Garden Club – National Garden Club, Yearbooks, & Butterflies

Well, the Garden Club has come back to life after the summer hiatus. The long-awaited warm weather finally arrived with a vengeance! Make sure your potted plants don’t dry out!

The first meeting of the season, on September 17, was well attended by members who heard Ms. Launa Gould, Director of the Orange County Garden Clubs District. Ms. Gould provided an overview of the County, State and National Garden Clubs organizations. (The Niguel Shores Garden Club is a member of the Orange County District, and our President and several members are active participants.)

Ms. Gould also demonstrated the techniques of creating a wreath made from succulent plants. A farmer’s market was held, selling fresh produce out of our members’ yards. Also, the club welcomed new members. The club’s annual yearbook was distributed. If members were unable to attend the meeting, they can contact a club officer to obtain one.

The October meeting will hear a presentation by Ms. Kris Ethington, member of the San Clemente Garden Club and Youth Activity Coordinator of the California Garden Clubs organization. She was named Youth Leader of the year for 2011 for her work with junior gardeners. Ms. Ethington is a local expert on butterflies, and explained what gardeners can do to attract butterflies to their yards by providing attractive environments and habitats.

Gardener’s Glossary:

Hardening off: The process of gradually acclimating plants to outdoor conditions by withholding water and lowering the temperature before transplanting outdoors

Node: the region of a plant stem which normally produces leaves and buds

Perennials: Plants which normally live more than two years (except in your own garden)

PH: The chemical symbol used to give the relative acidity or alkalinity of soil

Pinching: Removing terminal buds or growth to stimulate branching

Egghead Humor: “I think,” said the sweet potato, “therefore, I yam.”

Gardener’s quotation of the month: Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank

– Morry Meadow

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