Spring has sprung at last! Time again to play outside and enjoy your gardens. It is also time to spruce up De Rivera park with our beautiful lamppost baskets. We hope you will join the planting party on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15th and 16th at 9 am. We will meet across from Frosty’s at 9 both days, and your work will be rewarded with a free meal! Not only is the comradery wonderful, but you also gain such a sense of accomplishment once the job is finished. And then all summer long, as you drive past the park, you know that YOU were a part of its beautification! Valerie Chornyak is in charge of the park planting, and can be reached at 419 285-4030 if you have questions. We invite you to come on down and help the cause!
As always, Kathi Spayde has done a great job of updating our webpage. You can view our calendar of events for this summer by visiting putinbaygardenclub.com. Our first program of the year will be held Thursday, June 21 at 5pm at the Yacht Club. After our social gathering, Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners will present a discussion on how to keep wildlife from damaging our landscapes.
On July 25, we will host a Put in Bay Home and Garden Tour, followed by a luncheon at the Crews Nest Pavilion. Tickets for the tour will go on sale June 1. Numbers will be limited so we encourage you to visit the website and book early. You can also purchase tickets or volunteer to help with the event by contacting event chairperson, Kathy Schrader at 440 773-5413. If you wish to donate articles for the garden-themed raffle, please contact Barb Hunter at 216 789-9003.
On July 31, we will be joining the Catawba Island Garden Club on a bus trip to the beautiful Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron. The bus will leave from the Miller Ferry Dock at Catawba Island promptly at 8 a.m. and should return to the dock by 4:00 pm. Tickets will be $55.00 per person, and will include guided tours of the estate’s mansion and gardens, a box lunch, and round trip bus transportation. Numbers will be extremely limited, so again, please book early by visiting our website, or by contacting Susan Hildebrandt at 440 409-1958. Tickets for this event will go on sale May 8.
Our August 16 program is a hands-on demonstration entitled Creating with Succulents, and on September 13, we will help you transform your tired-looking summer containers into beautiful and lush fall containers. We hope you will join us for our summer activities and also volunteer to help in our island beautification projects.
Barb Hunter is chairman of the four DeRivera Park Gardens that we have helped fund and that we maintain. She is happy to have helping hands in the weekly maintenance of these gardens and to teach you good gardening practices in the process. If you wish to join the Park Gardens Committee, please contact Barb (number above). Be sure to check out our newest Park gardens that were planted last fall adjacent to Will’s Playground!
We are also seeking volunteers to assist in watering the lamppost baskets. The baskets are watered daily so we are always in need of individuals to help fill out our calendar. Please contact Reni Miller at 440 476-2047 if you can help. Free coffee and a pastry are your rewards!
The bathing beach has taken a major hit with the spring storms, so we will keep you posted on the status of our gardens there. Joan Booker and Jody Frimel co-chair the Beach Committee and have scheduled beach clean-ups at 9 am for the 4th Friday of every month, May through September. All dates are listed on the garden club website calendar.
As you can see, we are an active and dedicated group, and we have fun in the process of maintaining and enhancing the beauty of Put in Bay. We hope you have renewed your Garden Club membership by now. If not, you can do so online or by mailing in the renewal form which you should have received by now. We hope to see you soon to share the wonderful summer ahead!