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Overheard at the Garden Gate September 2017

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Overheard at the Garden Gate September 2017



Our sincere condolences go to Marcia Alpers, whose husband Helmut passed away on August 18.  A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 2 at 2 pm at St. Christopher's by-the-river, 7601 Old Mill Road, Gales Mills.

Two Interesting Programs at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Creating a Monarch Way Station

Saturday, September 9
1 - 3pm


Learn how to help monarch butterflies! Without milkweed throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs cannot produce successive generations of larvae and adults. Similarly, without nectar from flowers fall migratory monarch butterflies will not be able to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico.

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Plant Propagation 101

Saturday, September 16
10 am - noon

If you can cook, you can propagate! Learn how to multiply plants using simple recipes for propagating by division, layering, softwood cuttings and hardwood cuttings. Supplies will be provided to make a simple 8” propagator as well as annuals and perennials (including herbs) to propagate. Price includes a preowned copy of an excellent “recipe book,” The Plant Propagators Handbook by Peter Thompson.

$40 members, $55 nonmembers  Register online or call 216.721.1600, ext. 274.


Madison, Ohio

Wednesday, October 25

More Information in October Newsletter

Coming Soon: SLGC's People's Choice Photo Contest

Get out your camera or cell phone.  Deadline for sending photos to Beth Boles is October 13.  Click here for details.

Big Stink: Cornell’s Titan Arum Blooms Outside for First Time

Margaret Ransohoff sent an article she found in the Cornell University Magazine about a plant that rivals our cherished Amorphophallus for interest and aroma.  Click here to read.

I hate being a gardening know-it-all

Another good one from Suzy Hartford.  Click here to read.

Moses Cleaveland trees: How many centuries-old trees are left today?

An interesting article from, shared by Betsy Stueber.  Click here to read.  

It's  Drosophila  (Fruit Fly)  Season!!!!

A tip from Martha:  If these little monsters are invading your otherwise spotless kitchen, Margaret Ransohoff has the solution: Make a cone out of a piece of paper,  leaving a small hole at the bottom. Or use a cone-shaped coffee filter and cut a small hole at the bottom. Put a piece of fruit that is attracting them (peach,  tomato, concord grape,  etc) in a glass and drop the cone in.  The flies will go to the fruit but cannot get back out of the glass.  Then just take the glass outside and lift off the cone. They will fly away.  Totally environmentally friendly — I’ve caught lots! Thank you, Margaret!

Important Board and Member Information

The Members Only page of the SLGC website has information that you may need to access during the year. Among other things, you will find a list of the 2017-2018 Board and Trustees, the dates of Board meetings, the year's programs, directions for signing on to the GCA website, and the new Provisional members.  If you happen to misplace your Directory or need to refer to a current or past newsletter, you know where to go.