Large leaf and seed pod
Large Leaf magnolia
Members of the MTGC spent an enjoyable and educational morning touring the Fern Hollow Nature Center. Photos below give an idea of the grounds adjacent to the buildings. There are trails and creeks to explore as well. The large leaf magnolia tree was an unusual find for at least this writer. The tree dwarfs 3 members standing in front of the impressive tree.
In the Education center we learned about bees that do not have hives and do not make honey! Each of us made a colorful “bee hotel”. Early next Spring these go outdoors to foster growth and care of these pollinators to help our gardens. Another great day with those interested in crafts, the environment and community.
With the end of the calendar year approaching this is an exciting time for the Garden Club. The Greens Sale is scheduled for December 1. The workshops are a combination of creativity, friends, wire twisting, hot glue guns, ribbon making and…. so much more. We look forward to the workshops and the great sale event at Robin Hill.
Here are more photos of the Fern Hollow Nature Center meeting:
In April these Girl Scouts completed Step 4 – Experiment with Seeds. On ther way to their Gardening Badge. Here they are planting flower seeds in egg cartons. This simple and handy while recycling those egg cartons! It is a win-win for gardening and the environment!
Step 5 and final step will be planting their garden in May. Keep up the good work Scouts!
Garden club President Denise Kross, members Ellen Northy, Merrianne Cacali, Rose Varsanik, Elaine Poliziani, Karen Milanese represented the MTGC at the 88th Annual Convention of The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, April 15-17, 2018,
at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh-Meadowlands, in Washington, PA
Here are pics of SOME of the talented women who make this event happen. Thank you for all your hard work ladies!
Thanks to all who took the tour, the gardens and gardeners, and the members who helped in many small and large ways. Hope to see you all at the Greens Sale DECEMBER 1, 2018.
In September, 2017, Junior Girl Scout Troop #52176 toured the Fleur de Lune Garden at Robin Hill in Moon Twp. This was the first step in preparation to earn their Girl Scout Gardening Badge. What a fun group of 4th grade girls! Thank you to Bonnie Keen, Merrianne Cacali, Hope Withee, and Teresa Rees for making this happen. We look forward to helping with the other steps in the process.
The steps to earning the Gardening Badge are:
Step 1 Visit a Garden If the place where you meet has a garden or pretty landscaping, take a tour and observe how the flowers are planted and spaces, how color is used, and how height is factored in.
Step 2 Explore Garden Design
Step 3 Learn How to Choose Garden Plants After a place has been selected to garden, have the girls create their visions. Give them pencil and paper to plan, and look in the catalogs for what will grow in your area. Tropical plants will not do well in the Northwest and plants that need shade will not do well in an open field that gets direct sunlight all day long. Then they can cut out pictures and paste them in the appropriate spots.
Step 4 Experiment With Seeds For this step, you will need: Egg Cartons Potting Soil Seeds Garden Shovels Newspaper Cup for water Pencil for poking holes Lay out the newspaper so clean up is easy. Follow the guidelines in the Junior Girl Scout Guide Book to complete this step. You can also find many kinds of seed planting charts for kids online.
Step 5 Grow Your Own Garden The easiest way to complete this step is to plant a garden for someone or some organization. It is a great way to get outdoors with your troop!