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June Garden Walks

The June garden walks were well attended and a great success.  The break in the rainy weather came just at the right time.  We are so grateful to all of the homeowners who welcomed our group and managed to get their gardens all looking beautiful despite the constant rain and soggy conditions.  Some of the highlights of the tour were wonderful, lush shade plants that benefitted from all the rain, a most restful canopied area for a summer nap, interesting “yard art”, beautiful potted arrangements including some lovely dahlias and heliotropes, and many places to stop to enjoy the garden whether it was a nicely placed bench or a fully furnished gazebo.   We thank all those who so graciously allowed us to visit and who were very generous in sharing their expertise and allowing us to enjoy some refreshments as we toured the gardens. See more photos from the garden walk in the "Photo Galleries" tab under 2019 Garden Walk.

June is Garden Tour Month

On June 19, we will be visiting five homes starting at 5 p.m.and spending approximately one half hour at each home with time allowed for driving to the next garden. There will be light refreshments and a glass of wine/beer at the last venue. The garden party will be held at a home with an outdoor kitchen, concrete around the pool and umbrella covering. The June weather this summer has hindered many gardeners from getting plants in the ground, and mulch applied. And our poor farmers are so far behind! Regardless, our kind Westlake neighbors have opened their spaces to our club. If you are unable to tour the gardens, please join us for the garden party at 7 p.m.  

May Meeting: Green Corps Presentation at the CBG

It was a beautiful spring day when the Westlake Garden met at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The meeting began at 11:30 a.m. For those who arrived early, it was a great time to take a short walk through the outdoor gardens. Although most of the tulips were finished blooming, there were daffodils and many other spring blooms to be enjoyed, including all the spring foliage. Following a short business meeting, a presentation was put on by Kelly Barrett, the director of Green Corps. Green Corps is an educational program in urban gardening for high school age students. To quote from their brochure, “. . . teens work at urban farms in Cleveland, learning job, leadership and life skills . . .”. Vacant lots are converted into urban farms producing fruits, vegetables and flowers which are later sold at weekly farm stands benefitting the local community. According to Ms. Barrett, many of the students who complete the four year program go on to higher learning and successful careers and most likely become gardeners for life. Kevin Brandstetter

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