April 1 , 2017

Martha Washington Garden Club

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MWGC NEWSLETTER April 1 , 2017






the AOY Art Center is hosting a special Mother's Day weekend presentation on Growing Orchids,  Saturday May 13th beginning at 1:00 PM at the Art Center, 949 Mirror Lake Rd., Patterson Farm, Yardley.


The guest speaker is Roslynn Greenberg.   Ms. Greenberg is the past president of the Central Jersey Orchid Society, a member of the Delaware Orchid Congress.  She has written for ORCHIDS, the Journal of the American Orchid Society and traveled extensively in search of improving her knowledge of orchids.  She has exhibited with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society where she as won many awards and has even had orchids named in her honor.

 This is a free program for the community.  If you have any questions, please let me know. 


Bette Sovinee

AOY Art Center Coordinator





May 24 Meeting


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. 12:30 at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall



Garden Tour of private gardens in Lower Makefield Township and surrounding  areas . Martha Washington Garden Club Garden Walk
Tour Yardley & Morrisville gardens
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Meet at Lower Bucks Masonic Hall
 Edgewood Road, Yardley
9:15 am on 6/14/17 to purchase ticket and map
$20 per person
facebook: Martha Washington Garden Club Bucks County
Proceeds benefit Scholarship fund and community projects
A 501(c)3 organization


Scholarships offered
The Jane Parr Scholarship and Martha Washington Garden Club Scholarships
are $2000 scholarships given annually to students majoring in
horticulture, landscape architecture, forestry, conservation,
floraculture , turf management, organic farming, conservation wildlife management, Dairy and Crop Science, or any related field. The scholarship is given in memory of Jane Parr, a former MWGC member . Please check our website, or contact Arlene Gordon  at to apply or call her at 215 493 6058. Applicants must reside or be attending college in PA, NJ, Delaware, Maryland, or surrounding areas of the Northeast.




 An article on Ikebana featuring club member Lynn Lee was in the current Issue of PHS Grow magazine. . Article by Laura Brandt









Meeting:   The Natural Web – Mary Anne Borge    Monday April 10, 2017 at 1PM   Buckingham Township Building, 4613 Hughesian Way (off 413), Buckingham,PA   (Guest Fee $5.00)


 “The Natural Web” - How do plants support the animal species with which they coexist; and, what benefit do animals provide to plants in return? What benefits do plants offer humans in terms of food, medicine and building materials? We’ll look at some specific plant species to understand their importance to all forms of life. Mary Anne Borge- Mary Anne Borge, naturalist, writer, photographer and educator.  At the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, she teaches classes about native plants and their relationships with animals.  She is a certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a contributor to “Butterfly Gardener” magazine and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications.  Mary Anne shares her love of nature and photography at her blog,



Author Andrea Wulf to Appear at Washington

Founding Gardeners author to speak Crossing Historic Park (PA) April 9



Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) will host New York Times best-selling author Andrea Wulf on Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at the park’s visitor center.

Wulf will discuss her book, Founding Gardeners, which tells the story of how gardening and farming shaped the thinking of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers. The book looks at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

Ticket options are:


·       $15 per person for admittance to the lecture only

·       $35 per person for the lecture, entry into a wine and cheese reception with the author and a signed, soft-cover copy of Founding Gardeners


Tickets are limited and are for sale at

Wulf trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art in London and is now a full-time, award-winning writer. She is the author of five books and has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Sunday Times and the Guardian among many others. She frequently lectures around the world and is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013. 




Eric Clark

Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc. SPLASH



Venue: Birding Cruise on the Delaware SPLASH Steamboat

Date of Event: Saturday April 22. Raindate: April 23

Time: 8am-10am

Location: in the D&R Canal Park in Lambertville, NJ. Directions to the dock:

Ticket Information:   $22/adult $15 ages 8-18 and college students with ID.

Ticket Contact: email:

Venue Description: Experience the Spring Migration in the midst of the Eastern North American flyway from the comfort of your own seat aboard a real paddlewheel steamboat. Enjoy the novelty of birding from SPLASH’s slowly moving and very stable platform. Learn how to look for and identify birds from experienced Teacher-naturalists, while enjoying the river shoreline views of Lambertville and New Hope.




The Penn State Master Gardeners , Bucks County Extension Office, in partnership with Delaware Valley University and Bucks Beautiful, invite you to our exciting spring speaker series!   All are on Wednesday nights:

03/22/17 – Andy Moore, author of “PawPaw, America’s Forgotten Fruit”
04/19/17 – Professor Dan Duran, PhD, of Drexel University,  “Cultivating Respect for Insect Diversity”
05/17/17 – Joanne Kostecky Petito, Award-Winning Landscape Designer, Topic TBA

Light refreshments at 6:30 pm
Lecture  7:00pm

DVU 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

Delaware Valley University
Life Sciences Center Auditorium
700 E Butler Ave
Doylestown, PA 18901



The Garden State African Violet Club presents its 66th Annual Show and Sale on May 6, 2017 (12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.) and May 7, 2017 (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Mercer County Community College Student Center, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, New Jersey. 


 This year’s show, themed “Violets Down the Shore,” will feature America’s favorite houseplants—African violets—in horticulture form and flower arrangements, displayed in the spirit of the Jersey Shore.


Don’t miss the opportunity to see hundreds of judged plants on display, grown by local club enthusiasts and prominent growers. Experts will be on hand to answers your questions.  Workshops will also be available to help you grow beautiful plants. The workshop on May 6, 2017 will begin at 1:30pm “Potting and Care of Streptocarpus plants”.  The May 7, 2017 workshop will be at 1:00 pm “Basic Care of African Violets”. Workshop attendees will receive a coupon for a discounted plant.


There will be drawings for free plant giveaways.  Plants will be for sale from commercial growers and club members. Remember, plants make great Mother’s Day gifts.


Enjoy viewing award-winning African violet plants, creative designs and educational displays to help you grow beautiful African violets.


Admission is free! For directions to Mercer County Community College, click MCCC directions.

For more information, Email:





Calling all art glass lovers, photographers, gardeners and ladies who lunch! Please join us on Wednesday May 3, for a day trip to New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY, to see a special exhibit by globally-renowned US glass sculptor, Dale Chihuly. The temporary Chihuly exhibit consists of approximately 20 "monumental" installations created specifically for NYBG's 250-acre landscape, architecture, and water features. Plans call for a 9am bus departure from the Yardley ParknRide off Highway95, a short rest stop on the NJ Turnpike, and an 11am arrival. A 3pm bus departure for home should allow sufficient time for enjoying the gardens with special exhibit throughout, the 25-minute tram tour, lunch, and a visit to the wonderful gift shop. Lunch is at your leisure and expense, and available in the cafeteria style Pine Tree Café (offering soup, sandwiches, salads and pizza) or by small group reservation at the full-service and licensed Hudson Garden Grill.


More info on lunch options, Dale Chihuly, this exhibition, and photo highlights of the 2006 Chihuly NYBG exhibit can be found at


In order to charter a luxury coach for the two-hour drive to and from NYBG, we have to reserve a bus without delay: 36 is the minimum number of riders we need to charter a coach at the reasonable price of $28 per person, which includes driver gratuity and tolls. We also need to pre-pay the NYBG with one check for our group rate entry fee of $20 per person/$17 for seniors 65 and over, in order to guarantee admission. Therefore, please send your check for $45 or $48, made out to BCN, to Joan Cavanagh, 589 Aspen Woods Dr., Yardley PA 19067, by Feb. 24th.

This is not a MWGC trip, but our members and guests are invited.


If our numbers do not reach 36, we will not reserve a bus, go ahead with the trip or cash these checks. If our numbers reach 47 or 56, the per person transportation cost drops to $23 or $21, and you will be reimbursed for the difference on the bus.





2017 Indoor Winter Market
First and third Saturdays:
March 18th
April 1st, April 15th

9:00am – 11:00am

Yardley Friends Meeting
65 North Main Street
Yardley, PA 19067

List of vendors and other info:




The latest in home gardening news from Penn State Extension is always here!



Save the date!  The Penn State Master Gardeners of Bucks County hold their 17th annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Expect the very best plant material for your home gardens selected by the Master Gardeners, included plants donated from the Master Gardeners’ own collections.  Proceeds directly support the Master Gardeners’ educational programming.

Saturday, 05/06/17
9:00am – 1:00pm

Penn State Extension
Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

An App from Cornell to ID Your Bird Photos

That's right: our Merlin Bird ID app just got an upgrade that analyzes photos on your phone and offers bird ID suggestions. Just snap a photo or choose one from your photo library, answer a couple of questions, and Merlin will offer smart suggestions about what North American species it might be. Read more at eBird or download Merlin free for your iOS or Android device and try it out.




 MWGC Tours Spring 2017

email Karen at to sign up


Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore

Location:  500 College Ave. Swarthmore,PA       19081

Date:   Monday 4/10/17

Time:  Tour start time 10:15am

              Departure time, Masonic Lodge 9:00am

Cost:   Tour $10/pp, + Boxed lunch $5-8/pp




Location:  786 Church Rd.  Wayne, PA 19087

Date:   Friday 5/12/17

Time:   Tour start time 10:30am

               Departure time, Masonic Lodge 9:30am

Cost:    Tour $20/pp, + $4 tip + Boxed Lunch      





To sign up , Contact

Karen Papastrat 215-630-6149 or kpapastrat


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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. 





With the spring growing season approaching, look for signs of drought stress on your trees and shrubs















  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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