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Folsom Garden Club


									                         Folsom Garden Club
                                                      Neighborhood Gardeners since 1934
                                                                     Mailing Address:
                                                                     P.O. Box 1681, Folsom, Ca 95763

                            December 2010 Newsletter
      “I heard a bird sing in the dark of December, a magical thing and sweet to remember.
 We are nearer to spring than we were in September, I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”
                                -- Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

Board of Officers                                       December 2, 2010
      2010– 2011                                  Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Party
Erin Angulo                                                 11:00am – 1:00pm
(916) 983-6557
(916) 768-3629 cell                           The Rotary Clubhouse in Lew Howard Park                            Bring a dish to share for the potluck
1 Vice Presidents                           Bring a $10 garden related gift
Sally Berry                                 Bring an ornament to decorate the Christmas Tree at the
(916) 933-4885                               Folsom Convalescent Home
      and                               Contact Carol McKee if you have not signed up yet
Jan-Can Prendergast                       916-933-7863
(916) 855-3210

2nd Vice President
Brenda Dayton
(916) 351-0862                                December Birthdays
Treasurer                                                2 Lisa Wu-Murphy
Joye Gephart                                             4 Dianna Leight
(916) 715-1418                                          13 Betty Bernard                                   17 Gigi Gerber
Recording Secretary                                     23 Koby Warren
Lynn Emmick                                             24 Merry Reaves
(916) 294-9960
                                         SRVD - The Sacramento River Valley District
Denny Wiemers                      
(916) 983-1008                            National Garden Club
The President’s Corner
President, Erin Angulo
(916) 768-3629 cell
Happy Holidays Fellow Gardeners!
The cooler weather is changing the leaves, time for planting winter vegetables, and are
all of your bulbs in the ground yet?
I am already receiving the seed and plant catalogs and drooling over what to plant next year. I need more room for
all of the offerings I would love to buy! Of course, trying to find the time in the spring and fall is NOT entering
my mind while looking at all the beautiful photos of perfect fruits, vegetables and flower…
I want to encourage everyone to join in some part of our club – we have so much to offer – and it is a great way to
meet everyone in a smaller setting. I also want to thank – again! – all of you who do so much for OUR club. So
many have offered their experience and wisdom to make this wonderful club even better!!
Again, happy holidays – they come by faster and faster every year – and I look forward to seeing you at our
December potluck on Dec 2 and the tree decorating at Folsom Convalescent Hospital on Dec 10th.
Yours in the joy of gardening -- Erin Angulo

November 4 Meeting of the Folsom Garden Club
The people that provided the refreshments were: Joye Gephart, Sally Berry, Rhonda
                                            DesVoignes, Alice Wilcox, and last but not
                                            least Shirley Jones. Nina Sanders (photo on
                                            the right) helping with coffee in the kitchen.
                                            The table decorations (photo on the left) were
                                            done beautifully by Pat Rowell and Judy
                                            Hickey. Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you
                                            – Anna Lombard

There were 64 members in attendance with several guests.
   The hodgepodge table took in $55 -- The Raffle Table took in $60 -- Penny Pines collected $22.03
One new member joined. – Look below under 2010-2011 Yearbook for names.

Guest Speaker - Mary Arakelian, NGC Floral Design Master Judge and Past
President of the Sacramento Floral Design, created several beautiful floral designs.
                                She also
                                created a
                                wreath with
                                adding red
                                lemons, and
                                apples, then adding the finishing touch of a lovely
ribbon. Mary presented the wreath to Ron Byrd, a member since 2007.
Plant of the Month – Grayce Vander Broek brought a plant called
moneywort also known as Creeping Jenny.

Creeping Jenny is a fast growing, prostrate plant with pairs or round, penny-
sized leaves along the slender stems that snake out from the center of the plant.
It’s mostly evergreen in our area, especially if situated where it doesn’t get
much direct wintertime sun. The stems root freely at the nodes. Creeping Jenny
is easy to grow, responding to extra watering or fertilization by just growing
faster. In rich garden soils, it provides a cascade of stems and leaves that shoot
out in all directions with the stems capable of making a foot or more of growth in a month.

Honoring Past Presidents
Special name tags and roses were presented to past
presidents in attendance at the meeting: Left to right -
Dianna Leight (2004-05), Barbara Peterson (2005-07),
Gladys Trejo (2000 – 2002), Dorothy Populorum (2003
and 2007-08), Faith Faraci (2004 and 2007-08) and Joy
Greene (2008-09) .

                          Check out the “Help Wanted Section” on page 7.

                                    Mark Your Calendars

         Folsom Garden Club Events                                  Other Garden Activities and Events
Dec 8 – 3pm at the Senior Center – signing Christmas            Nov 20 – 10am – Garden Tour, Sacramento Old City
cards for Folsom Convalescent Home                              Cemetery, Autumn Color in the Cemetery. Tour is
                                                                free but donations are gravely needed!
Dec 10 – 10am to Noon - Christmas tree decorating
at the Folsom Convalescent Home, on the corner of               Dec 3 & 4 – Homes for the Holidays – Tour six
Natoma and Mill Streets                                         beautiful professionally decorated homes in El
                                                                Dorado Hills. - $20/person. For ticket information
Jan 6 – Monthly Business Meeting                                contact P J Carlson @ 916-933-4196
Jan 18 – Dirt Gardeners at the Senior Center,                   Dec 11 – 11am and 1pm – Fanciful Garden Workshop
Andrew Nieman from Windmill Nursery will talk                   at High-Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis,
about care and planting of succulents.                          CA 95650
                                                                $45, contact to register at 916-652-2065
Feb 3 – Monthly Business Meeting                                April 1 – 3 – Wildflower Weekend, Feather Falls
March 16 –Bouquets to Art - Bus Tour to the                     Casino & Hotel in Oroville. call (530) 877-2432
                                                                Web site -,
deYoung Museum, $35 per person. Contact Diana
                                                                Or email -
Raymond, 916-996-4552 or
The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming -- Bird Lovers,
Here’s a great activity for you. Donna Brennan, Folsom Garden Club Member
since 2004, would like you to know about the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Get Ready for the Christmas Bird Count
Audubon’s 111th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place between Tuesday,
December 14, 2010 and Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The longest-running wildlife census in the world, the count
engages citizen scientists from Barrow, Alaska to Belize and beyond. Contact Donna Brennan for more info.
933-8739 or

What is the GBBC? The 2011 GBBC will take place Friday, February 18, through Monday,
February 21. Please join us!       The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird
watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.
Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you
can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.
Info, checklists and wonderful gallery of photos of birds taken by participants at:

                                                                   • Prune pine trees and other conifers now through February.
Gardening Tips                                                     • Divide and plant agapanthus.
(from Sierra Nursery and Sunset                                    • Prune cane berries other than low-chill raspberries.
                                                                   • Cut back chrysanthemums after bloom; clean up the ground.
magazine and Sac Bee)                                              • Fertilize cool-season bedding flowers.
                                                                   • Continue to fertilize cineraria for growth.
• Plant groundcovers.                                              • Once rains arrive, stop watering succulents growing in the ground.
• It’s your last chance to plant daffodils, hyacinths, muscari,    • Water bulbs, especially potted ones.
   and tulips for spring bloom                                     • Water roses until mid-month--but only if rains aren't adequate.
• Plant a basket of narcissus for holiday bloom.                   • Don't let citrus go dry in cold or frosty weather.
• Finish filling flower beds with cool-season flowers for winter   • Bait flower beds for cutworms, slugs and snails.
   and spring bloom.                                               • Stake young trees loosely so they can develop strong trunks.
• For spring flowers, plant California poppies, cornflower,        • Pre-chill tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses.
   larkspur, scabiosa, nastursiums, and sweet peas.                • Wrap the trunks of young citrus and avocado trees with an
• Wildflower Beds: Mow or cut down dry stems to 6 inches,             insulating material to protect them from cold.
   and pull any weeds. Till the ground, then sow fresh seed on     • Replace herbs: When lavender, mint, rosemary, and sage become
   bare areas. Keep the beds moist, watering between light            old and woody, start over with fresh plants. Planted early this
   rains.                                                             month they will produce strong roots now and take off in the
• Plant flowering kale.                                               spring.
• Continue to plant winter vegetables, including garlic.           • Mulch, mulch, and mulch some more.

Protect Your Bulbs – (submitted by Jan-Can Prendergast, member since 1990)
Fall is the time for planting spring bulbs. Fall is also the time when squirrels
and other backyard critters scavenge our yards and gardens in search of these
tasty little treasures that we've buried just for them. Wrong!
1. Choose the right bulbs
The easiest way to keep squirrels, deer, mice, and other creatures from eating
your bulbs is to plant bulbs they don't like.
2. Build a barricade
You don't have to go without tulips and crocuses—spring just isn't spring
without these two beauties. You'll just need to rig up a barrier to keep pests (squirrels in particular) from digging
them up.
For more information go to National Home Garden Club website at
October 20 – High Hand Nursery Tour
After a terrific lunch at the café, Scott Harris, owner of High-
Hand Nursery, lead a tour for about 30 people.

                                   Located at 3750 Taylor Road,
                                   Loomis, High Hand Nursery is
                                   a full service nursery and
                                   landscape company, a 100 year
                                   old fruit shed with full
                                   operating iron shop, art gallery
                                   operated by co-op Placer County Artists, Truckee Mountain Rug Company,
                                   Brass Gallery and Koi Fish. or (916) 652-2065

November 17 – Wreath Making
It was a perfect day at Joan McArdle’s house. Everyone had a grand time
Making different kinds of holiday wreaths. Thanks to Joan for opening her
garage and home for this festive activity.

             (by Jane McKeon, Senior Associate Editor, BH&G)

             After autumn passes and winter sets in, take a bird’s-eye view of the garden while
             its bones are bare. Sketch out those planting plans that came in the heat of a
             summer moment, before they drift into winter hibernation.

Plots available at the Community Garden
Gladys Trejo, a member in the Folsom Garden Club since 1944, invites
club members to her community garden to develp their skills in
producing vegetables, fruits and flowers. Contact Dan Knott if intersted
in a plot at the Community Garden. 988-1931.

Folsom Community Garden Opportunity
Jim Karnis of the Rotary Club of Folsom shared his idea of having a Community Garden in Folsom hopefully by
April 2011. Jim and Dan Knott (a garden club member since 2001) have been working with the City of Folsom
about the possibility of a community garden and looked at several potential locations selecting the space next to
Livermore Park off Riley Street. Dan Knott is putting together a list of people who want to be involved with this
project. Please contact Dan if you would like more information about this idea: Dan Knott 916-988-1931 or

                                       Carol McKee, a member since 2004, lives in El Dorado Hills, and is always
                                       searching for deer resistant plants. She found some and planted them into
                                       pots. But as you can see in the photo on the left, the deer don’t seem to know
                                       they are eating her deer resistant plants. Don’t give up Carol.

Make your garden bird friendly – (from
If you have a garden, you probably have birds coming to visit. But how can you make
your garden even more attractive to birds so you pull in more kinds and keep them
around longer? No matter what size it is, your garden does need to have three basic
bird-friendly elements to bring visitors in: Food, water and shelter. And if the birds
like the shelter they find, they’ll often stick around to raise a family.
FOOD — For a majority of birds, juicy berries are fast-food favorites. The most popular fruits are small so the
bird can quickly gobble them up and move on. Things like holly berries, crabapples and serviceberries are always
popular. That’s fine for now, but next spring when the parents are concerned with protecting the nest, they can’t
cover as large an area as they normally do in their search for food. That’s an important time to be sure there’s lots
of food nearby. Feeders are a good idea. Always place them in a spot that gets early morning sun — that’s when
birds do most of their feeding as they appreciate the early warmth.

WATER A birdbath is an ideal way to make sure birds get — enough water for drinking and bathing. Set a
birdbath about 10 ft. away from a tall shrub or a small tree. Bathers like a “bird’s eye” view of the area to make
sure it’s safe before they dive into the water. And when they come out, a branch nearby gives them a spot where
they can perch and preen before flying away.

SHELTER When it comes time to roost, most birds will — choose any protected spot, such as a dense tree or
shrub. But when they’re ready to build a nest, they may be a bit more particular. It could be the same tree or shrub,
a hole in a tree trunk or a ledge tucked up high on a wall. A lot depends on the kind of bird, but anywhere out of
the hot sun and soaking rain has potential.

No matter what kind of home birds build, you can help. Drape 6- to 10-in. pieces of white cotton string over
branches so they can gather it for building material. Or tuck other fibers, such as human or pet hair, in a mesh bag
and hang it from a tree. Some birds use mud as cement, so keep a spot in your garden constantly wet so they have a
steady supply during nesting season.

WINTER TIPS FOR TREES – (info provided by Susan Douglas, member since 2007)
                             A few winter tips to keep your trees healthy and safe for next year:

                                     Inspect! Winter, when most trees are deciduous, is the ideal time to inspect your trees
                                     for any sign of structural problems that might lead to branch or trunk failures. Check
                                     your trees from the ground up. Look for narrowly attached limbs, extra-heavy branches,
                                     cracks, cavities, loose bark, mushrooms and conks. If you discover anything that might
                                     be suspicious, consider contacting a qualified arborist to conduct a full assessment.

                                      Prune! Winter is the best time to perform most pruning. Young shade trees should be
                                      trained to a strong and dominant single central leader. For most trees, more than one
                                      leader can lead to structural problems late. If your tree has more than one central leader,
                                      select the strongest and best placed and remove the others. Leave lower branches
                                      attached as long as possible, since they are providing much needed nutrients and help
build trunk girth. Larger trees are best left to a professional arborist. Never allow a tree to be topped!

Mulch! Gather up all those pesky leaves that landed in your garden last fall and put them to good use. Add them to your
compost pile and use them in spring as a soil conditioner or surface mulch. Nothing is better than mulching and incorporating
organic matter to build good soil!

Plant! Winter is one of the best times of the year to plant new trees. Trees planted now will have a better chance to adapt,
and will require less care and irrigation in the hot summer months. Many nurseries have their best tree selection in the
winter, including bare-root and ball-and-burlap stock.

Pest Control! Many common insect problems can be more easily treated in winter. Broad-spectrum, low impact sprays
such as dormant oils can control scales and many other insects without the ramifications of using other, less environmentally
friendly compounds. Certain pests, including many that cause "honeydew" to drip from your trees during the summer, should
be treated now with systemically acting compounds. These are usually applied to the soil rather than being sprayed on to the
tree. Remember to always follow label directions or consult with a professional.
100 trees remove 5 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
100 trees remove 1,000 lbs of pollutants a year, including 400 lbs. of ozone and 300 lbs. of particulates.
100 mature trees catch about 100,000 gallons of rainwater per year.
Strategically placed trees can save up to 30% of air conditioning and 10-25% winter heating costs.
Large specimen trees can add as much as 10% to property values.
Consumers spend more time and 12% more for goods in tree-lined commercial districts.
Source: U.S. Forest Service Western Center for Urban Forest Research and Education, UC Davis, CA.
Hiring an Arborist
Pruning large trees can be dangerous. If pruning involves working above the ground or using power
equipment, it is best to hire a professional arborist. An arborist can determine what type of pruning is
necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. A professional arborist can
provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability
insurance. There are a variety of things to consider when selecting an arborist:
• Membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA),
the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA).
• Certification through the ISA Certified Arborist program.
• Proof of insurance.
• A list of references (Don't hesitate to check.)
• Avoid using the services of any tree company that:
- Advertises topping as a service provided. Knowledgeable arborists know that topping is harmful to
trees and is not an accepted practice.
- Uses tree climbing spikes to climb trees that are being pruned. Climbing spikes can damage trees,
and their use should be limited to trees that are being removed.
*This information has been provided courtesy of the International Society of Arboriculture.

        Thank you Susan for sharing this info about trees.

2009 – 2010 Yearbook
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS -- We now have a total of 98 Members
Add the following new member to the Membership Director in the Folsom Garden Club 2010-2011
                                         Sheila Romero

Check at the meeting for sign up sheets or contact the person listed below.
      • Hodgepodge Table - Please bring plants, cuttings, divisions, etc. to add to the hodgepodge table
      • Looking for Cooks - Is one of your favorite rooms in your home the kitchen? Do you have a passion for
        cooking for friends and family. If so please call Anna Lombard @ 989-2003. We are looking for a few
        foodies that would love to get together and cook, learn, and share with one another. Space is limited.
      • Gardener of the Month – Looking for members with interesting gardens to share in the newsletter.
        Contact Diane Stout @ 983-3204.

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