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Laurel Garden Club

West Springfield/Burke, Virginia











Co-President(s) : Kathie Baumgart and Sue Bomar

              Email : Kathie Baumgart       Sue Bomar                                     

             Phone : 703-503-7309            703-866-6173


General Club Meeting Information:

Meeting at 7pm Monday (3rd or 4th) evenings held at Messiah Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Rolling Road in West Springfield.


Message from Laurel Garden Club Presidents for 2016-2017

Last year, as we focused on Gardening across the Generations, we provided a myriad of programs for our members and others in all age groups from the young to seniors. These included leading a floral design workshop for elementary school children, facilitating the earning of a gardening badge for a Junior Girl Scout troop and leading Garden Therapy workshops for residents of two retirement homes.

Now, as we move into our new club year, we will concentrate on our new theme: Gardeners for All Seasons. Throughout the ages, the seasons have been the subject of numerous poems, musical pieces and countless quotes. Joni Mitchell’s memorable song Circle Game, known to many of us, expresses this reality: “And the seasons they go round and round…”

As gardeners, we appreciate that the seasonal cycles dictate every detail of the gardening process from planting to nurturing to harvesting. We begin our club year with the approach of autumn in which we will reap the rewards of our efforts as we harvest our final fruits and vegetables and enjoy the deep burgundy, orange and golden hues of plants and trees with autumn interest.

But as all autumns must, these rich colors give way to brown and fall in piles for us to rake and mulch for our compost bin. The deciduous trees will again be bare and our gardens will go to sleep, but the beauty of the evergreens will sustain us through the long winter months. If we have gardened for wildlife and left seed heads of the spent flowers, we will see birds and mammals stop in our yard for their daily sustenance, sometimes in the midst of a snowfall.

Eventually, as the circle continues, spring will emerge with the blooming of the earliest bulbs and spring shrubs. Everything is awakening and the land is full of promise. “Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” (Geoffrey B. Charlesworth). In the midst of this beauty, we have much work to do cleaning up the flowerbeds, sewing seeds and planting seedlings for our new crops and plants.

Spring evolves into summer and the circle is again complete. How true is James Dent’s comment: “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”

Baseball legend Sparky Anderson once said, “Good seasons start with good beginnings,” and so we begin our new year with our Welcome Salad Supper for our new members followed by our first meeting in our new location. Enjoy!

Kathie and Sue


History:

Laurel Garden Club was founded in 1969.


Laurel Garden Club Continuing Projects

  1. Garden Therapy with Seniors

The Laurel Garden Club (LGC) members host two (2) yearly floral

design workshops for interested residents at Burke Lake Gardens

 Community in the fall and winter and provide the flowers,

containers and loving assistance.
(25% Participation)

Seniors at Heatherwood Retirement Community are assisted

by the LGC members twice yearly in making door décor or other

craft projects. (20% Participation)

(Meets LGC objective to stimulate love of flower arranging.)


 

2.  Maintenance of the Triangle Area

The Laurel Garden Club (LGC) is committed to the State of Virginia for continuing maintenance of the triangle area at the intersection of Sydenstricker and Old Keene Mill Roads as a service to the community. The LGC was prompted to design and landscape the median strip as a result of the tragic death of a teenager on May 28, 1981, at this location. Long grasses obscured visibility and caused several accidents. Landscaping this dangerous strip with low growing plants eliminated the hazard as well as contributed to the beauty of the area. (75% Participation) (Review at September and April meetings)

(Meets NGC and LGC Objective to promote civic responsibility and beautification.)

Contact: Maryellen Mueller, Chair, 703-250-9419

  1. Duties and Responsibilities on Triangle:

     2. Making Maintenance Safe and Creative:

3. Medicine Bottle Collection

Acceptable bottles includes:

To prepare bottles for shipment, please adhere to the following guidelines (members donating bottles are responsible for cleaning):

Committee will mail pill bottles to: Matthew 25: Ministries*
11060 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242-1816

*This organization is a highly regarded international humanitarian and disaster relief organization whose motto is: “Caring for A Needy World with The Things We Throw Away”. (50% Participation)

(Meets NGC Objective to promote civic and environmental responsibility.)


4. Youth Gardening ActivitiesStudent Basic Floral Design

Workshop (20% Participation)

(Meets LGC objective to stimulate knowledge of flower arranging.)




5. Freedom Petals, Inc.

The LGC members work with donated flowers to make floral arrangements for "wounded warriors" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. www.freedompetals.com (10% Participation) (Present at September meeting)

(Meets NGC Objective to promote love of flowers and LGC Objective to encourage conservation of natural resources.)


6. Butterfly Garden Project

Have you certified your garden as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" (http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx)?

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) asks homeowners to certify their yards by filling out an online application. At least three (3) food sources, two (2) types of shelter, two (2) places to raise young and one (1) water source for local critters are required. The process costs $20. Approved homeowners receive a certificate, a one-year NWF membership and the option to buy a yard sign to mark the habitat ($30).

Have you certified your garden with Audubon at Home (http://audubonva.org/audubon-at-home-1/)?

The Northern Virginia branch of the Audubon Society assesses the impact of gardens on amphibians, birds, insects and mammals. Its naturalist "ambassadors" make free home visits to offer gardening advice. To attain certification, homeowners can fill out a survey recording observations of 10 species and send to the local Audubon office. Those whose yards are approved can purchase $35 signs indicating sanctuary status.

Have you checked out being a Monarch Waystation from MonarchWatch.org?

Certify member gardens with the National Butterfly Assn. http://nababutterfly.com/butterfly-garden-certification-program/

Post signs to educate (20% Participation)

(Meets NGC Objective to promote horticultural knowledge and LGC Objective to educate “Gardeners for All Seasons”.)

















Laurel Garden Club New Projects

1. Million Pollinator Project Support the NGC project to certify 1,000,000 USA gardens & register garden at: http://millionpollinatorgardens.org. (Select NGC as organization)
(20% Participation)
(Meets NGC Objective to promote horticultural knowledge.)


2. Maintenance at Messiah United Methodist Church

The LGC members assist with the planning and maintenance of the Messiah United Methodist Church grounds. (30% Participation) (Review at October meeting)

(Meets NGC and LGC Objective to promote civic beautification.)

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