"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
Especially if you are Ruth Kirk and head the committee of "Edith's Garden"
Named in memory of a dear member who loved gardening and located at the entrance of the Northland Library, it also contains a Blue Star Marker sponsored by the Ingomar Garden Club.
President Kate Colville
The sound of rain on the porch roof was music to my ears yesterday
as I looked out over the garden – thankful that I didn’t have to grab
the hose, yet again, to give the plants a drink. I know that you all have
been tending to and laboring in your gardens during these hot days of
summer. I am looking forward to our August 5th meeting back at St.
Thomas in the Fields Anglican Church’s outdoor pavilion (thanks to
Janet Eck!) I hope many of you will be bringing your horticulture
items from your yards to share – beautiful blooms, leaves, sprigs, or
even a beloved house plant. If you have the botanical name, that is great. If not, don’t let that deter you.
Can’t wait to see what you all have to share!
Our club has been busy during this time of COVID, and I want to thank you all for your hard work.
David Councill looks beautiful, the Passavant planters are bold and extraordinary this year, and although
Edith's garden has been discovered by the deer, we are faithfully maintaining it as well. The picnic was
LOVELY, thanks to our hostess Eileen Miller, auctioneer Julie Barnes with her trusty assistant Jan Ranii -
Dropcho, and our hardworking hospitality committee. We had three visitors, who we hope enjoyed themselves
and will be back for more. The auction was a great success, pulling in $638.00 much needed dollars
to our club so we can continue to have our programs, community gardens, and continue our donations to
garden programs in our area. Thanks to everyone who brought items and/or generously opened their
wallets to make their bids.
Looking ahead to the end of August/September, we will be asking members to support the NHCO Rosalinda
Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden, which grows organic food for the Food Pantry and is run out of
the Greenstone United Methodist Church in Avalon. We are looking for a team of 5 members to donate
a couple hours of their time to assist with garden maintenance/harvesting/cleanup. The date is TBD, but
will be on a Friday – Aug 21, Sept. 4, 11, or 18. Please look at your calendars to see when you might be
available to help, as we will be soliciting volunteers at the meeting and by “Sign up Genius” online. Keep
your eyes open for it! There are so many food insecure families in the North Hills right now. Let’s do
what we can to help get fresh fruit and vegetables on their tables. If you have extra bounty from your own
garden, consider sharing extras with the pantries at NHCO .
The outstanding planters around Passavant Hospital are planted and maintained by IGC. Truly a labor of love as the water must be hand-carried as there is no water supply.
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 Os-wald, 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”