Greetings Garden Friends,
Farewell to August. The season’s dog days of summer are now behind us. To garden comfortably, you had to do it shortly after the sun came up or right before the sun went down on these hot, sometimes unbearably humid days. Even so, this gardener was able to grasp something new in the great outdoors this past month. At the Jennings Environmental Education Center, a number of us IGC members visited a prairie that was formed through a wooded area opening. It was not just a place inhabited with wildflowers. But, a space that has to be regularly maintained to keep it tidy and not overgrown with undesirable weeds or plants. Controlled burning is regularly implemented in various quadrants in order to improve distinct plant quality and to eliminate weeds dispelling any notion that this setting was simply care free.
Looking forward to September, I hope to see many you at the District IX Annual Meeting hosted at Fox Chapel Golf Club on September 7th. All three GCFP officers will be attending and have asked to be seated among members for a visit. Also, please bring used sneakers where they promise to be put to good use. Our regular IGC meeting will be held the following Wednesday, the 14th at Beechwood Farms. Carpooling is greatly encouraged since their parking is minimal. Please refer to the newsletter for those details. A great field trip to Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens on the 28th is planned as well.
“Green Thumbs in the Know Grow. ” Julie, Your President.
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!