What a strangely mild winter we’re having! Winter jasmine is blooming, so is my flowering apricot and even my loropetalum. Other members have told me their camellias, fall-blooming and spring-blooming, are flowering now, simultaneously! While walking around River Bay I even saw dozens of daffodils blooming their little heads off, protected from the wind and against a south-facing, stone wall. Here’s to hoping it’s a mild winter and that the warmth continues!
The Garden Club had a lovely January meeting where we did a winter-sowing workshop. Members brought translucent containers and the club provided seed-starting medium and a variety of flower and edible seeds. We made a big mess, and all went home with little mini-greenhouses which we left outside in the sun. Members report to me that their seeds are already germinating – another sign of what seems will be a mild and short winter, we hope!
For our next meeting, we cordially invite you to join us on Tuesday, February 7th, at 7pm for a speaker on garden design. Do you want to learn how to lay out a new bed? How to arrange a pleasing assortment of shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials, and annuals in the bed? We members would like to learn more too, so join us then!
On Tuesday, March 6th, at 7pm, we will have a speaker on rain gardens and reducing run off in the Cape. Do you have storm water problems? Does your yard turn to mushy mud when it rains, or threaten to wash away? Please join us for an informative evening with the Master Watershed Stewards in our community, who are currently working on several projects with grants and assistance from the county to improve our water runoff issues. We can learn how to make positive changes on our own lots to absorb more water as it falls, and also how to contribute to solving larger problems like street run off. We will also discuss rain gardens, special beds that can hold large amounts of run off while hosting native plants and butterflies and beautifying your yard to boot! You are all welcome to join us for this informative talk on a challenge that so many of us in the Cape face.
The Garden Club will celebrate our 37th anniversary on Sunday, March 11th, at 6pm. Please join our 2 founding members, Doris Clair and Kitty Donovan, and the rest of our club members as we celebrate so many years of festive fun with friends in the happiness of our gardens. We look forward to welcoming spring with a plant raffle and a delicious potluck dinner. We hope you’ll join us!
To RSVP for any of these events, or if you have any questions or comments: please phone Laura at 349-3390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always find updated information at our blog, www.capegardenclub.wordpress.com.
Stay warm, fellow Capers, winter will pass before you know it!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
Ah, I can smell that spring is here, and all around the birds are chirping in confirmation. Snowdrops and dwarf iris are in full bloom, the daffodils are up, some are even blooming! If you haven’t already, it’s time to cut back your sedums and fountain grasses, and to prune your butterfly bushes to the ground to encourage the bushiest new growth from the base. Lime that lawn and get some Bulb Tone for the daffodils! (See our blog at www.capegardenclub.wordpress.com for more month-to-month gardening tips.)
The Garden Club met in February and enjoyed a very interesting and detailed presentation by Heike Nolker, a local landscape designer. She told us about the importance of hardscape (stone, wood, paths), especially a nice, wide front walk. Then she showed us lots of photos of her work, before and after. From a gorgeous front walk planting with terraced walls to a dry river bed stone installation for reducing flooding in a yard, from retaining walls to decks to ponds, she loves to solve problems and then create new planting beds in which her clients can garden. We all enjoyed her slides and discussion very much!
Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 6th, at 7pm, when Zora Lanthan, along with the Watershed Stewards, will be speaking about rain gardens and reducing run off in the Cape. Do you have storm water problems? Does your yard turn to mushy mud when it rains, or threaten to wash away? Please join us to learn specific remedies you can use, and to learn about current projects underway in the Cape to improve our water runoff issues. We will learn about laying out and planting rain gardens, special beds that can hold large amounts of run off while hosting native plants and butterflies and beautifying your yard to boot! Please bring a friend and join us for this informative talk on a challenge that so many of us in the Cape face.
Another way to reduce rain runoff is to use rain barrels under our gutter downspouts. The Garden Club will be selling rain barrels made by a family-owned company (see http://www.rainbarrelsintl.com/products.asp) to benefit Goshen Farm Preservation Trust. If you want to harvest rain water for your parched plants all summer long, reduce runoff to the Chesapeake, and help Goshen Farm preserve a historic site and open space (it’s a win-win-win!), then stay tuned for more information in future Capers and on our blog, or email email@example.com to reserve your barrels now.
On Sunday, March 11th, at 6pm, the Garden Club will celebrate our 37th anniversary with our annual potluck dinner. With our 2 founding members, Doris Clair & Kitty Donovan, we’ll kick off another season of gardening fun. We look forward to welcoming spring with a plant raffle and a delicious potluck dinner.
To RSVP for any of these events, or if you have any questions or comments: please contact Laura at 349-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always find updated information and month-specific gardening tips at our blog, www.capegardenclub.wordpress.com.
We are, as in past years, accepting your empty plant pots and trays for reuse at our plant sale on Saturday, May 19th. Please drop empty pots anytime in the driveway of 1121 River Bay Road. Thanks everyone!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
Spring is here! Daffodils, camellias, winter daphnes, and hellebores are all blooming in this gorgeous sunny weather. What a mild winter we’ve had, and how grateful we are that spring is here!
The Garden Club had two lovely events in March. First, Zora Lanthan spoke on installing and maintaining rain gardens, beds designed to catch overflow water from our gutters or driveways. She showed us slides of beds she designed full of highbush blueberry bushes and other moisture-loving and -tolerant plants. We all learned a great deal about the importance of slowing the water down, spreading it out, and soaking it in so that it is filtered before it reaches our precious waterways. Visit rainscaping.org if you’d like to learn more.
Then we met for our 37th annual Anniversary Dinner, where we ate from a fabulously abundant buffet provided potluck-style by our members in anticipation of yet another fun year together gardening and plant-sharing. Welcome to our newest member, Karen, who joined us at the dinner. We’re so happy to have Karen and all the other new members who have joined us recently!
Our club is gearing up to begin potting plants for our annual PLANT SALE, to be held this year on Saturday, May 19th, 8am-2pm (rain date Sunday May 20th). Please join us again this year for an exciting selection of native plants, stalwart perennials, herbs and vegetables, and colorful annuals of all kinds. Please come out to see us – we always have a great time helping fellow Cape residents choose suitable plants for their gardens!
Finally, we are partnering with a family-owned business to have delivered, right to Cape St Claire, sturdy and beautifully constructed RAIN BARRELS. These beauties are $95, priced significantly below retail, and all proceeds will benefit Goshen Farm Preservation Trust, to help preserve our local treasure of open space behind the elementary school. Order online anytime, show up and pay on Saturday, June 16th, from 9-11am, and go home with a black or terra-cotta colored recycled food-grade plastic barrel. Each has sturdy and handsome brass spigots, includes screens to keep bugs out, and is ready to use – simply cut your downspout to the right height and put the barrel underneath. If you have ever wanted rain barrels on the corners of your house, now’s the time! Save pH-neutral rainwater for your plants, lower your water use, reduce runoff to local waterways, give a recycled food-barrel a 2nd life outside the landfill, support the preservation of a historic home and open space in greater Annapolis, and buy from a family-owned company in the USA. It’s a win-win-win! You must pre-order your barrels. Photos of the barrels, more detailed information, and an order form can be found by visiting our blog: capegardenclub.wordpress.com, where you can also find month-to-month gardening tips and planting instructions – check it out!
Those without internet access can phone Audrey at 410-757-5175 for assistance. Thanks for your support!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
How lovely spring has been! The azaleas are bursting into bloom in gardens all over the Cape, and we are ready to congratulate our April Yard of the Month winners on their particularly beautiful, colorful yards:
Area 1: Mr. and Mrs. Terry Williams, 1044 Little Magothy View
Area 2: Mr. and Mrs. Stan Zdun, 1123 Crestview Drive
Area 3: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Souhrada, 1028 Lake Claire Drive
Area 4: Mr. Rodney Frederick, 1216 Hilltop Drive
Area 5: Ms. Kitty Donovan, 1166 Gateway Drive
The Garden Club has begun its busiest season of potting plants from our gardens for our loyal shoppers who attend our annual PLANT SALE. This year’s will fall on Saturday, May 19th, 8am-2pm (rain date Sunday, May 20th). Please join us in the grassy area across from Grauls to browse the stalwart perennials, groundcovers, trees, and shrubs dug from our gardens, colorful annuals, herbs and vegetables, and an exciting collection of native perennials for your gardens. Visit our blog for a preview slideshow of photos. New this year: we will have on offer bags and buckets of locally-made compost that shoppers can take home along with their plants. Adding a scoop of compost to each planting hole will enrich and loosen the soil and give the plant a much better chance to establish and thrive in your yards. We look forward to seeing you again at our sale – thank you all for your support!
We took a break from potting and watering to attend our busy April meeting. A warm welcome to our 3 newest members, Kelly, Janet, and Jennifer! We all began the meeting by pruning the crepe myrtles in the overflow parking area behind the clubhouse. Many of you readers might remember that the Garden Club assisted a local scout troop in purchasing the trees, which the scouts then planted. The trees are growing beautifully, and boy did they need a trim! (We’d like to thank Nick of Super Landscaping for hauling away the pile of pruned limbs on his way out of the Cape the next day.) After our business meeting, we held a workshop on identifying spring-flowering weeds like chickweed, henbit, purple deadnettle, forget-me-not, and burdock. (Fear not – if you missed this but would like to learn more, visit our blog – address below. Also on our blog, you can also see photos of Yard of the Month winners, find planting instructions, and see month-by-month to-do lists for the garden.) And we ended the night with a silent auction of some choice plants for our members.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 1st, 7pm in the Clubhouse meeting room. New faces always welcome to join in the fun! Please email email@example.com with any questions.
The Garden Club continues selling beautiful and sturdy RAIN BARRELS on behalf of Goshen Farm Preservation Society. For $95 you can water your gardens during the parching summertime heat, support the preservation of a historic property right here in the Cape, buy a sturdy product made in America from a barrel that would otherwise be land-filled – it is truly a win-win-win purchase. You must pre-order your barrel for delivery to the Cape on Saturday, June 16th, 9-11am. For details and pictures of the barrels, or to order yours, please visit our blog at capegardenclub.wordpress.com or phone Audrey at 410-757-5175.
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
Happy June from the Garden Club!
The azaleas and irises fade, and now the roses and the hydrangeas are blooming – it’s summertime! As the heat rises, remember that it’s a great time to check your yard for standing water in tarps, old tires, sand toys, and especially your gutters, to prevent those pesky mosquitoes from breeding. Did you know that most mosquitoes live and die within 300 feet of their birthplace? Clearing your yard of standing water and asking your neighbors to do the same can really make a difference in your summer enjoyment of your yard!
A warm welcome to our newest members, Vera and Esther – we’re so happy you joined us at our May meeting, where members enjoyed our second plant auction of the spring. We’ve enjoyed having so much new energy and enthusiasm in our club, which really came in handy as we dug and potted plants for our plant sale. Thanks to all our members who contributed their time and plants to make our sale a success. And thanks to all of you who came out to shop our sale – we so appreciate your support!
Congratulations to our Yard of the Month winners for the month of May:
Area 1: Linda and Don Droneburg, 1138 Little Magothy View
Area 2: Robert and Ruth Roppel, 1339 Swan Drive
Area 3: Robert and Laurie Lester, 1139 Latrobe Drive
Area 4: Robert and Priscilla Schneider, 928 Blue Ridge Drive
Area 5: Carol Cardarelli, 792 Rolling View Drive
Our annual Nosy Gardener Tour this year will be on Saturday, June 2nd starting at 9:30am. If you’d like to see some of the Cape’s loveliest gardens, including several repeating Yard of the Month winners, please email firstname.lastname@example.org — everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
Finally, if you haven’t yet purchased yourself a rain barrel and would like one, please do head on over to our blog: capegardenclub.wordpress.com to order yours today. These beautiful and sturdy RAIN BARRELS collect rainwater for your parched garden all summer long. For $95 you can help wildlife in the Magothy River and Chesapeake Bay by reducing runoff from your roof, support the preservation of a historic property right here in the Cape, and buy a sturdy product made in America from a barrel that would otherwise be land-filled – it is truly a win-win-win purchase. You must pre-order your barrel for delivery to the Cape on Saturday, June 16th, 9-11am. For details and pictures of the barrels, or to order yours, please visit our blog at or phone Audrey at 410-757-5175.
No more meetings for us until September – check our blog for all the latest news and updates on future meetings.
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
A warm thank you from the Garden Club to everyone who came out to support us at our annual plant sale – we had a great sale because of you! The donations we received for compost from our loyal shoppers raised $192 for Friends of Broadneck Park, and this total was matched dollar for dollar by the generosity of The Cape Gardener, a landscaping team right here in Cape that has served our community for 17 years. Please give Bridgette and Vince Presti a shout out for their generous matching donation that doubles the value for Friends of Broadneck Park. The Garden Club topped it up with funds we raised in our pre-sale plant auctions, so in total we and The Cape Gardener donated over $700 to this wonderful cause. Thanks again to everyone who came out to make our sale a success!
The Garden Club is also thrilled to report that we have sold 38 rain barrels for our fundraiser, which raises nearly $800 for Goshen Farm Preservation Society. We are still seeking local businesses that are willing make a matching donation for a portion or all of this princely sum. This is particularly important because the State of Maryland has given Goshen Farm a matching bond that doubles our entire donation yet again. All that matching means more funding to further their preservation efforts! If you know someone who could support our community and contribute to our fundraising efforts in this way, please contact Audrey at 410-757-5175 or email@example.com. And thank you to all our neighbors and friends who have lent their support by purchasing a rain barrel (or 2 or 3)!
The Garden Club had a very successful Nosy Gardener Tour on a lovely cool day in June. Members visited 3 gardens and ended with a lovely garden party at the home of one of our members. Thank you to our gracious hosts who shared their gardens and expertise with us!
We’ve had such a marvelously cool spring, but now that summer’s upon us, remember to check your yard after rains for mosquito-breeding pools of water in your tarps, sand box toys, and especially your gutters. If we’re diligent about removing standing water, we can keep those mosquitoes at bay!
Congratulations to our Yard of the Month winners for June:
Area 1: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bebee, 1314 Cape St. Claire Road
Area 2: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Potts, 1043 Oak Tree Lane
Area 3: Ms. Anne McClaren, 1040 Lake Claire Drive
Area 4: Ms. Kari Banares, 1196 Summit Drive
Area 5: Mr. and Mrs. Tyron Lewandowski, 722 Fairway Drive
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 4th, at 7pm in the Clubhouse meeting room. Please join us then for another year of seed-starting, plant-swapping, informative speakers, and all-purpose gardening fun. Mark your calendars now, because that’s before the next Caper comes out and you won’t hear it announced again!
Until then, please visit our blog at capegardenclub.wordpress.com for photos of the Yard of the Month winners, month-to-month gardening tips, and neat links to gardening information, including how to prevent your summer berry harvest from molding in the fridge and how to build your own earthbox on the cheap. And enjoy the crepe myrtles!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
Boy did summer just whip by or what? One minute we’re at our spring plant sale, and next thing I know the crepe myrtles are finished and it’s time for mums and pumpkins!
The Garden Club resumes meetings in September, and our next meeting after this issue prints will be on Tuesday, October 2nd. If you’ve always wanted to come to a meeting, October is a great one – come on out for our Cutting and Seed Exchange! Members bring from their overflowing gardens cuttings from our favorite sweet potato vines, coleuses, begonias, and other easy-to-root plants, as well as seeds from moneyplant, cleome, four o’clocks, love in the mist, and lots of other wonderful annuals and biennials. Go home with lots of neat plants to try the following spring, as well as with a belly full of yummy refreshments and a smile on your face from the pleasant companionship of fellow gardeners.
Later, on Sunday, October 28th, we will host our annual Harvest Dinner, when we host the Yard of the Month winners at a potluck and plant auction celebrating yet another bountiful and happy year in our gardens. If you have questions or would like to attend either of these events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so very happy to report a smashingly successful rain barrel fundraiser with the support of this generous community that raised over $700, all of which will be donated to Goshen Farm Preservation Trust, to preserve this important historic home and open space right in our backyards. We are still hoping to find a local business that will match our donation for this vital community work. Every dollar donated will be doubled yet again by the Trust’s state matching grant. If you are a businessperson in this community or know someone who could help, please help us quadruple this donation for Goshen Farm by emailing email@example.com — thanks! We are so grateful to all those who bought a barrel or 2 for your home, supporting Goshen Farm and the Garden Club and also protecting the Chesapeake Bay from excessive storm runoff. We so appreciate your support!
Another warm thanks to Vince and Bridgette Presti of The Cape Gardener, who generously matched dollar for dollar the donations we received from our loyal customers who took home compost from our plant sale in May. The club added more funds that we raised at our member plant auctions, and the total donation was over $700 to Friends of Broadneck Park. We are so thrilled to be able to support these hardworking folks, with the help of all of you in our wonderful community. Look for the Garden Club’s sponsored hole at their golf tournament fundraiser at Bay Hills Golf Club on September 15th.
Finally, warm congratulations to our Yard of the Month winners for July:
Area 1: The Wajbels, 1057 Little Magothy View
Area 3: Gary Arrington & Diana Dunway, 1004 Lake Claire Drive
Area 5: Roy and Becky Benner, 1206 Green Holly Drive
(Areas 2 and 4 were not judged this month.)
And for August:
Area 1: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph James, Jr., 1310 Cape St. Claire Road
Area 2: Mr. & Mrs. Vince Presti, 1172 St. Georges Drive
Area 3: Mr. & Mrs. Max Contreras, 1159 Pin Tree Drive
Area 4: Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Quiblian, 1198 Hampton Road
Area 5: Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McLean, 1178 Green Holly Drive
Photos of our winners’ yards can be seen on the CSCIA website and also on our blog, capegardenclub.wordpress.com, where you can also learn more about our club, find planting instructions, and see month-by-month gardening tips. Check it out!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
What a balmy October we’ve had, with lows overnight in the 50s and 60s – this is gardening heaven!
The Garden Club had a very well-attended Seed and Cutting Exchange at our October meeting, which included 6 new members! A warm welcome to Barbara, Pat, Judy, Laura, Jeanne, and Eileen! We’re so happy you joined us!
At the October meeting, the Garden Club wrapped up our Rain Barrel Fundraiser. We are so very excited to report a smashingly successful rain barrel fundraiser with the support of our generous Cape and Broadneck community that raised over $700, all of which will be donated to Goshen Farm Preservation Trust. Having searched in vain for several months for a local business to match this donation, the Garden Club voted unanimously that we ourselves would provide the match, bringing the total donation to $1400. This donation will be doubled yet again by Goshen Farm’s State of Maryland matching grant, to $2800. We are so happy to be part of Goshen Farm Preservation Society’s devoted efforts to preserve this important historic home and treasured open space right in our own backyards. And we are so grateful to all those who bought a barrel or two for your home, supporting Goshen Farm and the Garden Club and also protecting the Chesapeake Bay from excessive storm runoff, and to all those who loyally shop at our Plant Sale year after year. Your generous support is what made all this possible — thank you!
We will meet later in October to celebrate another wonderful gardening season at our annual Harvest Dinner. Then our next meeting will fall on Tuesday, November 13th, at 7pm. And we will meet again on Tuesday, December 4th, at 7pm, for our annual wreath-making and gift exchange. Attendees bring fresh evergreen boughs from our yards, and we use them to create 2 large wreaths that are hung at Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis, along with a dozen other wreaths made by other local garden clubs. If you want to join in the merriment and festivity of wreath-making, please do – we always have a lot of fun and learn so much. More information is on our blog at capegardenclub.wordpress.com or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Happy Thanksgiving, Capers!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
Happy holiday season, fellow Capers!
The Garden Club had a lovely evening together at our annual Harvest Dinner. Even with Hurricane Sandy threatening, we enjoyed the calm before the storm, gathering together to enjoy beautiful candle centerpieces, a scrumptious and varied buffet, beautiful plants for our raffle, and a bounty of desserts. What fun company, what good eating, and what a pleasure for everyone to go home with a new plant – what more could we ask as we celebrate another full year of working the soil with good friends? We are so thankful not just for the joy we get from our gardens , but for this marvelous Cape community that supports our efforts at our annual spring plant sale and thereby enables us to pass along gifts to other wonderful community organizations like Goshen Farm and Friends of Broadneck Park. Our gratitude goes to all of you as you yourselves celebrate the fruits of a year’s harvest with your loved ones.
At our November meeting, the Garden Club welcomed our newest member – we’re so pleased you’ve joined us, Karen! The club unanimously approved our new board for the year 2013 and made plans for our next meeting. Each December, we harvest evergreen boughs from our gardens and come together to make 2 large wreaths that, along with those made by other area garden clubs, adorn Lawyers Mall in Annapolis for the holiday season. Please join us on Tuesday, December 4th at 7pm in the clubhouse if you’d like to join in the fun.
Our January meeting will fall on Wednesday, January 9th, at 7pm in the Clubhouse meeting room. Yes, on a Wednesday – it’s an anomaly because of scheduling challenges. We will be holding our popular seed-starting workshop. Participants bring translucent containers like milk jugs, spinach and lettuce boxes, soda bottles, or take out boxes. The club will provide soil and seeds, and each participate goes home with a box to put outside in the sunshine. By late February, you’ll have seeds germinating with a welcome burst of vivid green in their mini-greenhouse. It’s lots of fun – join us!
The Garden Club also made plans to visit Homestead Gardens together in mid-December to see the trains, colorful lights, and gorgeous poinsettias. And we are also planning a bus trip to see the Philadelphia Flower Show, on a weekday in early March. If either of these fun activities appeals to you, or if you have any questions about joining the Garden Club, please contact Laura at email@example.com for more details. More information is also available on our blog at capegardenclub.wordpress.com.
Happy Holidays, Capers!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer