The Garden Club met in January to hear Homestead Garden’s Gene Sumi speak on garden plants for the dry shade garden. He spoke about how many shade shrubs, such as azaleas and rhododendrons, are evergreen so they can photosynthesize during the winter when the deciduous trees above have lost their leaves. We all appreciated his lively style and the lists of plants he shared with us.
In February, the Garden Club will hear from one of our own members about Our Favorite Flowering Shrubs. Wondering how to have big impact on your landscape and yard appeal? Wondering what our members have planted and had success with in the Broadneck peninsula’s sandy dry soil? Wondering which shrubs need sun and which need shade? This talk is for you! New faces are always welcome – please join us on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 7pm in the Clubhouse meeting room.
Our talk on Transforming your yard into a Foodscape has been postponed until March. For the first time we will have this speaker at our Anniversary Dinner, on Tuesday, March 2nd, at 6pm. If you’re interested in this speaker, you are also welcome to join us for our potluck dinner. Please do RSVP, so that we can make sure we have enough food and table settings. Please phone Laura at 410-349-3390 if you would like to attend. We always enjoy the good fellowship and delicious food, and now we will all learn something as well. Join us!
The Garden Club is also contemplating doing a rain barrel workshop for the community. Rain barrels go under your gutter downspouts to collect the rain. You can use the water either in your flower beds or let it drain out slowly. The slower infiltration makes it easier for the soil to absorb the water, and helps reduce runoff water (mixed with fertilizer, gasoline, etc.) from entering our beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Rain barrels are a great way to reduce water consumption and do something ecologically sound for the sake of our watershed and community. If you would have an interest in participating in a fall workshop, please phone Laura at 410-349-3390. We’d like to get some idea of how much interest there would be.
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
Happy spring, Cape St. Claire! As I write, piles of snow are everywhere, and the ground is hidden. But I trust that new life will burst forth before too long, and that when you read this, spring will have sprung!
In February, Audrey Lengbeyer presented a talk on the Garden Club’s Favorite Flowering Shrubs. Daphne, Loropetalum, Viburnums, and the winter-blooming Witch Hazels were among the list of featured plants. We members were so happy at this last meeting to have added a 3rd new member to our ranks. Welcome, Sandy, Carol, and Tracy – we’re so glad you’re joining us!
On Tuesday, March 2nd, our club will meet for our 35th Anniversary Dinner, to celebrate the founding of our club. For the first time, we will have a speaker at the dinner, and we invite newcomers as well as members to join us. Debby Ward, creator of a sustainable, bio-dynamic demonstration garden in Fairfax, VA, will be our guest speaker. She will be telling us about Transforming Your Yard Into a Foodscape. Have you always wanted to grow fruits, vegetables, and berries in your yard? Then this talk is for you! Please do RSVP with Laura at 410-349-3390, so that we can make sure we have enough food and table settings. We always enjoy the good fellowship and delicious food, and now we will all learn something as well. Join us!
Our April meeting with be on Tuesday, the 6th, at 7pm. In April, we’ll also begin our judging of Yard of the Month. Rake up those leaves, put down some mulch, and may the best yards win!
At our April meeting the Garden Club will also be gearing up for our annual Plant Sale, which will fall this year on Saturday, May 15th, from 8am-2pm. Join us then for a selection of colorful annuals, exciting natives, and our bargain perennials dug from our own gardens to share with you. As you begin your spring planting, please let us reuse your plant pots, large and small. Pots may be dropped off at 1308 Cape St. Claire Road, at Mountain Top. We thank you!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
As I write, crocuses are blooming, the daffodils buds are already nosing their way out of the ground. With our most recent ice age now having receded, I hope spring has come to all of your yards as well. It’s time to tidy up the beds, and to prune back those fountain grasses and mums if you haven’t already so that new growth can begin! And not a moment too soon, since the Garden Club will begin its annual Yard of the Month judging this month. May the prettiest yards win!
The Garden Club had a marvelous Anniversary Dinner to celebrate the founding of our club 35 years ago. Founding members Kitty Donovan and Doris Clair were in attendance, and we are all so grateful to them for creating the club, and to all those who have kept it alive and thriving since then. What a gift it is to gather with others who love plants and earth, to share our favorite ideas, to learn together, and to eat and be merry. We had a bountiful potluck dinner with several new members. Welcome, Catherine, Chris, and Deborah! After dinner, we all greatly enjoyed hearing Debby Ward of Prior Unity Farm tell us about what she calls her foodscape: landscaping, just as beautiful and full of curves as any garden grown just for beauty, but done almost completely with edibles. What a revelation! This gardener plants to include edibles in her beds this year, and to remove the wooden rectangles currently framing her vegetable beds in order to integrate them into the landscape in a more pleasing way.
Our April meeting, on Tuesday the 6th, at 7pm, will not have a speaker, because we’ll be busily planning for our annual Plant Sale. Mark your calendars, please, for Saturday, May 15th, 8am-2pm (rain date Sunday May 16th, 8am-2pm). We look forward again to sharing from our gardens a selection of exciting native plants, colorful annuals, as well as healthy perennials at bargain prices. Come support the Garden Club, and please invite a friend or neighbor to come along.
If you are already planting yourselves, don’t throw your pots into recycling just yet – let us reuse them for our plant sale! Please drop pots off at 1308 Cape St Claire Road, at the corner with Mountain Top. Thanks for your support!
If you’d like to help the Garden Club prepare for the plant sale, we will meet several times in April on Saturdays to pot plants together. It’s a great way to learn more about the tremendous variety of plants in all of our gardens and what growing conditions they like. If you’d like to join us, please phone Laura at 410-349-3390 for the latest details on where we’re meeting. We’d love to have you join us!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
The Cape St Claire Garden Club
proudly presents its annual
Saturday, May 15th, 8am-2pm
Rain date Sunday May 16th, 8am-2pm
Exciting native perennial plants, colorful annuals, & bargain perennials
In the field across from Grauls
Thanks for your support!