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Public Blog

This News section contains information that has appeared in a monthly newsletter, pertaining only to Club members.  The newest articles appear at the top of the page.  Each entry is categorized for easy sorting and archiving.

Got Ladybugs?

Cynthia Druckenbrod

You’re not alone! The multicolored Asian ladybeetle (Harmonia axyridis) can be a frequent visitor inside our warm homes in the winter, sometimes to our great consternation. Introduced in to the southern US in the early 1900’s to control soybean aphids, the Asian Ladybeetles are now well established across much of the country, to the detriment of native lady bug species.

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A New Home for “Shrek's Ears”

Karen Colini

If you’ve been collecting succulents the last few years, you may have noticed that after a while their growth slows down and the leaves become less colorful or shriveled. These are signs that the plant is outgrowing its original container and should be re-potted.

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Ask Horti

Molly Dixon

 Dear Horti,

I am anxious for snow to cover the sins of my garden, since right now it is brown and bare without blossoms and leaves.  Thoughts?


 Dee Rabb

For Horti’s brilliant answer, read on.

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OCEANS: GCA Position Paper

Cynthia Druckenbrod and Robin Schachat

This month, we draw your attention to the GCA Position paper on Oceans.  As with each Position Paper, this is only one page long and is laid out in simple bullet points in four categories:  Pollution Reduction, Funding, Sustainable Resource Use, and Ecosystem Protection, Conservation, and Biodiversity.

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This Month’s Bad Habit to Break

Robin Schachat

Do you recall, years ago, when we first began to hear why we should not drink water from plastic bottles?  That we should never use plastic wrap in the microwave?  Why we should not store food in plastic containers marked Recyclable 7? 

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Monarch Mania

Dozie Herbruck

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. 

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Historic Garden in Cleveland


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.

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Visiting a Local Garden

Sally Roman

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. 

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