It is the middle of October and it has been a whirlwind week. It began with Rick Darke’s program for our joint meeting with Garden Club of Cleveland. Our sister club brought us a wonderful speaker, known for his work in regenerative landscapes. Rick’s knowledge and experience is immense.
To fulfill the stated commitment of SLGC to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, members since 1966 have voluntarily contributed to a philanthropic fund, and more than $262,000 has been distributed.
What is a Garden Folly? English country estates are often associated with intricate networks of rooms and strict social hierarchies. But just outside the country house is an entirely different world—the garden, a freer, more whimsical space where the rules are relaxed. A garden is a place of diversion, distraction and sometimes fantasy. While the house itself is an organized, ordered culture, outside one encounters rain and heat and wind and various surprises. A walk through the garden is different every time. One means of diversion was through the construction of garden follies, little structures that punctuate the landscape.
Giverny, Claude Monet's house & exquisite gardens were absolutely magical! It was one of our favorite stops with our TAUCK riverboat cruise on the Seine in September. There were no water lilies this time of year, but we saw so many other incredible flowers as we walked through the pathways of Monet's many gardens.
When I was a little girl, around 7 years old, our family went to Bali for Christmas, where we slept in thatch huts on the beach (before the large hotels came). Remember how blissfully one slept as a child? Well, my mother awakened my four brothers and me in the middle of the night and marched us in our pajamas through 4 miles of jungle (or so it seemed), she leading with a flashlight.
When asked to write a description of Mrs. Rankin’s involvement with our Club, I was both flattered and afraid that I could not live up to the task. Many revisions later, I wonder if I have done justice to a woman who is always curious, purposeful and filled with wonder—and is also approachable and candid.
In February of this year, along with Conservation and NAL representatives from national committees and clubs, Cynthia Druckenbrod and I heard a vast number of reports about Climate Change issues. The scientific findings we heard were not presented by partisan organizations, although we did subsequently hear from both Republican and Democrat Senators, Congresspersons, and Members of the Cabinet. The scientific findings presented track quite closely with those that have been presented this week in the press in the new IPCC Special Report. Despite political spin from almost every side, this evidence-based, fact-driven report is dire.
Did you know that plastic bags are used on average for 12 minutes? Yet, they can last over 1000 years in a landfill. According to the GCA’s position paper on Waste Management, America alone uses over 380 billion plastic bags yearly!
This month, in keeping with our article on the GCA NAL Position Paper on Waste Management, we are asking you to begin carrying a few other things with you in your car when you go out. That begins, as Cynthia points out, with shopping bags.