Garden Club


The Seven Pines Garden Club started in 1975, when the subdivision was very new. The founding spark was then-resident Mary Niemann, an avid gardener who was a also a member of Four Winds Garden Club, but felt that Seven Pines should have its own group. Two members of that original group are still in the Garden Club today.

The original group was mainly stay-at-home moms, and had 30 members with a waiting list to join! Social changes cut into the number of people able to meet during the day, and our membership has dropped over the years, but still holds steady at 15-20 members. We accept anyone from Seven Pines (current or former residents), and anyone from a surrounding subdivision sponsored by a member.


The Seven Pines Garden Club is affiliated with the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, and through them, with the National Garden Clubs of America. This means that we have a lot of knowledge to draw on, and are required to do community service projects. Despite these fancy titles, we are a very low-intensity group. We focus on learning about gardening, helping our community, and encouraging social interaction.


We meet 10 times a year, either at a member’s home or on a field trip. Each program has a business meeting (short), an educational program (fun), and lunch (social). We try to mix up our programs with speakers, field trips, and the occasional garden craft or workshop.   It’s a fun, relaxed group and our gardening skills range from expert to novice – no matter, we all learn something every meeting.


Every year, we have a Plant Sale at the Seven Pines pool to help finance our community beautification projects and educational programs. The Plant Sale started when we peddled home-grown plants at the Castillon’s Tomboy grocery store at Olive and Fee Fee. We eventually moved to selling bedding plants from a member’s garage, and then moved to the Pool. Our current sale, always held in April (and usually on the day with the unusual rain/sleet/hail weather event), features bedding plants from several local nurseries as well as plants from our own gardens. We’re so thankful to all the Seven Pines residents who come to the sale.


Our community beautification activities include our entryway marker, plants around the Seven Pines pool, planters at the pool, and a bird sanctuary. We also administer the Seven Pines Yard of the Month program, which encourages all Seven Pines residents to keep their yards beautiful.


In addition, we always have several service projects. Currently, we plant and maintain flowers at Lakeside Children’s Center, provide plants and birthday gifts to residents at Creve Coeur Manor, and make donations to a number of gardening-related social groups.


The Seven Pines Garden Club meets ten times a year, usually at 9:30 am on the first Wednesday of the month. For information on attending a meeting and upcoming programs, check the “Garden Club Doings” article each month in the Forest Flashes.

Down the Garden Path…

by Geri Bahn

 

At our July Garden Club meeting member Carol Cullinane gave an informative program on cacti. It was so interesting I thought I would share with the neighborhood!

 

The cactus is a very unusual plant in the Midwest, but some species can be grown here…the bulk of our Midwest home gardens contain no cactus. Cactus are somewhat like people, they have bodies, joints and arms. There are over 2500 species of cactus.

 

Cactus are very water thrifty and undemanding, actually the most undemanding of any plant you can have in your garden. They are long lived and many are passed down from generation to generation. All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cactus. Except for the Northeast and Alaska, cacti are native to all states.

 

Outdoor cactus should be put in your sunniest spot…the more spines, the more sun required. There are several cactus which can be grown outside year round in Missouri gardens-they include the prickly pear variety and the hedgehog varieties. They can be planted directly in the ground or in containers. Clay or hypertufa containers are recommended. When buying a new cactus and placing it outside, they should be acclimated to full sun gradually over a 2 to 3 week period.

 

Indoors they should be placed by a southern exposure window. Cacti require very little water in summer and even less in the winter, which is their dormant period.   Watering once a week in the summer with just a little water is plenty. During the winter watering once every two to three weeks will suffice.

 

When planting or repotting cactus you should choose a pot with a drainage hole and place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot.   For soil you should mix 2 parts potting soil with 1 part sand to plant. An addition of mulch or gravel as a top layer is also suggested. If your plant is outside, make sure to empty the saucers under the pot after a heavy rain. If a heavy rain is expected moving your cactus pots to a sheltered location is also a good idea.

 

When repotting a cactus the best way to handle a cactus is with a kitchen tong if it is small or to wrap a larger cactus in a heavy layer of newspaper. It is suggested when repotting to only enlarge to the next size pot, if the container is too large it might encourage rot root.

 

Cacti are also one of the easiest plants to propagate. You can break off a pad or arm, let dry for a few days, and then plant in the potting mix suggested above or in a container of sand.

 

Fun Cactus Facts:

 

-Cactus is one of the few plants that have National Parks dedicated to them! Two Saguaro National Parks outside of Tucson Arizona and near Yuma Arizona, the Organ Pipe National Cactus Park.

 

-Both the Native Americans and Hispanic culture use cacti as a food. The prickly pear paddles or napoles can be cut up and sautéed in olive oil; they have a texture similar to that of celery. These paddles are sold routinely in supermarkets in the Southwest. The juice from the prickly pear can be made into jelly or candy.

 

 

Til next month,

 

Geri Bahn, Seven Pines Garden Club

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Down the Garden Path…

by Geri Bahn

 

A tip of the garden trowel and thanks to all those who supported our Plant Sale!

 

Impatien lovers beware!! There is a new very contagious fungus that has arrived in our area and strikes seed impatiens. The culprit is “Impatiens Downy Mildew” or IDM. Seed impatiens are the impatiens typically sold in 6packs at all nurseries, greenhouses, discount stores and hardware stores. At this time there is no solution for this disease, current chemicals used to control the disease are not very effective.

 

Impatiens planted in beds appear to be the most prone, while those grown in containers are not as susceptible. Early symptoms include leaves turning slightly yellow with stippling that may mimic nutritional deficiency. On the underside there will be a small white colored “dust” (actually sporulation). As the disease progresses plants will look stunted and drop their foliage resulting in green leafless stems. Eventually the stems collapse completely, looking like the plants have been killed by frost. Once IDM starts it spreads rapidly to all seed impatiens in close proximity and in quick progression.

 

If you or any close neighbor experienced IDM last year, you should most certainly think twice about planting impatiens in your garden.   Spores can be wind and rain blown from a neighbor’s infected plants, and the spores from the disease can over-winter in the soil for up to two years and possibly longer. If your impatiens did suffer from IDM last year, the only solution is to remove all the infected garden soil they were planted in and begin with new untainted soil. If you do notice any infected impatiens over the course of this growing season immediately remove the plants and place in a sealed plastic bag. Do not compost as IDM is extremely contagious, but only to other seed impatiens.

 

A reminder that IDM only impacts seed impatiens, NOT New Guinea impatiens or Sun Impatiens. The easiest way to tell them apart is that seed impatiens have rounded leaves while the other types have pointed leaves.

 

There are many alternative shade-loving annuals to replace the beloved impatiens. Now is the time to expand your gardening palette!

 

Please be assured that if you purchased any impatiens from the Garden Club Plant Sale that our supplier has verified they were free and clear from this condition.

 

Alternative shade loving annuals:

*New Guinea *Impatiens                                                                        *Begonias

*Coleu                                                                                        *Caladiums

*Lobelia                                                                                       *Torenia

 

Til next month,

 

Geri Bahn, Seven Pines Garden Club

GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - APRIL 2016


Ah, springtime in St. Lou – one day 70 degrees with 70 mile an hour winds, and the next day, snow. Just a little somethin’ for everyone. But the daffodils are out, and lilacs not far behind, hyacinths are perfuming the breeze, deer are eating the tulips, and homeowners are swearing at lawnmowers (yup, SHOULD have cleaned it up last fall). Good Times!


The Garden Club will continue winter feeding our birds until the end of April to help them get their nest established, and then it’s up to Mother Nature and all of you. Putting out a feeder or two in your yards is really rewarding, and if you hang up suet cakes, you’ll see woodpeckers and flickers and jays too. And remember, tax day may not always be a cause for joy, but it signals the return of hummingbirds to our area. The ruby-throat males will be scouting for territories with good food sources, so putting hummer feeders up now will ensure a great show all summer.


You’ll want to mark your calendars for April 26, the date of our Plant Sale, once again held at the Swimming Pool. I think we’re going to go to earlier hours this year so watch for the neighborhood signs. This is our big fundraiser for the year, and we are so grateful for your support. Plus, a chance to buy some plants from our gardens – deer tested and strong! And, we will be again giving away free shrublings with each purchase – I think this year’s offering is witch hazel, but that might depend on what survived the winter.


If you’ve been looking around for a volunteering opportunity, come to our May 4 meeting and learn about Forest ReLeaf. This is the only nonprofit community-assisted tree nursery in   the area. And, their operation is right by Creve Coeur

Park – what could be more convenient? This group does a great job in growing trees to repopulate areas in St. Louis, and we will be visiting their site on a guided walking tour. Join in!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn).


We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Junette Gist (314-275-7699) for details of an upcoming meeting.

GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - FEBRUARY 2016

Brrrrrr. We’ve plunged back into frigid temperatures. But, the Seven Pines Garden Club is stirring from our January hiatus and ready to start up our 2016 programs and activities. So, you can sit around watching your windows freeze over, or you can join us on February 10 at the Thornhill Library (9:30 am) to hear a presentation from The Owl Man. Did you know there is a mated pair (yup, they hook up for life) of great horned owls in Forest Park? Naturalist Mark Glenshaw will make a presentation on owls, which should be really fun. I know we have horned owls around Seven Pines, because I’ve heard them hooting at night for 30 years – never saw one, though. BUT, I did have the great fortune while in Florida one winter to have a mated pair nest by our condo. Coolest thing I have ever seen, watching the two babies mature and learn to fly and hunt, all watched over fiercely by mom and dad. Parenting note we might use – when it was time for the babies (who were about the size of a loaf of bread) to leave the nest, the parents just tore the nest to shreds. I know this presentation will be a treat!


Not to let things slide, in March (since it’s still too cold for field trips), we have a presentation by The Butterfly Man. St. Louis Audubon Society expert Herb Heubner will talk about butterfly-friendly plants, environmental impacts, and planning your garden to attract butterflies. Just in time for spring.


Your Garden Club will also be planning for our Annual Spring Plant Sale, continuing to feed the birds at our Bird Sanctuary, and supporting our service projects. And did I mention we always manage to sneak in some pretty tasty lunches?


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Junette Gist (314-275- 7699) for details of an upcoming meeting.

GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - DECEMBER 2015
Celebrating 40 Years


As a confirmed “summer girl”, I think there’s only one good thing about December – the Garden Club December meeting and all the good food there!  Have you enjoyed the recipes in the Flash this year?  Yup, those come from Seven Pines Garden Club members, and they all cook up a storm for our year-end holiday meeting.  Of course, we also initiate our new officers (hey! Small club! Everybody’s a winner!), exchange gifts, and review the year past and the year to come.  At our November meeting, we assembled the gifts for our service projects, and set the rules and volunteer lists for keeping our bird sanctuary feeders filled during the winter.  If you don’t have feeders up in your yards, now’s a great time to set some up.  The dreariest winter day is brighter when cardinals and chickadees are flocking to the feeders.  Good time to think about investing in a heated birdbath too – I just shut up our backyard fountain for the winter, and it’s had heavy use all fall. 

Thank you to all the folks in Seven Pines who supported us this year.  Your participation in our annual spring Plant Sale finances our service projects and Seven Pines beautification activities.  For those who got one of the free American Beautyberry bushes we distributed, hope your bushes are growing well despite the weird summer we had.  Mine is about 8 inches high, but I have great hopes for next year.  At our plant sale in 2016, we’ll have some new hardy sprigs to hand out – FREE!  The Seven Pines Trustees have been great in helping beautification efforts and have worked well with us.  And special thanks to all the Yard of the Month winners.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget all the effort it takes to make our subdivision look great.  So, yay us!

Our Club will on hiatus in January, but start back up in February with a batch of new programs and fun events.  We welcomed a few new members this year, and would love to see more.  Wonderful chance to meet some great people, learn a lot, have fun, and make the world just a bit nicer.

The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am.  If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact current Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221, or 2016 Club President Junette Gist (314-275-7699) for details of an upcoming meeting.

GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - NOVEMBER 2015
Celebrating 40 Years

November is a great time to take inventory of your garden this year – what worked and what didn’t (like who knew squirrels ate swiss chard), what plants to try next year, tools to replace – all fun to think about since you don’t have to do anything until next growing season.  Mums are putting out their last splash of color and are especially pretty since we didn’t have much leaf color this year.  Squirrels have been busy burying nuts—from the number I’ve seen them bury in my back yard this fall, we’ll either have a hard winter or I’ll have an oak forest sprouting next spring.  Hope you planted your garlic in October – a year ago, we had a program on growing garlic, and I got such a good crop I had plenty to replant this year.


At our last meeting, we visited Bowood Farms and Nursery in the Central West End, a really lovely nursery with a spectacular gift shop and of course, the Café Osage.  So cool to see a nursery in the middle of town.


For our November meeting, our program will feature new uses for garden decorations, and should get our creative thinking going for next year. 


Some time this month, we’ll be pulling up the begonias from the front entrance, and planting bulbs for spring.  We’ll also starting filling the bird feeders for the winter, and continuing work on our service projects.  


And in December, before we all take a break until February, we’ll have our annual holiday party, installation of officers, and collection of gifts for our service projects.  A nice way to end the year before the winter winds start blowing!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am.  If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.



GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - OCTOBER 2015

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS


September brought our first cool nights and open windows, trees beginning their slide into autumn shades, and every nursery in town piling mums everywhere.  Kids were back in school, and it’s easy to kick back and not do much in the yard because, heck, it’s all dying back anyway.  But, you can still pull life out of your annuals – prune back the dead flowers and water well, and you should get another rebloom before the really cold weather knocks them down.  


Time to start thinking about putting your garden to bed, too, for the winter. If you had been at our September meeting, you would have learned great techniques for fall pruning, and had a chance to enjoy a great potluck lunch!  


And thanks to all the Seven Pines residents who came to our 40th birthday celebration – it was great to meet new people, and we hope you enjoyed the great food and door prizes (I think everyone was a winner).  

Amazing to think that the club has been going strong for 40 years.


In October, we go on a field trip to Bowood Farms and Nursery, with lunch at Café Osage.  We’ll get a personal tour through the nursery, and find out what plants will be “hot” for next year. Bowood is noted for its beautiful and unusual plants, and wonderful gift shop, so should be a fun trip.


And in November, one of our extremely creative members will present a program on inventive uses for common “stuff” in your garden that will make it unique and special.  I always love programs that make you look at things alittle differently, and to jump outside the box.


The Garden Club was excited to welcome a new member in September, and would encourage anyone in Seven Pines who has some free time on Wednesday morning to come and join us.  You’ll not only learn a lot about gardening, but meet some great people, and have the opportunity to help others in our community through our service projects and subdivision beautification projects.


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am.  If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.




GARDEN CLUB DOINGS- September 2015

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

 

Well, officially the world’s hottest summer June/July on record, and we watched it through the rain. Hard to believe that in August, our lawns were green and we had many days with open windows! Bushes and plants that have thrived in my yard for years died, and others that have always been fussy are now growing like crazy. Good thing that half the time, I have no idea what I’m doing in the yard or I’d feel that years of learning were being wasted.


Sadly, my neighbors and I found rosette disease on the roses we had planted in our cul-de-sac circle. This nasty disease is now spreading through our area, and attacking even Knock-Out roses. It’s a virus spread by tiny mites. You can spot rosette quickly - new growth on the bush is often elongated and bright red. The growth at the branch’s end will be bunchy and red, and is sometimes called a "witch's broom." Leaves, buds and flowers are often distorted and thorns, initially softer than usual, are very thick along the stem.   There is no cure, and even trying to cut off the infected branches won’t work. You have to pull up the entire bush, and dispose of it carefully by burning or putting in a yard trash bag. Even replanting can be problematical; the virus can get into the soil. So our circle looks pretty bare right now.


The Garden Club will be back on our regular monthly schedule in September. Our program for the month will include a potluck at the pool, and a lecture on the best way to prune plants (yes, it’s that time of year) and a member show-and-tell about our favorite garden tools. If you ever wondered if that $40 long pruner was worth the money, someone in our club will have tried it and can give you tips!


In October, yay, field trip! We’ll be off to Boxwood Farms Nursery in the Central West End. We’ll get a personal nursery tour, and lunch locally. I find every nursery has a personality and specialty, and can’t wait for this trip.


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.




GARDEN CLUB DOINGS- AUGUST 2015

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

Well, the grump continues. Still waiting for our real summer. Leaping into August in mid-July, and torrential downpours, are not the best thing for gardeners. Our herb gardens are drowned, petunias are straggling, and only the weeds are happy. Last night, during a momentary bearable spell as I looked out our deck, I saw Bambi with a full rack of antlers, Mrs. Bambi, and their two kids frolicking about. Charming, until Mrs. Bambi delicately ate my last two geraniums. Then they all gave me annoyed looks as I yelled at them. Grrrrrrr.


The Seven Pines Garden Club is on vacation for August, so you’ll just have to wait until September if you want to come to a meeting. We’ll kick off the fall season with a potluck at the Pool, a discussion of the proper way to prune outdoor plants (best way to help them through the winter!), and we’ll all share our favorite gardening tools. Good way to find out what really works!


But hey, if you want to visit with us sooner than that, a great opportunity is coming up! Hard to believe, but the Seven Pines Garden Club has been in existence for 40 years! And yes, some of our current members were there at the beginning. We will be celebrating with a party and food (what a surprise), and you can join us. We are hosting an Open House at the Seven Pines Pool on Sunday, August 30, from 5 to 7 pm. Go on, put that in your phone calendars right now. We will have refreshments and some giveaways, and plenty of garden talk (or complaining – same thing). And see if you can tell who the charter members are…

We hope you’ll have a chance to stop by and say hello!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.

GARDEN CLUB DOINGS- June 2015
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

OK, I’m officially annoyed with Mother Nature.  We did not have a regular June.  No beautiful, perfect days.  No cool, lovely nights.  Instead, enough rain to fill my rainbarrel 50 times over, followed by mid-upper 90’s and steam.  As soon as the sun hit that soggy ground, weeds grew to epic proportions.  All I can say is, July better be an atypical month too – we are due a whole bunch of perfect days!

The rain and heat did make plants happy, however, and they are growing like gangbusters.  Everything is very lush and beautiful.  You would think that with all the greenery, the deer would leave our gardens alone.  Hah.  I’ve sprayed enough Liquid Fence and Deer Stopper and Deer-B-Gone to fill Busch Stadium, and still they chomp the daylilies and hosta.  It amazes me that 30 years ago when we first moved here, seeing a deer was a rarity.  However, the patio eggplant that I bought at our Plant Sale this spring is loaded with small eggplants.  Hope you all had success with your purchases!
The bird feeders have been doing a bang-up business. I have never seen as many, and as varied, woodpeckers and flickers as this year.  And it’s nice to see the Blue Jays are back after the ravages of West Nile.  Now if there was just a squirrel-proof feeder…….
The Seven Pines Garden Club is gearing up for our July meeting which will feature a tour of a private water garden right here in Seven Pines.  There are some amazing gardens hidden in our back yards, and this one promises to be no exception.  We’ll continue to take care of our service projects, including the entry monument and pool areas, even through our August break.  When we start meetings again in September, our program will be a very timely presentation on pruning methods, and a chance to show off our favorite gardening tools.  As someone who once tried to cut off a large branch with a breadknife (so not a good idea), I can tell you that the right lopper or pruning saw is a thing of beauty to any gardener.
The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am.  If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.




GARDEN CLUB DOINGS- May 2015

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

 

By the time this goes to print, our Plant Sale and Annual Fundraiser will be over (which means the unseasonable sleet storms will have ended), and hopefully all was a success. We in the Garden Club thank all of you for your ongoing support—you help us to keep Seven Pines blooming! And I hope many of you were able to get one of the free beautyberry bushes we had. Beautyberries are a lovely bush, and birds and animals love the nutritious berries.

 

Our May meeting will be at Faust Park. We will have a picnic lunch, and tour the Butterfly House and check out the paver we donated honoring long-time member and former Seven Pines resident Mary Niemann.   Faust Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Besides the Butterfly House, there are beautiful gardens around the old settlement houses and the governor’s mansion.

 

In June, we have the special privilege of touring the horticulture center at Meramec Community College. The College specializes in both home and urban gardening, with programs that include beautiful green spaces as well as vegetable gardens.

 

Don’t forget that Yard of the Month starts this week. Yay! Bragging rights on your street! Get those yards looking their best!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.




GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - April 2015

Celebrating 40 years 

Keep your fingers crossed, spring just might be coming! Tulips and daffodils are poking up their heads, hoping that they won’t get whacked with another foot of snow. Robins are hopping around, and lilacs and forsythia are getting ready for their spring show. Just in time, our annual fund-raising Plant Sale is set for April 25. Mark your calendars so you’ll be sure to buy the plants that will win you Yard of the Month this year.


With spring coming, the Garden Club is feeling itchy and wanting to get outdoors. Our April meeting will feature a field trip to Ballwin Nursery, which has been consistently chosen as Best in West County. We will have a behind-the-scenes tour, and of course a chance to buy some of the newest spring offerings. Always fun!


Our Yard of the Month starts up again in May. Winners not only get a $25 gift certificate to a local garden center, but a really classy sign for your front yard and bragging rights. Cool!


All winter, your Garden Club has been maintaining bird feeders by the pool area. Given the hard winter we’ve had, these feeders have been life-savers for our area birds. We continue stocking the feeders through April, so start dusting off and repairing your own feeders for an all-summer show. Remember, hummingbirds usually start appearing in our area around April 15 – put up a feeder this year and some of the hummers migrating north just might decide your yard is a great place to spend the summer.


In May, the Garden Club will have a pot luck lunch at Faust Park, where we will be checking out the paver we donated at the Sachs Butterfly House for one of our founding members, Mary Niemann (yes, 40 years ago). We will also tour the Butterfly House, and what says spring better than butterflies on your shoulder?


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.



GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - March 2015

Another crazy winter – a snowy start, and then no snow until mid-February (Happy Valentine’s day to you, sweetie, and here’s a new snow shovel) and COLD, COLD, COLD. The daffodils that were silly enough to stick their heads up during those couple of 70 degree days went right back down. But March is a little more optimistic – there are hints of spring amid the blasts of winter. Time to dig out the shorts and t-shirts! (OK, maybe not yet, but I’m always hopeful).


A hot topic in recent years is gardening with fewer chemicals. Bee populations have been suffering from hive collapse, and farm chemicals may be among the culprits. Monarch butterflies and bird species have also been declining, and again, farming and gardening chemicals may be having impacts. Regardless, anything we as responsible gardeners can do to reduce the unnecessary use of chemicals is a good thing. Our March speaker, Master Gardener Cheryl Rafert, will discuss Organic Gardening. She will educate us on simple and effective techniques to have beautiful gardens that are in balance with nature, and good for all of us. Come join us and learn ways to promote a healthy, sustainable environment!


And in all your garden planning, don’t forget that Yard of the Month will be starting back up in May. Not too early to begin planning your garden and the glowing joy of bragging rights over your neighbors. The Seven Pines Garden Club is ready to help with our Plant Sale on April 25. Our plants, both from our own gardens and from local nurseries, are all strong, hardy specimens sure to make your gardens shine. We hope to have a great selection this year!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.



GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - February 2015

A new year begins, and even though it’s cold outside, and those flurries keep on coming, each mail delivery of seed and bulb catalogs brings a warm bit of hope for the coming spring. Every gardening site in North America has me on their email list. Robins have even been spotted in Seven Pines—hopefully, they know what they’re doing! Robins don’t come to feeders (worms, please), but remember that our other winter visitors DO appreciate a well-stocked feeder. Titmice and chickadees and cardinals and juncos do love sunflower and safflower seed, and woodpeckers and flickers and jays will use those suet feeders for the extra boost they need for spring egg laying. You all may not know that your garden club maintains bird feeders all winter to help out our feathered buddies, even if the occasional squirrel or deer come by for a snack too.


Besides thinking of spring gardens (this year, YES, I will keep weeding through August), we have been planning for our spring Plant Sale. It’s scheduled for April 25, mark your calendars, we’ll remind you a zillion more times. Besides our usual favs, we’re looking for some new plants, will have proven winners from our gardens, and are planning a surprise for our customers.


After a break in January, we start our meetings back up in February, and would love to see some new faces. If you’ve been thinking of something fun to do in 2015, come to one of our meetings! In a future writeup, I’ll give a brief list of our plans for this year—we always have a great time.


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.



GARDEN CLUB DOINGS -  October 2014

Well, like it or not, fall is creeping up on us. Trees have that golden tinge, the nights are crispy, and petunias are pooping out, along with a number of our summer annuals. Time for pumpkins and mums and asters and pansies. Hummingbirds have left for Mexico, and chickadees and titmice and juncos are the mainstays of bird feeders. I’d be a lot happier about it if I didn’t know winter wasn’t far behind!


The Seven Pines Garden Club had a wonderful meeting last month at West Port Plaza, with a guided tour of their amazing landscape and container plantings. The new owners of West Port are investing a great deal in beautiful landscaping, and it’s well worth a visit.


Our October meeting will be on planting and harvesting garlic, a super-easy plant to grow, attractive as it’s growing, and wow, if you’ve never tasted real, organic garlic, it’s just amazing.


And in November, we’ll be touring the cemeteries at Bellfontaine and Calvary, which also have one of the few original native prairies in our area. With all the current interest in growing native plants, this field trip should be educational and fun!


Our club has tidied up the entry area to the pool, getting all the iris and grasses ready for winter (my yard should look that good), and as soon as the begonias at the main entry get frost-whacked, we’ll be cleaning them up and planting tulips for spring. We also made changes to a planting bed at one of our service projects—the previous plantings were just too deer friendly! A switch to holly bushes and ferns should stop their nibbling.


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am.


If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.



GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - September 2014

Well, it’s surely not been the year to be a weather forecaster. Who would think we’d have windows open in August? On purpose? Finally some good rain, followed by a week or two of real summer sun, and everything is growing like crazy. Instead of yellowed grass and shriveled flowers, everything is green and lovely.


The Seven Pines Garden Club had planned to start back up in September with a program on growing garlic, but decided to swap with our October program and do a tour of Westport Plaza’s landscaping instead. Don’t know if you’ve been by Westport this summer, but the planters and flower beds are spectacular! Of course, the weather has helped a lot, but this is a great opportunity to get ideas for your own planters and beds next year. We’ll follow up our tour by a lunch at the Plaza, so it will be a fun meeting to join in with us.


Our garlic growing program will be presented at our October meeting, which is still in plenty of time for you to get garlic planted for next year. Growing garlic is so easy, and using your very own garlic when you’re cooking is fun. So plan to join us for that meeting too.


The Club has been busy all summer keeping the pool area and entry area tidy. We hope you’ve enjoyed the planters and the butterfly garden, and the gorgeous begonias at the entry monument. We’ve also been busy with our local service projects.  All in all, a productive summer!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.

 

 

GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - August 2014

It’s August, and we’re on vacay! We meet 10 times a year, and hot hot hot August seems like a nice time to just veg out in the backyard, letting the sprinklers do all the work and watching the weeds grow. Those wonderful few cool days at the end of July are a memory (and yes, I did tell visiting relatives that we ALWAYS have windows open in July in St. Louis). But now, all the flowers and vegetables that we planted in the spring are in full flower, and the living is good.


In September, when we start back up, our program will feature growing garlic. This is a really timely topic, as October is garlic planting time. So easy, and fun to watch it come up in the spring. And fresh fresh garlic, untainted by chemicals, is a real treat. So come to the meeting and learn how it’s done!


Just because we have no meetings, however, doesn’t mean we stop doing everything. We’re still selecting the Yard of the Month, and supporting our service projects, and keeping the monument and pool areas weeded and tidy. But when the hot weather hits, it is nice to dial it back a bit!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom at 314-576-6221 for details of an upcoming meeting.



GARDEN CLUB DOINGS - JULY 2014

And just like that, it’s summer! Birds are cooling off in garden fountains, and this morning I watched deer strolling through the sprinklers (not the reaction they’re supposed to have to water) as they headed for my day lilies. GRRRRR. Maybe I’ll take some pointers from our upcoming July Garden Club program on Cacti and just put prickly stuff all over the years. Nibble your little deer lips on that!


Our July program is a presentation on growing and propagating Cacti, and should be very informative. If you’ve ever want to grow any of the amazing variety of cacti, either as houseplants or in your garden beds, please come and join us. This meeting will be a week later, on July 9th.


Our June meeting was a field trip to a stunning garden in Frontenac. I’m always amazed by the creative ideas good gardeners have. Our hostess let us have our business meeting by her pool patio – what a beautiful setting.


We won’t meet in August (too hot, too many vacations), but in September our program will feature growing garlic. This wonderful herb is so easy to grow, very pretty, and yay – you get great garlic! October is garlic planting time, so come to our meeting and you’ll be all ready. And hey, who doesn’t like the bragging rights of saying, yes, this lovely pasta is made with my own tomatoes, basil AND garlic. Whooo!


Your Garden Club has finished planting up the entryway monument, cleaned up at the pool entrance, and I hope you are enjoying the planters at the Seven Pines pool. Stay cool this summer, and take some time to come to one of our meetings!


The Seven Pines Garden Club is open to all residents of Seven Pines, and knowledge of gardening is NOT a prerequisite (really – but a great opportunity to learn). We normally meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at 9:30 am. If you would be interested in attending a meeting and perhaps joining the Club, please contact Club President Lynn Lyndstrom for details of an upcoming meeting.