We hope you will join us at the Eastern Monroe County Library on the 2nd Wednesday of September, October, November, March and April. Meetings begin at 11:30am. In May we have our annual Club Luncheon, in June the Ice Cream Social, and in August our picnic. In addition we have several special activities throughout the year. This year we will be taking a bus trip to one of the most inspiring gardens in America Chanticleer, put on a flower arranging workshop and a childrens workshop, make floral cupcakes and have an evening garden party. In addition, our members enjoy monthly programs at each meeting on topics such as flower arranging, floral design, environment and conservation issues, houseplants, gardening, wildlife and much more. As a member you will receive a copy of the Monroe County Garden Club Yearbook and a subscription to the Keystone Gardener (a State publication).
On June 20 everyone who joined us for our trip to Chanticleer had an amazing day! We decided we had time to add a short shopping excursion to our day which meant we needed a bigger bus. No problem. Ellen Phraner handled it like a pro.The weather cooperated and we had a lovely tour of Chanticleer. I wish I had more pictures but most of us were too busy staring at all the amazing gardens to take photos. Thankfully Barb Daskal snapped some for us! After our tour we had a fantastic lunch at the Wayne Hotel who had us in and out in a flash. We then spent an hour shopping at a nearby nursery who surprised us with gift bags as we got back on the bus. It was perfectly timed so we could get the very most out of our day. We have to give a big shout out to Ellen for a super job. The tour was completely sold out so I think its time to start looking for our next trip!
I am sure most of you have noticed the lack of a yearbook this year. It has been a surprise to us as well. Emily did not do our yearbook but we are still determined to have one for you. However, we are starting from scratch so it will be a bit longer. Our sincere apologies.
On July 11 we are having our annual Ice Cream Social. Diana Pucci has graciously offered to host it so remember to let her know soon if you wish to come. Her email and regular address are in the yearbook. It starts at 1pm.
On July 18 we have a very special workshop which we are trying for the first time. It is for children. We felt a strong need to try to spark an interest in gardening to the next generation (ok, TWO generations). It will only run for two hours (9-11am) and we need people to help. Please contact Ellen Phraner to help her run this very valuable program.
We are going to celebrate the end of summer with an evening garden party at the home of Robin and Brad Teets. We will start at 6 pm with libations and appetizers. There may not be 2000 candles this time but there will be a few! Please email Robin Teets (email@example.com) to let her know if you plan to attend.
On Aug 8th at 11am is our annual picnic and plant sale. Be sure to bring a covered dish (you may have already told Carol Akam what that will be) and a plant or two (or more) to present at our auction. Please have it potted up for us. Please do that ASAP so it will have a chance to get established. As always, the picnic will be at Broadhead Creek Park.
Each year our District has a raffle as a fundraiser. Each club provides an item. We sold tickets for this fundraiser but, aside from the item we provided, we never knew exactly what items we were selling tickets for. This year I asked each club to provide a picture of their item so we could be better informed. So when you buy a ticket, you have the possibility of winning any of these items. I will be selling tickets at the Ice Cream Social, the Picnic and the September meeting. The tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. I will add each item as the picture comes in so keep checking. Here are the first ones.