"We are commited to establishing roots in this community and watching them grow."
The Ingomar Garden Club was Established in 1946 as a philanthropic organization dedicated to the art of gardening, flower design, conservation of natural resources, enviromental protection and civic improvement. The club was federated in 1954. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month, 10:30 am.
WE ARE FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES - WHICH MAY INCLUDE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING. (SHOULDER BUMPS FOR HUGS AND A WINK FOR A SMILE...)
Another lovely day for an outdoor meeting! After our meeting and bagged lunch, Roxanne Swan discussed seed collection. The why's, where and who! Local collection by Beechwood, regional collection by MARS-B (Mid-Atlantic Region Seed Bank), national by Seeds of Success, and the global Millennium project by the Kew garden at the Royal Botanic Garden. She then discussed ideal seeding methods, the seed maturity to look for and the processes the seeds need to go through before they will germinate. THEN we headed out to the fields where we were able to see and participate in the seed collection process! Thanks Roxanne! We loved the talk and the walk!
Dodging a few rain drops, we toured the Hillside Garden at Shaler North Hills Library. The garden is maintained by the Shaler Garden Club - great job Shaler! We enjoyed the variety and the labels! It cut down on a lot of guessing, but not the discussion around each planting. The perennial bloom planting with marker for Joan Griffith was a pleasure as she shared her love of gardening as a member of IGC as well. I relayed this story: shortly after the tree was planted, I was driving past and saw Joan and her husband in the parking lot admiring the tree, when next saw her I commented on this, she was just so delighted, she couldn't stop smiling about it - I bet she still is!
After the Hillside Garden we took a peak at Linda W's garden. A very nice work in progress if I have to say so myself! Weeds, bags of mulch, deer scat and other scat I'm sure. There were annunals, perennials, shrubs and trees too. Lots to talk about!
Last stop on this impromptu field trip - The Rear End in Etna. Great setting and something for everyone!
We had thirteen members participate in our August meeting and program at Jennings Environmental Education Center. We had a beautiful sunny day, a large pavilion with a prairie view and our speaker Brandi Miller-Parrish to make the day perfect. Thanks Brandi!
After her talk, Brandi led us around the prairie trail and talked about the wildflowers, wild trees, burn cycles and water flows. Here are some of the pictures - Enjoy!
The President's Comments
by Julie Barnes
Greetings Garden Friends,
Welcome to November, a month that reminds us that gratitude should be our best attitude. There is always something to be thankful for. Spending time with loved ones and enjoying delicious cooking as Thanksgiving begins the holiday season. In October a feeling of warmth was prompted by sharing good food and entertainment with our neighboring garden club friends after a few year hiatus. A trip to the Enchanted Olive captivated senses as we discovered flavored oils and different types of vinegar to enhance our culinary experiences. Then a pleasant lunch at the Log Cabin made a rainy day sunny. And for this grateful gardener, outside chores have been more fulfilling in autumn’s brightness.
Looking toward our November 2nd Northmont Meeting, Linda Womsley will guide us through the planting of Micro-greens. This interesting program had originally been presented in the spring by CAR via Zoom. It was amazing to learn what can be planted and harvested by this technique. After that, we have been invited by Greybrooke on November 9th, 11am to delight in a Shopping/Lunch/ Program with them. Finally, it is hard to believe that our Shannopin Holiday luncheon is coming up too. Menu choices should be offered in this newsletter. If possible, make your selections and money available to Linda at our November meeting.
“May your blessings outnumber the autumn leaves?”
“Happy Thanksgiving Green Thumbs”
Julie, Your President