Attendees of the June Garden Club meeting are now well informed, following the wonderful presentation at our June meeting by Master Gardener Dick West. Dick spoke on Pruning: the When, Why, and How, which included a lively question and answer period and a hands-on demonstration on the Yacht Club grounds. The information and techniques he taught us should soon be evidenced in properties around the island!
Our next program will be held at 5:00 pm on July 7th at the Yacht Club. Master Gardener Susan Hildebrandt will discuss the selection, care, and proper pruning of Hydrangeas. The new gardens in DeRivera Park feature several different types of Hydrangeas, so a walk in the park following the talk may be in order. The August 11th program will focus on Butterfly Gardens. Jackie Taylor from the Nature Center will introduce us to an island butterfly garden and discuss the plants that attract butterflies. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. New prospective members are always welcome to sample our programs and become involved!
The mayflies have attacked, but netting on the baskets in DeRivera Park seems to be saving the flowers from destruction. Many thanks to Peggy and John Leopold who designed the netting “helmets” and personally installed the netting on each of the forty four lampposts! Anyone interested in helping to remove the netting once the mayflies are gone, please contact Peggy at 419 345-2835. Your contribution to the cause would be greatly appreciated!
We hope you will go down to enjoy the beach now that cleanup has been accomplished and the flower boxes are once again in bloom. Many thanks go to Jody Frimel, Joan Booker, and their trusty volunteers, as well as Village employees, all of whom are working together to keep the beach looking great! Stay tuned for information on a beach barbecue to accompany our next cleanup date. In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful summer days, and happy gardening!