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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: http://www.necic-ohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ComGardenPres.pdf 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: email@example.com 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: http://www.necic-ohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ComGardenBelinda.pdf If you’d like to receive my bi-weekly “Community Garden News” email, send me a request: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 RICHLAND Current Committee Chairs COUNTY MASTER 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 PRESIDENT 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 TREASURER SUE DONAHUE SECRETARY 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 parenthesis). 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- ohio.org 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 2012. 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: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/garden/06garden.html?_r=1 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 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: http://www.perennialplant.org/newsdetail.asp?ID=210 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 McKee February 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 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 www.kingwoodcenter.org for link to the show brochure. 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. email@example.com 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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