Westlake Garden Club Busy Working on Glow

The Westlake Garden Club will again participate in the Cleveland Botanical Garden's Glow Festival of Trees.  The theme this year if "A Glistening Winter Welcome."  The garden club has selected a color scheme of dark and light blue, white and silver.  Decorations will include use of dried botanicals, glass balls, welcome lanterns, snow flakes, and icicles.  Glow committee members have been working independently on ornaments and will attend a workshop on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Westlake Porter Library to put the finishing touches on decorations.

Garden Club is Busy Gardening

The Westlake Garden Club has gotten a great start on the gardening season for 2021. The morning of May 22 found several members at the club’s Hilliard Boulevard flower box getting the plants in the ground. Thanks to Cathy Garlitz and Marsha McEntee for selecting and transporting the plants and for planting them, along with Lavinia Cozmin, Marge Emblom and Anne Engel. Later that day, a group of members met on member Carolyn Steigman’s patio for the annual plant exchange where they brought divisions and whole plants from their own gardens to exchange for something different. There were also some house plants finding new homes. Thanks to Carolyn for providing the venue and to Kathy Bruening for organizing and providing refreshments. The garden club again provided a wreath for the Memorial Day Ceremony at Clague Park. Thanks to Carolyn Steigman for putting together the beautiful wreath this year. In a joint effort with the City and with a grant from the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, the garden club launched a Pollinator Project at Clague Park. Members Deb Dougherty and Susan Baker worked with Cahoon Nursery to order appropriate plants. The City prepped the site and on June 4 garden club members planted the garden. The garden club hopes this model Pollinator Garden will encourage other groups, organizations, and citizens to plant similar gardens. Last year was difficult for everyone. The garden club Board met in early March at the library and once in the President’s driveway, and the general membership did not meet at all. When I agreed to share responsibilities of President this year, my goal was to, in some way, try to keep our members connected. The Board met via Zoom for three months and met in person in May. The April and May general meetings were held via Zoom with a speaker. The June meeting will be in-person when we will tour the new Westlake Community Services Center and we are planning to do mini-garden tours for the July meeting. And, as outlined above, we have started gardening together again. It is so good to see our friends and family face-to-face again. We are still practicing safety precautions and trying to keep everyone safe and well. Happy Gardening!

Welcome Spring 2021

We have just experienced a year of restrictions, mandates, concerns, and for some, suffering and grief.  This Spring holds new hope with three vaccines now available and more people getting vaccinated every day.  While life is not going to return to "normal" anytime soon, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.  If you are getting cabin fever and looking for something to do that is safe, here are some ideas.

  1. Visit a MetroPark.  There are many within a short drive of Westlake including Cleveland MetroParks and Lorain MetroParks. You can hike, or just enjoy the drive through the park.  The Nature Centers are not yet open but restrooms are open.
  2. Enjoy a day at the museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Curators have pulled pieces from storage, some that have never been displayed before, and created a special exhibit through May 16, Stories from Storage.  You must reserve timed tickets and masks are required.  Admission is free for members and senior members get free parking on Tuesdays.
  3. Something that really evokes Spring is the orchid exhibit at the Botanical Gardens.  This year's show is Orchids Forever, now through April 11 and masks are required. You can also take the trail through the outdoor gardens, weather permitting, or stay inside and enjoy the Rain Forest and Madagascar gardens.
  4. Closer to home, BAYarts is open for classes and exhibits.  You must reserve a time to visit the gallery exhibits.
  5. This time of year is always a good time to visit local garden centers.  I think Gale's Garden Center is the only one open at present, but Dean's Greenhouse and Cahoon Nursery will be open soon. 
  6. Westlake Porter Library is open for browsing.  You can also call or go online and reserve books then pick up inside or at the drive up window. 

I am sure there are other things that can be done safely.  So, mask up and get out and enjoy our Spring weather.  Stay well.



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