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Garden Club: January Meeting

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  • Patty McHugh

“Among gardeners, enthusiasm and experience rarely exist in equal measures.” Roger Swain

When & Where: Tuesday, January 15 – Berger Center

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

Topic: IKEBANA, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana is the creation of linear flower arrangements according to certain rules which aim to achieve harmony, beauty and balance. It is described as sculpture with flowers. It is a creative art that allows us to bring all the charm and beauty of nature into our homes. The practice of Ikebana dates back some 1,300 years.

Speaker: Ron Brown, a member of the San Francisco chapter of Ikebana International. Ron brings innovative enthusiasm to Ikebana audiences and his students. He has been actively pursuing his passion for Ikebana as a second career since his retirement from his career as a vintner. He is in high demand as a demonstrator and floral designer. He teaches Ikebana classes in Sonoma and Marin, demonstrates and exhibits often for many groups throughout California, and beyond. Ron is noted for his Ikebana creations that incorporate found or discarded objects and rusted metal pieces from old farm equipment.

You don’t want to miss this demonstration!


There is much to do in the garden this month, so bundle up and take yourself outside during every break in the rain.

* Now is the time to dormant-prune roses. Strip off all leaves – this will allow you to take a good look at the rose bush. Cut out any spindly growth and any growth in the center of the bush. Prune out any dead, damaged, or diseased growth. Wherever you have branches that cross, prune out one of the crossing branches. All cuts should be angled away from the bud (to dispel water), leaving about ¼” stem above the bud. Clean up all leaves and debris from the area around your roses – these can harbor fungal diseases such as rust, powdery mildew and black spot. Spray with a dormant spray all the canes and the area under and around the rose.

* Now is also the time to prune fruit trees. If you’re not sure, do a little research as to how to prune the type of fruit tree(s) you have in your garden. After pruning, use the recommended dormant spray for your variety. Clean up of fallen fruit, leaves and debris under and around the tree is crucial.

* For most other shrubs and trees, this is not the optimal time for growth pruning, but it is a perfect time for shaping and removing diseased, broken or dead branches.

* Continue leaf clean-up maintenance. And, of course, there’s always weeding.


Annual Garden Club dues are payable this month. Dues are $8 per person, $12 per couple. You may pay at the January meeting, or make your check payable to the Oakmont Garden Club and place in the Garden Club folder at the Oakmont Village administrative office.


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