Mayfly season began in earnest on June 17 this year, so hopefully, by the time you are reading this article, they will be long gone and the netting used to protect the lamppost flowers will be removed. Now we can begin another beautiful summer on Put in Bay!!!
The first Garden Club program of the year was held June 21 at the Yacht Club. Susan Hildebrandt presented a talk on dealing with unwelcome wildlife in our gardens. Diversification and Perseverance seem to be the keys to success in the battle against rabbits, voles, chipmunks, deer, geese and other critters invading our landscapes. Visit our website to learn more about specific strategies and products that will make our landscapes less attractive to invaders.
The Park Gardens are thriving, thanks to the efforts of Park Gardens Chairperson Barb Hunter. She is now looking for volunteers to help her maintain the gardens throughout the summer. Please contact Barb at 216 789-9003 if you are able to give an hour or so a week to help with the weeding and feeding tasks. This is just one of the ways you can make a difference in helping to beautify our island.
The Garden Club is once again sponsoring a Home and Garden Tour this year. The tour of seven island properties will be held from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, July 25. The tour will be followed by a luncheon at the Crews Nest Pavilion and a garden themed raffle. The cost of tickets is $40.00 per person. They are available for purchase through our website, putinbaygardenclub.com, or by contacting Tour Chairperson Kathy Schrader at 440 773-5413. This popular event was sold out last time it was held, so be sure to buy tickets now to avoid disappointment. [Editor’s Note: The Home and Garden Tour is sold out.]
Also in July, the Garden Club will join the Catawba Island Garden Club on a bus trip to visit the beautiful Stan Hywet Gardens and Estate in Akron. The bus will leave at 7:45 from the Catawba side of the Miller Ferry dock and will return around 4pm. Tickets for this event are sold out, so we hope you were able to purchase before the deadline. We welcome your suggestions for garden-related trips you may want us to schedule in the future.
Please mark your calendars for 5pm August 16 when we will present a hands-on program entitled “Creating with Succulents”. On September 13, we will transform droopy summer containers into luscious fall containers and then celebrate with our annual potluck dinner. All programs are held at the Yacht Club, unless otherwise noted. Please visit our website for more details. We wish you a summer filled with fun events, good friends, and joyous gardening!