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Enjoy the latest newsletter, full of Fall gardening events for everyone.. All are welcome to our events. Have you LIKED our Facebook page yet? Its an online Garden Group! Please post questions, photos, information, etc at this link Martha Washington Garden Club Facebook Page . Please share these events. If you know anyone who would like to be added to our distribution list, have them email MWGC@ymail.com
UPCOMING GARDEN CLUB EVENTS
Nov 30 , Holiday Wreath workshop - make either a wreath or swag to take home for the holidays , 9 AM - noon Lower Makefield Township Building , Edgewood Rd, Yardley
Dec 9 Holiday Luncheon at the Yardley Inn ,fun , fun, fun ! Bring your check to the Oct meeting, members $26, guests, $29
GPS 2400 Street Rd.
New Hope, PA 18938
Gingerbread House Display & Lights
Monday 12/14 3:00-5:00
dinner to follow is optional
meet to drive at Masonic Hall at 2:15
Jan 27 Gala and Luncheon - Fireside Flowers will be showing us how to create unique floral designs which will be raffled off
Feb 24 - Tips for the Complete Gardener with Elizabeth Lundlow Bowman
March 23 " Hostas for Texture" presentation by Walter Cullerton ,
April 4 Yardley Publick Burial Grounds cleanup 9 - noon
April 27 " What's going on in the garden now, tips by the Penn State Master Gardeners
May 7- 7 AM to 2 PM, our Famous Annual Plant and Bake Sale.
May 25 The Farm and Garden Station will give up garden design ideas that we can use at any outside party
June 10 Covered dish luncheon, and plant Auction
June 21 - Garden Walk
We need help in a few positions at the garden club. Here is your chance to get involved, learn more about the club, and help out under the guidance of an experienced club member. Membership - Gabriella need someone to help assist her greeting club members and guests at the door, Membership is also responsible for collecting names of attendees at the meetings, and taking email addresses of guests, and maintain a current membership list.
Beautification - helps to organize help to maintain Tot Lot Yardley and other public grounds
Community Flowers- Simply manage the sign up of members of leave flowers or plants at the township offices
December Luncheon - help to organize our holiday luncheon
January gala, work with Pat Mutek to plan the event, organize and collect auction items.
If you can help to assist with any of these items, please contact us at MWGC@ymail.com or let someone know at the Sept 23 meeting.
Our November meeting will be a wonderful opportunity to make a flower arrangement to take home for the holidays. We will provide containers,, please bring and assortment of store bought flowers, and seed pods and grasses from your garden, a trash bag, and scissors. We will provide everything else you need, and instruction on how to arrange your floral design. Wed, Nov 18, 12:30 at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, Edgewood Road. Guests are welcome, guest fee $5.
Join us at the Lower Makefield Township building on Edgewood Rd. at Nov 30 at 9 Am to noon to make a swag or wreath to take home. All welcome, but you must sign up in advance with Pat Mutek at Pmutek@aol.com or 215 946 7426 and let her know if you prefer to make a swag or wreath. . Fee is $20. This includes all needed supplies , except you will need to bring a trash bag, newspapers, scissors , and wire cutters.
Our garden club could use some help at the Arts and Crafts for the residents of Langhorne Gardens Nursing Home. Can you come out at 2:30 for an hour or so to help us make some crafts? We meet at 2:30 at the Langhorne gardens Nursing Home , just off Lincoln Highway at 350 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047. Please call Betsy Miller if you can help us out at 215-493-5835. The volunteers meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month to help the residents with an arts and crafts program. The residents are a delightful group and appreciate all the fun we provide to them.
OTHER GARDEN EVENTS
The Doylestown Nature club meetings are the second Monday of the month at 1 PM at the Buckingham Township Bldg, 4613 Hughesian Dr, Buckingham, PA 18912.
Nov 9, Jeffrey Marshall “Barns of Bucks County”
Dec 9, Wed at 9 AM Buckingham Township Building BusTrip to
Longwood Gardens return by 4 PM
Bus capacity (minimum of 30 at $30/person). If we have more than 30 the extra bus money will be refunded. Cost $44/senior (age62+) but $46/non-senior includes the bus (Starr Transit Company) and group entry price to the gardens. Please make out your check to Doylestown Nature Club and mail to P.O. Box 467, Doylestown,PA 18901. When we arrive at Longwood Gardens we may view the orientation video, we each get a map of the gardens,view the History display in Piece House, and view the gardens at our leisure. Lunch is on your own at either the Terrace Restaurant Café (reservations not required) or fine dining at the 1906 Restaurant (make your reservations at opentable.com).
Garden State African Violet Club invites you to attend monthly meetings:
November 10, 2015
January 7, 2016
February 4, 2016
March 3, 2016
April 7, 2016
At 7:00 PM
Robbinsville Public Library
42 Robbinsville-Allentwon Rd
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Things we do at our meetings:
-Hands on lessons & educational programs to grow beautiful African violets
-Members get a free project plant
-Plants & growing supplies are available for sale
-Our annual judged show & plant sale is April 30 - May 1, 2016 at Mercer County College
Visit our website: www.princetonol.com/groups/gsavc
CONNECT WITH THE BUCKS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS!
NEW! See our “Ask a Master Gardener” column in the Upper Bucks Free Press
April 2015 issue –
Penn State offers many FREE eBooks and Online Guides for homeowners. Visit these websites for more information and a list of publications.http://ento.psu.edu/extension/free-ebooks
Editors note- on occasion we get Rufus Hummingbirds at feeders in Bucks County in the winter months. Consider leaving up your feeders up as long as possible
Don't clean up the Fall Garden
Many of us leave our wildlife gardens standing through the winter to provide crucial cover and food to birds (in the way of seeds and overwintering insects) during a stressful time of year. Our still-standing winter gardens also shelter many of next year’s insects (butterflies, moths, spiders, preying mantises, and more) as overwintering eggs, caterpillars, or chrysalises.
excerpted from Native plants and Wildlife Gardens
My belief in leaving the garden alone in fall was cemented last year on a December morning, when a robin landed on a garden chest where I keep my tools. It balanced on the edge where some snow was melting and dripping to the deck below. The robin arched its head downward and pecked at each droplet. Soon a bluebird landed right behind the robin on the edge of the chest. Then another bluebird. All three were now lined up, ready to take their turn at the melting snow. I have little doubt that if I hadn’t left the garden up, creating a welcoming space, I’d never have seen them. And I have little doubt that winter wouldn’t have meant so much, or been easier to get through, without the living beauty outside my door in a “dead” season so many of us gardeners unnecessarily loathe. Here are seven of the many reasons to leave your fall garden standing.
1. Why work when it's cold? Look, I'm tired; you're tired. So leave the garden alone. Plus it's getting cold out. Do you really want to be outside working? Isn't there a football game on or some pumpkin-spice latte to savor? Let the garden be for your own health and sanity.
2. Wildlife is hibernating. Lots and lots of insects and frogs, and who knows what else, are out there in your garden overwintering in leaf litter, on twigs, even in the top layer of soil. What happens when you "clean up" the leaves and chop down the plants? You might be tossing out a black swallowtail chrysalis or a mantis egg case, or stepping on a mourning cloak butterfly.
3. Protect your plants. Leaving the perennials standing will help them gather snow. That snow in turn will insulate the roots when it gets really cold and also add moisture to the soil. That’s a double win for low-maintenance gardening.
4. Discover a new dimension. You won't want to miss frosty mornings when every leaf, stem and seed head is accented with fascinating patterns of silvery shadows — halos of ice and snow that make the garden exquisite. And did you know that a snowflake is a fractal — a mathematical equation — just like coastlines, mountain ranges, trees, sunflowers and even the human circulatory system? Everything in nature can be mapped out with math, and nowhere is that more obvious than with a winter frost. Take your kids outside and expose them to a healthy double groan — math and nature.
5. Enjoy new neighbors. Leaving up your plants welcomes all sorts of wildlife you'd never see, even though they're quite common. One year this sharp-shinned hawk visited because juncos were taking refuge in the thick garden cover. The hawk did eventually nab a meal, but that's OK — the garden was helping everyone, doing what nature does best and right out the back door. What a cure for seasonal affective disorder.
6. Even robin redbreasts will stop by and surprise you. Did you know there are robins around in winter? They tend to roost in groups, going about only when thirsty or hungry. A heated birdbath is great, but so are all of those fermenting berries on shrubs and trees. Lots of other songbirds will also be enjoying seeds from standing perennial cover, too.
7. Gardens thrive in all four seasons. When the first spring blooms arise, you won't feel like you missed them (as much), because so much was going on in your garden all winter long — leaving the plants up makes winter seem shorter. Those first spring flowers won't seem as much like a relief as a confirmation that a garden never really sleeps, and you'll be seeing that firsthand in all four seasons.
"Winter interest" is a landscape term that means there's something beautiful to look at during the cold season. Usually, that means grasses or redtwig dogwoods, but any old perennial will do .Winter interest isn't just for us, though; it's for birds, butterflies, frogs and soil microbes munching on leaves and making the garden healthier for summer. A lot will be going on if you leave the garden up until a spring cut-down — get out there and enjoy it this winter!
Real change will only happen when we fall in love with our planet. —Thich Nhat Hanh
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