Richmond Heights Garden Club Newsletter
President – Mary Hazelwood
Vice President/Programs – Amy Morris
Treasurer – Donna McDonald
Secretary/Membership – Nancy Zander
Editor – Mary Grenfell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments – Nancy Zander
May Meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Notes from your President:
Our April meeting speaker, Kathryn Jepsen, from Lion's Landscaping, did a WONDERFUL job of analyzing problem areas of several members’ yards. From photos submitted she suggested possible solutions, suggested helpful solutions and specific plantings. I hear Amby and Willie have already had their yards aerated as per Kathyrn’s suggestion.
Those of you who couldn't join us for the plant sale missed a fine spot of fun. Both Friday setting up and Saturday helping customers. Put it on your calendar now for next year....a not-to-be-missed event! Cheers! Mary Hazelwood
April Meeting Notes:
Our April meeting was busy with an update from Donna on details for the plant sale and a very interesting discussion with Kathyrn Jepson from Lion’s Court Landscaping. Using photographs submitted by RHGC members, Kathyrn gave landscaping suggestions for specific areas in members’ gardens. Her ideas included breaking up a long narrow space by dividing it into sections with a central feature such as a tall plant, a birdbath, or trellis in each area. She also reminded us that edging makes beds more defined and to think of “eye flow” when choosing plants. For new gardeners, this involves a tall-medium-short plant combination and planting like plants in odd numbers as well as thinking of contrasting colors, repeating colors and using a variety leaf shapes/textures. She also mentioned that the use of curves in the garden is more pleasing to the eye than straight lines. I’m sure we could have spent many more hours getting advice for the trouble space in our yard---or in my case, the whole yard.
The RH Children’s Library would like to have a couple volunteers for their “Dig into Gardening” summer event.
This runs from June 17 thru July 22 (6 weeks) during the pre-school story time at either Monday 6:30 to 7PM or Tuesday 10 to10:30AM. A representative of the club could engage the kids, for example: help plant seeds/ read stories. This is a really cute opportunity...contact: Kim at Library-- 645-6202
Click here for information about the first Richmond Heights Art Fair on May 18th
A final personal note: As Mary wrote in her president’s report, our long time member, Bill Bowman, passed away in April. We’ve lost a dedicated gardener, volunteer and friend. I met Bill and Mary Ellen when I joined the club in the mid 1990’s. At that time we had a number of retired gentlemen, and a few women, who had spent many years as perennial volunteers and devoted endless hours to the Richmond Heights Garden Club. The club has always held a personal affection for Mary Ellen as her father was a founding member of the club in the 1950’s. For many years Bill and Mary Ellen have kept our club archives. Yes, we have information and photos dating back many years!
Every spring, when the plant sale rolled around Bill and Mary Ellen arrived with dozens and dozens of plant donations including Bill’s famous herb starts. We had little need to pay for herb starts as the Bowman’s Styrofoam cup herbs were lined up like so many white soldiers. Bill was one of the stalwarts of our Gardening from the Heart project at Jefferson Barracks. More weeks than not, the group of RHCG men went to Jefferson Barracks to tend the flower beds and coax veterans to come outside, experience time in nature, share stories and get some well deserved extra attention.
As Bill got older, he retired from the hours of winter herb and seed starting. As I swept the floor two weeks ago at the plant sale, I thought of Bill. In the past few years he frequently took the broom from me and kept our messes cleaned up. As well as all of the activities mentioned earlier, Bill was a gardener’s gardener. Instead of the usual quote at the end of the newsletter, it is my personal request that each of us take a moment to think of him. Safe journey, Bill.
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