Program Schedule
2018 – 2019

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

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 Nature Walks

April 14, 2018     Spring Wildflower Walk

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge (

Anne Lubbers, Centre College biology professor, will lead a public walk at 10:00 AM

April 28, 2018    Spring Walk

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge (

Rob Pendygraft, CKWR Educational Director, will lead a public walk at 10:00 AM.

Regular Club Meetings and Events

May 2, 2018        Time to Pot: Potting Soil

What is in it? How is it made? What to look for to get the best?

Keelan Pulliam, guest speaker and husband of member Diana Pulliam, will share his knowledge

Design: Creative Line Design with live plant material (HB p 199)

Horticulture: Single cut specimen Paeonia (Paeoniaceae) (HB p 144), Tulipa (Liliaceae) (HB pp 148-149) or any worthy specimen

May 9, 2018         Henry Clay Estate Gardens Club Outing

It is peony time and we are invited by the Lexington Garden Club to visit the peony and walled gardens of the Henry Clay Estate during their Wednesday work session. Lunch on your own or at the Gingko Tree Café on the grounds. Members and their guests are invited

June 6, 2018        Summer Table Arrangements

Beth Leahy and other club members will share ideas for festive center pieces for summer picnics and events

Design: Designer’s Choice floral design in a tea cup or coffee mug (HB p 203). Size change not to exceed 7 inches in height and width

Horticulture: Rosa (Rosaceae) (HB p 147) or any worthy specimen

August 1, 2018    The Ephraim McDowell House formal garden tour

Linda Porter, club member and McDowell House Garden Manager, will take us on a tour and describe the features of the gardens in the early 1800’s. Dr Ephraim McDowell presented his wife with a formal garden beside their house. This garden is typical of gardens of that era. The bones of the original garden still exist today. Meet at the McDowell House on 2nd Street.

No Exhibits

September 5, 2018             Plants for Pollinating

It is important to provide nectar and pollinating plants for all pollinators throughout the growing season. The session, prepared by club members, Janis Scott, Mimi Gosney and Linda Porter, will cover various plant materials, and the months they bloom, to provide food for bees and butterflies.

Design: Designer’s Choice using a recycled or upcycled container. We will work in member pairs. Diane, Fran, Susan, Kay and Jan will contact a member to plan and make a design. Members may form additional pairs to make their designs. Get a partner and join in on the fun.

Horticulture: Dahlia (Asteraceae) (HB p 129) or any worthy specimen

October 3, 2018                  Houseplant Care Year Round

Alexis Amorese Sheffield, Boyle County Extension Office Horticulture Agent, will discuss the care of houseplants including types of soil, how much moisture and light and potting techniques to help plants flourish.

Design: Pot-et-Fleur (HB p 207)

Horticulture: Fruit, nut or vegetable or any worthy specimen

November 7, 2018              McDowell House and Green Tea

Linda Taylor, club member, will take the mystery of the making arrangements and enlighten us with information on materials appropriate to the time period of the McDowell House. Members will prepare designs as examples.

There will be sign-up sheets for designs for the McDowell House decorations, wreath making and refreshments for the tea at this meeting

Design: Designer’s Choice Still Life Design (HB p209) using greens and 1 or 3 piece(s) of fruit or vegetable

Horticulture: Arboreal Specimen not to exceed 30 inches in length (HB p 106)

November 30, 2018              Wreath Making for McDowell House

December 1, 2018              Decorating for McDowell House Green Tea

December 2, 2018             McDowell House Green Tea 2:00-4:00 PM

January 2019                      Club Social Gathering Date, time and place to be announced

February 6, 2019               Soil and Insects in Our Gardens

Jessica Besson, Horticulture Agent for Mercer County Extension Office, will share information on soil and its content, and insects to make our gardens successful.

Design: Designers Choice Reflective Design (HB p207) working in pairs

Horticulture: House plant or any worthy specimen

March 6, 2019                    Gardening for the Birds

Nic Patton from Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss gardening for birds including year round feeding to care for our feathered friends.

There will be a sign up sheet for centerpieces for the annual meeting

Design: Stretch Design (HB pp 209-210) with green and dried plant material

Horticulture: Forced Arboreal Specimen (HB p 106) or any worthy specimen

April 3, 2019                       Annual meeting. Details to be announced