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UPCOMING GARDEN CLUB EVENTS
is invited to join us on a tour on Aug. 12, 2015 at Tiffany Perennials and the
Gardens at Mille Fleurs. The tour will be guided by Barbara Tiffany, owner of
the gardens. Barbara collects and designs with rare plants.
We need at least 15 participants. If you would like to attend, please let Barbara Heisler know by Wed. July 22nd. Phone 215 478 3977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send checks payable to Martha Washington Garden Club to Barbara Heisler, 98 McConkey Dr. Washington Crossing, PA 18977 Non garden club members are welcome!!!!
Hope to see you at this outstanding tour.
Please visit Tiffany Perennials and the Gardens at Mille Fleur and check it out. You can also find them on Facebook.
Equipment, records and supplies. Please let me know if you may have a room. Ruth Logan 215-493-8148
Help us celebrate Moth week at the Butterfly House at Churchville Nature Center. Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 PM . Join our director, Stommy Blauth, and Elaine Tartaglia, PHD, one of the founders of National Moth week, for our second annual fun filled Moth event. We are presenting an evening class that begins as an intro to Moths, and then we will venture outside to see which Moths we can attract and identify. members $10, non members $12 215 357 4005 to register. www.churchvillenaturecenter.org. LIKE us on Facebook Butterfly House at Churchville Nature Center
Churchville Nature Center Butterfly House
is looking for volunteers who love butterflies. Stommy Blauth, director of the Butterfly House, can use volunteers interested in caring for, raising , feeding, and working with these delightful creatures. If you have some time in June- Sept, call or Email Stommy for details.
email@example.com 917 923 8558
Hello Everyone. An early alert about our upcoming standard flower show "Under the BIG TOP". Anyone can enter. If interested, schedules will be available at our June thru July meetings and by request. Our show covers the entire 1,000 square feet of St. Ephram's facility. Visitors are very welcome to enjoy the show. If you have any questions, please call or email me. Keep cool!
The circus is coming to town! Sponsored by the Trevose Horticultural Society their annual standard flower show “Under the BIG TOP" will be staged on Friday, August 28 from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday, August 29 from 10 AM to 5 PM at their new location at St. Ephrem Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA. The public is cordially invited; admission is free. Non-members are welcome to enter. However, advanced registration is required for competitive design entries. Contact the Advance Registration Chair at 215-322-4154 prior to August 2, 2015.
The festive theme is artistically expressed throughout the Artistic Design Division. Staged on a pedestal, "Balancing Act" is a National Garden Club (NGC) Stabile design style implying motion, while "Elephant Walk", an NGC Synergistic design style, requires three or more containers. A creative design "Master of the Rings" suggests an imaginative approach. The traditional circus march "Stars and Stripes Forever" features the relationship of shapes, forms and colors. The entrant is challenged to express themselves in an NGC one-place setting Capsule-Functional Table design "Be a Clown" themed to a child's birthday party. Magic is the inspiration for the 8" small design "All Smoke and Mirrors" using designer's choice of plant material; however, only dried is permitted in the 3" miniature "Contortionist." In the artistic craft class, "Plate Spinning", the entrant must decorate a plain white plate with all natural plant material. Pre-registration is required by August 2. Contact 215-322-4154.
The horticultural schedule offers a variety of competitive classes for area green-thumbs, including annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, evergreen and flowering branches and a collection of cut specimens. The "Annual Introductions" classes must include recently marketed varieties of flowers and vegetables offered in 2015. "Object Manipulation" is the theme of the special seed-grown challenge classes that include Ferry Morse 'Giant Scarlet Flame' Zinnia, a potted plant of 'Tip Top Apricot' Nasturtium and 'Cashflow' summer squash, both produced by Pinetree. Children are encouraged to enter their seed-grown specimens of Pinetree's 'Bush Bean Tendergreen' beans in the "Flea Circus" category. Entrants may also compete in sections for foliage and flowering container-grown plants, including porch boxes and newly added dish gardens, as well as herbs, vegetables, fruits and nuts.
Children aged 14 and under may compete in the Junior Division, which includes cut specimen classes in horticulture for vegetables, flowers, and herbs. A creative design class, “Cat Capers” inspires the younger generation to create their own version of a critter composed of all natural plant materials.
Several informative displays focus on broadening the public’s environmental awareness. Coordinated by Debbie Mahon, President of the Hulmeville Garden Club, the conservation exhibit "Totally Tomatoes" features insightful information on growing, problem solving and selecting companion plants. This tomato primer includes a history and fun facts, a display of potted tomatoes with herbs and a handout of tomato varieties listing their specific colors, flavors and sizes.
Show Chairperson, Karen Wychock of Warrington answers the questions: What makes a show a standard flower show? What system is used to distinguish a first place winner from a second place winner? Her educational exhibit, "And the Winner is..." will educate the viewer on the rules associated with a National Garden Club standard flower show.
Similar to the elephant in a three ring circus, the elephant ear plant (Colocasia) provides a bold tropical effect in nearly any landscape setting. In fact, these plants are commonly grown for their large, tropical-looking foliage, which is reminiscent of elephant ears. Karen Wychock's exhibit "The Elephant in the Room" will explain how to plant, grow, care for and store these incredible bulbs in your garden.
For further information or copies of the show schedule, please contact the Show Chairperson at 215-460-8853.
"Exploring Creative Design" will be the featured program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:00PM at their new meeting location, Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA.
“Exploring Creative Design"
In anticipation of our annual flower show "Under the BIG TOP" guest speakers, Patricia Wolanski of Collegeville and Susan Irwin of Lower Gwynedd will demonstrate three different National Garden Club (NGC) artistic design types. In addition to reviewing the basics of floral design they will create Synergestic, Stabile and Function Capsule Table design styles in accordance with NGC guidelines. Novices as well as more experienced flower arrangers will learn some new artistic techniques from two accomplished, creative and talented designers. A selection of completed designs will be available for raffle.
An Accredited NGC Judge, Patricia Wolanski has been a member of the Norristown Garden Club for 34 years and has served as past President. Her many design awards that include the Philadelphia International Flower Show can be attributed to her avid interest in flower arranging and her attendance in design workshops. Pat has conducted floral workshops for hospital patients and floral jewelry design workshops for her garden club. She earned degrees in both Health Science and Management and Registered Nursing.
A passionate floral designer with a degree in art, Susan Irwin is an Accredited NGC Judge and a member of the Norristown Garden Club since 1993. She is a member of the Ikebana International Philadelphia Chapter and has completed the Longwood Certificate of Merit in Floral Design. A competitor in many area shows, including the Philadelphia International Flower Show, Susan also conducts workshops for her garden club.
Learn the Benefits of Planting Native Plants with Master Gardener, Heidi Shriver. It will be held on July 22 at 7 pm at the Bristol Township Senior Center Building, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, PA. Gino's Nursery of Wrightstown has donated several plants as door prizes.
Heidi has worked at Peace Valley Nature Center as a Teacher Naturalist for 15 years and has been a Master Gardener since 2007, focusing on native plants, pollinators and gardening for pollinators.
The program is sponsored by the Bristol Township Environmental Advisory Council and Greenbelt Overhaul Alliance of Levittown.
Registration suggested. Seminar is free to all. Contact Ellen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Middletown Grange fair Aug 12- Aug 16 in Newtown just off Rte 413.
The Grange Fair is always lots of fun, Save the date
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April 2015 issue – page 11
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Real change will only happen when we fall in love with our planet. —Thich Nhat Hanh
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