10/15/18: Garden Club

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“We may think we’re nurturing our garden but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” Jenny Uglow


When & Where: Tuesday, October 16 – Berger Center

Time: Tea and Social at 9:30 followed by meeting from 10:00 to 11:15 am

Topic: How to make your home extra special for fall using flowers, berries, pumpkins, twigs and more!

Guest Speaker: Ellyn Pelikan has been a floral designer and artist for over 50 years. Ellyn credits her mother for her enduring love of floral design, gardening and art. She thinks they go hand in hand! Ellyn owned a florist shop for many years and worked with major catalog companies designing and producing floral products. She teaches floral classes and mixed media art at her farm in Sebastopol and other venues. ‘Thinking out of the box ‘is one of her favorite things to do. As Ellyn Says ‘Life is too short to be normal ‘.


Autumn is the time for the wabi-sabi* beauty of changing seasons. This encourages us to embrace the imperfect and the passing of prime. (*In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.)

* October is the best month for setting out any kind of plant that’s not frost-tender. Before buying plants, learn their ultimate height and spread (I’ve learned the hard way). Allow room for them to grow. Many kinds of perennials can go into the ground now; plant this month so they can establish roots through the winter.

* For blooms from winter through spring, plant cool season annuals now so they get established and start flowering before the weather turns cold. Otherwise, they may not flower until spring. Sow seeds of baby blue eyes, forget-me-not, sweet alyssum, sweet peas, and spring wildflowers.

* Clean up debris. To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals and vegetables, clean up fruit and fallen leaves.


One of the great joys of gardening is watching flowering bulbs pop up in the spring time. If you want to bring in spring with a burst of beautiful color, you’ll need to start planting your bulbs real soon. Choosing the right bulbs can be fun. You can find sun loving bulbs, shade loving bulbs, ones that attract butterflies and bees, as well as drought tolerant and deer resistant bulbs.

Plant varieties that bloom over an extended period of time. You can choose a variety of early, mid and late season bulbs.

For an informal mass of flowers that can spread naturally year after year, toss handfuls of a single kind of bulb over a planting area, varying the density. Repeat with a second or third kind of bulb, then plant the bulbs where they fall.


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