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Celebrating National Garden Week

A workshop attendee planting her vegetable container

The first event the Westlake Garden Club held for National Garden Week was today, June 6, 2016.  We hosted a "Vegetable Gardening in Containers" workshop at Dean's Greenhouse in Westlake, OH.  We learned what vegetables do best in containers and that some vegetables are being grown specifically for containers and small spaces.  These vegetables have normal sized fruit but require less space for the plant itself.  Some good examples are tomatoes and peas.  We then went into the greenhouse and selected vegetables to plant in our containers.  Alice, who conducted the workshop, was very knowledgeable about vegetables, soil, fertilizers, etc.  Thanks go to those who attended the workshop and a big thank you to Dean's Greenhouse and Alice for hosting and conducting the workshop.

Remembrance Garden Cleanup Day

Members of the garden club gathered on Saturday, May 28 at the Remembrance Garden to weed, trim, plant and, in general, clean up the garden.  The Center for Community Services had already spread mulch and edged the perimeter of the garden.   Marigolds were planted to form a path leading to the arbor that was added last year in memory of Mary Ann Brock.  Some of the prolific catmint on the west end of the garden was pulled out to make room for red, white and blue annuals.  Ladies Mantle was added in several places to trail over the rock border.  Bill Hock brought more Coneflowers from his garden and some of the Ladies Mantle.  After going home for the day, Bill discovered that he had some Canas bulbs at home and brought those to the garden to plant on Saturday evening. We had to work around a rabbit's nest that was discovered near the trellis.  Under the dried leaves and bits of fur were three small bunnies.  When discovered, one bunny scurried out and into the ground cover nearby, but the other two remained.  What a treat!  The garden looks great and will be wonderful when the new plantings get established and fill in with blooms.  What a perfect way to remember those members of the club who are no longer with us.  Thank you so much to Marsha McEntee, Kathy Bruening, Don Bowman, Bill Hock, Shirley Lutts, Jean Smith, and Alberta Ricciardi who took the pictures.

 

Save the Date

Save the Date.  The Westlake Garden Club's annual fundraiser luncheon this year will be on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Westwood Country Club.  Tickets will be available in June.  This year's program speaker will be Brian Zimmerman, President of the Cleveland Metroparks.  We will again have a huge selection of fabulous raffle baskets, a delicious lunch with a cash wine bar, and Bake Shoppe.  Please mark your calendar and contact Shirley Lutts at 440-871-8057 or Marsha McEntee at 440-590-0347 for a luncheon flyer with ticket order form or for more information.  We hope to see you then.

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