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
Garden Works of Art
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm & Shop
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOR THE UPCOMING 2016- 2017 YEAR
To sign up , Contact
Karen Papastrat 215-630-6149 or
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Date: Spring 2017 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)
GARDEN EVENTS OF INTEREST
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
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 (http://points-computer.phs.volunteerhub.com/) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
contact Elsa with any questions at
ELSA R. EFRAN
100 N. 20th
Street - 5th Floor
This article is
from a few winters ago, but still relevant.
Wintering in Pennsylvania!
By Barb Elliot
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.
more here http://backyardsfornature.org/?p=447
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 http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uj234.pdf
to view and download Penn State’s document Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes.
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
tickencounter.org. 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 www.cdc.gov/Lyme 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: http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening
. 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!
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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