Oct 25, 2016

Martha Washington Garden Club

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October  Events

All Welcome to our events. You do not need to be a member to attend
October 26, 2016
All the Buzz
Learn about these amazing pollinators.
The social and cooperative lives of bees will be presented.  Discover their family, how they work for the colony, benefits, honey making & storage.  What pollinators to have for them, their origin, history and effect on the environment.
Local Honey available for purchase.Michael & Suzanne Luciano, The Italian Bee, Morrisville, PA
 meeting begins at 12:30, lecture at 1 PM at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd , Yardley registration at door , $5 guest fee

 Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptor’s Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Date: Tuesday 11/1/16 Time: 10am
Approx. Cost $20/pp, including tax . Lunch extra
*Carpools will leave from the Masonic Lodge Parking at 9:40am
Contact Karen for registration at
215 630 6149



All are welcome to our tours and lectures, you do not have to be a member . Guest fees are $5 at the door. Lectures, unless otherwise noted,  are held at the Lower Makefield Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley and begin at 1 PM,. General meeting begins at 12:30 PM

October 26, 2016
All the Buzz
Learn about these amazing pollinators.
The social and cooperative lives of bees will be presented.  Discover their family, how they work for the colony, benefits, honey making & storage.  What pollinators to have for them, their origin, history and effect on the environment.
Local Honey available for purchase.Michael & Suzanne Luciano, The Italian Bee, Morrisville, PA
 meeting begins at 12:30, lecture at 1 PM
November 23, 2016
Going Out with Style

Design an arrangement to take…using the end of the season fruits and vegetables.
Garden members Barbara Heisler, Susan Harrison, Jeremy Parry will be available to lead and assist in this project for each of you to take a centerpiece home.  Bring a low, wide container or basket, and fruits and/or vegetables such as squash, cabbage, nuts, carrots, peppers, small pumpkins, dried flowers etc. 
December 7, 2016      
Holiday Luncheon
Yardley Inn
Social Hour: 11:30am; Lunch served at 12:30 pm
White Elephant
January 25, 2017       
New Venue: Morrisville Presbyterian Church
Pennsylvania & W. Trenton Avenues, Morrisville
Debra Moyer, MWGC Member
Bouquets Every Day
Debra will create and explain several fantastic floral arrangements.   Her vast knowledge and ingenious imagination will fascinate all.  Debra owned her own shop for 13 years and currently instructs at Mercer County Community College.
Debra’s designs will be raffled after the event; Winners must be present at drawing for these items.
Each member is requested to bring a dish to serve 12 people. Beverages….
February  22
Garden Works of Art
Our own Masters Gardeners and members will showcase the use of artistic objects to add finishing touches to your landscape.  Members are invited to bring their own ideas and creations to share.
March 22
The New Iris:  There’s a Place in Every Garden
TBA, Master Gardener
Develop a new appreciation for this complex majestic bloom.  Enhance your pathways; work a puzzle of color in your garden.  Iris could be the spectacle of your landscape.
April 26
Edible Landscaping
Annie Milionis, Master Gardener, Morrisville
A treasure for any size landscape or garden.   Small leaves, big flavors, edible flowers and herbs.  A visual and sensory experience that’s magnified by beauty and bounty.
May 22


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 To sign up , Contact
Karen Papastrat 215-630-6149 or kpapastrat

Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptor’s Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Date: Tuesday 11/1/16 Time: 10am
Approx. Cost $20/pp, including tax plus lunch
*Carpools will leave from the Masonic Lodge Parking at 9:40am
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Date: Spring 2017 TBD Time: TBD
Approx. Cost: 10/pp plus tip & $25 organizational deposit 1 month prior to tour date.
Chanticleer House and Gardens
786 Church Road
Wayne, PA 19087Date: Spring/Summer 2017 TBD Time: TBD
Approx. Cost:  $20/pp plus lunch
Japanese Festival Fairmount Park Spring 2017 (possible addition)





Penn State Master Gardeners of Bucks County, Bucks Beautiful and the Henry Schmieder Arboretum at Delaware Valley University are excited to present:



Want more Butterflies in your garden next summer? The Butterfly Lady to speak Oct 18

Delaware Valley University

Life Sciences Building

700 E Butler Ave

Doylestown, PA 18901

6:30pm       Reception, light refreshments

7:00pm       Presentation

On October 18th,  the Director of the Butterfly Pavilion in Philadelphia will present a lecture on "Overwintering." How do fragile creatures like butterflies and moths survive the winter? Everyone knows the Monarch butterfly migrates but what about all the others? Learn what you can do at the end of the season to create habitat for all the beneficial insects that call your yard home.
Stommy Blauth, The Butterfly Lady, is the Director of the Philadelphia Butterfly Pavilion which will be the largest butterfly house in Pennsylvania.  After moving to Pennsylvania in 2007, she began working as an educator at the Churchville Nature Center, where her focus was on creating butterfly programs to compliment the school districts curriculum.  In 2013, she opened the JVM Butterfly House at the Churchville Nature Center.  Currently, she is Director of the Philadelphia Butterfly Pavilion where her responsibilities include layout, design, landscaping and of course caring for the thousands of native and tropical butterflies that will call the Philadelphia Butterfly Pavilion home.  She is President of Operation Monarch a non-profit organization focused on education and creating more habitat for the Monarch butterfly and just recently became the 20th Monarch Conservation Specialist in the United States.​

Arboretum Members – Free

DVU Students – Free

Military – Free

Senior Citizens -  $3.00

Non-DVU Students - $3.00

Faculty and Staff - $3.00

Non-members - $5.00



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Del Val offers this exciting lecture Oct 27 by Doug Tallamy!

This is one not to miss! Doug Tallamy , author of "Bringing Nature Home" will be lecturing in Doylestown on Thursday , Oct 27 . Dr Tallamy is the man who has inspired so many of us to plant native plant gardens, and his lectures show you "The BIG PICTURE, as he explains the relationship between wildlife, native plants and the importance of planting Wildlife corridors in our own backyards.
Oct 27 , 6 Pm, Delaware Valley University Life Sciences Building, 700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown. Tickers are $10 , and can be purchased over the phone from the Doylestown Township Admin Building , 425 Wells Rd, Doylestown. Autumn Canfield or 215 348 9915
“If you cut down the goldenrod, the wild black cherry, the milkweed and other natives, you eliminate the larvae, and starve the birds. This simple revelation about the food web—and it is an intricate web, not a chain—is the driving force in Bringing Nature Home.” —The New York Times As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction. Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.

Grounds for Sculpture Tour
Michael is very knowledgable and studied at Longwood.
Colors of Autumn Tour - Oct. 26
Wednesday, October 26 and Saturday, October 29, 10:30am
Fall is one of the most beautiful times in the garden at Grounds For Sculpture.  Join Michael Strengari, our staff horticulturist, for a 90-minute tour highlighting the seasonal aesthetic beauty of the grounds and the science of plants.  Price: $10 Members; $20 non-Members. Includes park admission.


 Phila flower show 2017

Mark your calendars
march 11-19
The theme will be Holland



Autumn is a GREAT time to apply lime so the soil will be ready to go in the spring!  Don’t waste your time or money guessing about soil amendments.  Find out how much lime and/or fertilizer your soil actually needs (or does not need) by getting a Soil Test Kit at the Extension office.  It will be the best $9 you have ever spent on your garden!  Pick one up during business hours  at the Extension Office, 1282 Almshouse Rd, Doylestown, PA


For additional information about soils, please visit to view and download Penn State’s document Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes.





Before you pluck and rake, consider wildlife, the health of your plants and the winter interest





  As gardeners, we must all be aware of and take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease and other Tick Borne diseases. The CDC has made some recommendations, many can be found on their website.
Lee-Ann Gordon, RN , recommends the folllowing precautions .
Spray your skin with an all natural product , one is call BUG Off. It is a combination of natural oils, including Lemon Oil, It needs to be applied every hour for the best protection. Do not use Deet on your skin. You can order permethrin spray online to treat your clothes, it lasts through many washings. One product is Sawyer Spray.  There is also a company that will wash your clothes in a permethrin wash for you. Info at or you can check the CDC website.
When outside, wear clothes that fit tightly around your ankles. When coming indoors, put clothes in the dryer on hot for one hour to kill any ticks you may have brought in on your clothes.
check for more tips.


Club Member Connie Fairchild  spoke about bird feeders , and how to save money by purchasing feeders that keep out squirrels and Grackles. One recommended feeder is called a Brome  squirrel buster Brome feeder. It has a lifetime factory warranty. Hummingbirds will enjoy nectar from a Hummzinger Hummingbird feeder, complete with an integral ant trap.. You can also add an ant Trap  to your existing hummingbird feeder . Do not use dye in the hummingbird feeder, and do not use commercial nectars. Nectar is easily made with one part sugar to 4 parts water. Be sure to keep your feeders clean with a 10 percent solution of bleach to prevent mold.
. Do not feed suet to the birds when the temperature is over 70 degrees, it coats their feathers and can coat their eggs in the nest. .
Connie's homemade suet recipe
1/2 block lard or 1 Cup
2 C chunky peanut butter
3 c quick oats
3 c corn meal
thistle/sunflower seeds, etc





Penn State Extension
offers a great monthly electronic gardening newsletter.  To see the information in the newsletter, go here: .  To receive the newsletter by email, just click on the link under Subscribe.  One may unsubscribe at any time. 


The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners do not share their emailing list with anyone! 

















Tours to Enjoy

 all welcome



Starr Tours 2016
Garden Related One Day Tours
Leaving from Yardley Park & Ride

Longwood Gardens Holiday Tour
Date: Saturday 12/10/16
Departure time: 10am
Return time: 8pm
Location:  Yardley Park & Ride
Cost: $89.95 per person, lunch is not provided








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