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Volume 14, Number 3 - April 2014
Location: First Congregational Church
Time: 12:30 pm Social - 1:00 pm Meeting
Hostesses: Nancy Ellis & Pat Gaston
Program: DOWAGIAC WOODS - THE WOODS THAT NEVER DISAPPOINT
Presenter: Dr. David Wendling
Summary: Just as Mother Nature is about to unfurl her ephemeral beauty, Dr. Wendling will take us on a virtual tour of Dowagiac Woods and entice us to visit this Michigan Nature Association sanctuary at the height of its Spring loveliness. Wild flowers, ferns, mosses and native plants will be highlighted in his presentation. He mentioned that the Woods is a treasure trove for nature photographers.
I’m ready; I’m ready, are you? It’s tough to hold back when the sun shines, tools are sharpened and the spring equinox has passed; but hold on, is that snow coming down as I type this? Oh no, not again! Surely, the snow will melt, the temperature will rise above freezing, the soil will start to dry out and little shoots of green will begin to show, it just has to happen – SOON! We need to get out and admire the rebirth of life and dig and plant and feel our connection to nature; we are, after all, gardeners.
Spring will be in the air when Dr. David Wendling talks about Dowagiac Woods on April 14. We hope you and our returning snowbirds will attend.
Susan Betz, author and lecturer on herbs and native plants will speak on “Shades of Herbal Green” and “Something Native, Something New” at the District Meeting on April 29 in Lawrence. She is the past President of Michigan Herb Assoc. Cost for the event is $26.00 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. If you are interested in going, please send a check made out to the South Haven Garden Club for $26.00 to Joanne Reed, 778 North Shore Dr., South Haven 49090. Checks are due to Joanne by April 5; your check is your reservation. Those who are going can carpool from the church.
Location: First Congregational Church
Time: 1:00 pm Meeting
Hostesses: Janet Ryskamp & Barbara Bruce
Program: ART IN BLOOM
A TRIBUTE TO ART AND FLOWERS
Presenter: Debbie Walter & Nancy Daugherty
Summary: Fine art and stunning floral arrangements by the regionâ€™s most talented Flower Artists are a winning combination in this presentation. Deb will share her photographs from the display at the GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum) and Nancy will do the same from an exhibition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
With spring comes dues; yes it is that time of year. At the March meeting, Club dues were set at $25.00 for the coming year. Please pay your dues at either the April or May meeting or by mailing a check to South Haven Garden Club, PO Box 464, South Haven 49090, by May 25th so state dues can be paid on time. Please make your $25.00 check payable to South Haven Garden Club.
Thank you for taking care of this as early as possible.
Southhavengardenclub.com is moving to southhavengardenclub.org in May. We are a nonprofit organization and this category better describes our purpose. Either name can be used until May.
Clean up the garden in preparation for the season ahead:
|1)||Remove last year's dead plants, rake back winter mulches, and top-dress beds with compost.|
|2)||After you've finished preparing your beds, plant potatoes, peas, spinach, and other leafy greens as well as beets, turnips, and carrots.|
|3)||Put up a trellis for tall varieties of peas as soon as they sprout.|
|4)||Dig, divide, and replant perennials, such as fall asters, Shasta daisies, chrysanthemums, and phlox.|
|5)||As soon as the weather settles, plant transplants of pansies, forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.), foxglove (Digitalis spp.), and other cool-weather flowers.|
|6)||Sow seeds of sweet peas, bachelor's buttons (Centaurea cyanus), and larkspur (Consolida ajacis) in flowerbeds.|
Bill Snyder, Blue Horizon Nursery, 09721 59th St. Grand Junction, MI 49056, cell: 269-998-8165 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Kasper, 76294 Evergreen Bluff, South Haven, MI 49090, 269-637-6657, cell: 269-615-2498 email: email@example.com
New Address for JoAnn Harris: 5749 Stadium Dr., Apt. 107, Kalamazoo 49009
New email for Paula Schultz: firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Haven Garden Club Newsletter
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