March 21, 2024

Program:  "Tea & Sympathy"

Once again, garden club members enjoyed an interesting and enlightening educational opportunity at their monthly meeting. Nora Rice, a local herbalist and owner of Melissae Herbs and Honey, spoke on the traditional and proven uses of herbal teas, their potential benefits, as well as the possible adverse effects and interactions they could have with other herbs or medicines.  Club members were able to sample various teas and learn how they can help with reducing anxiety, depression and insomnia.  Other herbal teas are known for boosting brain function and one's mood.  

More information on herbs and botanicals can be found on the Memorial Sloan Kettering website.

Horticulture & Design Exhibits

Division 1 - Horticulture

Section A.  Flowering Branch

Class 1.  Salix discolor (Pussywillow)

Class 2.  Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince)

Class 3.  Spirea pruniflora (Bridal Wreath)

Class 4.  Other

Section B.  Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes & Tubers

Class 5.  Tulip

Class 6.  Narcissus (Daffodil)

Class 7.  Hyacinthus (Hyacinth)

Class 8.  Other

Section C.  Perennials

Class 9.  Helleborus (Hellebore)

Class 10.  Primula (Primrose)

Class 11.  Mertensia virginicus (Virginia Bluebell)

Class 12.  Other

Section D.  Container Grown Plants Grower's Choice

Class 13.  Home Grown

Class 14.  Greenhouse Grown


Division II - Design

"Tray Table for Two" - Backdrop encouraged.  Design type and plant material to be listed on a 3x5 card.  Remember Principles of Design.  Use NGC  Handbook for Flower Shows, page 76.

*Tip: Start cool weather vegetable seeds indoors.  

Dust and feed house plants. 

Repot rootbound plants.  

Complete dormant plant cut back.

Do final clean up of dead leaves and debris.

Feed flowering trees and shrubs.