On Tuesday, Sept. 28th, the Garden Club re-moved the flower baskets in DeRivera Park and adjusted the brackets to an even height.
A big thank you to Todd Blumensaadt for the use of his lift and to the flower basket take down crew. The crew, organized by Kathy Schrader, consisted of our favorite lift driver, Bob Hilt, Tom Thanasiu lowering the basket brackets, and the ground crew of Jean Hilt, Kathi and Jack Spayde, Jody and Bob Frimel, Peggy and John Leopold, Sally Stuckey, Art Otermat and Bill Boag. Ev-eryone took a task and went for it and the job was completed in under 2 hours.
As my final article of the President of the PIB Garden club, I would like to take a mo-ment to thank all the numerous folks that helped with Garden Club projects over the last 3 years. Adopting the care of gardens in the park, fund-raising events, the wonderful monthly programs and more. Also, thanks to Barb Chrysler, CC Wisniewski and the PIB Yacht Club for provid-ing the meeting space over the years. A special thanks goes to the Board for the tremendous sup-port! Thank you ALL! Best wishes to next year’s President Kathry Schrader and VP Sheri Murphy!
A Big thanks to The Goat, Anchor Inn, PIB Winery and The Getaway Inn for hosting the Garden Club Wine & Roses garden tour. It was a beautiful day of viewing some spectacular gardens. And, a big thanks also to Barb Hunter at The Goat, Joey Wolf at the Anchor Inn, Jody Frimel at the PIB winery and Danny Drake at the Getaway Inn for presenting information about the gardens and what it takes to make them so beautiful!
Wednesday, August 11th, will be the next Garden Club program, Pruning Shrubs and Dead Heading Flowers, at 5 p.m. at the PIBYC. This will be a short talk inside, and then move outside to do hands-on instruction. On Thursday, July 22nd and Wednesday, July 28th, members of the Garden Club participated in a Bathing Beach clean-up. With the high water over the last few years, the beach has taken a real beating during nor’easters. Thanks Jody Frimel for your continued work on the beach. Also, thanks to Village Administrator Anne Auger for arranging clean ups with equipment from the mainland.
The last Garden Club meeting of the year will be the annual meeting and social at PI-BYC, on Wednesday, September 15th, at 5:30 p.m. Please join us for a fun evening.
This year’s first program of the PIB Garden Club, herb container gardens and herb pairings, was held on June 8th, with a turnout of near 30 people. Thanks to Jody Frimel for the program and the raffle items! Also, a big thanks to our new members and for the donations we received. And, as always, thank you to the Yacht Club for the use of their facility.
The next program will be the Put-in-Bay Garden Club’s fundraiser, Wine & Roses Tour, on Weds. July 14th, from 3 to 6 p.m. Local businesses, The Goat, The Anchor Inn, Put in Bay Winery and The Getaway Inn will host Garden Club members and community guests. Libations and small appetizers will be served, and each business will provide tips on how they keep their grounds and gardens looking spectacular throughout the summer season. Attendance is limited to 30 individuals with a cost of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. At this time there are still a few tickets left. Contact Sheri Murphy for availability @ (419) 348-0383. With limited parking at some sites, also consider sharing rides on golf carts.
On Wednesday, August 11th, the Garden Club program will be on Pruning and dead-heading flowers, presented by Susan Hildebrandt, at the PIBYC, at 5:00 p.m.
On May 18th, an absolutely beautiful island morning, PIB Garden Club planted 42 hanging baskets for the lamp posts in DeRivera Park. Another team of volunteers then hung the baskets by lift the next day. Thank you to all of our wonderful members for continuing to make this a successful event! And, an especially big thank you to Mike McCabe for the use of his lift and continued support of the Garden Club.
Reminder to join us for our first GC meeting on June 9th, at 5 p.m., at the PIBYC. The topic will be Herbs and cover container gardens and the herbs that do well together, along with other plants you can add for color and function. There will be herb combo groups available for sale. More programs will be published here, or can be found on PIB YC Facebook page or our website at www.putinbaygardenclub.com.
Mark your calendars now for Put-in-Bay Garden Club’s fundraiser, Wine & Roses Tour, on Wednesday, July 14th, from 3 to 6 p.m. Local businesses The Goat, The Anchor Inn, Put-in-Bay Winery and The Getaway Inn will graciously open their doors to host Garden Club members and community guests. Libations and small appetizers will be served and each business will provide tips on how they keep their grounds and gardens looking spectacular throughout the summer season. Attendance will be limited to 30 individuals with a cost of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Tickets will be available beginning June 12th. Contact Sheri Murphy for availability at (419) 348-0383. Please consider joining us for a fun-filled afternoon...rain or shine! With limited parking at some sites, also consider sharing rides on golf carts.
The first Garden Club program for 2021 will take place at the PIB Yacht Club on June 9th at 5 p.m. The topic will be Herbs and cover container gardens and the herbs that do well together, along with other plants you can add for color and function. There will be herb combo groups available for sale. More programs will be published here, or can be found on the PIBYC Facebook page or the garden club’s website at https://www.putinbaygar-denclub.com/
Yardworks has been contracted to do spring cleanup, mulching and feeding for the gardens in DeRivera Park. We do still need some volunteer help for light maintenance of the gardens through the summer. Please consider joining a team this summer. Contact Jean Hilt, or any of the Garden Club officers for more information.
The DeRivera Park basket planting will be Tuesday May 19th. If you can help, please reach out to Val Chornyak at 419-285-4030, who is coordinating the planting, so she can get you on a team.
Just a reminder that September’s membership meeting, including the potluck, has been cancelled. We will be removing the DeRivera Park hanging baskets on Thu., Oct. 15th. Check the October Gazette, our website or Facebook page for more details.
As autumn approaches, here’s a quick tip for perennial gardens. Fall is a great time to divide and transplant perennials. Each division and transplant should be treated as a new planting, and a root booster/stimulator should be applied to boost the root system over the winter, for a strong start in the spring. Other perennials do not need to be fertilized in the fall if they are done with their blooming/growing season. If they are plants still actively growing in the fall such as mums, anemones, asters, these can be fertilized in early fall. Then, apply fertilizer to perennials in the early spring and early summer.
Early July saw the end of May Fly season, and the Garden Club removal of the may fly nets that were covering the hanging baskets in DeRivera park. A BIG thanks to Donna D’amico, Kathy Schrader and Bob Hilt, who ran the lift. Thanks also goes out to Mike McCabe for the use of his lift.
After having to cancel our July program, the Garden Club Board has decided to cancel the programs on August 13th, as well as the season-end potluck dinner, on September 10th. The Garden club has continued the daily watering of the hanging baskets, and the upkeep of the six gardens around DeRivera Park. Please consider volunteering for projects, committee chair positions, or as an officer for the 2021 season. Contact any of the GC current officers for details.
The month of May was a busy time gardening, and that included Put-in-Bay Garden Club. Thanks to Val Chornyak for chairing the DeRivera hanging baskets committee and to her teams for all their hard work. Over two to three days Dianne and Bob Smith, Doug Mehling, Jan Anteau, Kevin Nose, Pam and Ali Rudolph, Susan Hildebrandt, Kathy and Larry Schrader and Jean and Bob Hilt prepped, unloaded plants, planted and hung the Park baskets. A special thank you to Mike McCabe and Richard Gump, and operator Nick Frisch, for the use of their lifts to hang the baskets. The baskets are up and although they may look a little odd, with large black net shields, these have been installed and will remain up to help combat Mayfly season. Even though the downtown merchants and Park maintenance try to keep the lights down, the Mayflies are still a problem for our baskets. This is a new design created and made by Kathy Schrader and Donna D’Amico. It looks like it will do the trick!
Stop by the corner of Hartford and Delaware (across from the Boathouse) to see the new garden on the last empty corner of DeRivera Park. This garden was designed by and installed this past November by All Seasons Maintenance. Thanks to the Village Council for their support and donation in making this garden possible.
As a reminder, the PIBGC Plant Exchange will be held June 4th, outside at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, weath-er permitting, to accommodate social distancing. Plants will be delivered between 2 and 4 p.m. on June 4th. Each plant contribution will be exchanged for a new one. Unclaimed plants will be available to Garden Club members after 4:30 p.m. For those in need of pots, stop by Susan Hildebrandt’s on the West Shore. The pots will be stacked just off the road, at the top of the driveway. Any ques-tions regarding the Plant Exchange, please call co-chairs Susan Hildebrandt at 440-409-1958 or Dianne Smith at 440-537-9597.
Happy Spring and hope all are well and safe! This has certainly been an interesting and trying spring.
With social distancing in mind, we have come up with a new and different format for park basket planting. We have set the tasks up in small teams to include team to move soil, baskets, etc. to the park on Monday morning May 11th, and a team to load the baskets with liners, soil, and diapers in the evening. Then on Tuesday in the late morning, we will have a team to meet the truck in the park and unload flowers, and a team to do the actual planting in the afternoon. The baskets will be hung at later date. If you can help, please reach out to Val Chornyak at 419-285-4030, who is coordinating the planting.
Because many folks will be returning late from the south and other restrictions, we are looking for volunteers to help out with weeding of the gardens in DeRivera Park. Yard works will be doing the spring clean up and laying the mulch. Please contact Jean Hilt at 419-349-5501 if you can help us with some weeding.
The Garden Club will not be hosting a Home and Garden Tour this year, but hope to get back on schedule in 2021. We will be having 4 monthly programs starting in June, with all meetings, times and dates subject to change. All meetings will start at 4:30, with the exception of the Plant Exchange. This will be held June 4th, outside at the PIBYC, weather permitting, to accommodate social distancing. Plants will be delivered between 2 and 4 p.m. on June 4th, and for each plant contribution, you will choose a new one. Unclaimed plants will be available to GC members after 5 p.m. Now is the time to dig it up, pot it up to share, so that they will recover by and look fresh for the Exchange. For dividing tips, see “Three Simple ways to Divide Plants” on the Garden Gate website at gardengatemagazine.com. (link on our website putinbaygardenclub.com) Please attach a label indicating name, size, bloom color and time, and light requirements. (link to labels also on our website) Any Plant Exchange questions, please contact Program Chairs Susan Hildebrandt at 440-409-1958 or Dianne Smith at 440-537-9597.
We look forward to seeing and sharing with you this season!
6/4 Plant Exchange at PIB Yacht Club (see details above)
7/16 Members Island Tour - start location and time TBD
8/13 Pruning Shrubs and Dead Heading Perennials – PIBYC
9/10 Final Meeting with Potluck - location TBD
As the summer is coming to a close, I’d like to give thanks to all our volunteers who watered, weeded, planted and participated throughout the year. And especially to the various committee chairman that get it organized! Thanks to the Island businesses the Village Council and the DeRivera Park employees for their support.
Our final task for this season will be to take down the flower baskets in the park on Tuesday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m. We are already busy making plans for next year’s planting and programs, so please plan to join us. And consider joining our army of beautification volunteers next year.