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Vol. 14, Number 6 Memphis Area Master Gardeners June 2011 Plant A Row for the Hungry Kay McAdams MG ‘02Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) began in 1995 as apublic service program of the Garden WritersAssociation. In 2005, the MAMG adopted Plant A Rowas a Master Gardener project, and ground was brokenthat spring at Shelby Farms. By 2007, the PAR teamwas working four plots each year, dramaticallyincreasing the amount of produce the group was ableto donate to the Memphis Food Bank.A critical aspect of any MG project is the educationalcomponent. As productive as the Shelby Farms plotsare, their location isn’t easily accessible to thegeneral public. PAR needed land that could beworked in all three seasons and could be used fordemonstration and teaching purposes. During the winter of 2010/2011, team leadersIn 2009, a permanent garden site was secured at the designed a curriculum for organic gardening usinghistoric Davies Manor Plantation. Volunteers built Davies Manor as a demonstration tool. The freeraised beds to demonstrate how to garden in small classes began in April and attracted enthusiasticspaces and to eliminate the need for tilling each year. veggie growers, some of whom plan to apply to theA fence was erected to keep the deer out of the Master Gardener program. Additional classes will begarden. held in the fall.First year production was low due to poor soil PAR grows a variety of vegetables at Davies Manorconditions. PAR volunteers were concerned about the including beans, okra, tomatoes, Korean cabbage,smaller amount of food available for donation squash and cucumbers. Their goal is to growcompared to previous years. Dr. Cooper approved vegetables that are expensive for charities toPAR to garden both the Shelby Farms and the Davies obtain, but that can be easily prepared for largeManor sites during the 2011 growing season. An numbers of people.evaluation will take place in November, 2011 to Establishing and maintaining both gardens involvesdetermine plans for next year. Both gardens may be many hours of manpower. PAR is in short supply ofapproved for 2012, or only the Davies Manor site may volunteers. Please try and come out to help Monday,stay active. Wednesday, Friday or Saturday mornings at 8am.
Stained Glass Stepping Stone Class Online RecertificationThe Stained Glass Stepping Stone class to be held on All Master Gardeners may enterJune 25th will be taught by Karen Jones , who has taught their volunteer hours online atclasses at West Tennessee Research & Education Center http://in Jackson. Karen had a booth at our Spring Fling this mastergardener.tennessee.edu/ .year, and she’ll be a vendor at Summer Celebration, A short instruction form is availablewhere she will have a variety of finished stones for sale. on our Forms & Documents page atThe class has proven to be extremely popular. It filled this address: http://quickly with several people on the alternate list. Karen memphisareamastergardeners.org/members/documents.htm.prepares each participant a supply kit; it takes about a Members interested in additional instruction may attend one ofmonth to cut the glass and smooth the edges for the kits. our training sessions. Classes are one hour long and are held inThe June class participants choose either an iris, ahummingbird with a flower, or a frog with the tips of the MAMG Conference Room on the 2nd floor. Three classesbulrushes. Carolyn Green, MG are available in June: June 1 (2pm); June 9 (9am) and June 22‘99 (5:30). Arlene Grahek, MG ‘07 GARDENS IN PROGRESS Saturday, June 11, 9am to 1pm Robert Hollingsworth, 192 Dille Place, Memphis, TN, 38111, 458-3655“Dille Place Gallery and Gardens,” also featured in the May “Through Our Garden Gates “ tour, is an intimate garden thatmanages to incorporate many garden features such as hostas, a dog run, vegetables, garden art and azaleas. Several features arenew since last seen on Gardens In Progress.Caroline Nave, 401 Goodland Circle, 38111, 452-2468This home has a sunny garden with roses and many perennials, a water feature with water-loving plants, hydrangeas surroundinga terrace, three lasagna gardens for vegetables and a shade garden featuring approximately 200 hostas.Tay Chaffin, 210 S. Goodlett St., Memphis, TN, 38117, 683-1541This garden features variegated foliage and ground covers. Tay invites suggestions for mondo grass and painted ferns that havereverted to larger and different coloration. The gardener is also working on getting more sun into deep shady areas.Chris Sheffield, 731 Buck, Memphis, TN, 38111, 833-5015This corner lot is surrounded by mature trees: pecan, magnolia and one mystery tree (maybe you can help identify it). Encirclingthe home are beds featuring a variety of both mature and newly-planted hosta, hydrangeas, iris and other shade-loving perennials. A newly planted vegetable, herb and meditation garden provides comfort in a hammock and Adirondack chairs. Projects in progress include adding perennials, amending soil beneath magnolias, and lining backyard beds with recycled brick. Chris Miller, 707 S. Perkins, Memphis, TN, 38117, 483-0989 Since last featured on Gardens in Progress, there are new privacy shrubs and a lean-to greenhouse. The home has a water feature and is one of the few homes sharing a property line with a Memphis public park. Please park in Audubon Park Cancer Survivor Park and walk through back gate. Balloons will guide you. Tricia Marshall, 198 Pinehurst, Memphis, TN, 38117, 605-2747 This gardener wants her garden to be an extension of her home. Her garden is always in transition and she is currently working to enclose areas to create a secret garden. She enjoys fragrant blooms, herbs and white flowers that sparkle at night. She encourages wild life in her garden with bird feeders. Her fieldstone patio has been a work in progress as she continually moves stones around. She also loves sedums and succulents.2
Decorating With Clay Pots By Cornelia Swain, MG ‘98Terra cotta pots lend themselves in the pots and then plant your together for the feet. Place theto many uses other than just plain choice of plants alternating colors small ends of two pots together forflower pots: and types. Diamond frost makes an the neck and head. I used 10” for attractive bottom or center pot. It Joseph, 8” for Mary, 3” for Baby-Painted/stenciled pots. Stencils/ is better to use plants that do not Jesus. Use threaded metal barsPatio/Yard and Garden paints are require too much water as the with nuts to hold them together.available at craft stores. water runs out fairly easily with Clay water containers turned-Pots can be spray painted a solid the pots turned sideways. Pack the upside down make good heads/color or use reverse painting by soil in well so it isn’t lost in hats/hair. They can be painted withplacing cut out designs on the pots watering. your choice of colors or glue yarnbefore spraying. on them for hair or beard. The advantage is that when the-Turn pots upside down and use as plants get to looking a little drab or -Dried arrangements can be verystands to raise pots in the back of past peak, you can always replace attractively arranged in clay pots.groupings to a higher level. -Three -Nativity scenes can be arranged inor four stacks of upside down pots clay pots using wooden or stuffedcan be used as stands for larger Nativity figures arranged in sandpots. Run a wire through the stack or cotton .and twist the wire around the toppot. A clay cup can be placed on the -Angels can be made by turning atop of the stack for a smoother narrow 6” pot upside down for thebase. waist and legs, placing a smaller pot that is the same size of the waist-Pots grouped on rebar make a very upside down for the upper body.attractive arrangement. Drive a Fasten wooden pegs on for armsfour foot piece of rebar into the one pot at a time. with a very tiny pot turned upsideground and place the largest pot down for each of the upper armsthrough the rebar and turn it -People and animals can be made Use a wooden ball for the headtoward one side. Alternate turning out of pots by using threaded with glued-on yarn or decorativethe pots in opposite directions metal bars with nuts to hold them flower arranging materials for thewhen they have been placed on the together. Lay the pots out on the hair, a small hat with flowers, and arebar. Either 3 or 4 pots can be ground for placement turning the small basket or watering can ofused depending on the size. Put soil pots in the same direction. Liquid flowers to carry. Cut wings from a nails can be used where you firm decorative paper that can be need to glue pots together. puffed out or stuffed. You may have seen two clay pot Scarecrows at the -For small individual Nativity Lichterman fall festival last figures paint small pots for bodies year. of figures and use wooden balls or tennis/golf balls for the heads -In November at “Share and (depending on pot size). Drape the Learn” I demonstrated how figures with a coarse or firm cloth to make a Nativity set out for their head coverings and of clay pots. Use liquid nails clothes. Glue to the pot. to glue the large ends of two pots together for the waist You are limited in what you can do of the figures, then place with clay pots only by your the small ends of two pots imagination.3
Intern Graduation 2011 The Memphis Area Master Gardeners will celebrate the new 2011 graduates and their amazing achievements on “Gardens Thursday, August 25th at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The auditorium will be the site of the commemorative are not graduation. A lavish reception will follow at the end of a short walk down the pathway through the cool gardens in made by the Hughes Pavilion. La Passeggiata is the theme and is an Italian term meaning " a leisurely evening stroll after a lovely sitting in the meal in the summertime." There are a few areas where expertise is needed: Decorations Chair and Kitchen and shade.” Volunteer coordinators. Many MAMGers have already signed up to prepare delicious homemade delicacies as well Rudyard Kipling as initiating set up and clean up. It is certain to be an unforgettable and enjoyable evening that is eagerly anticipated. Please contact co-chairs Suzanne Douglas, Donna Flinn or Suzy Manley if you’d like to help in any way! Lunch and Learn Help Needed for Plant The Memphis Botanic Garden’s Brown Bag Identification Lunch and Learn Series will feature special Joyce Quintrell of the Page guest Dr. Chris Cooper at noon on June 8. Dr. Cooper will discuss successful landscaping Robbins Adult Day Care Center techniques for our often difficult soil and needs a Master Gardener to climate conditions. Participants can bring help identify the flowers and their own lunch or purchase a box lunch at herbs in their garden so they the garden. The event is free for members of can make signs. Contact Carl the Botanic Garden; admission for nonmembers is $5. Reservations are not Wayne Hardeman for more info. required. Memory Gardens at Camp BraveheartsFor the last ten years or so, Catherine Lewis (MG, 1998) has helped people grieve the loss of a loved one byvolunteering at Camp Bravehearts, a family grief camp sponsored by Methodist Alliance Hospice. The annual campteaches adults ways they can honor a deceased family member at the same time providing good grief therapy forthemselves and others in the family. As part of the MAMG Speakers Bureau, Catherine shows how to plant a memorygarden. Catherine got started volunteering at the camp after counselors saw pictures Catherine had of student-madestepping stones in a school garden. The counselors then added the memory gardens to the camp’s regular activities.Teaching about the memory gardens eventually led Catherine to join the Master Gardeners.4
MAMG Meeting Minutes May 12, 2011 118 AttendeesPresident Genie Ashworth called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.Carol Watkins introduced Tom Cox of Canton, Georgia, who along with his wife Evelyn, began the private Cox Arboretum in 1990. This collection has over 4,000plants and many conifers that are adaptable to the southeast. Tom’s topic for the meeting was “Conifers for the South”. He is currently working on a book with thesame title.Business Meeting:UT Extension: Cathy Faust, Shelby County Direction of UT Extension, reported that she spent 4 hours last week in the Shelby County budget meeting, but Extensionwas not mentioned. She also stated that the Extension Service was working with area stables to house 40 horses due to flooding.Dr. Chris Cooper also reported that there was no budget news, which is good news. Booker T. Leigh and the Tipton County MG are planning a trip to Mobile, ALfrom Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Any MAMG who would like to join them are welcomed.Sue Wright, Shelby County Extension Secretary, had over 6 feet of water in her home due to the flooding and had virtually lost everything. She is still hoping to findher cat, Mr. Buddy. Donations were accepted after the meeting and others who wish to donation can contact the Extension Office. A motion was made tocontribute $250 from the MAMG budget, but since there was not a quorum present, this had to be delayed until the next Board meeting.Treasurer’s Report: The April report was printed on the back of the meeting agenda and there were no questions for Al Cook.Old Business:Newsletter: Barb Culligan was introduced as the new chair/editor for the Newsletter. Special thanks goes to Greg Hoffman/interim chair. This is a transition periodfor the Newsletter staff and the email glitches and other problems will be soon resolved.Spring Fling final report: Spring Fling was a huge success due to Linda Taylor, chair, 40 committee members giving 900 hours of service and 215 volunteers giving905 hours of service. The final monetary figures: Income: $11,206; Expenses: $6,592; Profit: $4,614. There were 2,500 visitors and Carol Reese drew the mostlisteners for her presentation. 105 children attended the Kids’ booth, 37 members donated food to the Volunteer/Vendor’s party and 60 members brought fooditems to sell. 123 MG brought 810 plants. Genie stated that we would like to have better participation with the plant donations next year. Next year’s Spring Flingwill be March 30-31, 2012.MAMG Directories: 2011 Directories are available in the MG office.“Through Our Garden Gates” (TOGG): May 21st from 9 am to 4:30 pm in 7 MG member gardens. Read about it on Facebook. We still need volunteers who willreceive CoRe hours.Share and Learn: Thank you to Don Klotwog for the presentation on “Cacti and Succulents”.New Business:MAMG BYLAWS: Updates and revisions proposal will be on the website in June and hard copies will be available in the MG office. The Membership will vote onthis proposal at the July meeting.Announcements:Gardens in Progress: none this month due to “Through Our Garden Gates” on May 21st.MG Habitat Landscaping/Installation: CoRe Project: Sat., 5/14, from 7:15-12:00 with lunch provided. Dedication will be at 1:00 pm. Location at 4 homes in TrinityPlace. Contact Steve Bates or Ray Lagesse for volunteer opportunities.On-Line Recertification Training: All members will have opportunities for training to record hours on-line. Teresa Caldwell and Arlene Grahek will be in charge oftraining sessions.Plant-A-Row (PAR): CoRe Project: Both locations desperately need volunteers now! PAR at Davies Plantation, which primarily has an education focus, will havework days on M,W,F,S from 8:00- 10:00 (see Kay McAdams). Don Wear needs leaves and grass clippings for PAR at Shelby Farms on Tues. and Thurs.Collierville Victory Garden: Plants 4Habitat Open House on Tues. May 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Rain date is Sun. May 22nd, 5:30-7:30.Delta Fair Books: Distributed by Jan Hamilton. Consider entering your horticulture exhibits such as canning, container plants, homegrown vegetables, roses, herbs,etc. Delta Fair is Sept 2-11, 2011.Stepping Stone stained glass class: June 25th. Contact Carolyn Green.Recycled Garden Magazines: see Greg Zoller.Plant Camp: CoRe Project: June 6-10. Need plastic trays such as those for Lean Cuisines. See Sheila Sojourner.Intern Graduation Party: Thur. August 25th at The Dixon. This year’s theme is “LaPasseggiata” meaning “An evening stroll on a summer’s night”. Graduationcommittee of Suzanne Douglas, Donna Flinn and Suzy Manley need subcommittee chairs for Kitchen crew and Decorations. Please sign up for food preparation andbaking (1hour). Tablecloths are also needed.Meeting Refreshments: Please sign up or just bring finger foods for monthly MG meetings! Contact Nancy Davis or Joyce Wilson.Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm; Next Meeting: Thursday, June 9thShare and Learn: 1 hr. CEU; Speaker: 1 hr. CEU; Monthly Business meeting: .5 ADM5
Tech Savvy and Connected The Memphis Area Master Gardeners are downright tech CoRe Corner savvy! Our website (www.memphisareamastergardeners.org) Horticulture Hotline and Ask a Master is packed with volunteer opportunities, an event calendar, Gardener: The Extension Office has an newsletter archives, links to resources, a Who’s Who, and exciting addition: a brand new copy of much more. There are other places on the internet to explore Michael Dirr’s Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. and share knowledge with your fellow Master Gardeners! Here The book has been called “the leading horticultural are some links everyone should enjoy: text and reference work” and the “the ‘Bible’ for the landscape and nursery industry.” It is an incredibly ∗ Garden Musings at www.mamgmusings.blogspot.com. useful resource for all gardeners, from the novice to Suzanne Allen (MG,’10) is the editor, but the blog really the expert. belongs to all the Memphis Area Master Gardeners. It’s a place to share stories, pictures, ideas, horticultural Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) : PAR needs your knowledge, links and jokes with each other and with the UNTREATED grass clippings. Call Kay McAdams to general public. If you have anything to share, please email arrange for pickup. Volunteers are needed Monday, Suzanne. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It would be best if you could commit to a month at a time; but any ∗ MAMG is on Facebook! No, Facebook is not just for your help you can offer would be appreciated. college kids anymore! Sign up for an account (it’s free) and then head on over to the MAMG page. You can post Collierville Victory Garden: The folks at the CVG pictures, ask questions, and comment on just about have been busy! YTD the CVG has harvested more anything to do with gardening here in the Mid-South. than 309 pounds of fresh produce for area food (www.Facebook.com) pantries and the Page Robbins Adult Daycare Center. The harvest includes garlic, sweet peas, ∗ The Collierville Victory Garden has it going on when it chard, beets, Texas sweet yellow onions, carrots comes to the internet! They have their own blogger and peppers, among others. They’ve planted website (www.colliervillevictorygarden.org) with regular tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, bell/jalapeno/ status updates, a slideshow, and links to pictures. There’s cubanelle peppers, spaghetti squash, watermelon a video on YouTube about how the Victory Garden started. and cantaloupe. You’ll sure to be inspired once you watch it. Here they are harvesting an amazing garlic crop — the garlic is more than twice the size of normal (www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwGv6pZHLh8) garlic! (Note that Carl Wayne Hardeman is our Share ∗ Plant A Row has its website (www.par-ticulars.com) up and and Learn speaker this month and he’ll be speaking running. It’s a blog format and not only details the on garlic!) progress of the PAR garden but also provides helpful advice. For example, one of the latest posts has a recipe for organic fertilizer using seed, bone and kelp meal plus lime and gypsum. Check the website if you’re scheduled to work and there’s inclement weather; it will be posted if the regular volunteer hours are cancelled for the day. The Master Gardener Class of 2012 Reminder: Pick up your new Membership Applications are now available online Directory at the Extension Office before at the MAMG website. June 30, 2011.6