Oct 25, 2016

Martha Washington Garden Club

All are welcome to our events, you do not have to be a member to join us.

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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
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

Purple Haze. wonderful Lavender

Marie Vorhees, Hidden Spring Lavender Farm & Shop

Lavendar, lavander, or lavandar - it doesn't matter much how you spell it.  Marie will acquaint us with healing forces, historical anecdotes, planting, flower production, pruning, harvesting, and drying of lavender.

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

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.








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

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)







Interested in Volunteering for the Phila Flower Show?

The best job at the Philadelphia Flower Show is in POINTS and Computer Support, you  do not need computer skills to join us in this department. You may choose a sitting job ,filing, proof reading, general office help before the show, free entry during the show including hours that the show is not open to the public, computer entry in an easy to use app if you have computer skills, or any other number of positions and hours of your liking. You can become a part of the flower show, not just a visitor to the show.

We are using a new online system for volunteers to sign up. Use this special link

You  can sign up for shifts directly by easily creating an account and choosing the days and hours that work for you. Even though a time block may say 7 hours, people should sign up for a shift of at least 3 hours somewhere in that time frame and let Elsa  know the actual hours you want.


PHS has just introduced a new volunteer registration system, VolunteerHub, which will allow you to create your own schedules, receive immediate email confirmations of your assignments, and check your schedule on computers, tablets, and smart phones. All PHS volunteers must register with Volunteer Hub.

To sign up for the Points and Computer Support team, please click here ( to create an account. (Creating an account is a one-time requirement. You won’t have to do it next year.) After you do so, you will be able to sign up for your shift(s). To sign up for another shift, click on Events. You can only sign up for one shift at a time. You will receive a confirming email for each shift. If you have any questions or concerns about using the online system, please contact

You may contact Elsa with any questions at


Data Specialist

PHS Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

100 N. 20th Street - 5th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103-1495

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This article is from a few winters ago, but still relevant.

Hummingbirds Wintering in Pennsylvania!

By Barb Elliot

Yes, you read that right.  It’s been a record-setting fall and winter for hummingbirds in Pennsylvania.    According to hummingbird bander and expert Scott Weidensaul, as of February 22nd, 92 hummingbirds have been reported in PA since last fall.  Five or six are still present, including a few in southeastern PA.  These visitors are not the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that visit our feeders and breed here during summer.  They were gone by early October.  These are vagrants, species that breed in the Pacific northwest, northern Rocky Mountains, or Alaska, and normally migrate to Mexico in fall. 

read more here



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








All are welcome to our events. We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month Sept- May at the Lower Bucks Masonic  Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley 

membership is available at any meeting for $30 per year. , Guest fees are $5 per lecture, and vary with other events. See our website for more details.
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