newsletter

May  2016

May gardening events and Plant Sales
Plant Sales

Tours


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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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March 23 Leaflet

If you missed our March meeting, here is a link to your copy of the Leaflet
page 1
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Leaflet page 2
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OUR UPCOMING GARDEN CLUB EVENTS


ALL ARE WELCOME
May 25 1 Pm, Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley
The Farm and Garden Station will give up garden design ideas that we can use at any outside party  1 PM at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall
June 8 Covered dish luncheon, and plant Auction
Tuesday June 21 - Garden Walk- Tours of 8 + Gardens in the Yardley and Morrisville area. 9:30-2PM begins at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley $20 pp to benefit our Jane Parr Memorial  and Martha Washington scholarship Funds. There will be some plants for sale at the Masonic Hall during this event.
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*The membership desk is the first desk you see when you enter our meetings. Gabriella would like someone to help her out at our monthly meetings, greeting people at the door and helping to sign in members and guests. Please speak with her if you can help out
 

 

Certify your garden as pollinator friendly


http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/public-outreach/cert

 

Here is a link to the Penn State gardening newsletter, Over the Fence "  for April 22

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PLANT SALES

 

 

The Churchville Nature Center Native Plant Sale will begin the weekend the weekend of may 7 & 8. . Mark your calendars. They are also looking for crafters to join in a craft fair this year.   www.churchvillenaturecenter.org
 
     

Community Plant Swap
  Tuesday May 10  6:30 to 7:30 PM
Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol.
hosted by the Southern Bucks Garden Club

PLANT SALES this weekend


     

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OTHER GARDENING LECTURES AND EVENTS

   

Delaware Canal Events
can be found at this link
http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ae713de3fc9bbfee6cb962cec&id=2b5f35784f&e=a76738b680
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JUNE 18, 10AM—2PM “DESIGNED FOR NATURE” GARDEN TOUR DOYLESTOWN AREA SEE FACEBOOK/BUCKSFG FOR MORE

 

TIPS FROM PENN STATE MASTER GARDENERS

 
 At our April meeting, the Penn State Master Gardeners presented some helpful tips and hints to share with all of you.
Club Member Deborah Moyer, professional Floral Designer, showed us foam wrapped floral wire that can be used on plants and in floral design. She also mentioned that Beacon Fabric Tack, sold at ANC  Moore and Michaels is a superior product for gluing anything in an arrangement together. It dries clear and is easy to clean up. beacon Fabric Tack
MG Sandy Kates spoke about one of her favorites, Knockout Roses Easy to care for , these roses only grow to 3 1/2 ft, and require little or no care.
knockout roses care
MG Ann Eidson recommended an adjustable rake from Lee Valley Tools Lee Valley Tools
Ann also recommended Salvia Black and Blue as a real hummingbird magnet.
 Black and Blue Salvia
MG Ruth Logan offered a stunning standard of a Shrimp Plant that is also guaranteed to attract  Hummingbirds. Shrimp Plant. Ruth's favorite tool is actually a mason tool called a mattock, which can be used to plant bulbs or dig up weeds in the tough clay soil. Mattock.
She mentioned tomatoes need a nighttime temperature of 55 degrees to grow. ( You can also add crushed egg shells to the hole when planting tomatoes to control Blossom End Rot )
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
 
SUET
 
1/2 block lard or 1 Cup
2 C chunky peanut butter
3 c quick oats
3 c corn meal
thistle/sunflower seeds, etc

 

Plant  of the week

In spring, the deep yellow flowers of the Native  Wood Poppy appear as a brilliant display . It comes as no surprise that the other common name of this plant are "Yellow Poppy"

http://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/woodpoppy.html

 

Tours to Enjoy


 all welcome

 
Starr Tours 2016
Garden Related One Day Tours
Leaving from Yardley Park & Ride
 
 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Museum Tour
Date: Saturday, May 21st
Departure Time: 7:45am
Return Time: 6:45pm
Location: Yardley Park & Ride
Cost: $129.95 per person includes lunch
 
https://www.starrtours.com/bus-tours/index.php/brooklyn-ny-art-and-gardens/tour-detail/2887
 
 
NYC Central Park & Carmine’s
Date: Saturday, July 30th
Departure Time:  9:00am
Return Time:  8:30pm
Location:  Yardley Park & Ride
Cost: $129.95 includes lunch
*This tour is an all day walking tour of paths, bridges, and tunnels of Central Park.  The tour requires walking shoes, the ability to walk for a full day, and potentially rain gear. 
 
https://www.starrtours.com/bus-tours/index.php/central-park-and-carmines-new-york/tour-detail/2806
 
 
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
 
https://www.starrtours.com/bus-tours/index.php/longwood-gardens-holiday/tour-detail/2878
 
 
*10% discount off first trip
*Full payment is required at the time of booking
*Private bus rental for 35 or more and discounted rates
 
Additional MWGC Trips & Tours Spring 2016
contact Karen at kelvin93@comcast.net

 
Bartram’s Gardens & Historic House Tour
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Tour Time: 10am
Departure Time 8:45am (approx. travel time 43 minutes)
Location:  5400 Lindberg Blvd. (54th Street & Lindberg)
                   Philadelphia, PA 19143
Cost: $20 adults/$18 seniors plus $17 for lunch on site)
 
 
Pearl S. Buck House and Garden Tour
Date: Thursday, June 2nd
Tour Time: 10am
Departure time: 8:45am (approx. travel time 47 minutes)
Location:  520 Dublin Road
                  Perkasie, PA 18944
Cost: $32 per person (combined cost of 2 tours & lunch on site)
 

 


Starr Tours 2016
Garden Related One Day Tours
Leaving from Yardley Park & Ride
 
 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Museum Tour
Date: Saturday, May 21st
Departure Time: 7:45am
Return Time: 6:45pm
Location: Yardley Park & Ride
Cost: $129.95 per person includes lunch
 
https://www.starrtours.com/bus-tours/index.php/brooklyn-ny-art-and-gardens/tour-detail/2887
 
 
NYC Central Park & Carmine’s
Date: Saturday, July 30th
Departure Time:  9:00am
Return Time:  8:30pm
Location:  Yardley Park & Ride
Cost: $129.95 includes lunch
*This tour is an all day walking tour of paths, bridges, and tunnels of Central Park.  The tour requires walking shoes, the ability to walk for a full day, and potentially rain gear. 
 
https://www.starrtours.com/bus-tours/index.php/central-park-and-carmines-new-york/tour-detail/2806
 
 
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
 
https://www.starrtours.com/bus-tours/index.php/longwood-gardens-holiday/tour-detail/2878
 
 
*10% discount off first trip
*Full payment is required at the time of booking
*Private bus rental for 35 or more and discounted rates
 
Additional MWGC Trips & Tours Spring 2016
contact Karen at kelvin93@comcast.net
 

Tyler Gardens and Mansion & Buildings Tour

Date: Friday, April 29th
Tour Time: 10:00am
Departure Time: 9:30am
Location: Tyler Mansion Bucks Count Community College
                  275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940
                 (meet in front of Tyler Hall)
Cost: $12.00 per person donation requested, optional local lunch
 
Bartram’s Gardens & Historic House Tour
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Tour Time: 10am
Departure Time 8:45am (approx. travel time 43 minutes)
Location:  5400 Lindberg Blvd. (54th Street & Lindberg)
                   Philadelphia, PA 19143
Cost: $20 adults/$18 seniors plus $17 for lunch on site)
 
 
Pearl S. Buck House and Garden Tour
Date: Thursday, June 2nd
Tour Time: 10am
Departure time: 8:45am (approx. travel time 47 minutes)
Location:  520 Dublin Road
                  Perkasie, PA 18944
Cost: $32 per person (combined cost of 2 tours & lunch on site)

 
OTHER GARDENING LECTURES AND EVENTS
   
 
 

 
TREVOSE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY                   
 
                     “Garden Disasters“ will be the featured PowerPoint program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 7:00PM at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA. 
                     Guest speaker, Joann Cosgrove will present a lighthearted look at what NOT to do in your garden and possible solutions to gardening problems!  A career RN MS, Cosgrove has been gardening since the age of 7 when her family moved to Levittown.  She admits that she has been enchanted with gardening ever since planting her first packet of Marigold seeds.  Cosgrove is Past President of Southern Bucks Garden Club and also Past Program Chair.
                     All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members.  For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.
 
 
GARDENING EVENINGS AT DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE, DOYLESTOWN All events:
Del Val Life Sciences Center
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More Than Just Geraniums: New Ideas for Container Gardening with Karen Rogers of  Shady Brook Farms
Tuesday, 04/26/16 6:30 reception , 7 PM lecture
 
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 It's time to put out your Hummingbird feeders :)

Help track hummingbirds journey north
The Journey North website Journeynorth.org
and on the Audubon App
Audubon Help the Hummingbirds
If you have a soft spot for feisty hummingbirds, consider turning your counting skills to Audubon’s Hummingbirds at Home project.
Recent research shows that flowering times of some hummingbird-friendly nectar plants are changing. By taking part in Hummingbirds at Home, you can help researchers learn more about nectar sources, how changes in supply may be affecting hummingbirds, and what we can do to protect these small feathered jewels. All you need to do is submit your hummingbird feeding observations online or with the the free Hummingbirds at Home app for iOs or Android devices.
 

MORE OPPORTUNITIES


We need help in a few positions at the Martha Washington 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
Membership, greet people at the door and collect email addresses for our newsletter
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.
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Training Master Gardeners - Bucks County residents
We’ll be interviewing candidates for a new class of Master Gardeners soon! Classes start October 2016 and graduation is January 2017. If you know anyone who may be interested, please have them email Kathleen Connally kxc30@psu.edu
Master Gardeners receive free training from Penn State Extension, in return, they volunteer their time to educate the community about research based horticulture practices. http://extension.psu.edu/bucks
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Know anyone going to college?

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 Scholarships
 The Martha Washington Garden Club is offering 2 educational scholarships, the MWGC scholarship and the Jane Parr Memorial Scholarship, given in her memory by her husband. They are each for a minimum of $2,000.00. They are open to both high school and college students in the Delaware Valley. High School students must include a copy of the college acceptance letter. Among other items, everyone must include up to date grade transcripts, 4 references: 2 character and 2 scholastic: a list of volunteer activities, and work experience. A written essay on why the applicant is interested in his or her chosen field and possible career plans is also obligatory. It is open to any student in the area majoring in the following fields, Environmental Science, Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and related fields. All material must be received by April 30, 2016. For more complete information you may contact your local HS guidance office or College Financial Aid office, www.Marthawashingtongardenclub.org, or email kkuffel@verizon.net


Do you Love Butterflies?
If you would like to work with butterflies, the  Churchville Nature Center Butterfly House is looking for you.
In this  volunteer position you may put in as many or as few hours as you prefer.
Our available positions include raising or feeding the butterfly caterpillars, watering and pruning the plants in the butterfly house , and helping lead tours of the Butterfly House to the public. The Butterfly house will open for volunteers in the Spring, and remain open until Oct 1.
This is a rewarding position , some butterfly knowledge preferred but we are happy to train. 
For more information, contact the Churchville Nature Center at churchvillenaturecenter@co.bucks.pa.us             phone: 215-357-4005
 

 



 




 

Weed of the week

What is the pretty purple flowering weed blooming in yoru garden right now? It could be Henbit. Check out this photo and link from Penn State
http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/turf/extension/plant-id/broadleaf/henbit
Henbit can be easily pulled by hand , chemical control is discouraged for the health of the beneficial pollinators living in your garden.

 

 

  Lyme Disease Prevention Tips from the Lyme Disease Support Group


Clothes treated with Sawyer Spray ( Permethrin)  give protection from ticks, especially nymphs. Gardening or hiking clothes, socks, shoes and hats  can be sprayed with this and will give protection through many washings.  http://lowerbuckslymegroup.org/
 



 

 

 

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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.
Our mailing address is:
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Our website is www.marthawashingtongardenclub.org

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