The AGC Perennial Group traditionally celebrates the holidays with a cookie and plant swap “Yankee” style. This “AGC members only event” was a lot of fun this year, with wonderful cookies and quite a lot of good-natured “stealing” in the Yankee swap. [Photos courtesy of Marti Warren and Becky Stoughton]
The Pumpkin Succulent Planter Workshop hosted by the Perennial Group on November 20 was great fun, with 23 participants. It was so wonderful to kick off the holiday season by sharing plants, other supplies, and ideas, and the results were fabulous. Special thanks to Sue Alger for suggesting the workshop and teaching us all this great new floral craft. Thanks also to Parkhurst Place for allowing us to use the Bean Meeting Room, as well as Eli, Mason, and Jayne Young, who assisted with setup. (If you missed the workshop, feel free to download the Pumpkin_Succulent Assembly and Care Tip Sheet.)
At the invitation of the Amherst Middle School, the AGC Perennial Group held its first meeting of the year (the planning meeting) at the school. Principal Porter Dodge gave us a very warm welcome, and after our meeting, we were treated to brief presentations by some of the students about their experiences in the school gardens as well as a tour of the gardens. The Amherst Garden Club provided seed money (no pun intended!) for the raised beds (which were constructed by students) several years ago, so it was great to come full circle and have the opportunity to view their progress and hear about how the gardens have been integrated into the curriculum.
The perennial group will now meet at the home of Sue Alger on February 20th at 9:30.
Marti Warren will speak about “Practical Propagation”. This topic is a huge one but she will be presenting specifically some of her experiences propagating her own favorite and more common plants. She will talk about the pros and cons of propagation for the average gardener. Everyone will have a little sample to take home as well as a handout on the topic.
There will be a signup sheet at the February AGC meeting, or you can email Sarah at email@example.com or Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the AGC Perennial Group spent a lovely morning at the home of Charlene Carper, holding their annual holiday fest. Plants were swapped, goodies eaten, Jeanne Nevard presented “Secrets of Wildflowers” excerpts from the book by Jack Sanders. Lunch was enjoyed at LaBelle Winery.
Perennial Monthly Scheduled Meetings:
October 17 – Visit to Tower Hill Botanical Garden
November 21 – Jeanne Nevard to discuss wild flowers at home of Charlene Carper, followed by lunch at LaBelle Winery
December 19 – Christmas plant swap and Christmas cheer at Sarah Warrens home
January 16 – Karen Woodbury to discuss companion planting at the home of Deb Ferrelli
February 20 – Judy Smith to discuss flowering shrubs at her home
March 20 – Marti Warren will discuss plant division at Sue Alger’s home
April 17 – Each member to bring a favorite plant to discuss for a few minutes at the home of Dawn Burke
May 15 – A discussion of container plants at the camp of Sally Hooper on Baboosic Lake, which includes a boat ride on the lake.
PLEASE NOTE: CHANGES MAY OCCUR TO THE ABOVE PLANNED MEETINGS.
Martha Coutts-Eisenberg opened her garden to the perennial group to the delight of all who attended. A list of plants that were discussed in Martha’s garden is from Fran Kelly email@example.com . Here are Fran’s notes (unedited and not re-formatted):
Here is a list of many of the plants that Martha talked about. It is not complete – too much going on. And I have no information on most of them. Sorry, but I am getting too old to hear everything. I’ve checked the spellings, so at least you can pull them up and recognize where they were placed and how they looked in Martha’s gorgeous gardens. Continue reading
May 16 – ***10:30*** Garden Walk and Picnic at Martha Coutts-Eisenberg’s home.
The usual meeting time is 9:30 but please note, the time for the May meeting has changed to 10:30.
Trees/shrubs – Zone 5, New Hampshire
|Characteristics||Acer sp. Acer saccarum Sugar Maple, Acer palmatum Japanese||Aeschelus x carnea /A. pavia Red Buckeye or Horse Chestnut||Amelanchier sp. (arborea), Shadbush or Serviceberry|
|Mature Height||60-75’, up to 120’ potential||16-20’ (A. pavia), 30-40’ (A.carnea) or more||15-25’|
|Mature Width||2/3 of height||10-20’||Variable width|
|Sun/shade Moisture Needs||Well drained moderately moist soilFull sun to part shade. Color better in acid soils||Very tolerant of shade so effective under shade trees, moist but well drained soil||Full sun or part shadeMoist, but well drained soils|
|Landscape Value (S, Su, F)||S: Buds are soft pastel shades, flowers light green, subtly attractive, Su: Leaves med. to dark green, F: brilliant yellow to orange, variable.||S: Light green leavesSu: Dark green midsummerF: yellowFlower panicles up to 12” long in spring, white or pink. Very showy||S: Very early, white or light pink flowers, perhaps first flowering tree in springF: Yellow to apricot to deep red|
|Other redeeming Qualities||Shade tree, excellent hardwood, maple syrup, shelter for birds and mammals. Hundreds of varieties and sizes||Nuts are food source for wild life but harmful to humans unless boiled to remove toxins, yellow dye from bark||Roots non invasive, produces nice light shade. Other plants easily grow underneath. Good transition tree from lawns to woods. Even George Washington planted at Mount Vernon|
|Pollinators||Mostly Wind. Trees contain both male and female flowers, Bees can collect pollen||Hummingbirds, bumblebees. Blossoms seem custom made for hummingbird beaks||Bees; Tree have both male and female blossoms|
|Pests||Winter Moth, other moths, Spindle and other galls. Damage generally not fatal||Leaf blotch, powdery mildew. Many insects eat it, but showy nonetheless||Most are free from serious diseases/insect pests|
|Usefulness to Birds, other animals||Baltimore Orioles eat winter moth caterpillars, sap for birds||Shelter for birds, nesting sites.||Goldfinch, blue jay, titmouse, cardinal, robins, etc. love red to purple/black berries in June. Humans too. Some say tastes better than blueberry|
Perennial Group plant swap and cookie exchange was a festive and fun close to 2012 .