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Date: August 17, 2014
Suson Park,
6073 Wells Rd St.Louis,MO 63128

It’s that time of year again! The St. Louis Horticultural Society would like to thank all it’s members with a fun and delicious picnic! We will have BBQ and everyone is asked to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert. As always the Society will furnish the meat and bread. Please bring your own beverage.

PICNIC HIGHLIGHTS:

We had a lovely day and a wonderful time at the picnic this year. As always the food was plentiful and delicious! It was fun to see the animals out in the farm, even if Barb took funny snap shots of us.(check the photo section) We also played Bingo this year with potted mums as prizes. Thank you to everyone who brought dishes and made this such a lovely day.

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Address: 7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 am at Schlafly’s

We have a field trip scheduled to see the organic Gardenworks Garden at Schlafly’s Bottleworks in Maplewood. Their garden is just under a seventh of an acre. They grow enough produce to use in both their restaurants. Grown are tomatoes, beets, turnips, eggplant, summer squash, sunchokes, garlic, herbs, and peppers. They also grow all sorts of greens including mustard, kale, shard and salad greens.

We will stay and have lunch after the tour.

GARDENWORKS HIGHLIGHTS:

We had a terrific day! Schlafly Gardenworks was amazing. Brian, our guide, led the group on an interesting and informative tour of their organic garden. There was so much to see in a relatively small space. When we arrived the chef was picking produce for the days menu. Luckily there was ample to pick from! Everything in the garden looked great. It is nice to see a business that cares enough to grow organic produce for their customers. After the tour we stayed and had a delicious relaxing meal with good friends.

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Chris’s garden is a unique space in an urban environment. It resembles a cottage garden because edibles and flowers are grown together with little formal borders separating them. The garden starts in the front yard which faces north. There are red and black currants and honey berries grown next to hostas and various bulbs. Through a gangway the garden continues in the south facing back yard where there are grapes, potatoes, sunflowers and much more. There is a small pond with gold fish, a pergola (with a grape vine on top) and a variety of herbs and other plants in containers. Outside the back gate there are apple trees, tomatoes, blackberries and much more grown between the back fence and the car parks of my property and several neighbor’s property.

Chris’s garden provides an example of how to maximize a small space to grow a good variety of plants. This includes small plots, vertical fences, the top of a pergola, and a variety of containers of different sizes.

FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Several members enjoyed a delightful morning thanks to Chris and his lovely wife Lena. The weather was perfect. On top of a terrific tour we were treated to a lovely feast of sun tea, homemade bread, and several varieties of homemade jellies and jams. Chris has done a beautiful job of merging an inviting relaxing space in his yard that not only has beauty but also has a wonderful bounty of vegetables and fruit. A true treasure in the heart of the city!

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