The summer season has begun and the Put-in-Bay Garden Club is in full swing again. The lamppost baskets in DeRivera Park were planted on May 15th with the help of many wonderful volunteers who endured cold, wind, and rain to get the job done. So many people came out to help that we had to create a new link on the garden Club’s web page to thank each one by name! We are especially grateful to Mike McCabe (Bayside Construction), Richard Gump (Gump Construction), and the Market family (Miller Boat Line) who provided lifts and bucket trucks to assist in the task. In addition, we would like to acknowledge volunteers from the Ashley House, The Bakery, The Boardwalk, the Crew’s Nest, The Forge, The Goat, Island Hardware, De Rivera Park, the Round House, and the Garden Club, all of whom pitched in to make the planting go quickly and smoothly. It takes a village to plant a park, and it is always heartwarming to know that the entire community is there to lend their support. Thanks to Susan Market for organizing the planting and rounding up the troops again this year. The flowers will be enjoyed by our thousands of visitors throughout the season!
Check out the Garden Club’s new storage shed located near the water tower on Catawba Avenue. The shed provides a beautiful new home for our golf cart and garden supplies. If anyone has extra garden tools or a wheelbarrow no longer needed, we would happily accept your donated cast-offs. Just place them by the shed and we will store them for use in future projects.
Jason and Chris Cooper presented a hands-on workshop in May, instructing participants in how to build a “Flower Tower”. The marigold Flower Towers now grace many island yards and porches. Thanks to the Cooper clan again this year for helping to educate gardeners and beautify our island.
Please join us for the next Garden Club meeting on Thursday, June 12th when Master Gardener Susan Hildebrandt will share her knowledge of “Low Maintenance Gardening”. With the emphasis on sustainability in our climate-changing world, this topic should be of importance to all gardeners. The presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Yacht Club.
Mark your calendars for July 16th for our Jet Express Trip to visit Kelley’s island and its special gardens. Bring your friends and make a day of it! The Jet will leave Put-in-Bay at 12:15 and participants may return at either 6:10 or 8:25 p.m. The cost of the ticket will be $30.00 and will include garden visits and golf cart rental. Tickets may be purchased online at the Garden Club website or by contacting Susan Hildebrandt at 285-3908 or Peggy Leopold at 285-0160.
Raffle tickets are also available for a free garden consultation by a team of experts. The two winners of this raffle will be announced at the August Garden Club meeting, and their gardens will be visited that evening by those in attendance. During the consultation, experts will address any problem areas or questions the garden owner has. They will also make recommendations on design and plant choice to make the gardens more hassle-free and even more beautiful. Tickets may be purchased at club meetings.
Please visit our website at www.putinbaygardenclub.com for news updates, new photos, complete program listings, and informative gardening links. As you attend to your garden this year, remember that the Garden Club “Pride Award” judges are on the prowl for new gardens to acknowledge with this prestigious award. Looking forward to seeing you on June 12th.
Susan Hildebrandt, Co-President, Put-in-Bay Garden Club
The Put-in-Bay Garden Club is pleased to announce the launching of its new website at www.putinbaygardenclub.com. The Garden Club news, calendar, photos, volunteer opportunities, membership renewal, and gardening links are all part of this fabulous new site, developed by Kathi Spayde, Garden Club secretary. Many thanks to Kathi for her hard work and beautiful result! Please be sure to visit the website often to stay informed of all the Garden Club has to offer.
Plans to irrigate the lamppost flower baskets in De Rivera Park are underway. All baskets previously located within the park, as well as four new baskets added to the diagonal walk in the park, will be part of an automatic watering system this summer. Baskets along the boardwalk and across the street from the park will still be watered individually, but life will be easier for those dedicated volunteers who help with the watering task each year. We are always in search of more helping hands, and you can now volunteer your time directly on our website.
In addition to new baskets in the park, the Garden Club is also purchasing a storage shed this year to be located on Village land near the water system plant in town. We are truly grateful to the village for its donation of land for our storage use, and also to Sally and Jim Duffy for their years of service as our golf cart storage property! We will miss seeing the Duffy’s smiling faces each morning, but we’re so happy to give them back their privacy. Thank you, Jim and Sally!
Our first volunteer opportunity of the year will be May 14th and 15th when we will plant and hang the flower baskets in the park. Once again, Jody Frimel will supply the plants from her nursery and Susan Market will chair this activity. It is a big task each year, and we are always in need of people who like to get their hands dirty and those who are not afraid of heights! It’s a team effort and always a fun kick-off to the season. Please sign up through the website now.
Garden Club events will take place on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. The first meeting will be a hands-on workshop with Chris and Jason Cooper who will instruct participants in how to build a “Flower Tower”. Plants and supplies will be included in the cost of the workshop, which will be held at the island Hardware Store on Thursday, May 8th at 5:30 p.m.
Meetings in June, August, September, and October will be held at the Yacht Club this year. Please check the website calendar for details of each program. Joan Booker and Mac McCann are once again organizing a Jet Express trip as a fundraiser for the Garden Club. We will be going to Kelley’s Island on July 16th to view public and private gardens there, as well as to explore and enjoy what Kelley’s has to offer. Put that date on your calendars now and invite some friends to come along. Joan and Mac put together a fantastic trip to Sandusky for us last summer, and this promises to be another great time! Tickets will be available on the website in June, as well as through Garden Club members.
We hope you will visit our website, and if you are not already a member, that you will consider joining us and volunteering to help keep our island beautiful. We work together, we learn together, and we play together. What more could you ask for?! Oh yes! Warm, spring breezes please!!! See you soon!
Susan Hildebandt, Co-President, Put-in-Bay Garden Club