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The St. Louis Horticultural Picnic was held at the beautiful Suson Park this year on September 6, 2015. We enjoyed delicious barbecue from Adam’s Smokehouse as well as many potluck dishes from members. The weather was a little warm for September but that didn’t deter any from having an enjoyable day. We also played Bingo and had great prizes. All members were treated to a beautiful mum as a thank you to take home. THANK YOU to everyone for making our Plant Sale a success!

Our annual Plant Sale is Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17, 2015 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The MBG is located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110. Our sale will run both days from 9:00am – 5:00pm in the Orthwein Hall.

Come by and see what we have!

PLANT SALE HIGHLIGHTS:

Our annual Plant Sale was a huge success. We had a terrific assortment of plants as well as many wonderful customers. We  made some new friends, and saw many repeat customers from previous years.  Everyone chipped in and made this a fantastic sale.  THANK YOU!!!

Hypertufa is popular for making garden ornaments, and pots. It is relatively light compared to traditional concrete and can withstand harsh winters. It is composed of Portland cement, peat moss, sand and vermiculite or perlite. It is then mixed with water and pressed or poured into forms, closed in plastic and allowed to cure. It takes several weeks to properly “cure” a hypertufa pot.

On Saturday, May 9,2015 several Garden Club Members and guest gathered at member Gay’s home to make Hypertufa Pots. It was a damp morning but we successfully made several pots. Afterwards we were treated to a lovely lunch on Gay’s screened in porch. It was a fun activity spent with a wonderful group of friends. A perfect garden activity! A special Thank You to Gay for inviting us to her home.

Sunday, April 19, 2015
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Missouri Botanical Garden

For our meeting this Sunday we are going to tour the Missouri Botanical Gardens. We have our meetings here but how many actually visit the Gardens on a regular basis? It should be absolutely beautiful this time of year, so much has awakened and is blooming. We will meet in the Auditorium at the Garden for a short meeting to discuss the Plant Sale and our upcoming Field Trip to Gay’s home to make hypertufa pots.

We will then be taking the Narrated Tram Tour at the Garden. The St. Louis Hort Society will purchase tickets for members without memberships.

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:

Unfortunately it rained so we had a small group to tour the Garden. Those that came had a damp but lovely tram ride. The Garden was full of spring bloomers and was beautiful as always. We have such a treasure with the Missouri Botanical Garden. Enjoy the beauty there often!

Welcome 2015!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Garden Room, Missouri Botanical Garden

Think for a moment about sitting on your patio listening the sound of gentle waterfall as you relax in the warm sun. Wait. That’s no waterfall…that’s your garden watering! Learn how to grow your own fruits and vegetables at home using aeroponics! You’ll use no pesticides and you can grow anything in your verticle garden that isn’t a tree or a root vegetable. The best thing? You don’t need dirt so if you don’t have a yard or you have a ton of pesky squirrels or rabbits, this will be right up your alley. What if you could grow everything you needed for a fresh salad year round?
Our speaker this month is Amy Dittman. She is the proud mom of 3 young men and the Health and Wellness Director at the YMCA.  She is a proponent of healthy eating and living. She believes that eating fresh and clean is the gateway to a healthy life. She also likes to garden and grew mostly flowers and plants because squirrels would ravage her vegetables…until she discovered the Tower Garden. Now, during the summer she enjoys fresh lettuce, peppers, strawberries, and cucumbers. And, towards the end of this coming summer, she’ll grow her own pumpkins for the holidays!
Amy is coming to tell how aeroponics works, not to sell.
As always, refreshments and door prizes appreciated. New members welcome!

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE
Saturday, December 6, 2014 (not Sun. the 7th)
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Botanical Room, Missouri Botanical Garden

The Hort Society will provide fried chicken and all members are asked to bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share.

Each person attending is asked to bring a wrapped gift for the gift exchange. We will play games, enjoy a delicious meal and enjoy some holiday festivities!

We hope to see you there!

CHRISTMAS PARTY HIGHLIGHTS:

Our party was well attended and as usual the food was wonderful. Karen provided the entertainment. Her game was so much fun! We also had a gift exchange with “Rob your Neighbor”. The Hort Society provided prizes, goodie bags, gift cards, and attendance prizes. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a great party! Everyone had a great time!

Sunday, November 16, 2014
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Missouri Room
Missouri Botanical Garden

We will be discussing flowers, vegetable gardens, bulbs and anything else you planted or wanted to plant this year. We will also discuss the Christmas Party and we have the stepping stones available for those wishing to make one. If you were at the last meeting you are welcome to make another.
HOW DID YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Let’s share our growing knowledge! Did you try something new or did you stick to your old favorites? Do you mostly have perennials or did you plant annuals also? Did you have a vegetable garden? I know some of you have, how was your harvest? Are you planting bulbs this year? If so which kind? Do you have any special tips for planting or maintaining your bulbs? Do you want to try something new next year? Are you catalog shopping now? If you have any interesting catalogs or photos you would like to share please bring them to our meeting. This is a great time to learn from each other what worked and didn’t work in our yards.

The days are getting shorter and cooler now. Enjoy the rest of Fall and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:

We had leftover supplies for the stepping stones so those that were unable to attend last month’s meeting made their stones at this meeting. This month’s stones were abstract in design. It’s amazing how everyone basically did the same thing but all of the stones turned out very different. They all look wonderful!!

We also discussed our gardens and plans to improve them next year. Gay brought several catalogs she uses. Hopefully we all gained a little knowledge for next year.