The Heritage Garden Club met on Aug. 7 at the Troy Baptist Church for a trip to the Tanglewood Nature Center located in Elmira, N.Y. Eight members of the club and one guest attended the outing as well as one member’s two grandchildren.
The tour of the Nature Center and Museum included live and mounted animals from geckos to black bears. The building itself is geothermally powered and it is one of Chemung County’s foremost ecological organizations. Members explored the nine-mile trail system with its varied flora and fauna and were excited to discover a Monarch butterfly larva.
Following the tour everyone met at a local restaurant, Charlie’s, for a delicious lunch. President Barb Andrus conducted a short business meeting while the members waited for the food orders to be prepared.
President Andrus announced that she is taking orders for the premier issue of the Keystone Calendar, which will contain pictures of member’s gardens, floral designs and horticulture. The cost is $8.00.
Troy Fair judges Laura Steele and Barb Andrus thanked everyone who helped water the floral exhibits during the fair. Karen Bracken was the winner of the Heritage Garden Club Tropical Award for her Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema creta. Vivian Slear received Best of Show and Grand Champion awards for her orchid.
The DuBoistown Garden Club will host the District V Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. The cost for this event is $26, and registration ends on Aug. 31. The program will be provided by Chuck Chatham Tablescapes Designs. Judy Warn is putting together a raffle basket with the theme “Golden Autumn”. Barb Andrus thanked Caroline Hall for printing and donating the program.
The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania State Board meeting will be held in State College at the Atherton Hotel on Oct. 8-9. Barb Andrus, Sharon Brown, Vivian Hall and Judy Warn will be attending.
The District V meeting will be held in Mifflinburg at the Carriage Corner Restaurant on Oct. 17.
Barb Andrus placed third in the Cascade Design Class at the Harrisburg Central Area Judges Council Flower Show. The theme was National Book Day and the class she entered was geography. Her design was entitled “Ireland the Cliffs of Moher”.
The club will be holding a bake sale and plant sale at the Pennsylvania Heritage Festival, planned for Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barb Andrus reported that an invasive species from China, Lanternfly has been found in some Pennsylvania counties, but has not yet reached Bradford County. It is a threat to crops. If you see it, take a picture of it and report it to 1-844-BADFLY.
The next meeting will be held on Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at 1110 West Main Street. The program, which will be presented by Liz McClelland, is “Cookie Cuter Needle Felting Art”. The public is invited.
For more information, call Barb Andrus at (570) 297-3043. The Heritage Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc.