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 Overheard at the Garden Gate

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Overheard at the Garden Gate



Ikebana Containers and Equipment for Sale

For anyone interested in Ikebana or simply interested in unusual containers, we are lucky enough to have some wonderful Ikebana containers that Linda Johnson has generously offered for SLGC members from the classes she took from Dotty Elliot. Many came from May Pottery in Little Hocking, Ohio, where they make hand-made pottery. There are also kenzans in a variety of shapes and sizes. Pricing is still being worked out on the ceramic pieces but if you google kenzans, they seem to range from $10-$34. Yes, all have been used but discussion of fair pricing is open and monies paid will benefit SLGC Charitable Projects.

We expect greater interest in the one container from Dotty's personal collection (the darker May Pottery container) and plan on a silent auction for that item. Please email or call Suzy Hartford (or 216/835-0363) by December 10 if you have any interest in buying some. They are also available for inspection. Click here to see photos of the collection.

Directory Information

  • Joan Gretter requests that members contact her via her land line. Her internet service is malfunctioning; please DO NOT contact her via email.  Joan's phone number is 440-423-1445.

  • Linda & Elliot Paine’s address should read Bar Harbor, NOT Bay Harbor.

GCA Call for Action!


A new Call to Action has been released from the National Affairs and Legislation Committee on the Land and Water Conservation Fund and deferred National Parks maintenance. Now is the perfect time to send an email and/or make a phone call to your Senators and Representative on this vital program for natural areas and parks. Congress is set to vote on this during the lame duck session, that means right after the Thanksgiving break and before Christmas. Click here for clarification, background information, and direction for action.

Congratulations, Provisionals!


We may not have the decorated downtown department stores anymore, but we do have GLOW, a fabulous Cleveland holiday tradition at CBG. This year's event is bigger and better than ever and includes a tree by our very own Provisionals! A good time to admire their efforts would be the Affiliate Thank You Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 1 - 6 pm in Woodland Hall. An assortment of cookies and beverages will be provided to all clubs that decorated a tree or wreath. Free to clubs that decorated a tree. Each member can bring one guest. The guest fee is $8 and parking is free. Registration is online only, including guests. Please register only if you are sure you are coming to help defray the costs of no shows. To register on the CBG website, go to Support the Garden, click on Affiliate Garden Clubs (on menu that drops down), and then go to Affiliate Bulletin Board. (Better yet, click here to go directly to the GLOW sign up page.) Call a SLGC buddy and enjoy this free holiday event together!

Wrapping Your Holiday Presents

According to Stanford University, if every American family wrapped three presents in reused materials, the saved paper would cover 45,000 football fields!

Concerned About Dish Detergent, Soaps, and other
Household Chemicals with your Plants?

From Robin: This is an EXCELLENT article to explain a common set of misconceptions/questions re house plants and household detergents, reprinted from the Facebook site "What's Wrong with My Plants?"

 Followup Information from the Nature Conservancy 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving and protecting natural areas and revitalizing urban areas throughout Ohio.   Vibrant natural lands, working farms and forests, and healthier urban environments result from our mission to provide the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration.

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 In 2014, the Land Conservancy launched Reforest Our City, with the goal of reforesting Cleveland’s depleted tree canopy.  Through this program we are working to increase Cleveland’s urban tree canopy to a healthier 30% by 2030.  The program achieves its goals by hosting community tree planting events, training residents in tree biology, planting and maintenance and leading the Cleveland Tree Coalition’s implementation of the Cleveland Tree Plan.

To date, Reforest Our City has planted 6000 trees and distributed an additional 6,500 trees throughout Cleveland and the surrounding region. The Sherwick Tree Steward program has graduated 230 volunteer stewards now fully trained in proper care and maintenance techniques. More than 2,000 volunteers have participated in Reforest Our City activities since its inception in 2014. 

 For more information on Reforest Our City

 To sign up for our Tree Mail:

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