publish everyone's name and information in the LGC handbook at this meeting.

 

Weed and Wine Thank You from Kathleen Abdo

Thank you for all of your help weeding the gardens in front of our house.  All summer long it has looked beautiful.  Many thanks go to Linda Berryman, Trish Hughes, Judy Jenner, Cheryl Mitchell, Rick Saunders, Jan Stefans.  All of your efforts had an enormous impact.  Thank you, Merle Lynch for the Thumb.  It has been a topic of many conversations.

I am looking forward to the next Weed and Wine at Kathleen Young-Perkins house.  This is the best way to get through such a tedious chore.


Real Gardeners Love Bees

By Janice Hand

 

Honeybee decline is a grave concern of all gardeners and farmers. Without these pollinators, many crops and flowers cannot propagate. “Bees are the golden thread from flower to flower, keeping the world in bloom.” (Johannes Wirz in the movie Queen of the Sun, which is about honey bee decline).

All gardeners should understand honeybees, so here are some especially interesting facts.  Honeybees:

·      Have four wings, six legs, two compound eyes with many tiny lenses, and three simple light sensor eyes on the top of their heads.

·      Perform a “waggle dance” to communicate location and directions to food sources, which can be as close as 100 yards to 2 to 3 miles from the hive.

·      In one trip, can visit 100 to 1,500 blossoms to fill their honey crop, a nectar transport organ separate from their digestive stomach.

·      If they are forager bees, make up to 30 trips a day. Using a long, straw-like proboscis, they collect nectar. 

·      Have wings that beat at 200 beats per second, which creates their buzz sound. A bee can fly up to 15 miles per hour and can fly a total of up to six miles.

·      Produce only 1 ½ teaspoons of honey in their entire lifespan.

·      Live in a beehive that is really a “super organism.” All of the hive’s bees work together as a single entity. A lone bee cannot live on its own outside of the hive for even 24 hours.

·      Live on stored honey and pollen in the winter, clustering into a ball to conserve warmth. Their “body” temperature in the hive is close to human body temperature, 95 to 97 degrees, regardless of the temperature outside the hive.

If all of those facts weren’t staggering enough, consider that in producing just one pound of honey, a hive’s bees visit approximately one million flowers. The entire hive will fly 90,000 miles, which is equivalent to 1 ½ orbits around the earth. Just to collect one pound of glistening honey!

(Source: queenofthesun.com’s website)


Gardeners Beware

Straw, manure and maybe even compost can kill your garden. An herbicide called aminopyralid, released by DowAgroscience in 2005 and aggressively marketed to horse and cattle owners to control perennial weeds, has been associated with the loss of thousands of home gardens in Great Britain this year. Previously treated straw and even well-rotted manure may carry enough persistent plant killer to kill tomatoes, lettuce, beans, and other sensitive crops."  (Source: Mother Earth News)

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