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

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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.

 

Anne Hartman Hosts Meeting

Anne Hartman speaking to the group

Anne Hartman speaking to the group

On September 12, 2013, Anne Hartman opened her home — and yard — to the Dogwood Garden Club. After our meeting we got a chance to view some of the hard work Anne and her husband have put into their yard.

The couple has created a grassless yard that includes roses, vegetables, fruit trees, garden art, and much, much more. While we were there they were in the process of putting in a blackberry bed, which involves digging down three feet deep and filling the bed with good soil.

A sample of how Anne has taken rocks from the soil, created a dry river bed and incorporated art from a local artist

A sample of how Anne has taken rocks from the soil, created a dry riverbed and incorporated art from a local artist

You may notice a lot of rocks around Anne’s beds. That’s because her soil is rocky (normal around this area) and she’s used the rocks she’s dug up to create raised beds.

Diane

Mushroom Farm Visit

Mushroom farm

Mushroom farm

On June 20, the Dogwood Garden Club took a tour of the Ostrom Mushroom Farm. It’s been family run since 1928.

Members were amazed at the amount of work that it takes to grow the mushrooms you so easily purchase in stores.

Thank you Rosie for suggesting this great destination.

The Washington State Convention

Rosie Trujillo

Rosie Trujillo

The 80th WSFGC Convention was held June 10 -13 in Sliverdale.  Sheryll Slayton was able to catch some great shots of our members having a little fun.

Timerkeeper Mary Bewley

Timerkeeper Mary Bewley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary checking out a potential new plant for the yard

Mary checking out a potential new plant for the yard

Bouquets for Memorial Day

Making bouquets for soldiers' graves

Making bouquets for soldiers’ graves

The Sunday before Memorial Day, a group of us met to make approximately 130 bouquets for the soldiers’ graves.

Thank you Sharon for letting us work in your spectacular chicken coop. And thank you everyone for providing lots of greenery for make some stellar little arrangements.

Diane

Post Office Flower Bed – Before and After

U.S. Post Office flower bed before

U.S. Post Office flower bed before

Kathleen Owen and friends have been busy working on the Eatonville Post Office flower bed. It had gotten completely overgrown and the club — under Owen leadership — decided to take it on.

The transformation over the last couple days has been amazing! A watering system was even uncovered, so the bed should remain beautiful all summer.

U.S. Post Office flower bed after a little TLC

U.S. Post Office flower bed after a little TLC

Thank you everyone. It looks fabulous.

Diane