"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.
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THE MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD AT ST THOMAS IN THE FIELDS ANGELICAN CHURCH--- 4106 St Thomas Drive, Gibsonia, PA. WE ARE MEETING OUTSIDE IN THE BACK PAVILLION, MASKS ARE REQUIRED
Time to winterize the garden we planted for the Northland Library when the beautiful old maple tree on the hill puts on it's flaming fall color show. Thanks Ruth Kirk, who heads up the library project, for the photo.
Time to put David Council Park to bed when the leaves cover the ground.
It's that time of year.
And the last time we meet outside on picnic tables at St Thomas of the Fields Anglican Church in Gibsonia. Our President Kate Colcville was out of town so V. P. Julie Barnes took the wheel and it was smooth driving all the way.
The program, "Introducing Practical Potting Products" featured a new product similar to peat moss but made from up-cycled paper products and is named "PittMoss. Used as a potting mix, soil conditioner, and growing medium it performs the same as peat moss. Ashley Mariani was the speaker and is also Director of Business Developement for the new start up company located in Ambridge, PA.
To be posted in November
Well not really! About 2 inchies in diameter, with green fuzzy leaves, and very firm, it is from the eggplant family. Viewed usually as an ornamental it is eatible and the leaves have proven to have an anti-inflammatory benefit. Julie Barns grew them in her garden this year and brought in a bunch to share with the members. The botanical name is solanum integrifolium. Just in case you want to look it up.
North Hills Comminity Outreach
IGC gals voluntered to work in the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden that provides food for those families needing support.
Greeting Garden Friends, It’s as if God flipped a switch and we jumped from a hot humid sum-mer to fall with shorter days, cool crisp air, and comfortably warm sun. It’s time to harvest the last of the summer crops (I will miss my constant stream of tomatoes and squash) and remove the tired spent plants. With the pleasant weather, it’s the perfect time to divide up some perennials for next year’s plant sale, snap up some bargains at the garden centers for perennials, shrubs and trees, and pop in some frost tolerant splashes of color for your beds and containers like mums, asters and pansies. I’m looking forward to the beautiful fall foliage colors of red, oranges, and yellows that will arrive later this month It gave me great pride to see the article by Tony Larussa honoring the student poetry, poster and essay contest winners on the front page of the most recent North Journal. Kudos to Chris Hawthorne, Barb Oswald, and Phyllis Chvostal, our Conservation/Youth Committee chairs, for their hard work and dedica-tion, the club members who participated in the judging, and to our publicity chair, Marcia Wielgus, who works hard to get our club name out into the community. Many thanks to Julie Barnes for scheduling the wonderful hands on Kokedama program for our Sep-tember meeting. Mine is still alive! Also, 19 of us participated in the September field trip to Best Feeds on a beautiful day, learned about numerous shrubs and grasses to add to our landscapes and enjoyed an out-door lunch at Kretzlers. It was a wonderful chance to catch up with club members. A small team of club members travelled to Bellevue in September to North Hills Community Outreach’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni’s Community Garden, assisting to harvest vegetables, tear out some summer crops, and plant fall crops .What a wonderful and much needed program – expertly run by NHCO Gar-den Coordinator, Alyssa Crawford, providing fresh organic produce to three pantry sites that serve local families. My hope is that, in the future, our club can look for more ways to provide assistance for this pro-gram.
Julie Barnes will be the leading the October meeting in my place, as I will be out of town. I will miss see-ing you all. Keep safe and socially distanced and I will see many of you at the Oct 14th board meeting. Take the time to relax and enjoy the spectacular fall view that nature offers this time of year.
Kate Colville “Down to earth and diggin’ it”