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Hershey Children's Garden Containers

The Westlake Garden Club planted two containers at the Hershey Children's Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The CBG asks affiliate members to participate in this project every year to add color and interest to the children's garden. This year's theme was plants that activate the "Senses." Club President Marsha McEntee was there to oversee the planting of one container for the sense of smell and one for the sense of touch. Some of the plants included are Heliotrope, Lily of the Valley, Peppermint, Basil, Alyssum, Borage, Ladies Mantle, Gerbera Daisy and Wooly Thyme. We hope everyone visiting the Hershey Children's Garden enjoys the fragrant and beautiful containers.

National Garden Week, June 5-11, 2016

The National Garden Clubs, Inc. designates a week in June every year as National Garden Week. They ask local garden clubs to celebrate with activities that involve the community to learn more about gardening and making good choices.

This year the Westlake Garden Club will celebrate National Garden Week with the following activities:
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. – come to Dean’s Greenhouse, 3984 Porter Road to learn how to plant a vegetable garden in a container – what vegetables work best. Bring a container to plant or purchase one there. A good selection of plants will be available.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. – it is never too early to get children involved in gardening. Bring your children to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road to pick up a kit with everything needed to grow a plant from seed.

Friday, June 10, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – stop by our table at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road to “talk to the gardeners.” Club members will be available to answer your questions and give helpful hints on growing a beautiful garden.

We hope you will join us for one, or all of the above activities to help celebrate National Garden Week.

Arbor Day 2016

Trees are such a big part of our lives that sometimes we tend not to notice them, to take them for granted. Then once a year on the last Friday in April, we see articles written and programs taking place to celebrate Arbor Day. The first official Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1874 in Nebraska. Soon other states passed legislation to Observe Arbor Day and it became a nationwide tradition by the year 1882. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day.

We are very fortunate to live in a community that recognizes the importance of trees to our quality of life. And so on Arbor Day 2016, the Westlake Garden Club planted an Ivory Silk Tree Lilac in the Reading Garden at Westlake Porter Public Library. This tree can grow to 25’, is low maintenance, fragrant and showy with creamy white blooms May to June and attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies. As this tree grows, our generation and future generations will enjoy its beauty and rest in its shade.

The Westlake Garden Club has been planting a tree in the City of Westlake every year on Arbor Day for over 40 years, but of course we cannot do it on our own. We would like to thank Brian Corrigan and Cahoon Nursery for again donating this beautiful tree. Cahoon Nursery has been more than generous in donating a tree for many years for this celebration. I would also like to thank Stan Barnard, Arborist for the City of Westlake, for coordinating the tree and site selection. Thanks to Paul Quinn, Service Director, and his staff for their part in this ceremony (they dig the hole and plant the tree). We could not do it without them. And, a special thank you to Kathy Molner of the Westlake Garden Club for making all of the initial contacts for this year’s program. Kathy was the driving force behind the garden club making the Arbor Day Tree-Planting Celebration happen every year for over 40 years.

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