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  1. 1. TRI-TRI-CITY FLOWER SHOW – JULY 17 & 18 It’s close to summer and time to plan for the Tri-City Flower Show. Each year the Bloomington, Edina and Richfield clubs produce a mostspectacular flower show at the Southtown Mall in Bloomington. Thepurpose of the show is to allow floral designers and horticultural specialists(gardeners) to show off their talent; educate the public; and raise awarenessand interest in garden clubs. Last year over 263 horticulture specimens were displayed; which includedcut specimens, miniature gardens, indoor plants, and outdoor hangingbaskets. You can see that you don’t need a yard to enter horticulture. The floral design division is always something to see because of the ingé-nueity of the planning committee and the response of the designers. Youwill see miniature/petite designs, table settings (very intriguing), and amyriad of designs. Of course, let’s not forget, the artistic crafts and educational exhibits. Prov-ing once again, you do not need a yard to enter a flower show. In the pastwe have seen creative offerings such as; decorated packages, decorated hats,painted stones, cement leaf casts, pressed flower designs, etc. The education-al exhibits cover a number subjects including, the importance of birds,butterflies and bees; how garden clubs serve the community, Emerald AshBorer, etc. The most important thing to remember is – YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A GARDEN CLUB MEMBER TO ENTER THE TRI-CITY FLOWER SHOW. If you or someone you know is interested in entering the Tri-City FlowerShow but would like more information, contact Phyllis Larsen, Tri-CityFlower Show Chair, plarsen8200@comcast.net or 952.888.3723. Or, attendthe “Tri-City Flower Show Symposium” which is held at the Wood LakeNature Center, Richfield MN, on July 8th at 6:30 pm and covers all of theabove topics, in addition to “Rules”, “Registration” and “Helpful Hints”. I sincerely hope that this will be the year that YOU enter the Tri-CityFlower Show! Who knows, there may be a blue ribbon in your future!Kat Hanson STATE FAIR SHOWS AND DISPLAYSEvery fall the Minnesota State Fair has an excellent place to see what grows well in our area and in our homes. Come to the fair as a visitor or as a participant, especially in our Federated Show. The fair may seem overwhelming, but I will be glad to walk you through how to enter. The State Fair Show entries need to be pre registered by mid August, the rest have entry dates closer to the shows or the day of the show. If you pre register for the Monday show, you get a
  2. 2. free on site parking sticker for the lot behind the Haunted House-just about half a block from the Agriculture/Horticulture Building where these shows are staged.Most of the shows are open to the public, so if anyone wants to enter, please give me a call for how to get involved. Phyllis Andrews, 651- 455-5077. Hope to see many of the Federated members entering both the Wednesday Federated Show and the Monday State Fair Show. Keep the Plants. Well take the pots. recycle Don’t forget to recycle your PLASTIC GARDEN POTS, POLYSTYRENE TRAYS &HANGING BASKETS this year. Follow the link below for more information. http://www.gardenminnesota.com/help-for-homeowners/plastics-recycling/Planting for Flower Shows – (Worth repeating!) repeating!) eatingQuestion–What are you planning to exhibit? Floral designs or HorticultureSpecimens.If horticulture-go for top quality proven winners in every class you will enter.Look at last years schedule; it’s usually similar every year. Or try somethingnew.If floral design-think of the elements of design: space, line, form, pattern,texture & color. • If your style is big, bold & abstract-don’t plant petunias, impatiens, or dwarf marigolds. • If you like mass arrangements you may need filler material like babies breath, feverfew, etc. • Think color–find round, spike or textured plants in the same color or complimentary colors. • Don’t plant all round daisy type forms or mixed colors of seeds or plants. One of every color will not help you in arranging or if you need 3 of a kind in horticulture.Annuals (they may be interspersed with your perennials)Spike forms Round formsBlue salvia Celosia, crested, Red VelvetCelosia, Flamingo Feather Pink ColeusCelosia, plumed red or yellow Datura, Angel’s trumpetPurple fountain grass Marigolds, largePurple majesty millet Tithonia, Mexican sunflowerSnapdragons Zinnias, large & small * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Bulbs etc. Perennials ShrubsCaladium Astilbe Superba Baptisia, black seed podsCalla Lilies Bergenia Cottoneaster, red berries2 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com
  3. 3. Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota, Inc Dahlias Echinacea, Coneflower EvergreensSue Neuhart, President Gladiolus Heuchera, Palace Purple Roses6309 Colony Way #1B, Edina, MN 55435-2239 Lilies Hosta Smoke bush, Royal Purple952.924.0669 Email: sueneuhart@comcast.net Lycoris or Monarda Snowberry, white berriesNational Garden Clubs, Inc. Resurrection lily Liatris Spirea, Anthony WatererRenee Blaschke, President Ornathologum Sedum Stephandra, cascading307 Garwood, Smithville, TX 78957-1504 Solomon’s Seal Weigela512.360.2738 Email: renee.blaschke@sbcglobal.net Yarrow, Coronation goldNational Garden Clubs Central Region Useful House Plants - Aspidistra, Croton, Papyrus, Sansevieria,Joan Hood, Director Don’t forget Vegetables: Broom Corn; Ruby Red or Bright Lights Chard;Email: TOLEWG@AOL.COM Hot peppers; Red Burgundy Okra; Garlic Chives; etc.WEBMASTER: These are just a few to think about. Most of all have fun.Deena HelminiakEmail: deena.helminiak@thementornetwork.com Written by Dolores Schwartz - March 2007CHANGE OF NAME, ADDRESS/EMAIL:Email: kathystattine@comcast.net ORKathy Stattine, 7016 Kerry Rd, Edina MN 55439 COMPANION PLANTING952.941.9815 Janet Kilburn Phillips said, “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” That sums up the scientific aspect to gardening. There is noNEWSLETTEREditor: Kathleen “Kat” Hanson 612.866.9289 end to combinations and procedures. Some work, some don’t and often weDesign Information: Dorothy Brindle 952.926.6865 do not know what contributed to the success or less than successful result.Horticulture Section: Companion Planting is one aspect to the experiments. Gardeners makeSEND NEWSLETTER MATERIAL TO: good companions and plants have their preferences for who they cozy upEmail: fgcm.newsletter@gmail.com OR to in the garden. What will help you is to know “who likes whom” andKathleen Hanson, 6710 Stevens Av S, Richfield, MN 55423 “who helps and protects whom” and “who hurts whom.”612.866.9289 Over the years, gardeners have observed that some plants have a beneficialDEADLINES: effect on each other and other plant combinations are detrimental. CropJanuary/February December1 March/April February1 plants, herbs and flowers are companions for a variety of reasons: shelterMay/June March 32 July/August June 1 from wind and sun, root and leaf secretions for benefit or not, soil improve-September/October August 1 November/December October 1 ment by incorporating minerals into the soil, the nitrogen fix that peas give and sunflowers utilize, repel harmful pests or attract beneficial insects orNEWSLETTER ADVERTISING INFORMATION: act as decoys and they can taste and smell better. 1/8 Page ¼ Page ½ Page Full Page Marigolds with everything!! They are the universal plant companion.Maximum size: 1 ¾” & 2 ¼” 3 ¾” x 2 ¼” 3 ¾” x 4 ½” 7 ½” x 4 ½”One Issue: $12.50 $20.00 $37.50 $75.00 Nasturtium is a close second. Nasturtium is another good addition to aTwo Issues: $23.50 $37.50 $72.00 $146.00 diverse garden. It performs as a “trap crop,” attracting aphids that wouldFour Issues: $45.50 $70.00 $137.00 otherwise prey on innocent garden crops. It also provides brightly coloredSix Issues: $65.50 $100.00 $198.00 blossoms, especially in nutrient-poor soil, that attract beneficial insects.The distribution for the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota newsletter is approximately Sweet peas and sunflowers are great companions with the peas contributing1,000 per issue. There are six issues per year. We encourage our members to support and nitrogen and the corn providing shelter and support. Many garden cropsuse the services of our advertisers. You may email your advertisement to like to grow with beans and peas because of the industrious bacteria air andfgcm.newsletter@gmail.com or send your print ready copy with your check. colonies living on their roots. These colonies pull nitrogen right out of theMake checks payable to: Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota. air and share it with the plants, to the benefit of both.Mail checks to: Kathleen Hanson, 6710 Stevens Av S, Richfield, MN 55423. Dill is a good cucumber companion from seedling to pickle jar because it 14 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 3 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com
  4. 4. directly repels aphids and spider mites, and attracts beneficial insects like U of Wisconsin-Green Bay Says New Email Font Will Save Money parasitic wasps and lacewings that control cucumber beetles and other As part of the schools five-year plan to go green, the University of pests. The herb also appears to stimulate a better flavor in cucumbers as Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched the default font on its email the two plants mature. system from Arial to Century Gothic. While the change sounds minor,There are also bad companions that create and problems with pests, stunted it will save money on ink when students print email in the new font. growth, mineral shortages: Garlic, shallots, onions inhibit beans and peas; and tomatoes and potatoes multiply their disease potential. Diane Blohowiak is the schools director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one.You can study the pairings on the internet and there are many books avail- able. There are many lists available and, for the most part, they provide That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works the same information. Then you can design your gardens to work optimally out to about $10,000 per gallon. for the crops that you are looking forward to eating and sharing. It is best Blohowiak says the decision is part of the schools five-year plan to to do this from the beginning. go green. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio its great that a changeCompanion planting is ancient and our Native Americans utilized this thats eco-friendly also saves money. with the “Three Sisters” of corn, squash and beans. Work with nature, not against it. Nature is diverse and the gardener must practice diversity. SPRING GARDENING TIPSSubmitted by Kathy Stattine • When spring flowering shrubs are done blooming, it is time to do a Plant pruning. Sales Sales • Remove spent blooms on tulips, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs. Do not remove the foliage until later in the summer when it turns yellow completely. Fertilize bulb foliage with a well balanced fertilizer.The Bloomington Garden Clubs will have a Plant Sale Thursday, May 6 • Clean up garden beds by cutting back dead tops of perennials, raking& Friday, May 7 at 8300 Sheridan Av. S, Bloomington. Patio pots, out the leaves, remove any winter mulch you applied last fall, andHanging Baskets, and Bedding Plants will be offered for sale. Hours are mixing in compost or slow release fertilizer into the soil. Finish cleaning8:00 AM-6:00 PM. Come early for best selection. up your perennial beds by removing last years spent foliage. • Get your cages and plant supports up on taller plants, such as peonies,Edina Garden Council Plant Sale, May 7 and May 8 Baptisia and clematis, before they get too big.This popular plant sale sponsored by the Edina Garden Council will be • Clean out your birdhouses and get the hummingbird feeders filled andheld May 7 for 10 am-8 pm and May 8 from 10 am-4 pm at Arneson out into the garden.Acres Park, 4700 West 70th St, Edina, 55435. • Cool season vegetables, such as radishes, leaf lettuce, spinach, peas,Friends School Plant Sale at the Minnesota State Fairground potatoes, beets and onion sets may be planted in the ground once theMay 7, 11 am – 8 pm May 8, 10 am – 6 pm May 9, noon – 4 pm soil is dry enough to work. Cool season flowers, such as pansies, snapdragons, bachelor buttons and sweet peas may also be planted.See website for more details: http://www.friendsschoolplantsale.com/Over 300,000 individual plants for sale including shrubs, trees, roses • Divide perennials such as hosta, daylilies, monarda and many others. Use a spading fork to lift the whole clump and divide it up with a heavyand native plants. knife or sharp spade, making sure each division has some good rootsThe money raised from the plant sale is used for scholarships at Friends and several shoots that will grow quickly once replanted in the gardenSchool of Minnesota. at the same depth it was when you dug it out. Water your newPLANT SALE by Mendota Heights Garden Club transplants well.Saturday May 8-8:00AM-1:00PM • Check your garden hoses, nozzles and sprinklers for leaks. Sharpen your Shop for your your pruners and check the condition of your other gardening tools.1422 Delaware Ave. Mother’s Day Don’t forget your lawn mower! It needs attention, too!West St. Paul, MN. present here! • Repot any patio plants that may have become root bound.Perennials, Herbs, Annuals • Don’t’ be surprised if it snows, after all, it is Minne-snow-ta!4 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 13 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com
  5. 5. Two Thumbs Up for Frito Lay – Lake Owasso Garden Club Plant Sale will be held on Friday May 14th from 8 am-6 pm & Sat May 15th from 8 am-noon. Another Company Saving the Earth Join us at 868 Cannon Av, Shoreview for a wide selection of perennials toThe mission at Frito-Lay is to preserve the earth because without the earth choose from. Any? Call Deb 651-765-2461. See you there! they would have no product. One would never know how deeply com- City of Ramsey Garden Club Plant Sale. Saturday, May 15, 8:00 am – mitted Frito-Lay is to conservation until you visit their website. If it weren’t noon. NEW LOCATION: City of Ramsey Municipal Center parking for the ‘new’ packaging for SunChips I would have never known, either. ramp/lot, 75501 Sunwood, Ramsey. Located off Highway 10 West This is not just a “redesign” the entire package has between Ramsey Blvd & Armstrong Blvd.Look for signs been recreated! These innovative bags are designed Parkway Garden Club Annual Perennial Plant Sale. Saturday, May 15, to fully decompose in about 14 weeks when placed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1407 Arundel St., St. Paul, MN. Proven plants from in a hot, active compost bin or pile. members’ gardens. For more information call Nanette at SunChip bag after 12 weeks in an active compost pile. 651-353-4284 or email parkwaygardenclub@comcast.net Photo courtesy of Frito-Lay North America. Richfield Garden Club Plant Sale, May 15 at Most “chips” are packed in bags which are the historic Bartholomew House, 6901 constructed of multiple layers of polyolefin Lyndale Av S, Richfield. Sale begins at 9 am materials, mainly polyethylene (PE) and -3 pm. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, polypropylene (PP), which are derived from petroleum by-products. herbs, hanging baskets and more! Check While these materials are extremely efficient (in both cost and Begonia rex ‘Constellation Libra’ out our incredible Begonia rex selection! performance) it did not meet with Frito-Lay’s standards.After 4 years of research and field trials a material known as PLA met their U of M Extension Master Gardeners in Hennepin County performance expectations.PLA stands for polylactic acid, or Polylactide, a versatile polymer produced 2nd Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 22, Proceeds from this sale benefit by NatureWorks LLC. PLA is made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. University of Minnesota from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from starch and starch Hopkins Pavilion, Extension Master Gardeners is made from carbon dioxide and water. Because it’s made with plants 11000 Excelsior Blvd, Program in Hennepin County that grow annually instead of petroleum (which takes millions of years to community programs. Hopkins, 55343 form) the impact on greenhouse gases is much lower. Soon all Frito-Lay Buy beautiful plants for sun or shade at great prices. Plants are grown products will be found in 100% compostable packaging. by Master Gardeners with tender loving care to ensure they areFrito-Lay’s commitment to the earth doesn’t involve just packaging; they healthy. Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions and have been recognized by the EPA for their commitment to reducing provide helpful information on the plants you purchase. greenhouse gas emissions. They have converted one of their plants in We will accept cash or checks only, please. Bring a wagon or cart. Modesto, CA to solar energy. At the Casa Grande plant they are working You’ll want to buy lots of plants! on refitting it to operate almost entirely on renewable energy and run- For more information on this sale and the Master Gardeners Program, ning water. They hope to reduce electric and water usage by 90% by 2011. visit our website at, www.mg.umn.edu, or call our office at 612-596-2130.I hope you will visit their website and learn more about a company who began conserving in 1939 by recycling and reusing shipping cartons to The Diggers Garden Club of Robbinsdale will be hosting a plant sale on June 5, 2010, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, on the grounds of the Robbinsdale becoming a leading business which is truly devoted to saving the earth. Historical Society, 4915 42nd Av N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422. This will http://www.sunchips.com/index.shtml be a fun filled mini-fair event. There will be representatives from TheKat Hanson Historical Society, Robbin Gallery and the Diggers Club. The Historical12 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 5 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com
  6. 6. Society and Robbin gallery spaces will be open, and strolling musicians convention attendees there will be a very special tour of Klehmswill entertain. Art, crafts and plants will be available for sale. This is a Song Sparrow peony fields. An exciting event is in store! For moregreat event. Free admission and free parking. For further information information visit www.wipeonysociety.org and www.mnpeony.org.please contact Irene at 763-535-3074. The Bloomington Affiliated Garden Clubs and the Nine Renaissance Festival 2010 Mile Creek Girl Scout Service Unit are planning a special I need your help! Remember, this is the year that Evil Ann is deserting me event for Saturday, June 5th from 9 until noon.for a trip to Australia and I need extra help. If you would be willing to volunteer Approximately 150 Girl Scouts will attend an outdoorfor one day, all will be well! seminar sponsored by the Bloomington Affiliated GardenIf you are willing to work at the booth: Clubs, Inc. on native plants in order to achieve requirements and receive 1. Your club can take a day. If you have 4-7 people from your club who the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Girl Scout patch for Native Plants. Plans agree to work, you have the day. 2. If only a couple of people from your club want to work, I’ll add a few are to work with several organizations to provide several concurrent from another club to fill out the day. activities to promote native plants in Minnesota. 3. If you are the only one who is interested in working, I’ll fill in the day with Picture Perfect Gardens: Photographing Your Garden others. But be sure to ask your daughter (or granddaughter), a neighbor or Learn how to photograph your garden from the pros even a husband! It can be a really fun day with your family. 4. And you can always work more than one day! ;-) 11 a.m. June 7 in the Terrace Room at Arneson We have to be at the Festival at 8:00am since the doors open at 9:00am. The Acres Park, 4700 West 70th St, Edina, 55435.Festival closes at 7:00pm and after we put everything away, we can leave. ‘Stars of the North’Because some ladies have expressed a desire to work at the booth but fear they 2010 American Hosta Society Conventioncould not last all day, I am allowing some volunteers to work shortened days.Some of the workers may make arrangements to work from 8:00am until 3-4pm. hosted by the Minnesota Hosta SocietyThis must be arranged ahead of time because I still need some people to work June 23-26, 2010until closing. at the Sheraton Hotel, Bloomington The Festival opens Saturday, Aug. 21st through Sunday, Oct. 3rd. I try to Fabulous Garden Tours, Vendors, Hostatality, AHS Auction,make sure everyone has a fun day with lots of opportunities to see shows and go *Hosta Show, Raffles, Silent Auctions, Speakers, Classes andshopping. And it is always fun helping little girls become little princesses! Demonstrations. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit theHere are contact numbers for you: largest leaf show in the nation, shop a large collection of • Kathy Compo 763-535-1817 (for volunteering at the booth) vendors, and see special exhibits and an auction. • Taffy Mills 612-866-8055 (for dried flowers, wires, floral tape, etc.) *The Hosta Show is accredited by The American Hosta Society and • Ann Albrecht 651-699-8832 (ribbons and cord for fairy garlands) is open to the public. Hosta show rules can be found at http:// If you have any questions or are interested in having Evil Ann or I attend one www.starsofthenorth.net/documents/Hosta%20Show%20Schedule.pdfof your club meetings, please contact me at kathycompo@yahoo.com or Visit www.starsofthenorth.net or contact Mary Schwartzbauer763-535-1817. nschwartzbauer@aol.com 651-437-8899 or Connie LinderThanks—Kathy Gamble Compo connielinder@mchsi.com The North Star Lily Society-Annual Lily Show July 2-4, 2010 Bachmans Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Av S, Minneapolis, MN Green Up Tonic Set-up and Entries July 2 - 1:00 pm – Closing 1 can beer 1 cup ammonia Horticulture Entries Accepted July 3 - 7:00 am - 9:00 am 1/2 c lawn food 1/2 c molasses or corn syrup Artistic Design entries open until 10:00 am Fill 20 gal hose end sprayer with above and fill balance with warm water. Sunday, July 4 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Spray on plants or lawn until saturated. SHOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC6 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 11 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com
  7. 7. Sumner Library at 611 Van White Memorial Blvd in Minneapolis THE MONARCH BUTTERFLYcontinues to host Master Gardener talks: Spring greetings from Duluth, MN. I am Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m. Container Gardening honored to serve as your butterfly gardenContainer gardening allows you to add color to your garden, deck or writer and grateful for the opportunity tofront steps with limited time commitment. Learn to select write this column about butterflies andcontainers, a good potting mix, ideal plants and how to care for butterfly gardening. As you read this,these beautiful mini gardens. Monarch butterflies are starting their migration north. Their population is Saturday, June 5, 2 p.m. Small Space Vegetable Gardening at an all time low this year which compelled me to share ways that gardeners can help Monarchs.You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in PLANT MILKWEED. Monarch females can only lay their eggs onsmall spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, milkweed. Without this plant monarchs will not survive. Milkweed is alsowide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. an excellent nectar source and the following Saturday, July 10, 2 p.m. Perennial Flower Gardening species grow well in full sun in our area:Grow plants that beautify your landscape year after year. Learn Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) hasabout their care, ideal sites (shade, sun, moisture), soil conditions, pink-red flowers and likes moist soil. It can bepest control and varieties ideal for Minnesota. planted in average soil, but water it well untilSumner Library is located near Hwy 94 at the intersection of Van established.White Memorial Blvd and Olson Memorial Highway. Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa) has orange flowers and does well in dry toFor more information call (952) 847-2875. average soils. Sullivant’s milkweed (A. sullivantii) is pink and can be grown in clay or Daffodil Society of Minnesotas 2010 spring average soil. This plant is an alternative to the more aggressive Common show. It will be held on the weekend of May milkweed. 15-16, at the Bachmans store on Lyndale Ave Common milkweed (A. syriaca) spreads vigorously in sandy to average South in Minneapolis. soil. It is best suited for fields or meadows rather than the average garden. We welcome non-members, and provide However this is an excellent host plant for the caterpillars due to its largeFREE daffodils for artistic designers. The theme for artistic designs is leaves.Daffodils Go Green, with classes involving recycling, clean water, PLANT GOOD NECTAR SOURCES. Monarchs use flower nectar as fuelpaper or plastic, composting, litter, and tree-hugging! We hope for their migration. Native plants such as New England Aster, Smoothdesigners will have some fun with the classes. Full details are in our Aster (A. laevis), Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylus) and Showyshow schedule, which is posted on our website: www.daffodilmn.org, Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) are excellent fall choices. Summer nectar sources include Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Pale Cone-or designers can call me for information. flower (E. pallida), many liatris species, Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Margaret Macneale, President & Show Chair, Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) and Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium Daffodil Society of Minnesota maculatum). To find these native plants visit or check the websites of 763-377-1458 (home - evenings and weekends) Prairie Restorations, Inc (several MN locations including Scandia and 952-542-4816 (weekdays) 612-581-3426 (cell) Randolph) & Prairie Nursery in Westfield, WI. Minnesota Peony Society is celebrating peony season with a PROTECT MILKWEED. Without this native plant Monarchs are unable to reproduce. Unfortunately, in some areas Common milkweed ismotorcoach trip to Janesville, Wisconsin to attend the American considered a secondary noxious weed. If necessary, this plant can be cutPeony Society Show and Convention to be held at the Rotary down, but should remain standing until early to mid September when theGardens June 4-6. A colorful show of hundreds of the nations best butterflies are finished with their reproductive cycle. If you know of agrown peony blossoms will be open to the public and for paid Common milkweed stand, try to protect it from chemical spraying.10 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 7 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com
  8. 8. PRESERVE HABITAT. The Monarch unites Canada, the United Statesand Mexico. Their breeding grounds, migratory corridors and FOCUS CLUBS********** **********FOCUS ON CLUBSoverwintering sites must all be protected if their migration is to continue.The World Wildlife Fund and The Monarch Butterfly Fund are crucial in Sweet Sioux Garden Clubprotecting the overwintering sites in Mexico. Visit their websites fordetailed information. Perhaps your garden club could fundraise for the Each year, Memorial Day provides a special and dedicated opportunityMonarch Butterfly Fund. for communities to come together to remember those who haveCERTIFY YOUR GARDEN AS A MONARCH WAYSTATION. Visit sacrificed for the freedom we all realize today. The South Metro Bluewww.monarchwatch.org for more information and follow their amazing Star Mothers participate in the annual Memorial Day event with the Citymigration on the website Journey North. I wish these butterflies well in of Burnsville and the Sweet Sioux Garden Club in the dedication to ourtheir migration this spring and hope you are blessed with many troops.Monarchs in your garden this summer. We have had a Memorial DayPat Thomas, Duluth, MN event annually since we dedicated our marker. There are flag poles; the Civil Air THINGS I CAN DO TO SAVE THE EARTH Patrol Cadets present the colors. (They meet in CityI hope you have adopted at least one of the energy saving suggestions Hall) We put a wreath at thefrom the last issue. Here are a few more ideas: base of the marker during the1. Walk, ride your bike, take the bus, light rail or car pool. ceremony. The Mayor comes2. Do Errands in Bulk - Make a list of the things you have to do, and and speaks. We give see if you can fit a couple of those things together in one ride. The wreath was made by Phyllis Andrews. carnations to the veterans3. Buy in bulk. Shop with a friend or family member and split the bulk items with them. When less packaging is used then less ends up in and if we have enough to everyone. The Blue Star Mothers of the South the landfill. Metro come; their president speaks as well. We have refreshments in the4. Buy Local Produce - Consider how much energy it takes for lobby of City Hall following the ceremony for everyone. produce from any other country to be shipped here. Last year we put a sign in the5. Re-use plastic and paper shopping bags. Use eco-friendly shopping park with the history of the bags –it’s all the rage! markers and the purpose and6. Get regular tune-ups. history of the park, which is7. Inflate your Tires - If your tires are inflated at all times your car will meant to be a place for run more miles on less gas. Check them often. The change in seasons will affect the air pressure in your tires!! memorials rather than a place8. Go to a car wash - Going to a car wash is a lot more water efficient to play. then washing your car at home. Our club maintains the9. IT’S ARBOR MONTH - Plant a Tree - Its good for the air, can keep perennials and annuals around you cool and can increase your property value. the fountain area; we also have10. MAKE RECYCLING YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY EVERYDAY! Teresa Daly, Carol Oeltjenbruns, Leonard Zachman, a Hosta garden in the back by Jimmie Meinhardt Phyllis Andrews, Mayor KautzI would love to hear from you or your club if you have other “eco- the pond. The fountain areafriendly” suggestions that you would like to share or if you have especially is a place that many group pictures, weddings, graduations, etc.adopted an “earth saving” idea. Please forward them to are taken.FGCM.Newsletter@gmail.com. Submitted by Carol OeltjenbrunsKat Hanson8 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com 9 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: www.mngardenclubs.com

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