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Master Gardeners Newsletter Vol IV.January 2012


									                                Richland County Master
                                 Gardener Newsletter
                                       Volume IV        January 2012

President’s Message……………..

What is a Community Garden
When giving a presentation about community gardens, I always start off by asking the audience “What do you think
community garden means? What vision pops into your mind?”

People give lots of responses: “I think of it as a place where families can have a plot to grow a garden”; “It’s a
garden tended by people who want to grow food to feed the hungry”; “It’s a public garden where neighbors get
together and tend one big plot.” Yes to all of that and more.

In the sense that community gardens are tended by a group of people for public benefit, then you could say that all
of the public gardens we Master Gardener Volunteers tend fit the bill. But in the more common usage of the term,
community gardens almost always feature edibles.

The definition I usually use is: “A common space to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, usually through the
efforts of volunteers.” In Richland County, at least 18 gardens fit this definition. There are many variables,
including who hosts, what’s grown, where and how it’s grown, and who gets the harvest.

Rather than tell you, I’d like to show you. You can check out a short slideshow I put together for a women’s
workshop, which includes images of gardens, teams of volunteers and harvests from around Richland County. The
slideshow is posted at: Look
closely, you’ll see people you know!

If you’d like to receive my bi-weekly “Community Garden News” email, send me a request:
President’s Message continued……..
Then, check out the visual story of one garden…The Welcome Garden, which is organized by two of our own –
Belinda Morgan and Antoinette Daley – on behalf of New Beginning church. The slideshow is at:

If you’d like to receive my bi-weekly “Community Garden News” email, send me a request:

   Raising Richland Community Gardening Educational Summit Set for March 21, 2012

The date is now set for our 2012 Raising Richland Community Gardening Educational Summit:

       WedNESDAY March 21, 2012 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

                             aT the Longview Center
This year will be bigger than ever with three rooms of education on a variety of topics related to organizing
community gardens, growing techniques, and food safety & nutrition. Partners include RCMG, OSU Extension, the
Health Department, Kingwood Center and the North End Community Improvement Collaborative.

Volunteers are needed, especially on the day of the event when we’ll need help with set up, room monitors,
display tables, refreshments, etc. Contact Jean Taddie if you are able to volunteer for the event and/or if you’d
like to help with the planning.

Jean Taddie
President Richland County Master Gardeners
                                                                                 Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
Richland County Master Gardeners
Current Committee Chairs
Butterfly/Flag Garden & Nature Garden         Bob Phillips       GARDENERS
Phenology Garden                              Mark Johnson       CURRENT
The Very Little Vegetable Garden @ Kingwood   Don Wolverton      OFFICERS
Downtown Mansfield Planters                   Susan Madura

Community Gardens                             Jean Taddie-fall

                                              Mary Ann Free
RCMG Speakers Bureau                          Alan Steiner
                                                                   JEAN TADDIE
Hotline Q & A                                 Bob Phillips

Refreshments/Hospitality                      Dorothy Schrock    VICE PRESIDENT
RCMG Displays                                 Carol Sheppard       AMANDA
Hours Tracking                                Nikki Fulton         STANDFIELD
RCMG Newsletter                               Suzanne Mayer
                                                                   SUE DONAHUE

                                                                   MONA KNEUSS
                                            Image Bobby Mayer

Committee Chairs Updates

 Bob Phillips –Butterfly/Flag Garden
 Butterfly/Flag Pole Garden

 This is a focal point where thousands of residents and political individuals pass by every year. The garden
 over the years has been a butterfly garden, a native plant flower garden, a flower garden, and lately a garden
 of interest of mish-mash. The only thing that we can count on to return every year is the monkweed, a nasty
 weed that spreads by rhizomes and is a perennial nuisance. We had three sessions weeding and planting and
 spreading leaf mulch. Usually 3 to 5 volunteers showed up to take on the task of weeding for about 3 hours.
 Counting picking up mulch and plants we spent approximately 15 hours. 25 hours would have been perfect
 and that would have allowed more time for planning. Hopefully next year.

 Nature Garden (west side at Longview)

 I miss Dr. Ron Parker he knew more history. The garden has been a show piece in the past when the
 sanitation company had their office just inside the building. They would keep the pond pump in the building
 for us over winter. They also turned the water on to the pond on a daily basis as needed. At one point we
 had a drip irrigation system to the entire garden, it is now deteriorated. Water still can come from the water
 source in the garden to the pond, but it has nowhere to drain except across the lower parking lot and
 landlords don’t think that’s such a good idea. The pond still has fish and water lilies. Using rain water as a
 water source mostly now. All the plants are still "native" and I believe Merrill has the pump. (sorry if I’m
 wrong about that) For several years the plants were labeled and maps were available, however not the last
 couple of years. At one point many girl scout troops and other groups toured the garden when solid waste
 was a tenant and was a co-sponcer of the garden. We spent maybe 50 hours on this garden in 2011. It always
 looked very nice when we completed a weeding session, of which there were 4 in 2011. The pond needs
 some serious work maybe 10 hours reconditioning and another 10 hours to update it. The plants need some
 new varieties. An estimate of 200 dollars and another 2 or 3 hundred to fix gates, water, fish, etc. or we could
 keep the status quo. Any way you look at it, it’s a big project for next year that needs a marketer and triple
 the 50 hours we used in 2011. We had 15 sign up but usually only 4 or 5 could make any one session.

 Jean Taddie – Community Gardens
 During 2011, Richland County Master Gardener Volunteers helped community gardens in a variety of ways.
 We served as garden organizers; we shared garden advice and best practices; we hosted a community
 gardening summit; we educated children; we gave away plants and produce; we put together a community
 garden resource guide; we hosted garden tours; we promoted community gardens while speaking at
 meetings, church gatherings, and workshops.

 Here in Richland County, there were at least 18 community gardens in 2011 (MGV Organizers are noted in
Jean Taddie – Community Gardens continued…..
Resident Organized Gardens:
Atherton Ave Community Garden (Madonna Brock)
Maple Lake Park Community Garden (Dalton Derr)
North Lake Community Garden (Amanda Stanfied & Mona Kneuss)
Temple Court Community Garden

Church Organized Gardens:
First Christian Church
Mosaic Church
New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church (Belinda Morgan & Antoinette Daley)
Ontario United Methodist
Providence Baptist Church
St. Luke Lutheran Church

School Vegetable Gardens:
Foundation Academy School
Richland Academy School of Excellence partnered with the Atherton Avenue Garden

Organization Supported:
Northwest Village Apartments
Richland Newhope Industries
Very Little Vegetable Garden at Kingwood Center (Don Wolverton)
YMCA (Dalton Derr & Jim Kulig)

City Sponsored Family Plots:
Lucas Community Gardens
Shelby Community Gardens (2 locations)

My goal is to have a complete list of gardens for the whole county. If you know of other community gardens
– or a group wishing to start a community garden – please forward contact information to jean@necic- or 419-564-7707.

Several organizations are considering adding or expanding a community garden in 2012. So more MGV
help is always welcome. If you are interested in getting more involved with the community gardens, just let
me know.

Alan Steiner – RCMG Speakers Bureau
The following members reported speaking engagements to the Speaker's Bureau this last year:

Alan Steiner gave a talk and tour of Janet and Alan's gardens to the Ashland All Seasons Garden Club. Alan
also spoke at the Main and Lexington branches of the Richland County Library on water gardens.

Jean Taddie spoke on vegetables for Richland County Master Gardener training. She also gave
presentations on community gardens to the Unitarian University Series in Bellville, the Abundant Life
Church in Ontario, the North End Project, the Olivesburg United Methodist Church, and at a Women's
Seminar. Jean also spoke about gardens to the Kingwood Garden Club. Additional members may have
spoken to other groups.
Janet Steiner - Kingwood Center/Master Gardener Volunteer Collaborative
In May 2011, Jean Taddie and I began to develop new volunteer opportunities with Kingwood Center
Administration for Master Gardener Volunteers and Interns. More than 20 members participated during
the summer and fall in ten different projects.

The programs included “Garden Explorers,” which was a learning experience for children ages 6-12.
Together with John Makley from Kingwood, we explored topics including “plants,” “dirt,” and “bugs”
through hands-on demonstrations and walks through the Kingwood Gardens. We appreciated our own
Mark Johnson for helping to develop the curriculum, providing lab equipment, and his teaching expertise.

Along with Kingwood Staff, we learned by planting and/or maintenance of numerous gardens – annuals,
perennials, vegetables, peonies, roses, and tulips, in addition to preparing flowers for drying in the fall.

Mona Kneuss, Betty Jo Stearns and Geaine Cozad deserve praise for their efforts to organize a weekly Herb
Garden information table, where many members answered visitors’ questions and passed out educational
handouts for featured herbs.

I would like to thank each Master Gardener Volunteer for making this a successful endeavor! Our
committee looks forward to this coming season, building on the momentum started this past year.
Information regarding training for tour guides is forthcoming from Lisa Duckworth, Kingwood’s
Volunteer Coordinator. Please e-mail me if you are interested in joining our committee.

Suzanne Mayer – RCMG Newsletter
I hope the newsletter is providing you all with information that is useful, practical and informative. Each
month has been a metamorphosis in layout and content in hopes to improve upon what we want our
newsletter to become. Birthdays were added and I am pleased to announce that we will have an “insect”
section each edition authored by Merrill Tawse, which certainly will add additional meaningful content to
our newsletter. I hope you all will feel free to send me information that you wish to appear in the
newsletter and won’t be bashful when I ask you to write an article. You all have so much knowledge to
share and I for one do not want to miss a thing! The newsletters will continue to be sent out electronically
the second week of the “odd” months of the year and I wish to thank all of you who have helped make the
RCMG Newsletter a success.
      Richland County Master Gardeners Meeting Minutes
                                       December 12, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Amanda Stanfield, Alan Steiner, Janet Steiner, Mona Kneuss, Jean Taddie, Don Wolverton,
Betty Keppler, Lana Adams, Jan Kennedy, Suzanne Mayer, Mark Johnson, Dalton Derr, Bonnie Root, Lynn Cooke, Sue
Donahue, Jim Kulig.

GUESTS PRESENT: Gordon Stanfield, Bob Mayer, Jean Kulig, John Precup, Judy Villard-Overocker, OSU Educator.

OLD BUSINESS: Janet Steiner, Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s Report. The current club balance is $1641.30.
Don Wolverton moved the report be accepted as presented. Second by Jim Kulig. Motion carried.

Alan Steiner, Secretary, presented the minutes of the last meeting. Lana Adams moved the minutes be accepted as
presented. Second by Don Wolverton. Motion carried.

Jean Taddie, President, explained that the Executive Committee recommended that the yearly dues for the group
remain at $20 per year with $10 of this amount going to the State organization. No motion was offered to change
this amount so that the dues will remain at $20 per year. Note….Interns do not pay dues until they complete the 50
volunteer hours. Janet Steiner, Treasurer, collected some dues for 2012 at the meeting. Members may send their
dues until December 31, 2011 to Janet (current Treasurer) and after January 1, 2012 to Sue Donahue

NEW BUSINESS: The education portion of the meeting consisted of each member in attendance describing their
favorite garden book or resource.

Jean Taddie, President, read notes from Dorothy Schrock and Mary Ann Free requesting resignation and retirement
from the organization. The resignations were accepted by Jean who will contact both to see if they would like to
keep inactive status (a yearly educational hour’s requirement but no project hours requirement).

President Jean requested that each Chairperson or Leader prepare a short 2011 summary of their committee or
group activities for the January newsletter. This information should be sent to Suzanne Mayer by early January

Jean Taddie, President, requested a volunteer for a Hospitality Chairman for 2012. Don Wolverton volunteered to
bring refreshments for the February 2012 meeting. Jean indicated there is a $15 refreshment budget for each
regular meeting.

Jean promised more information in the future on the March 2012 Raising Richland Summit.

President Jean provided name badges, a certificate, and a “Kingwood Long Garden Trowel” to the following
members for passing from Intern to Full club membership:

  Dalton Derr                                          Jim Kulig
  Sue Donahue, (134 volunteer hours)                   Suzanne Mayer (100 plus hours)
  Mark Johnson                                         Bonnie Root
  Betty Keppler                                        Amanda Stanfield
  Mona Kneuss
Minutes continued……………..
  The following also qualified but were not at the meeting:

    Madonna Brock                                 Geaine Cozad
    Cheryl Finley                                 Rebecca Meadows,
    Carol Sheppard

  Jean also indicated that the club members volunteered more than 1700 volunteer hours in 2011.

  At the last regular meeting the following 2012 slate of officers were nominated:

     President: Jean Taddie,                              Vice President : Amanda Stanfield
     Treasurer: Sue Donahue                               Secretary:       Mona Kneuss
  Jean asked for any additional nominations from the floor. Hearing none Jim Kulig moved the nominations be closed
  and the vote is declared unanimous. Second by Don Wolverton. Motions carried unanimously. Amanda Stanfield
  volunteered to be the club Facebook coordinator. Jan Kennedy volunteered to help with the page.

  The next meeting will be 7:00 PM, February 13, 2012 at the Longview Center where Dave Duncan will present a
  program on “Bees.”

  Mona Kneuss moved the meeting be adjourned, Second by Alan Steiner. Meeting adjourned.

                              Speakers Bureau Update
Green Projects Worldwide                       Madonna Brock
Emerald Ash Borer                              Bob & Debbie Sickmiller
Vernal Pools                                   Merrill Tawse
Greenhouses “Manage your Own”                  Lynn Cooke
Children’s Programs/Gardens                    C. Antoinette Daley, Debbie Sickmiller
Insect Identification                          Merrill Tawse
Vegetables                                     Don Wolverton, Cheryl Harner, Mona Kneuss, Jean Taddie, D. Sickmiller
Composting                                     Don Wolverton, Cheryl Harner, Debbie Sickmiller
Integrated Pest Management                     C. Antoinette Daley, Alan Steiner, Debbie Sickmiller
Butterflies/ Gardening                         Cheryl Harner, Merrill Tawse
Winter Birds and Feeding                       Cheryl Harner
Water Gardens                                  Merrill Tawse, Mona Kneuss, Alan Steiner, Dalton Derr
Community Gardens                              Mona Kneuss, C. Antoinette Daley, Jean Taddie
Gardening for Wildlife                         Merrill Tawse
Perennials                                     Mona Kneuss
Annuals                                        Mona Kneuss, Lynn Cooke
Native Plants                                  Merrill Tawse, Jan Kennedy, Debbie Sickmiller
Invasive Species                               Debbie Sickmiller
Sustainable Food Organizations                 Madonna Brock
Raised Beds/Square Foot Gardening              Dalton Derr, Debbie Sickmiller
Trees & Tree Identification                    Debbie Sickmiller, Jan Kennedy
Herbs                                          Debbie Sickmiller
Pruning   Debbie Sickmiller
Shrubs    Debbie Sickmiller
                              It’s an Invasion !
                              By Merrill Tawse

                               Don’t you enjoy the annual autumn migration where you move into your home the
                               plants and insects that you have been enjoying all summer? Now you know that you
                               will have living things to enjoy the company of during the coming cold winter months.
                               Well maybe your intent was only for the botanical (plant) and not the zoological
(animal/insect) life forms. So you worked hard to check the plants and their containers so they will be insect-free, but
yet you still find them. Even with the best intentions there will always be some that stow their way aboard the mighty
vessels into our warm homes. Not only that, but there are others that we discover in our homes that snuck in through
a window not fully closed, or a door open only momentarily that begin setting up housekeeping for the winter.

When you find them “inside your front door” some questions come to mind about these visitors. Should we welcome
them, or get bent out of shape and try to evict them? Who are they and why did they come to my house?

One that I have been seeing walking across the window panes of sunlight rooms in our house is the Asian Ladybug,
Harmonia axyridis. More accurately we should be calling it the Asian Ladybird Beetle since it is in the Order
Coleoptera, the beetles and not Hemiptera, the bugs. Now note we are picking on the Asian one and not any of the
over 400 Ladybird Beetle species native to USA. They are members of the Family Coccinellidae. Due to the fact that
they vary in color from yellow, orange and even black and the number of spots can range from 0 to 22 they are not
always easy to identify from some of the native species.

Notice the variations of color and spots and the aphid in the mouth. (internet photos)

Intentional introduction programs of the Asian Ladybird Beetle have continued since 1916 as a form of biological
control. For years they, along with others, have been offered for sale by many gardening companies, with the intent to
be released into your gardens. Both the larval and the adult forms predate on the sap feeding aphids. The
Department of Agriculture stepped up their release program in the 1980’s in an effort to help control soybean aphids,
they then backed off, thinking it was not working, but some did survive and reproduce and by 2000 they had spread
quickly in the Midwest. At their current levels, many consider as a nuisance. Locally we had some years with
exceptionally high numbers in the first part of the decade and then they seemed to decline. It seems like they are
again increasing in numbers.

But they are sooo CUTE! As many of you have come to find they enter in large numbers to over winter in our homes.
They congregate on warm sunny winter days at our windows, depositing spots on the glass or woodwork and emit an
unpleasant odor. There are indications that some people even experience a respiratory/allergic reaction to their
droppings. These droppings are pheromone spots that act to attract them into large congregations.
                                             Squishing them, causes a more intense release of the smell so many deal
                                             with these pests by sucking them up with the vacuum. Don’t forget to
                                             empty the bag afterwards. And yes, like any good pest, they do bite
                                             supposedly to get salt from our skin surface or for self-defense.

                                            Another invader that you can find sulking around in your home goes by
                                            several names. The one I like best is the Assassin Bug, but it is also goes
                                            by Squash Bug, Bee Killer or Ambush Bug. They are true bugs so the
                                            order Hemiptera. They have a piercing-sucking mouth and will insert it
                                            into their prey and inject digestive enzymes so they can return later and
                                            “suck-out” the now liquefied contents, much the way spiders do. Like
with the Ladybird Beetles, they find our homes a suitable place to overwinter. You will see them walking around your
walls and ceilings, especially when he home gets warm. Do they predate on the Ladybird beetles, probably not much
but they will go after some of the flies.

Many/most spend the winter outside in crevices under bark or the siding of buildings where they are out of reach of
the beaks of birds like Nuthatches. For those that overwinter in the warm environments of our homes the warmth
will result in their having increased activity levels so many will use up their stored energy and starve before winter is
over. This is true for both of these insect groups. By February you may find lots of them dead on the window sills.
(I’m told that a light coating of butter and garlic makes for a “good crouton” substitute for salads) Even though they
are both considered beneficial insects that feed on many plant eating pest insects when they are out of their natural
setting, they sometimes can become a nuisance in our homes. For both of these insects you can release them back
outside on sunny days where they will rejoin those over-wintering more naturally in a hibernating state.

Note the dark spots along the outer edge of the back (abdomen) of this species. Look for more fascinating information
about our world of insects in coming editions.

Garden of Earthly Delights
by Jan Kennedy

(This is a revised version of my first Audubon-at-Home column that originally
appeared in the Greater Mohican Audubon Society newsletter in 2010.)

The bright spot of my summer is my garden. Some of the neighbors refer to it as a
weed patch, but I think of my garden patches as islands of diversity framed by the
verdant, even if covered-by-ground-ivy, lawn.

Over the past nine years I have tried to plant more and more native plants to attract insect pollinators and birds to the
garden. It amazes me that I can stand in the midst of the garden among buzzing bumblebees and honeybees and I have
never been stung. They are so busy going from flower to flower that they don’t mind a person peering at them.

What is more delightful than to find a chunky toad amidst the plants? To me that’s a sign of a healthy garden and not
one that’s been sprayed to smithereens.

By not dead-heading in the fall, my garden also provides habitat interest in the winter. The goldfinches will have left
no coneflower seed uneaten!
In contrast to a garden with native plants is a garden that contains what I call sterile plants. I never see pollinators at
many of the typical greenhouse plants. These plants provide eye candy in a garden, and they include petunias,
geraniums, marigolds, impatiens, and hybrid roses. Some of these attract Japanese beetles that are more interested in
eating a plant into oblivion. Don’t get me wrong. I plant these types of annuals and perennials, too, because the vivid
and saturated colors give a visual punch to a garden all summer long.

Zinnias, though not native, are a great addition to a habitat garden because they attract butterflies. These annuals also
provide the intense colors that we crave in the summer. They are a great addition to a habitat garden.

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia purpurea) are one of the best native plants to introduce to your wildlife garden. It’s easier to
start simple with a no-fail plant and introduce new species later. One year my coneflowers were attacked by some
kind of wooly aphid, but I took care of that with detergent water spray. Coneflowers are valuable to butterflies and
goldfinches, and that brings us to Audubon at Home.

What better way to support our native flora and fauna than to provide them with habitats that are conducive to their
ability to survive and thrive? And in turn that betters our environment and our well-being. It is very meditative to
enjoy the activity in our own backyards. We can plant these oases. My advice would be to start simple with a few
native plants, and coneflowers and bee balm (Monarda) can’t be beat. Bee balm is a plant that hummingbirds cannot
resist, and what's not to like about hummingbirds zipping through the air and visiting our yards? Such summer
memories can get us through the winter months and alert us to the treasures to be encountered in all seasons.

Douglas W. Tallamy is the author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens,
an informative, lucid, and inspiring book regarding the importance of planting native plants. If we follow Dr. Tallamy’s
advice, slowly but surely we will have buzzing, fluttering, chirping, growing diversity in our own back yards instead of
sterile plants and lawns.

The book was first published in 2007 and has since been expanded and updated and is now available in paperback. It
is a must for any naturalist’s reading list and library.

Dr. Tallamy is a professor and chair of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. Here is a link to
the New York Times article about him:

                    Up Coming Events

                           Master Gardener Meeting Dates

          Feb. 13, 2012                 April 9, 2012                   June 11, 2012
          Aug. 13, 2012                 October 8, 2012                 December 10, 2012


January 17, 2012    @ 7 pm OSU Extension Office 3140 S. SR 100, Tiffin, OH 44883. Seneca County Master
Gardener "Nuisance Wildlife", conducted by Marnie Tichenell More information: Phone: (419) 447-9722 Open to
public and other MGV's in area.
January 22, 2012    @ 2 pm Gorman Nature Center The World as seen through the Lens of a Microscope.
Discover the microscopic creatures living in our ponds. Call 419 884 3764 for more information. Conducted by
Merrill Tawse

January 22, 2012     Please join us for the 16th Annual P.L.A.N.T. Seminar Sunday, at the Greater Columbus
Convention Center. Sponsored by the Perennial Plant Association and Ohio State University Extension Master
Gardener Volunteer Program, the seminar features six perennial professionals covering topics including "Color in the
Shade", "Creating the Nonstop Garden", "Landscaping in Drifts of One", New Perennials for 2012, Ornamental Grasses,
and Container Gardening. The cost is $75.00 per person and qualifies for Continuing Education credits for MGVs.

This program is a partnership between the Perennial Plant Association and the State MGV program. We split the
proceeds from this event with the PPA! Help to support your State MGV program!

For details about the program and registration, go to:

January 28, 2012   @ 4 pm Gorman Nature Center A Murder of Crows “Murder is the collective noun for a bunch of
crows. Learn why crows are here and how they behave. Call 419 884 3764 for more information. Conducted by Steve


February 4, 2012    @ 1 pm Gorman Nature Center Scatology! “Who did that?” An easy hike through the fields to
the back woods as Nature Sleuths and examine the life of a “scatologist”. Call 419 884 3764 for more information.
Conducted by Merrill Tawse


March 3, 2012    @ 10 am Gorman Nature Center “Girls Who Look Under Rocks” A program for all ages of females
nature lovers. Conducted by Jan Ferrell

March 5-8, 2012         Philadelphia Flower Show, Longwood Gardens and Winterthur. Join Kingwood Center’s Bill
Collins for a visit to the largest indoor flower show in the world. Deadline to register is February 1, 2012. Call
Kingwood Center for more information 419 522 0211 or visit for link to the show

March 17, 2012      @ 9:00 AM till 12:30 PM JANET MACUNOVICH presenting a 3 hour program on “Persuading
Perennials…to Delight Us for All Four Seasons” Norwalk, OH (Huron county) @ Norwalk High School
Registration fee: $15.00. Limited seating and watch for registration form coming soon.

March 21, 2012     @ 5:30 pm – 9 pm Longview Center Raising Richland Community Garden Educational
Summit. Topics related to organizing community gardens, growing techniques, and food safety & nutrition. Partners
include RCMG, OSU Extension, the Health Department, Kingwood Center and the North End Community Improvement
Collaborative. Contact Jean Taddie for more information and volunteer sign up.
Note from the Editor………………..
As you all can guess from the preceding pictures we had a wonderful time at the Holiday/Master Gardener
Meeting Party. There were many scrumptious side dishes to go along with the ham, beautifully decorated
tables and you certainly couldn’t beat the company. We shared favorite gardening books, great
conversation and of course those that made it over the hurdle and are officially Master Gardener Volunteers
received the trowel to die for!

On a closing note I want to share with all of you a poem Jim Kulig noted from one of his favorite gardening
books. I hope you all enjoy it as I did.

                                           A Garden

                     The Gardener said: “Speak to us of gardens and their meaning.”
                              And the Poet answered:
                     A garden is a place of peace and contentment
                              wherein one finds refreshment for the spirit.
                     It is the poetry of the seasons made manifest,
                              the living music of Nature which sings its melody to the heart.
                     It is the soul’s striving for beauty, and Nature’s answer
                              to a yearning which lies deep in the heart
                              of both king and peasant.
                     The garden knows not the limitations of wealth
                              or race or time. Where’er man dwells,
                              in cottage or in castle, it graces his abode.
                     The garden holds joy for all who come to behold its
                              loveliness, but for him who labors to create
                              this beauty, it holds a joy which is two-fold.
                     The garden is sensitive to the spirit of the artist
                              who dreams of its beauty, and it is sensitive also
                              to the hand of the gardener who makes possible
                              the fulfillment of the dream.
                     The gardener works not merely with his hands
                              but with his faith, for faith is the substance of
                              things hoped for, and he knows that from the seeds
                              which lie dormant in the furrow there will bloom again
                              the beauty which is out heritage from the past.
                     From poppies which flowered centuries ago on the high
                              Persian plains, from harebells which bloomed beside
                              some ancient castle wall, from mignonette which shed its
                              its fragrance in some far-distant land, come the seeds
                              which the gardener holds in his hand, ready for the
                              sowing. And they bear not only the promise of the
                             beauty which is to come, but the memory of all the
                             beauty of the distant past as well.
                      The gardener counts not the hours of his labor
                             or the fatigue of his task.
                      He seeks not reward save the beauty of the garden.
                      And so, with coming of the springtide,
                             let him who would drink deeply of life’s
                             contentment turn his thoughts to the garden,
                      For there will he find himself near to
                             the very heart of God.

                            Happy Birthday

                              Mona Kneuss                    January 26

                              Janet Steiner                  March 3

                              Bonnie Root                    March 15

                              Jim Kulig                      March 23

I only have about half the birthdays ………so drop me a line with yours if you haven’t done so already.

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