This month we are getting personal about your eating habits. Does this strike a little too close to home? We hope not, because its’s one of the easiest and most basic ways to do good both for your personal self and for the environment. Eat much less red meat.Read More
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.
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.Read More
What a timely moment to address glitter! Glitter is made of plastic and aluminum bonded together with polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Phthalates are endocrine disruptors and can cause serious health damage.Read More
This month we examine a very wide-ranging Position Paper, the essence of which is to ensure food security for the United States. You can find it and its support report here.Read More
One of the hottest new trends in houseplants are the diminutive and cute group of plants known as airplants.Read More
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.Read More
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?
For Horti’s brilliant answer, read on.Read More
Let’s start our review of this year’s wonderful children’s books with a really FUN interactive charmer that turns into a construction project: Turn This Book into a Beehive! Educational information about bees – both our common natives and imported honeybees – abounds in this happily illustrated, colorful, soft-bound volume.Read More
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.Read More
Last fall I took time off and did not prepare a list of suggested garden books for holiday gifting, so this year I have two years’ worth of new publications to work from! Lucky me! And I perceive a major trend.Read More
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?Read More
In May, at the Shaker Lakes Garden Club flower show, Cynthia won the prestigious Catherine Beattie Medal. The Award is named in honor of Mrs. Samuel Beattie, a member of Carolina Foothills Garden Club and former President of GCA.Read More
Years ago, the first fall in a new house and garden I was surprised when lots of lilac colored flowers appeared in September. They looked like crocus, but blooming at the wrong time of the year.Read More
Summertime and the Livin' is Easy
The entries are in and it's time to vote on your favorite in each class! Take a look at all the entries (click on the photos to enlarge them) and then click on the link at the bottom of the page to vote. Voting is open from September 10 until September 25, and the results will be announced in the October newsletter.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
I’m feeling the urge to transplant some perennials. Any tips?
Miss PlacedRead More
The Garden Club of America is made up of 200 members, which are independent garden clubs from across the United States. Shaker Lakes Garden Club has been one of these since 1919 – we are entering our hundredth year.Read More
My hostas look like this:
What shall I do?
Aspar A. Gaceae