The Heritage Garden Club met on Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Methodist Church with 11 members and two guests in attendance. Vice President Laura Steele introduced Blake Barth, Game Warden for Bradford County, who presented a program entitled “White-Tailed Deer; Friend or Foe.”
Barth explained that by law the mission of the Game Commission is to manage all species, which includes 480 native species of which 414 are birds. White-Tailed deer are a valued species and are managed according to their impact. An overabundance of deer affects everything else in the environment.
The number one way the Game Commission manages the deer population is through hunting and trapping. Hunting season has been expanded to respond to overpopulation. Other methods such as fertility control, electric fences, and barrier fencing are not effective. Deer are able to jump a 10-foot fence.
Feeding deer does more harm than good because as the seasons change, so do their digestive systems. As a result feeding them can cause internal damage.
Barth concluded his talk by stating that the Game Commission’s website has additional information to help landowners manage their deer: the Deer Management Assistance Program.
Following the program, President Charlotte Lyon opened the business meeting and Laura Steele led the club in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Charlotte Lyon announced that the American Legion Auxiliary had sent a donation of $100 to the club. The club greatly appreciates their generous contribution, which will help them continue their many community projects.
Barb Andrus, Sharon Brown, Vivian Hall, Laura Steele, and Judy Warn attended the Duboistown Garden Club’s annual spring luncheon at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport, Pa. on May 8. The luncheon, entitled “Island Escape”, included a program on succulents by McEwensville Garden Club President Sharon Miller.
The Penn State Landscape Architecture Design Awards Banquet was held in State College on Saturday, April 27. Barb Andrus and Sharon Brown represented the district. Kyle Turner was the recipient of the GCFP District V Scholarship.
The Garden Club of Pennsylvania board meeting will be held on June 3-4 at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, Pa. Barb Andrus, Sharon Brown, Vivian Hall and Judy Warn plan to attend. A symposium will follow on June 5-6.
The next meeting will be held on June 10, at 6 p.m. at Greener Pastures Farm. Nicole Harris will present a program entitled “Greenhouse Tour and Container Design.”
Heritage Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc. For more information about how to become a member, contact Charlotte Lyon at (570) 297-4269.