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Filtering by Category: April 2017

President's Letter April 2017

Sarah Dimling

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring Equinox 2017! This is the time of year I like to check my flower beds for signs of life, and it never fails to thrill me to see the first signs of green emerging from the soil. I was so pleased  to welcome the green shoots until Mother Nature decided to treat us with her recent late winter blast. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my favorite whimsical Allium schubertii survived the freeze.

Our February program featuring Patrick Blanc, leading expert on vertical gardens (INSERT LINK) was a huge hit. Approximately 300 people attended Patrick’s educational and fascinating presentation at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Please be sure to RSVP for our upcoming  April 25th Member Meeting (INSERT LINK) featuring horticulturist and plant expert Penny Orr at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall.

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Orchid Workshop

Margaret Ransohoff

March Horticulture Workshop: Tuesday, March 28th  10:00 am
Orchid Tips And Tricks

Could your orchids use a late winter boost?  Do they need repotting or some encouragement to bloom? Our own horticulture expert Cynthia Druckenbrod (CBG Director of Horticultural Exhibits and Communications) will lead this demonstration on growing and repotting orchids. 

RSVP to Margaret Ransohoff: or (216) 299-3472

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SLGC Members Talk about Conservation & Environment

Mary Bruce Rae-Grant

On Wednesday, March 8, a small group of SLGC members met with Senator Rob Portman’s NE Ohio Director in downtown Cleveland.  Jane Ellison, former Zone X Conservation Chair, led us in a lively discussion about conservation and the environment with Caryn Candisky.  Senator Portman has shown strong leadership in conservation and environmental issues, most notably clean water and our National Parks. Caryn very patiently listened to us for 1½ hours as we presented topics from The Garden Club of America's Position Papers.

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NAL Conservation Report

Ann Whitney

 The Garden Club of America’s 2017 National Affairs and Legislative (NAL) Annual meeting was held February 27 – March 2 in Washington DC. 300 delegates from 200 clubs across the country attended. The meeting had a rigorous agenda and focused on the GCA’s eight Position Papers: Clean Air, Clean Water, Climate Change, National Parks, National Public Lands, Native Plants, Sustainable Agriculture, and Transportation.

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Distinguishing Degrees of Light and Shade

Suzy Hartford

Learn to match the type of light with suitable plants, and your gardens will shine

by C. Colston Burrell
from Fine Gardening issue 59

Density of trees serves as a gauge for degrees of light and shade. Left to right: full sun, light shade, partial shade, full shade, and deep shade.

So, shade is shade, right? Wrong. All shade is not created equal. Many variables, including season, time of day, age of trees, their density, and canopy composition, all affect how plants are shaded. Understanding these factors helps gardeners select and care for plants.

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