Several club members visited Clara Rankin's former garden at the corner of Chagrin River Road and Shaker Boulevard in August. The garden was designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, a well-known landscape architect, who described her plantings as if she "were painting pictures as an artist." Mrs. Rankin's garden, designed and installed in the 1920's, has been lovingly maintained over the years.Read More
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On the morning of September sixth, 12 garden club members, along with husbands and friends, visited the garden of Brian Thompson in Lyndhurst. The approach to Brian’s garden is up a herringbone brick driveway that is lined on both sides with patterned stone walls. The walls curve to form garden rooms - a morning room to enjoy coffee, a relaxed space to watch the sunsets, a curving wooden path that leads to a small water stream and onto a pavilion overlooking a fish pond. And all of this on Richmond Road.Read More
Monarch butterflies are everywhere in Cleveland! I have been raising Monarchs for years and have never seen as many as we have seen this year. I'm hearing the same story from many other butterfly lovers. Every time I checked my milkweed patch I would find either eggs or caterpillar babies, and every time I cut a branch of milkweed to feed the caterpillars, I brought in more eggs and the cycle began all over again.Read More
I’m feeling the urge to transplant some perennials. Any tips?
Miss PlacedRead More
The Garden Club of America is made up of 200 members, which are independent garden clubs from across the United States. Shaker Lakes Garden Club has been one of these since 1919 – we are entering our hundredth year.Read More
My hostas look like this:
What shall I do?
Aspar A. Gaceae
The Garden Club of America Annual meeting was challenging, inspiring, entertaining and absolutely educating. Across the country came 600 delegates from the 200 GCA clubs, to learn more about the Garden Club of America, and 400 members who volunteered to help with this meeting.Read More
We arrived in San Francisco on a beautiful, sunny day. Buckets of gorgeous flowers stood on street corners, musicians played their instruments, and the warmth of the sun felt divine. After a very chilly April in NE Ohio, we had arrived in paradise for the GCA Annual Meeting.Read More
The GCA Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture were awarded to eight students for the 2018-19 school year, for a total of $21,500. The Scholarships, named in memory of a Shaker Lakes Garden Club member, are managed locally by three members of the Shaker Lakes Garden Club, and three members of the Garden Club of Cleveland.Read More
At our May 29 Membership meeting Cathi Lehn, from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and Sandra Albro, from Holden Forests and Gardens, talked about the Sustainable initiatives in the Cleveland area.Read More
J. Sterling Morton and his wife moved from Detroit into the Nebraska Territory in 1854. Morton became editor of Nebraska’s finest newspaper and used journalism to share agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees.Read More
It’s almost like being there – well, not really. But a few of the presentations Cynthia Druckenbrod and I enjoyed at the GCA’s NAL Meeting are available, as slide presentations, on the GCA website. The quality of professionalism and research represented in these presentations is astounding.Read More
Many of you know I am in the GCA Horticulture Judging program, but I am not sure that you know that means I am expected to enter Flower Shows. Like many of you, I have looked at the entries and thought, or even said aloud, “I could do as well or better than that!”Read More
This time of year, when we are being teased by occasional days of brilliant blue skies and sunlight that lasts into the early evening, I try not to look too hard at the motheaten snow that continues to adorn my front walk.Read More
On February 12, eight enthusiastic and obviously talented provisionals met for a “hats” workshop. This was in preparation for the provisional only class in our upcoming flower show! As you can see from the pictures, this is an amazing group!Read More
Sobering, insightful, inspiring, and transformative are just a few of the words that I would use to describe my first-time experience at the NAL conference in February. It’s impossible to distill all that we learned there, but these are some of the highlights:Read More
On an unusually balmy February Tuesday, Debbie Oliver, from Cincinnati's Town and Country Garden Club, visited us. She filled our heads with sunny floral designs.Read More
1. Order summer bulbs & seeds
- Prepare to plant summer-flowering bulbs such as Allium, Gladiolus& Ranunculus.
- Sow warm-weather vegetables & annuals indoors before last frost date. Pre-soak larger seeds & seeds with thick coats e.g. beets and nasturtium the night before you sow them.
What is Aquafaba, you ask? Have you ever opened a can of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) and drained off that nasty, viscous liquid surrounding the beans? That stuff you poured away – it’s liquid gold! Aquafaba.Read More
The Founders Fund Award, established in 1934, was created by Mrs. Harold L. Pratt to honor the Garden Club of America’s twelve founding clubs and the memory of GCA’s first president, Mrs. J. Willis Martin, who served from 1913 to 1920.Read More