Monthly Archives: March 2019

Program Schedule
2019 – 2020

Regular meeting are at 1:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month, except January and July. Meetings are held at the Boyle County Extension Office unless otherwise specified. For directions to the Boyle Country Extension Office, click on the following link http://boyle.ca.uky.edu/.

Details on additional outings and social events throughout the year will be available on the website prior to the events.

Carpools for field trips depart from the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, lower level parking lot off Third Street.

Upcoming Events

 

June 5, 2019 Japanese Gardens
Community Arts Center 401 W. Main St. – Danville

Robert Schalkoff, Director of the Centre College Lincoln Scholarship Program, will share his love of Japanese gardens
Design: Traditional Line Design (HB, p. 182)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
June 19, 2019 Field Trip to Daylily World in Lawrenceburg
Sign up for a prepaid box lunch at the June meeting
https://daylilyworld.com/
August 7, 2019 Kentucky’s Waterways and Native Habitats
Ward Wilson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, will give an overview of the health of our waterways including information on the KWA and its work with the National Wildlife Federation to protect wildlife habitat.
Design: Underwater Design (HB p. 212)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
September 4, 2019 Solid Waste Recycling
Angie Muncy, the new manager of Boyle County’s recycle program, will share information on our local program and the status of recycling in the county
Design: Designer’s Choice using a recycled or upcycled container (members are encouraged to work in pairs)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
September 18, 2019 Field Trip to Walter Bradley Park in Midway
Bring your own lunch to eat at the park’s picnic area
http://walterbradleypark.org/
October 2, 2019 The Victorian Gothic Garden
Alexis Amorese Sheffield, Boyle County Extension Agent, will share the history of the popular Victorian Era Gothic Gardens which were surrounded in magical dark flowers and elements of lure. We will learn about different components of the gardens and varieties of flowers.
Design: Designer’s Choice of a Traditional Mass Line design using a black container (HB p. 182)
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
November 6, 2019 Holiday Decorating Fun with Fran Halloran and Beth Leahy
Create a kitchen decoration. Bring a mug and some greens to share.
There will be sign-ups for designs for McDowell House decorations, wreath making and food for the Green Tea.
Design: Fall arrangement for Thanksgiving using a basket with floral, fruit, nut and vegetable plant material
Horticulture: Any worthy specimen (use botanical name on the label)
December 2, 2019 Wreath Making for McDowell House
December 3, 2019 Decorate McDowell House for the Green Tea
December 8, 2019 Green Tea
McDowell House
2-4 p.m.
http://www.mcdowellhouse.com/
January 8, 2020 Installation of New Officers and Party
February 4, 2020 Boyle County High School Greenhouse Program
Matt Anderson, Agriculture teacher at the high school, will give an overview of the program, sharing information about the greenhouse and school garden. Students will provide information about the produce they grow for the school and Family Resource Center.
Design: Still Life Design with a Valentine theme (HB p. 209)
Horticulture: House plant or any worthy specimen (use botanical name
on the label)
March 4, 2020 Flower arranging with Joanna Kirby
Member of the Garden Club of Danville and past president of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Joanna will share her love of gardening and floral design with a PowerPoint presentation featuring her cut flower gardens. Information on conditioning and flower arranging will be shared. There will be sign-ups for center pieces for the annual meeting.
Design: Interpretation of a piece of artwork (painting, sculpture, fiber art) using plant material. Members should work in teams.
Horticulture: Forced floral arboreal or any worthy specimen (use botanical
name on the label)
April 1, 2020 Annual Meeting
Details to be announced

Spring Garden Housekeeping

by Linda Porter
Originally published in The Garden Club of Kentucky Bulletin, March, 2019

It is early Spring and there you are, out in the garden, looking at last year’s growth and leaves covering your precious plant treasures. Time to get in there and cut and rake like crazy – right? Not so fast – you might want to slow down and consider that there are other treasures in all parts of your garden.

GARDEN LITTER: Most of us know better than to aggressively rake garden beds in Spring. Good gardeners carefully remove leaves to avoid breaking off tender new plants. Those sprouts are not the only living thing under your leaves and other garden debris. The leaf litter is a wintering nest for many beneficial adult insects, as well, as eggs and pupae. Some adult butterflies, such as mourning cloak, question marks, and commas hibernate in the leafy beds.
CARE: 1. Wait until temperatures warm to remove leaves from perennial gardens (to at least a steady string of 50 degree days). 2. Leave at least a layer of healthy litter to act as moisture-retaining mulch while adding soil nutrition.

STEMS: Did you know that many species of beneficial insects use hollow stems for their winter retreats? These include lacebugs and pollinating flower flies. My personal favorite stem inhabitants are the tiny solitary bees that lay eggs in the stems in the winter – back-filing with mud or chewed leaves. Their adult offspring dig out in the early Spring and fly off to pollinate your wild flowers, bulbs and ephemerals.
CARE: To help save the stem dwellers you should 1. Avoid cutting down plant stems too early in spring (until temperatures are consistently over 60 degrees). 2. When cutting back, leave at least a foot of hollow stems and let that remain over the growing season for insect cavity dwellings. This also will help support new growth. 3. Another solution is to bundle, tie and hang hollow stems horizontally from trees to serve as homes for native cavity dwelling bees.

SOIL: A variety of other insects overwinter in soil burrows in either adult, egg or pupae form, including lightening bugs, hummingbird clearwing moths and many native bees.
CARE: 1. Keep the soil uncovered and do not over mulch with a thick wood chip layer (or plastic). 2. Wait to mulch until weather warms and soil is drier. 3. Try to maintain some open soil areas in your yard or garden.

SHRUBS AND TREES: As birds move into our shrubs and trees to build nests, other creatures are just now waking up there from a long winter’s sleep. A variety of butterflies and moths overwinter as cocoons and chrysalises suspended on branches.
CARE: Keep a look out for cocoons and chrysalises as you prune.

Leave the occupied branches for a while; and place cut branches in a safe place just in case you miss a few treasures.

Your garden is so much more than flowers. By taking some precautions now, you can help guarantee the safety of all that lives there. Happy Gardening!