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Garden Week In Georgia: If Friendship Were A Garden

Garden Week In Georgia: If Friendship Were A Garden

This year, RGC lost a dear friend, Mary Ann Booth Cabot. As part of our remembrance of Mary Ann, we were introduced to Sam Furman’s poem If Friendship Were A Garden. This year’s Garden Week in Georgia posts focus on this beautiful poem and all it entails. We’ll talk about friends, gardens, plants, garden clubs, and, most importantly friendship. Let’s open the week with the poem.

If Friendship Were A Garden

If friendship were a garden,
Then flowers ‘d be the friends
How well our gardens cultivate
On each gardener that depends.

Some flowers must remain in light,
And some will need support
But all require love and care
Regardless of their sort.

We grow our gardens row by row
One flower at a time
Helping each establish roots
Our efforts quite sublime…

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Itching to Spring into Planting? Here’s What to Do While You Wait by Guest Blogger Jeannie Springer

Itching to Spring into Planting? Here’s What to Do While You Wait by Guest Blogger Jeannie Springer

If you’re like me, you have a hard time resisting the temptation to plant before the last hard-frost date. Jeannie Singer, plant professional and educator at Scottsdale Farms, shared these great ideas to help you delay planting and be ready to jump into it full speed ahead when the time is right.

Tools

  • Sharpen blades on spades
  • Clean tools: wipe with bleach or alcohol, then wash with soap & water
  • Oil hinges on shears and clippers–use WD – 40 or vegetable oil
  • Make needed repairs–check hose…

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A Must-Have Tool for Gardening by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

A Must-Have Tool for Gardening by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Last spring, I decided it was time to give up my chain saw. I was tired of the hassles involved with keeping it in good working order and all of the steps for safe use. I was relieved to let it go, but a little sad. Then I saw an ad for a tiny 4” chain saw. It’s a little bigger than my hand, weights about 5 pounds with the battery installed, and can cut branches and trunks up to about 6”. I had to have one.

I love that little chain saw. As soon as it arrived, I put it to use. Its rechargeable battery works for several hours, and mine came with 2 batteries. I run out of energy long before the chain saw does. I’ve been working on a major project clearing trashy trees from my back yard and replacing them with nicer understory trees and shrubs. My little chain saw has been handy in chopping down the trees and in chopping them into pieces that fit into the decomposable yard bags I can put out for weekly city pick up. As you can see…

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Great Master Gardening Resources & Education from Guest Blogger Jim Hodson

Great Master Gardening Resources & Education from Guest Blogger Jim Hodson

Note from Suzy: Here’s a fantastic resource for garden enthusiasts everywhere. Guest blogger Jim Hodson contacted us via our website to let us know about the Master Gardener resources Fast Growing Trees developed. You need to check out this site. Be careful, though. My initial check-out of the resource turned into a delightful 2-hour exploration followed by many subsequent visits. There’s a direct link to the Master Gardener section In Jim’s post…

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The Scoop on Joro Spiders by RGC Blogger Florence Ann Berna

The Scoop on Joro Spiders by RGC Blogger Florence Ann Berna

Chances are, if you live in northeast Georgia you’ve come across an East Asian Joro spider this fall. At almost 3 inches across when their legs are fully extended, they’re hard to miss. While they’re roughly the same size as orb spiders, the distinctive yellow and blue-black stripes on their backs and bright red markings on their undersides are unique. Their enormous three-dimensional webs are a striking golden color and tend to be located higher off the ground than those of other spiders. “We’ve been getting lots of calls and emails…

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Want to Grow Fragrant Herbs? Check out this site…by Guest Bloggers Barbara Lincoln, Amelia, & Amelia’s Mom

Today’s guest bloggers reached out to us from Salt Lake City with a recommendation via the contact form on our website. I think you’ll find this post/email inspirational and the recommended article and its links informational.

“As a youth services librarian and educator, I would just like to reach out with a quick word of thanks! Your Garden Club’s resource links list has been a big help to me during these times of remote learning, as I’ve been running a fun educational project on horticulture and botany for a small group of 10-14 year olds online over the last few weeks. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

I hope you don’t mind, one of our youngest, Amelia has also asked me if I could share a piece that she and her mother found together on growing fragrant herbs, which includes a great breakdown on the benefits of having an herb garden, what you can grow, different uses for cooking, aromatherapy, etc. I’ve included it below…

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A Look at the Chelsea Flower Show 2021 by RGC blogger Suzy Crowe

A Look at the Chelsea Flower Show 2021 by RGC blogger Suzy Crowe

The Chelsea Flower Show 2021 was unlike any other — Virtual Chelsea was May 18 through May 21 and the Chelsea Flower Show was September 21 – 26. The September show included twenty-seven gardens and two new garden categories–Balcony Gardens and Container Gardens.

The Virtual Chelsea videos, which you can see on the video tab of the RHS YouTube Channel, focus on plants. famous garden designers’ gardens, and the design plans for the September Chelsea Flower Show gardens. I found the videos fascinating, especially since the video design plans for the September show gardens are quite fascinating when you compare them to the actual show gardens.

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National Garden Week: A Glimpse at Plants & Trees Special to RGC Members

National Garden Week: A Glimpse at Plants & Trees Special to RGC Members

Many of us have plants and trees that are special to us. As part of National Garden Week, several RGC members shared pictures and thoughts about some of the items special to them. This blog post’s feature image is of a plant special to Linda B–Linda shares that, after more than 30 years and two moves, I still have the old fashioned bleeding heart plant that started out in my mother’s garden in Pennsylvania. That’s pretty special.

Linda Lee – 20 years ago Ron and I walked out of an old K-Mart and saw a rose bush with no flowers or leaves for 75 cents. Ron said it needs a home. Whatever color it turns out to be he said we will call it The Princess Rose after me. It bloomed a month later on Mother’s Day a year after my mother died. Today it still blooms with the most delicious fragrance.

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