Next Meeting, "Growing Cacti and Succulents", by Ray Rogers - Monday October 19, 10:30 am|
Mt. Laurel Library, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Ray Rogers is a lifelong gardener as well as a garden editor and writer. He has written for The American Gardener magazine, Green Scene, and American Cottage Gardening and is coauthor of "The Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating 175 Years". Ray has appeared on a variety of radio and TV programs, including Martha Stewart Living, and has taught in the George Washington University Horticulture Program. Currently a consultant for a specialty nursery, he continues to pursue his horticultural interests as a home gardener, as an amateur hybridizer of Hippeastrum (amaryllis), and as an award-winning horticultural exhibitor. He lives in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
Speaking topics he has given are:
* Cacti and Other Succulents: Living Art
* Coleus: Red Hot, Easy, and Versatile
* Fall Color: Your Garden's Last Big Display
* Lots of Pots: Designing Container Plantings
* Showplants: Taking the Blue Ribbon
* The Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating More Than 175 Years
Ray has published two other books: "Coleus: Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens" and
"Pots in the Garden: Expert Design & Planting Techniques".
While we have not yet reviewed the container gardening book, we can definetly comment on the Coleus book: It is wonderful! A great book to read several times and to have as a reference book. There is a section that identifies dozens of different varieties.
The Coleus plants are so easy to grow on your window sill or under a lamp over the winter, and then you have a great plant to set out in the spring. You will probably be able to trim it during the winter once or more times, then you can end of with several plants! More on coleus later (and look for them in our plant sale in April as a few of our members propogate dozens of them, just for this sale!)
Shirley has started Coleus cuttings in her basement.
THANK YOU! To all who participated in the Mount Laurel Garden Tour! It was very enjoyable and the gardens were all so beautiful! What a delightful day! THANKS!
The Mount Laurel Garden Club planted a Kwansan cherry tree at the Mt. Laurel Library on Earth Day. It looks like it might get some blossoms even this year. Gloria read a poem about trees and we had some beautiful harmonica music. It was a nice arbor day celebration!
If only the Primrose would stay looking this pretty all summer long! Alas, they are past their prime, but they will come back next year.
More on Primrose care
The Mount Laurel Garden Club was organized in 1964, and is committed to civic and community projects.
Currently membership is open to local area residents interested in horticulture who can be actively involved in the functions of the club.
Goals of our Club
- To stimulate an appreciation of plants.
- Aid in the improvement of home gardening.
- Encourage civic planting.
- Promote the artistic use of flowers in the home.
- Provide a scholarship to a Mount Laurel resident who is a member of the current graduating class.
- Develop an awareness of and concern for environmental problems.
PROJECTS 2009 - 2010
Chair: Jean T.
The annual Arbor Day planting will take place at the Mount Laurel Library in the spring
of 2010. The MLGC Chair and library staff will meet and coordinate the date, time, site
and tree selection for planting on the library grounds. The program includes poetry
reading and music. The library staff, township council members and the public will be
invited to the ceremony.
Chair: Florence B.
The annual spring planting will take place in May 2010. The MLGC Chair will select and
purchase the flowers for the flowerbeds and urns across the front and entrances to the
library. The MLGC committee will plant and maintain the flowerbeds throughout the growing
season. Visitors to the library enjoy the display.
Chair: Dianne W.
The second annual Neighborhood Program will begin in the spring of 2010. The MLGC Chair
will visit the residential and commercial gardens that the members of the garden club
submit for consideration. Winners receive a certificate and an invitation to attend a
garden club meeting to receive the award. Photographs of the winning gardens are posted
on our website (permission by owners is requested). This project serves as a recruitment
tool, also helps to educate and encourage the residents to improve and beautify their
VETERANS MEMORIAL PLANTING
Chair: Irene C.
The annual planting of flowers at the Veteran's Memorial in Laurel Acres Park,
Mount Laurel will be scheduled two weeks before the memorial service conducted
by the Mount Laurel Mayor and Township Council members in May 2010. The MLGC
Chair contacts the Mount Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation to arrange
a planting schedule. The Chair selects and purchases the flowers. The MLGC committee
maintains the bedding area during the growing season. In keeping with the park autumn
schedule of events a spring and fall planting will also take place.
PAWS FARM AND NATURE CENTER
Chair: Kathie V.
Annually the MLGC Chair consults with the staff of the PAWS Nature Center located in
Mount Laurel to begin planning the planting of perennials. The MLGC committee continues
a maintenance program of the butterfly garden spring to fall. PAWS is a learning center
for children and adults of all ages. Visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive
exhibits and the more than 80 birds and animals that are housed there.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PROGRAM
Chair: Jeanne G.
Annually the MLGC Chair sends letters to the Guidance Counselors of the area high schools
Informing them of the availability of MLGC scholarship money to be awarded to a to a Mount
Laurel resident who is a member of the current High School graduating class. The student
is required to submit an essay related to the environment. The MLGC committee determines
the winner(s). The MLGC Board of Trustees determine the monetary amount and number of
scholarships to award. The winners and their parents receive an invitation to attend
the garden club luncheon held in June. Photos and essays appear on the MLGC website
(with parental permission). The awards are also announced at the school graduation
OTHER PROJECTS (Chair and more description posted soon.)
MAKING HOLDIAY WREATHS FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS
CHRISTMAS DECORATION OF SMITHVILLE MANSION
CHRISTMAS DECORATION OF FARMER'S HALL OF MT. LAUREL
ADDITIONAL PROJECTS DONE IN THE PAST, THAT MAY BE DONE AGAIN SOMETIME
FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS FOR MT. LAUREL LIBRARY
CHRISTMAS DECORATION OF A ROOM AT DRUMTHWACKET (NJ Governor's Mansion)