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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

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
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
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.
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!

Special Projects Award Program 2019

The Garden Club of Danville is again providing funds for community projects that carry out the mission of the club: to encourage the advancement of horticulture and creativity design, aid in civic beautification, and promote conservation and protection of out natural resources.

The funds are available due to the generosity of local residents (some garden club members, some not), that have opened up their gardens for previous Tours sponsored by the Garden Club of Danville. Another tour will be hosted this spring, which we hope will make it possible for us to continue the Awards program for years to come. Watch our website for updates concerning our Spring Garden Tour.

Awards are based on the nature of the project and will be awarded in the spring of this year. The garden club is looking for projects, large or small, that:

  • Have a strong public impact
  • Show potential to be monetarily self-sustaining
  • Will come to fruition in 2 years, the maximum award length
  • Involve partnership or sponsorship with other organizations or agencies
  • Possess a strong educational component

Each applicant for an award must be sponsored by a member of The Garden Club of Danville. If you do not have a Garden Club of Danville contact, please email us at We will be happy to assist in matching you up with a sponsor.

For more information, please see the application form link below. The form is in PDF format. It may be saved to your computer and filled in using your computer or it may be printed out and can be filled in by hand. You may also need to include other documentation with your form.

Special Projects Award Program – Application (updated February 2019)


Green Tea and Open House

Free Event!   All are welcome!  

The Garden Club of Danville invites the community to its annual Green Tea and Open House!

Club members will decorate the historic McDowell House with holiday arrangements appropriate to the early 19th-century.  

Date:     Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time:     2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where:  McDowell House Museum

Event Flyer: Click Here!

125 S. Second St. Danville, KY 40422

Refreshments will be served.  Holiday music is courtesy of The Danville Dulcimers.

Contributions are welcome and may be made to the Salvation Army or the Family Services Association of Boyle County.


Saving Your Own Historic Garden

Susan Haltom
Susan Haltom

Free Event!   All are welcome!

The Little Garden Club of Woodford County presents “Saving Your Own Historic Garden” with Susan Haltom

Date:     Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time:     11:00 am
Where:  Versailles United Methodist Church, 230 Paynes Mill Rd., Versailles, KY

Susan Haltom is past president of the Southern Garden History Society and co-author of “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place”


Beginning Home Gardening Guide From Angie’s List

Growing a garden at home is an activity that the entire family can participate in, and it provides a household with a wealth of benefits.

These include a healthy amount of outdoor exercise and a greater understanding of horticulture, and gardening is also a good method to improve mental health and fight stress. Fruit and vegetable gardens offer even more benefits, including increased access to foods that are fresher, healthier, and, in the case of organic gardening, exposed to fewer pesticides. Producing food in a home garden also leads to an increased level of self-sufficiency and lower food costs. People can participate in community gardens that spread these benefits to many households at once, and even “apartment residents can make gardens” to grow their own food. Of course, coaxing food from the soil requires some amount of trial and error to master, but there are techniques and strategies that people can learn in order to get the most out of their garden.

A Plant’s Basic Needs

Before starting a garden, it is necessary to understand what plants require in order to survive and grow. Different species of plants can have unique needs, but some traits of a hospitable growing environment are the same for the vast majority of cases. Because plants use photosynthesis to gather energy, they require exposure to sunlight as well as water and soil. Plants also need chemical nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorous, and the soil must have a proper pH level. Before trying to plant, it is advised to test the soil for its pH as well as for contaminants such as lead or other toxic metals. If the nutrient level in the soil is low, it may be necessary to add fertilizer or compost. Plants will also need varying amounts of soil and space in order to grow properly.

Climate Tolerance

When setting up a garden, it will be necessary to know the area’s climate and the plant hardiness zone that it is in. The hardiness zone is an area that is defined by the coldest temperatures in the region. Plants that can survive in the lowest temperatures in the area are best suited to grow there. It is also necessary to know the length of the growing season in a given region, as this will help with deciding when and what to plant so that the plants have time to mature and become ready for harvest.

Choosing a Location

Gardening is typically an outdoor activity done in one’s yard or in a public plot at a community garden. It’s also possible to grow a garden in a windowsill or on a balcony. While an individual plant’s needs will vary, a garden can be made anywhere that one can place a proper-sized container of soil. The right place to grow plants will depend on its access to sunlight, nutrients, soil, and water. Containers for growing plants can take any form, from flower pots to more creative spots that have been properly prepared, such as the inside of an old school desk, a cistern, a watering can, a lunch box, a wooden drawer, or a bathtub. Containers tend to run out of moisture faster than traditional garden beds, but they also take less time to water.

Important Decisions

Before getting started, it’s important to determine the nature, design, and placement of the garden. For instance, think about what plants will be fun to grow or pleasant to look at. It is also crucial to think about how much time a person is willing to dedicate to gardening. The amount of space and sunlight available are also important to consider. When growing a fruit or vegetable garden, one may need to research which crops are capable of growing indoors or in outdoor containers.


Plants require water to survive. They should be watered slowly using a soaker hose or a watering can, and the amount of water needed will depend on factors such as the species of plant, the climate, and the type of soil. Areas that are damp and cool, for example, require less water than plants in areas that are hot and dry. Soil texture also plays a role in how frequently a plant should be watered. Fine soil holds more water and can be watered less frequently; coarser soil requires more frequent watering with smaller quantities of water. Whether the soil is fine or coarse, the total amount of water should be at least one inch a week. To determine whether plants need watering, stick a finger into the soil to feel how dry it is.

Necessary Equipment

Every gardener requires the right tools to plant and tend to their garden. Common tools that can be used for small container gardens, medium-sized bed gardens, or larger gardens include gloves, spades, pruners, shears, hand trowels, and a watering can. For garden beds, one may consider adding a digging fork, a shovel, and a hoe. A rake, dutch hoe, garden hose, wheelbarrow, loppers for thick branches, and edgers for clean lines around the edges of the garden can be added for use in larger areas.

Purchase and Plant

Once a person understands what’s needed to successfully start a garden, it’s time to purchase plants and get started. There are a number of ways to go about this. One option is to start growing plants from seeds, but one can also buy seedlings or young plants. One can start their garden more quickly with young plants, but this is a more expensive option. Seedlings are quick to start but require more time and attention than young plants. They must be handled carefully and potted and watered as soon as possible, and they are a good option for people with limited space. Seeds are the least expensive option, but they take time to raise, require daily care, and often must be sown indoors. While it’s cheaper to buy seeds, there tend to be more equipment costs, such as containers and trays, a seed-starting mix, and grow lights in some cases.

Planting directions vary according to the plant type and whether it is a plant or seed. When starting seeds, refer to the packet for specific instructions. In general, the process begins by planting them in loose soil. Depending on the plant, they may need to be buried or simply sprinkled on the surface of the soil and gently pressed down. With plants, dig a hole that’s roughly the same depth as the pot the plant or seedling is being removed from and twice as wide. The extra width is important to allow the roots to spread and grow. Place the plant’s roots and the attached soil into the hole gently, cover the roots with the dirt, and carefully pat it firm. With both seeds and plants, water them and provide sufficient light.

Control Pests

Once planted, a garden is susceptible to problems such as pests, disease, and weeds, but these common issues can often be treated or prevented altogether. Weeds can typically be managed by pulling them out or reducing their growth by covering the soil with mulch. Pests and diseases can be kept at bay by removing any unhealthy plants, using compost, and clearing debris that may harbor destructive insects. Planting pest-resistant plants is another tactic. There are also many do-it-yourself natural pesticides and organic solutions that can be used. Physical barriers are also a way to keep both bugs and critters such as dogs or rabbits from one’s garden. These can include row covers, cloches, netting, and even fences.


Landscape Design School – 2018

Sponsored by
The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc.
The Kentucky Landscape Design Consultant Council

Accredited through
The National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Brochure for the Event – Click Here!!

Registration Deadline is May 10, 2018

Refresher or New $60 & Exam Fee $5 – FEES INCLUDE LUNCH BOTH DAYS

Baker Arboretum, Bowling Green, KY

8:00 Registration
8:45 Welcome/Orientation
9:00 “The Private Garden” – Peggy McKillop
10:00 “Planning Your Home Grounds” – Kristin Hildabrand
11:00 Break
11:15 “Design for the Environment” – Jared Weaver
12:15 Lunch
1:30 “Landscape Design Resources” – Dennis Williams
2:30 “Development of Landscape Design” – Elinor Markle
3:30 Exam for Day 1

8:30 Registration and Comments
8:30 “Space, Design, and People” – Dr Martin Stone
9:30 Tree ID – Dr Martin Stone
10:30 Break
10:45 “Principles, Elements of Landscape Design” – Rickman Freeman
11:45 Lunch
1:00 “Public Landscapes” – Rachel Hurt
2:00 “Basics of a Site Plan” – Elinor Markle
3:00 Exam for both days

Contact Information:
Jim Mullen, Ky. LDS Event Chairman
657 Al Henn Rd
Cadiz, Ky. 42211
270-522-4139 (h)
270-350-5566 (c)

Anna Mullen
657 Al Henn Rd
Cadiz, Ky 42211

Dr. Martin Stone, PhD
Assoc. Prof. of Horticulture, WKU

Peggy McKillip, B.S.
Horticulture Researcher

Elinor Markle, RLA
Landscape Architect

Kristin Hildabrand, B.S.
Horticulture Agent
Warren County Extension

Jared Weaver, B.S.
Parks ISA Certified Arborist/Forester

Rachel Hurt, M.A.
City-County Planning Commission

Dennis Williams, B.S.
Horticulturist WKU/ Baker Arboretum

Rickman Freeman, B.S.
Horticulturist WKU/Baker Arboretum

Berea Standard Flower Show, June 16

The Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges is delighted to welcome you to “Berea, Where Social Reform and the Arts Continue to Bloom”, a celebration of traditional Appalachian history and crafts. This NGC Standard Flower Show will be held at Boone Tavern Hotel on Saturday, June 16, 2018, and is free and open to the public from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Location: Boone Tavern Hotel
100 Main Street
Berea KY 40403

Contact: Garden Club of KY