Fall 2013 - Garden Club of Cleveland

Fall 2013 - Garden Club of Cleveland

T H E G C A L R E D V E E N L A C N L D U B O THE COMPOST Fall 2013 Dear Ladies of the Club, I started gathering my thoughts l...

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THE COMPOST Fall 2013

Dear Ladies of the Club, I started gathering my thoughts last week when the branches of my apple trees, still heavy with fruit, were covered with snow! Now we’ve had fall again and a chance to plant bulbs after the storm clean up. Soon we will be hanging evergreens. Our program year got off to a good start with our meeting at the Rockefeller Greenhouse. Many, many thanks to Claudia Fulton for her stewardship of our Centennial Plaza project. The dedication was a wonderful event and thanks to all who came. The costs to complete the Plaza were well under budget so the Club will donate $1000 to the Cleveland Metro Parks in honor of John Cardwell who designed the Plaza gratis. Additional surplus funds may allow us to plan some landscaping around the Plaza in the spring. The Zone X meeting in Akron was fabulous. GCC was well represented in the Flower Show with our members receiving blue ribbons for horticulture, trough gardens and photography. Thank you to those who represented us. Zone meetings are attended by Zone club presidents, delegates, Zone chairmen, and representatives from Garden Club of America, including the president. The meetings are an opportunity once every twenty years or so for clubs to showcase their interests, activities and their city. Our club will have our turn in 2015! Dale Naylor and Margaret Wilson have already begun planning for the Zone meeting we will host in June, 2015. If you want to help with the planning, please let them know! I hope all enjoyed the opportunity to gather with Shaker Lakes Garden Club and hear Dr. Kathryn Kennedy speak. Her passionate work with native plants was inspiring. Our next meeting will focus on the Global Center for Health Innovation and provide us with chance to become familiar with one of the projects sparking renewed interest in our downtown. We will finish 2013 with the Greens Workshop in early December and a Christmas Wassail. Both events will be full of holiday cheer! See you soon! Brooke

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Wild & Cultivated!

2013 GCA Zone X Meeting in Akron The Akron Garden Club hosted the GCA Zone X meeting September 17-19, that was both Wild & Cultivated per their theme. They showcased the best of Akron’s history, environmental education efforts, and gardens. GCA President, Katie Hines, opened the business meeting urging all of us to use the GCA as a resource. Our break out sessions later in the day showed us how to do just that. We had the opportunity to learn about how a club can make a nomination for Plant of the Year, document a garden for Garden History & Design and apply for the Founder’s Fund award. During the rest of the business meeting, we learned about the Wild & Cultivated year the 11 clubs in Zone X had been having. Don’t be surprised if a scavenger hunt pops up in our schedule, or some new makeand-take program ideas. Hearing about all the great things the other clubs are doing is very energizing. Tuesday night dinners were held in the private homes of Akron Garden Club members. The evening was meticulously planned with members’ husbands providing transportation from the hotel, bartending upon arrival at the home and then disappearing to enjoy their own dinners. Our dinner was delicious, the garden tour fantastic and I really enjoyed the chance to get to know my group more personally.

The beautiful gardens of Stan Hywet Hall

Wednesday, we toured the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. Not surprising, the garden club ladies were thrilled to be hiking the trails and scooping muck out of the pond looking for tadpoles and other creatures. Back on the buses, imagine my surprise when Katie Hines, GCA President asks if the seat next to me is taken. She’s a very warm and inviting person, eager to hear about what our club has been up to. We compared notes on membership size and programs. Next, we listened intently to Dr. Douglass Tallamy’s address on “Bringing Nature Home.” By the end of the talk and slideshow, I was planning a stop at the nursery on my way home to buy more NATIVE plants. We followed up this discussion on native plants and their importance with a hike at Haskell Run & Ledges. Continued on Next Page.....

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Wild & Cultivated, continued... The awards dinner Thursday night, at first glance, might have seemed like any other impersonal dinner in a hotel banquet hall. I was amazed at how truly excited I was for the awards recipients, women I had known for only a few days. Thursday morning we were off to Stan Hywet Hall. After breakfast we heard Dr. Kathryn Wat speak on the “Flowers in French Impressionist Paintings.” A very passionate art historian and Chagrin Falls native, I think we should invite Dr. Wat back to tell us the “Real Dirt” behind the Impressionist painters. She alluded to some very interesting stories. Next, a behind the scenes tour of the gardens at Stan Hywet Hall. My group’s guide was both an Akron Garden Club member and a volunteer flower arranger at Stan Hywet. The cutting gardens available to the flower arrangers would leave any flower arranger green with envy. A fantastic end to our meeting, I grabbed a box lunch and was on my way back to Cleveland with thoughts of our own June 2015 Zone meeting dancing in my head. Thank you for the opportunity to be our club’s delegate. ~ Lisa McConnell Dale Naylor, hiking at the Zone Meeting

Deb Fitzgerald’s Blue Ribbon Trough Garden!

Deb Fitzgerald and Susan Bercheck are off to the Zone X Garden Show in Akron!

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Flower Arranging Workshops Please join us for our ever-popular flower arranging workshops with Lorna Mierke.  Lorna will inspire us with fun themes and, as always, expert instruction!  All classes, with the exception of Jean Frazier workshop, are on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. Dates are as follows:

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November 20 January 21 -- Jean Frazier workshop at Cleveland Botanical Garden -- "Demystifying Flower Arrangement" (see program listing in green book for more information) February 19 April 16 May 21

With the exception of November 20th workshop, please provide your own containers.  Workshop fee is $35 for flowers and supplies.  Please make checks payable to Lorna Mierke.   Any questions?  Call Lorna at 216-421-6295.   Mail your check directly to Lorna:  1940 Denton Drive, Cleveland Heights, 44106.   To register, call Lorna by the Monday before the workshop.   Join us for one or all!

Do You Know TED? TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing people together from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED talks feature the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). Here are a few featuring garden-related topics. Simply click on a link below from your computer or tablet: Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener from South Central LA A provocative, inspiring view on urban gardening in South Central Los Angeles. http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes A witty and energetic look at what a community can do with its unused land....plant food, of course! http://www.ted.com/talks/pam_warhurst_how_we_can_eat_our_landscapes.htmll

Favorite TED Talk? Please share your gardening favorites and we will include it in an upcoming Compost! Send ideas [email protected]

Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing An enlightening review of why bees are disappearing, what implications this may have on our society, and simple actions we can all take to help. http://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing.html Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees A look at the uniquely flourishing habitats cities can provide to diminishing honey bees. http://www.ted.com/talks/noah_wilson_rich_every_city_needs_healthy_honey_bees.html

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Highlights from the October Board Meeting • The Centennial Plaza at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is complete and the project was under budget. The Board approved a $1000 donation to Cleveland Metro Parks in honor of John Cardwell who designed the Plaza free of charge. The remaining funds could be used for future landscaping, possibly including a pollinator garden. Denise Ellsworth, director of Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education at OSU has contacted us. The Plaza could be nominated as a Founder’s Fund Project. • GCC will host a Zone Meeting, June 22-24, 2015. Dale Naylor and Margaret Wilson are chairing the meeting which will include a GCA Flower Show. 65-80 people will attend including presidents and delegates from the clubs in our Zone, Zone chairmen and the president of GCA. Our entire club will be called upon to help with this meeting. If you are interesting in working on the planning, contact Dale or Margaret. • GCC has never had a logo. We should have one before the Zone Meeting. A group will be formed to work on this. • Our members are busy working on the bulb sale, Greens Workshop pre-sale and hiking! • Siobhan Thompson is our Website wizard! Please send any fun tidbits or photos to Siobhan to post on our website. Photos should be sent as .jpeg files. The new website address and password are in our Green Book

The wonderful GCC Centennial Plaza Dedication at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

GCC members listen intently during September’s Horticulture Meeting “Gardening for the Birds” at Rockefeller Park Greenhouse.

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Save the Date GCC 2013 Greens Workshop Wednesday, December 4 9:00am to 2:00pm Gates Mills Community Center Please join your Provisional Class of 2013 and 2014 at the Garden Club of Cleveland’s Annual Greens Workshop. This forum of fun provides members with a great space for creating lovely, fresh decorative greens for your home using your own containers or the containers and hard goods supplied, such as oasis , plastic trays (in all shapes), styrofoam forms, wires, picks, ribbons and an array of holiday greens and specialty florals. Your fee of $60.00 is an excellent value given prices at retail. Come for one hour or all five! Bring your clippers, containers and good cheer. Holiday music and tasty refreshments will sustain you while you create the perfect tabletop arrangements for your holiday table or a wreath for your front door. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Registration for the 2013 Greens Workshop Name:________________________________________________ Please send this portion with your $60.00 check payable to the Garden Club of Cleveland to : Muffy Boland, 3877-4 Lander Road, Orange Village, OH 44022 Please register no later than November 29, 2013 6

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The Real Dirt.... Check out our own Cindy Zins and Deb Fitzgerald in “The Real Dirt”!! “The Real Dirt” is the GCA online Horticulture magazine. It is chock full of information, ideas and photographs. The current issue has a wonderful article on forcing bulbs written by Cindy and a photograph of Deb’s blue ribbon Aesculus parvifolia. To view “The Real Dirt”, simply log on to the Member’s section of the GCA website. If you need your user name, password or help in logging on, contact Brooke Garratt or Caroline Selman. Enjoy “The Real Dirt” on your computer, or download to a tablet to read later!

Curious about a Committee? To get on a committee email list, please contact the following: Conservation: May Scott Cebul [email protected] Horticulture: Susan Bercheck

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Photography: Margaret Wilson [email protected] Flower Arranging Workshops: Melanie Biche [email protected]

Jim Bissell Elected to Prestigious Position

As GCA Honorary Member

Members of the Garden Club of Cleveland should be pleased and proud to know that Dr. James Kirk Bissell (Jim) was recently elected to GCA Honorary Membership with strong support from our Club. The nomination was put forth by Shaker Lakes Garden Club, and seconded by The Garden Club of Cleveland. Additional letters of support came from around Zone X, including Hope Taft (former first Lady of Ohio) and Christine Freitag of Akron GC (former President of GCA). Honorary Membership is an extremely selective process and is nationwide in scope, so we are indeed proud to welcome Jim to GCA!

Dr. James K. Bissell

Our seconding letter (reproduced on the following page) was written last June, and I would like to thank Betty Hollister for reviewing and adding additional material to help make a strong case for our friend Jim Bissell.

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The Garden Club of Cleveland June 14, 2013 The Garden Club of America Admissions Committee 14 East 60th Street New York, New York 10022 Dear Ladies of the Admissions Committee, The Garden Club of Cleveland is delighted to second the nomination of Dr. James Bissell, Curator of Botany at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, for Honorary Membership in The Garden Club of America. Jim Bissell has been a special friend to our members for many years, generously sharing his time and expertise on a regular basis. His enthusiasm for rare plants and natural areas is infectious, and he has opened our eyes to details large and small over the years. As Curator of Botany at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Jim is responsible for the Museum’s 75,000 specimen Herbarium, and is constantly involved in field research to inventory rare plants and natural areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Under Jim’s leadership, the Museum’s rare plant and natural areas inventory programs have led to protection of thousands of endangered areas and species, and produced a vital conservation data resource. Upon request from conservation agencies, he will visit free of charge, any potential conservation project and conduct a field inventory to provide scientific data to make the case for land protection. His list of awards from state and conservation agencies is endless. Jim started the Museum’s Natural Areas Division, which manages a living collection of 44 nature preserves protecting more than 5,400 acres in northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. These preserves contain a range of rare habitats, some found nowhere else in the region. They are places where our area’s most threatened native plants and animals can survive for future generations to enjoy. In the late fifties, The Garden Club of Cleveland established the Museum’s Wild Flower Garden, now known as the Perkins Garden, which has evolved into a nature preserve accommodating native animals as well as plants. In the course of a year, the Museum estimates approximately 25,000 school children visit the Garden. Annually, our members participate in “The Big Dig,” working in the field with Jim as he identifies and works side-by-side with us to dig up and then transplant endangered species to the Perkins Garden. As Jim is intimately familiar with the state’s rare plant inventory, each year he identifies a site that is threatened by development and rich in wildflowers. His generosity of time and his dedication to our effort is exemplary. Working in the field with an expert like Jim is truly an annual gift to our members – his knowledge is so impressive, and yet he shares it in such an enthusiastic, generous and humble way. Often in the rain, and sometimes even in the snow, our annual April “Big Dig” outing with Jim Bissell is an important Club tradition. Dr. James K. Bissell works tirelessly for the protection of natural areas and rare plants, and his accomplishments significantly contribute to the quality of our local, state and national environment. We are proud and honored to second this nomination. Sincerely, Lynn Shiverick President, The Garden Club of Cleveland

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Emerald Necklace Hikes return! Whether or not the sky is clear, it is great to be in the woods, hiking with your Garden Club friends! Won’t you plan to join us? There are two remaining hikes scheduled this Fall:

~ Monday morning, November 18th - Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation (Cleveland MetroParks) ~ Wednesday morning, December 18th - Orchard Hills Park (Geauga Park District)

To receive details for these hikes and others, contact Paula Coleman. She will be happy to add you to the GCC Hikers email list ([email protected] 440-975-2223). See you on the Trail! Paula Coleman

Future Necklace* Awardees on the Ansel Cave Trail at West Woods Park

*Necklace refers to the highly prized and sought after Emerald Necklace awarded to hikers at the Annual Meeting.

Pictured from left: Mary Weber, Margot Baldwin, Cindy Hollister, Paula Coleman, Marion Murfey, Deb Nash, Muffy Boland, Brooke Garratt, Anne Wieland (not pictured, photographer Deb Fitzgerald)

Green Book Corrections... The correct date for our November meeting is Tuesday, November 19th!! Please note that the date in the Green Book is incorrect. Valet parking for the meeting will be available for $15.00, please carpool!

Please Note.... Paula Coleman’s cell phone is listed incorrectly in the Green Book. Her correct cell number is: 216-401-4505

Parking receipts need to be validated at the Key Club

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News & Announcements GCC Charitable Fund The Charitable Fund Committee will soon be meeting to review our Club’s charitable giving for 2014. This year will be distributing approximately $10,000 to various organizations who support our Club goals of restoring, improving, and protecting the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. The committee welcomes ideas from our full membership for new recipients. If you are aware of an organization or project that should be considered for our support, please contact me at [email protected] ~ Lisa McConnell, Chair 

Save the Date!

June 22-24, 2015  Garden Club of Cleveland hosts the Zone X Meeting & a GCA Flower Show Details to follow: stay tuned! 

Help Design our GCC Logo! We are one of very few GCA clubs that do not have a logo. In January, we will meet to develop a logo. Anyone interesting in contributing, please contact Brooke Garratt. [email protected] or 440-543-2626.

News From Holden Gifts from the Heart of Nature preview party starts at 3pm on Friday 15 November.  The sale stays up through the holidays.  If you haven't been to the Arb to walk through the new Paine Rhododendron discovery Garden, it is worth the effort! Be sure to look through the Leaves publication to see all the events & classes going on at the Arb.  If you are not receiving Leaves, maybe your membership has lapsed? Snow will be falling soon.  Winter is a beautiful season to wander the grounds via snowshoes or xc skis, on the well-marked trails.  



~ Marion Murfey, Holden Arboretum rep

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Mark Your Calendars!!!

Upcoming GCC Events Civic Meeting Cleveland Welcomes - The Global Center for Health Innovation November 19 at 9:30 a.m. The Club at Key Tower, 127 Public Square, Cleveland *Followed by a walking tour of the Global Center for Health Innovation Carpooling encouraged! The Greens Workshop December 4, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gates Mills Community House, 1460 Chagrin River Road , Gates Mills The Christmas Wassail December 17, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m The Home of Dale Naylor 19300 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights General Meeting De-mystifying Flower Arranging January 21 at 9:30 a.m. Cleveland Botanical Garden - Clark Hall 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Other Upcoming Events November 15, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Gifts from the Heart of Nature preview party Holden Arboretum November 29 - January 5 Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glow at the Garden! Cleveland Botanical Garden

January 10th, article submission deadline for Winter Compost

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