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Wednesday, Sept 23 12:30 at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall

Join the Martha Washington Garden Club  for an interactive Meeting .   We will learn how to design a Tea Tray for function and display.  Please bring a tray, tea cup, napkin ,  plus a flower and vase for your tray. Instructions will also be given on how to design this as an entry for a Flower Show.

A brief talk on Tea will also be presented.

All welcome, guest fee $5.  Refreshments and raffles

hope to see you in Sept !


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.

December Luncheon - help to organize our holiday luncheon

November gala, work with Jeremy and 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 or let someone know at the Sept 23 meeting.




Other meetings and our yearly schedule to be announced shortly


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.





All are welcome to this outstanding lecture by Martha Washington Garden Club member Connie Fairchild.

    "Birds in Your Backyard" will be the featured PowerPoint program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:00PM at their new meeting location, the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA.

            Guest speaker, Connie Fairchild  will describe how to attract a large and diverse variety of bird species to your backyard for year around enjoyment.  Fairchild will share her successful techniques that include choosing the best seed mixes, planting berried shrubs and evergreens for food and shelter and providing an all-season water source.  She will also discuss how to transition these methods through the seasons.  An avid birder, Fairchild is an Audubon Bird Town Committee member for Lower Makefield Township and a volunteer at the Churchville Nature Center.

                     All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members.  For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.





Worms are Wonderful: Vermicomposting Workshop

When   Sat, September 26, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

WhereBowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938,

DescriptionMembers: $12, Non-members: $16; Registration is required by Thursday, September 24. This is a basic workshop for people new to indoor worm composting. Learn about different types of worms (specifically Eisenia fetida), their life cycle and reproductive system. Then get your hands dirty and create your own vermicomposting bins, adding the appropriate food, bedding and worms. Learn about the care and maintenance of the bin in your home. It’s a lot of fun, a little messy, and you get to play with worms! Bring a dark colored 10 or 18 gallon plastic bin (not translucent) with a lid. Note: these are not outdoor worms; the bin will need to be kept indoors in a temperature range of 55 to 80 degrees. Instructor Susan Harrison has been vermicomposting for 11 years. She is certified as a Penn State Master Gardener, Bucks County Extension, with a focus on entomology.


All are welcome to the following events from the Doylestown Nature Club

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.  


Sept 14, 2015 Howard Eskin “Wild Mushrooms and Other Fungi”

Sept 18, Friday at 10 AM, Meet at the Visitors Center Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and Howard Eskin will Guide us on a Mushroom Hunt (Admission $6, $4/seniors, Bowman’s Hill members free)

Oct 21, Wed at 10 AM Meet at the Doylestown Cemetery Visitors Center for the V.I.P. walking tour of the Cemetery, $7/person

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



Paxson Hill Farm, 16th Annual Art in the Garden-Show and sale   Saturday Sept. 5th and Sunday Sept. 6th

10:00 to 4:30  rain or shine

Paxson Hill Gardens is a masterpiece of garden design, don't miss this opportunity to see it.


Monarch Tagging Event

Saturday September 5, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Come witness one of our most amazing insects, the Monarch Butterfly.

Butterfly House at Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane ,Churchville, PA

Join the butterfly House at Churchville Nature Center in wishing the Monarch Butterfly a safe journey to Mexico - its overwintering site. Learn how to identify a monarch butterfly in all its stages from an egg to a caterpillar to a chrysalis and adult. Learn about migration and why it is such an important part of the process. Help Monarch Watch gather crucial information that can help combat population decline. Be a part of the the monarchs! We will hand out milkweed seed to all participants so that we can make a positive impact on Monarch habitat restoration. After all the registrants tag a Monarch, the day will conclude with a release of all the tagged Monarchs. Fee includes the Monarch presentation, tagging and a guided tour of the butterfly house and the host plant gardens that surround the butterfly house.. This is the final event of the butterfly house at Churchville Nature Center. .

Fee for presentation and tagging: $8 per person

time 1:00 to 2:00 pm

The number of butterflies is limited, and reservations for the tag and release are Required!   215 357 4005

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    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, new introductions, challenge classes and a collection of cut specimens.  Included are sections for foliage and flowering container-grown plants, including porch box and dish garden classes, 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.




Designing With Natives

Backyard Conservation Design Certification

A roadmap to backyard conservation design and stewardship using native plants

Text Box: designing with nativesIf you are a homeowner, gardener, teacher or landowner interested in helping the environment, you can benefit from training on restoring ecology to your backyard.  In this class, learn to access your property using Google Earth and measure your water, carbon, nutrient and pesticide footprint.  Using a companion CD, Designing With Natives, begin a 15 step process to implement real conservation and change.  Discover how to create great habitat, beauty, seasonal curb appeal, zero runoff and save money with native plants.  The class provides resource materials, site visits and lectures in a 10 week on-line course.  Each week John Rogers will discuss a series of prepared materials on relevant topics.  Become certified as a Backyard Conservation Designer.  Become part of an expert team.  More than 30 people have taken the course in southeastern Pennsylvania.

John Rogers is an environmental consultant, award winning planner, researcher, teacher and author.  For 40 years, John worked as an environmental consultant on environmental science and policy issues across the United States and Canada. Trained as a plant ecologist, planner and businessman, John brings an integrated perspective to backyard conservation.

The course begins on September 22, 2015

Cost of training and materials:  $100

 “In Designing With Natives, John Rogers has compiled the most comprehensive guide to sustainable landscaping I have seen to date. He could just as easily have called it “Managing Water with Natives,”  “Sequestering Carbon with Natives,” “Conserving Biodiversity with Natives,” or “Saving Energy with Natives,” since his new book discusses all of these ecosystem services and more.  Even a quick read will convince you that our properties and neighborhoods are more than just places to live. They provide ideal opportunities to encourage the essential earth functions that support us.  Designing With Natives will be a useful and timely reference for years to come.” 

Doug Tallamy

For more information contact:


Garden State African Violet Club invites you to attend monthly meetings:

September 3, 2015

October 1, 2015

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

-Refreshments provided

-Our annual judged show & plant sale is April 30 - May 1, 2016 at Mercer County College

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Research-based information for good home gardening practices from the Bucks County Master Gardeners.    Be sure to visit our blog and “like” us on Facebook for the latest news!

NEW!  See our “Ask a Master Gardener” column in the Upper Bucks Free Press

April 2015 issue – page 11
March 2015 issue – page 19

Penn State offers many FREE eBooks and Online Guides for homeowners.  Visit these websites for more information and a list of publications.


When to Take Down a Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbirds will
not delay migration if a feeder is present; they are driven by forces more powerful than hunger. from

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




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