the compost - Garden Club of Cleveland

the compost - Garden Club of Cleveland

Spring 2017 THE COMPOST Ladies of the Club, It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of our club calendar year, especially since I am just get...

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Spring 2017

THE COMPOST Ladies of the Club, It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of our club calendar year, especially since I am just getting back into my garden. Our April program, organized by our Horticulture chair, Mary Reynolds, was fantastic. If you missed it, the movie “Flight of the Butterflies” is available on Amazon as a DVD. It was inspiring to learn about Dr. Urquhart’s discovery of the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway – something he worked on for 40 years. Mary also provided information on Milkweed, the only plant where the Monarch will lay its eggs. We often hear about how to attract butterflies to our gardens with beautiful showy plants but it is equally important to provide the habitat that they need to reproduce. Don’t forget to plant your “Milkweed Meatballs” on 5/1. In May, Laura Deeter, PhD, a horticulture professor at OSU and national speaker will help us to have “Continual Color without Continual Hassle.” I’m looking forward to what I assume will be an entertaining meeting as her email signature includes the nickname – ‘The Garden Hoe’.

We will wrap up our year in Gert Chisholm’s garden for our annual meeting and luncheon. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings! Lisa McConnell

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Join Claudia Fulton for a walk at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve for bird and butterfly watching. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 am at 8701 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44108 Bring your binoculars, wear walking shoes and bring a jacket as it is always cooler by the lake! Coffee afterwards at Claudia’s home. Please RSVP to Claudia by May 3rd for the nature walk and/or coffee afterwards

“Arranging with Miniature Containers” Wednesday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Lorna Mierke’s home 1490 Denton Drive, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 Participants: Please bring a favorite container that is no taller than 7” (it may be squat in shape) from your collection and small flower scissors. Cost of class is $10. For reservations please contact Pamela Jacobson at [email protected] Please send your $10 class fee at least one week in advance to Lorna at 1490 Denton Drive, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106


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by Mary Reynolds Horticulture Chair

At April’s Horticulture meeting, Mary Reynolds shared with us the importance of milkweed and how it is crucial to the monarch survival. Milkweed is the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat and the only plant on which monarchs lay their eggs. After a fabulous morning with the monarchs, GCC members took home “milkweed meatballs” to toss into the garden to help the monarchs along their migration path. The milkweed seeds were donated by clubs all around the GCA which were distributed at the Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference last October which then were used to make the “meatballs”. Rudbeckia ’hirta’ seeds in seed bombs were also distributed at the meeting as they are a great support nectar plant for the monarchs. Plant these varieties in your backyard to help Save the Monarchs Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) / Butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa) / Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnate) / Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) / Sullivan’s Milkweed (Asclepias sullivanii) Thank you to our Monarch Warriors: Mary Reynolds, Jill Glubiak, Beth Furlong, Debbie Weber, and Mikiko Fujita for making the “milkweed meatballs” (pollinator seed bombs) for our meeting April 18th at the Orange Public Library.

From the kitchen of Mary Reynolds: Recipe: Milkweed Meatballs

Makes: 72 meatballs

Ingredients: (Ratio of ingredients is 5 to 2) Milkweed Seed (make sure seed is non-GMO) 5 Cups unscented, clumping natural kitty litter (Exquisicat Natural Wheat kitty litter) 2 Cups Sweet Peat or other screened compost 1 Cup Water Parchment or wax paper

Directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine the kitty litter and Sweet Peat. Slowly add water and stir. Using a small spoon, scoop a small amount of mixture and while rolling into a “meatball” in the palm of your hand, add 3-4 milkweed seeds. Press the seeds well into the “meatball”. Place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper and let dry, uncovered for at least a day. Do Not cover with cling film as they will mold due to trapped moisture. If using the above proportions, be prepared to add additional water as necessary as the kitty liter absorbs the original 1 cup pretty quickly. Plant seed bombs no earlier than 2 weeks before the threat of frost is over. They do not need to be buried in soil. 3

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Garden history & design symposium


Photo Credits: Lisa McConnell

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Volunteers and Friends of Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

ANNUAL Spring Plant Sale and Upcycled Art Sale Thursday May 18th, Friday, May 19th & Saturday, May 20th

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. At Rockefeller Park Greenhouse 750 East 88th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44108 Rain or Shine - Great Prices and Selection Houseplants, Annuals, Perennials, Irises, Dahlias, Vegetables, Herbs and More!

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All- America Selections: Cultivate the Past, Nurture the Present and Plant the Future Want to “Wow” your friends with spectacular flowers? Want to grow tastier tomatoes and bushier basil? One secret to getting great garden results is starting with great garden plants. At the Greenhouse we have the inside track on this as an official display garden for All-America Selections. Now you too can learn about North America’s oldest independent non-profit organization that tests new varieties and introduces only the best garden performers as AAS winners. Diane Blazek, Executive Director of All-America Selections will visit the Greenhouse on May 9th to share information about AAS and its winning plant selections. Attendees to this event will also be offered a rare behind the scenes opportunity to take a peek at our own AAS winners growing in the Greenhouse, and will receive seed packets of AAS winners to try for yourself. You are Invited - Free Parking and Admission

Tuesday, May 9th 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Refreshments and Greenhouse Production Area Open-House 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Diane Blazek presents the Past, Present, and Future of AAS Rockefeller Park Greenhouse 750 East 88th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44108

Phone: 216-664-3103


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WHAT: A 4-day excursion to Lakeside, Ohio for their Lakeside Chautauqua program featuring garden lectures, exciting fieldtrips to little known places in northwest Ohio and fine food- -all in the grand Chautauqua tradition. Our keynote presenter will be Amanda Patton, multi award-winning English garden designer. WHEN: Aug 1-4, 2017. Hotel accommodations at the Fountain Inn at Lakeside and all meals are included in the fee. A donation to the Friends of the Ohio Governors Residence and Heritage Garden is also included. WHERE: Lakeside Chautauqua, located between Cleveland and Toledo along the Lake Erie shoreline. FEATURED LECTURES: Amanda Patton will keynote four lectures on “Natural Gardens of the 21st Century.” Additional talks will include: - Using Native Plants on Your Home Grounds, by Debra Knapke, Ohio’s own “Garden Sage” - Building a Legacy: The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, by Barbara Lach, The Friends board president and Mary Alice Mairose, Residence curator FEATURED FIELDTRIPS: Planned outings include Glacial Grooves at Kelleys Island State Park, Walking Tour of Chautauqua Park, Erie Sand Barrens and Daughmer Prairie Savannah. RELAX: in the beautiful Fountain Inn, enjoy special parking and dining areas at Lakeside and in the surrounding communities, stroll along the lake and partake in shopping- bringing home a souvenir of the trip and Governor’s Residence. COST: all inclusive room, board and field trips for 4 days, and donation to FOGRHG : $620 per person for a double room $690 per person for a single room

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2017 Please visit and send completed documents, along with your deposit to: FOGRHG, PO Box 218366, Columbus OH 43221, Attn: Kelley Hughes, trip coordinator

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kelley Hughes, [email protected]


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Any Member that wishes to make changes to her membership status, needs to send such notification to the Membership Committee by May 1, 2017. A request to go Non-Resident, to resign, to go from active to affiliate must be made in writing by this date. To become an affiliate member, one must have been an active member for ten years. An affiliate can still be a member of the GCC Board, but not an officer of the club. It is important to note that after the May 1, 2017 date, you are obliged to pay the 2017-2018 dues of your registered status. Additionally, it is time to start working on the Green Book. Please look at your listing. Is everything correct? Would you like to change your email or add a cell phone? Please mail or email your status changes and any address updates to Gail Resch: 1780 Berkshire Road Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 [email protected]

9:30 am Coffee

10:00 am Program

“Continual Color without Continual Hassle” Speaker: Laura Deeter, Horticulture Professor at Ohio State University Location: Burton Court (Next to Sara’s Place) - 1501 Chagrin River Road - Gates Mills, OH

Please RSVP to Muffy Boland at [email protected]

11:30 am

(Unless other email specified)

NEW Location: At the home of Gert Chisholm 20926 Brantley Road - Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Thank you to everyone for contributing such wonderful articles and photos throughout the past two years of The Compost! It was such a joy to share your content with our club! - Brooke Slater 11