"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
The December meeting was held at Shannopin Country. The snow complimented their Christmas tree and lovely decorations We had the traditional sing-a-long acconpanied by Janet Eck and the IGC Christmas hand bag was passed on to Julie Jansen.
Ruth Kirk and her crew came through with another winner. Behold the 2019 Northland Library Christmas tree
CONGRATULATIONS JULIE BARNES WINNER OF THE DISTRICT IX PERENNIAL BLOOM AWARD
We, in our Garden Clubs have been privileged to have long time members who, like the faithful
perennials in our gardens, have made our clubs grow and bloom with their continuous support of
our goals and objectives. Serving as officers and chairmen over the years, their love of gardening
has planted many a seed for garden club programs and events, while their enthusiastic leadership
has inspired members to nurture these seeds into successful bloom. In grateful appreciation for
their years of support, a PERENNIAL BLOOM AWARD was presented to Julie Barnes, and a tree
or shrub will be planted in their honor.
LAUREL AWARDEES - Bege Anderson, Janet Eck, Irene Rudy
DAFFODIL AWARDEES - Deeann Beavers, Joan Griffith, Ruth Kirk, Eileen Miller,
Marlene Straub, Monica Zanieski
Time to bend over and close down the park. In fact the work has already begun. Digging up the annuals, trimming the perrenials and finishing up Oct 29th.
We are now meeting at Northmont Church on Perry Highway. Per usual Linda hit the gavel at 10:30 and we finished at 12:00 for a lovely lunch provided by the members. The floral centerpiece, designed by Barb Oswald, had a little competition with another "piece" on the side that contained meatballs by Janet Eck. This crockpot was a wedding gift and now a collectors item.
Many floral centerpieces are created beforehand but some designers prefer to work on the spot. See for yourself
The guest speaker, April Claus, director of Parks and Conservation for Sewickly Heights Borough and Eviromental Educator for Fern Hollow Nature Center, captivated her audience with live specimen for her topic, "Reptiles' and Amphibians' Part in PA' Eco System. Members were allowed "hands on" partiscipation. April informed us that our native snakes, toads, turtles and salamanders, keep the population of insects and rodents in check. Contrary to popular belief these creatures are not "agressive" unless tormented or, as all creep and crawl around the ground, are stepped on. Wear shoes.
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”