The Heritage Garden Club met on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Allen Pierce Library. Seven members were present.
Members gave stories of our “Members Best” gardening successes. Holly Keegan said she was successful with ‘My Best Deer Feeding Lot’. The deer ate most of her Balloon Flower, Hosta, Hydrangeas, Lupines, Morning Glories, Petunias, Star Gazer Lilies, Sedum, Tomatoes, Veronica, roses (thorns and all) just to name a few.
Charlotte Lyon told about ‘My Volunteer Garden’. She brought some of her neck pumpkins that she grew from saved seeds. The deer did eat her Columbine but her Nicotiana filled in and was deer resistant and is still blooming, she brought a vase of red and yellow Nicotiana and Blue Salvia. Also, self-seeded were her beautiful orange and yellow Nasturtiums and lettuce.
Laura Steele has been working on her ‘Native Plantings’ around her Pine Creek camp she purchased seven years ago that was covered with Multi-Flora Roses. She is in the process of eradicating it and replacing with Native plants.
On the banks of the stream she did some riparian buffering with planting ten Sycamore seedlings in tubes, which four are still surviving. She also planted a couple Oak trees, Cut leaf Coneflower, Rudbeckia, Milk Weed and Arrowroot Viburnum.
Sharon Brown reports now that she has more time to tend to her garden. She brought several plants for members to see. First was some of the yellow Canna Lily from the baskets downtown that she is overwintering in her green house. Her Santolinna incana nana plant is interestingly fragrant, has texture and grows in mounds. She brought a sprig of her blooming Witch Hazel shrub. It is Vernal with round seedpods this year; she did have to fence it in from the deer last year.
Another interesting plant Sharon brought was her Pitcher Plant, which she purchased from the Country Cupboard three years ago. It liked the cloudy rainy weather we had this summer. It sits in a Styrofoam square and floats on the water garden. It’s carnivorous and eats mosquitoes by trapping them in their pitcher shaped leaves, bright colors and attractive scents. It is a North American species of the Genus Sarracenia. The squirrels have planted Sunflowers all over which the deer have eaten most of them. The birds ate all her Blueberries.
The business meeting followed with having delicious refreshments served by Laura Steele and Holly Keegan. They arranged an attractive Fall Décor table setting with orange, red and brown leaf placemats.
President Barb Andrus thanked everyone who helped decorate the town baskets in Troy. The community for their efforts has given many compliments.
The Keystone Kalendars have arrived at the last GCFP State Board Meeting and were given to those who purchased one. There are a few left over and can be purchased by letting Barb Andrus know.
The Heritage Garden Club yearbook has been sent in to GCFP for judging. The Publicity Press Book that the Heritage GC entered in the CAR-SGC (Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs) contest has been returned to them for their records with a note from Mary Noel (CAR-SGC) Publicity Chair thanking them for entering. Now that is pretty good standing for the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, the National Capital Area, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania!
Sharon Brown attended the CAR-SGC Convention in Ohio with Judy Warn in October. Sharon gave a report of their trip. There were some fantastic gardens, flamingos, designs and programs. They completed the Tri-Refresher Course requirements to maintain their Consultant active status. Barb Andrus brought in her miniature design she entered in the Central Area Judges Council Flower Show “ Kaleidoscope of Color” in Harrisburg on Nov. 1.
The Heritage GC is planning to enter the Christmas in the Village Tree Lighting and Caroling Program on Dec. 2 at the Heritage Village and Farm Museum. They are entering a tree with garden related ornaments and tools in the Festival of Trees in the Carriage House.
New this year, Ronnie and Sandy Kingsley will donate an evergreen tree to decorate the Davison Green gazebo. They will have a tree lighting ceremony with the Boy Scouts Troop 4049 on the evening before the Troy Town Christmas on Nov. 24. The Heritage GC will decorate the gazebo, so when you’re driving by, be sure to notice the decorations.
It’s time to announce two contests for any youth individuals to enter. For the Smokey Bear / Woodsey Owl Poster contest, visit www.gardenclub.org. Click on ONGOING PROJECTS, scroll to Youth Programs, scroll to Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest, you’ll see the posters of last year’s National winners. You will find the rules and remember that the poster to make is the Smokey Bear only because this is the 75th year celebrating Smokey Bear. The posters need to be received by Barb Andrus by Jan. 20, 2019. The winners for Pennsylvania in the fifth grade level were from the club’s own sponsoring of Taran Bellows, First Place, and Second Place to Jaydin Landon from the Canton Elementary School. Their picture is in the Fall issue of the Keystone Gardener.
The second youth contest is the Poetry Contest that is open to students from kindergarten to ninth grade. Go online as above and scroll to Poetry Contest. The theme of the poem is “Pop Goes The Seed”. The rules are there. Please get your poem to Barb Andrus by Nov. 28 by email to email@example.com, or by calling (570) 297-3043.
Members are planning to attend some November Holiday Shows, “Holidays in Candyland,” Nov. 16-18 at the Lycoming College and JOY, PEACE, HOPE at the McEwensville Community Hall.
Members are planning to hold their Christmas party on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Golden Oak Bed and Breakfast. They are always looking forward to having new members; contact Barb Andrus or any member of the Heritage Garden Club.