Dogwood has a wonderful time in Olympia

2015-06-11_Fairie Garden shopping Shopping at the Fairie Garden, Tumwater and enjoying Rosie’s wonderful picnic lunch at The Schmidt House, Tumwater, while hearing the history of the property and the Olympia Brewing Co.

it was a different garden and his selection of plants was quite different.  Found a couple of plants I have been looking for but never seen anywhere else!

2015-06-11_Schmidt House 5Anne Hartman

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John Valentine Speaks to Dogwood about Hydroponics

Very studious club

Very studious club

On February 23, we met at Lynn Smith’s new home. Her fabulous new place, was one of the highlights of the day.

The other big even though was speaker John Valentine, who spoke to us on the basics hydroponics. He tried to smash into one hour and overview of what takes him a semester to teach. He did a great job though and I think we all left with a firm grasp of what things we need to learn and do (that won’t cost an arm and a leg) to get started.

John Valentine

John Valentine

The piece of his talk that stuck out for me was that hydroponics are on their way. It might now seem that way out here in Eatonville where we have room to garden. But in the cities, there is a lack of space and a lot of mouths to feet. In some areas they are building hydroponic greenhouses right on top of the grocery store. You can just walk upstairs for your lettuce.

We’ll have to see if anyone gives it a try. If you do, please report!

(Thanks for the pictures Anne!)

Greg Graves of Old Goat Farm talks Hostas

Hostas in the Summer (2014)

Hostas in the Summer (2014)

We had a great meeting on January 9th at Kathleen Owen’s home. Greg Grave of Old Goat Farm came and spoke on Hostas. Although none of our Hostas are out of the ground yet, he had lists of various types, pictures of the plants in his yard, and information on dividing and creating healthy clumps. We all left ready to buy out his nursery when it opens up this spring.

We talked about visiting some gardens around the area, like Powells, in the spring. It’s cold outside, but we felt like we’d peaked at spring.

 

 

Learning About Miniature Gardens

photoOn Thursday, June 12, we met at Sheryll Slayton’s home for our final meeting of the year. It was a kind of a grey day, but Sheryll and co-hostess Ginny created a cheery spot.

It’s been  a productive year and Mary and Rosie gave us a hint that Dogwood will be receiving a few awards at the next district meeting.

Our last talk this year was given by member Kathy Mettler, who gave us a miniature garden 101 class. Now there is no excuse not to have a garden, since you can create an entire landscape in a flower pot.

Although the year is winding down, we’re gearing up for one more event this summer — Art in Bloom. See you then!

Diane

Community Day Plant Sale a Success

Jan Landry helping set out plants

Jan Landry helping set out plants

The Community Day plant sale held May 2, at the Eatonville High School was a great success. We raised over $460.

Thank you everyone for taking time to pot up plants and man the booth. And thank you Sheryll for helping reel in the customers!

 

Field Trip to DeGoede’s Nursery

DeGoede's getting ready for Mother's Day

DeGoede’s getting ready for Mother’s Day

It was a rainy and blustery day, but that didn’t stop our field trip to DeGoede’s Nursery.

We got to tour the different greenhouses as well as their private viewing garden. Of course, we also had to purchase a few plants while we were there. Nothing like growing memories of past events in your garden.

Diane

Meeting under the flowers

Meeting under the flowers

John Valentine comes to speak at April Meeting

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

Jan Landry hosted this April’s meeting along with co-hostess Kathleen Owen. Great food and the view of Eatonville, Mountain Rainier and Ohop Valley was breathtaking.

We had our own seed exchange and swapped seeds ranging from black hollyhocks to parsnips. We’ll see how everyone’s gardens look a few months from now.

Lastly,we had Master Gardener John Valentine come speak again, this time on seeds and year-round gardening. It was fascinating and we left with our heads swimming with new ideas and information.

Next up is the club’s annual plant sale. Everyone is busy potting up for the big event! See you at the Eatonville high school gym on May 1.

Diane

Talk about Topiaries

Rabbit topiaries

Rabbit topiaries

At our February 13 meeting, we talked about topiaries. We covered not only what they are, but how they can be an architectural piece of you yard and how to make one ourselves.

Rosie brought an ivy topiary and we trimmed and rewrapped the vines and it looked great.

We also had a guest this week, Nancy Stank. We hope she joins. She’s an employee of Vassey Nursery in Puyallup and a landscape designer and would bring a wealth of knowledge.

Thanks to Kathy Mettler for hosting and providing a wonderful lunch.

Diane

Master Gardener John Valentine Talks about Geology

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

John Valentine speaking to the Dogwood Garden Club

On Thursday, January 9, Master Gardener John Valentine, came to speak to the club about drainage issues.

To give us a better understanding of drainage, he talked about the geological conditions of our area. It was fascinating. We left much more knowledgeable about slides, slumping, earthquakes and more.

We can hardly wait to have him back.

 

November Meeting – Designing with Recycled items

Mar Elliff demonstrating at Ginny Phillips home

Mar Elliff demonstrating at Ginny Phillips home

Ginny Phillips hosted the November meeting. The meeting was productive. Ginny made fabulous potato soup . . . and we had Mar Elliff come speak to us about designing with recycled items. She not only gave us a number of ideas, but also supplies so we could do a few when we got home.

The November meeting is also the meeting with collect canned goods for the local food bank. Diane Mettler will be delivering a trunk load of various items.

Thank you everyone for your generosity.