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First "Mini" Garden Tour a Big Success

On Wednesday, July 6, 20+ garden club members and some guests had the great pleasure of visiting other people's gardens.  This was the first of two "mini" garden tours scheduled for July.  We started at a Century Home garden that is lush and colorful.  This garden has been on garden tours in the past but is always delightful to visit again.  Next was a garden with a wonderful shaded garden in the front.  The back garden is colorful with a wide variety of plants, some of which are quite unique.  The third garden visited belongs to a club member.  This garden in only a couple of years old so is still somewhat in progress.  However, it is well-planned and meticulously maintained with a good variety of plantings and color.  I can't wait to see this garden in a couple of more years.  The last garden also belongs to a club member.  This garden takes you back in time.  It is wonderfully old-fashioned and seems like you are in the country instead of in the middle of Westlake.  This garden is lush with shasta daisies, lillies, red husker, cannas, pink campion, just to name a few.  We had lunch and refreshments in this garden which was the perfect ending to a perfect day.  Thank you to all of the homeowners who opened their gardens for this tour.  We hope you can join us on Wednesday, July 20 for the second "mini" garden tour.


National Garden Week Final Event - "Ask the Gardeners"

Friday, June 10, 2016 was the final event for the Westlake Garden Club's celebration of National Garden Week.   From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. representatives from the garden club were at Westlake Porter Public Library for "Ask the Gardeners."  Anyone visiting the library could stop by the table and ask their gardening questions.  Club members manning the table had at hand many reference books on gardening to help with the answers to any questions asked.  The garden club members at the table also have a wealth of gardening experience and love to share  their gardening successes and failures with others.  Even though this is but one week out of the year set aside as National Garden Week, we hope that through our events this week, we have helped and inspired at least one person to grow a better garden, or to start a garden for the first time.


More National Garden Week Celebrations

The Westlake Garden Club hosts its second event to celebrate National Garden Week.  On Wednesday, June 8, Regina McCarthy and Jean Smith were in the Children's Reading Room at Westlake Porter Public Library with a "Let's Grow Something" program.  They talked to children about growing plants from seeds and handed out kits containing a 4" plastic pot, a bag of soil, seeds and instructions for growing Cosmos and Green Beans.  It was a captive audience since the children were coming to the library for story time and other programs presented by the library.  It is never too early to get children interested in growing flowers and vegetables and we hope all the children who took kits today will plant their seeds and watch as their plants grow and thrive.


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