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We had a fabulous opening last Thursday, and our show, “Home Grown,” art by the members of the Garden Club of Irvington, will be up at the Irvington Public Library until November 28.
Helpful husband Al Galland helps Nora hang twelve of her beautiful botanical illustrations.
Adam Shamosh helps his mom, Renee, with her paintings.
Donghkai Zhen has four exquisite needlepoint pieces in the show.
Edna Kornberg and Harriet Kelly of the photo committee decide how best to arrange their work.
Bunny Bauer shows a collage with three of the many pressed-flower bookmarks made by GCI members for a 2002 Garden Club of America Zone Meeting. In the background are photographic and typographic prints by Ellen Shapiro.
The public is cordially invited to this show featuring botanical illustrations, paintings, drawings, photography, prints, needlework and collages by our members.
Artists include Bunny Bauer, Barbara Defino, Nora Galland, Harriet Kelly, Edna Kornberg, Cathy Ludden, Louise Petosa, Dori Ruff, Renee Shamosh, Ellen Shapiro, Amy Sherwood and Dongkai Zhen.
The library is located at 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, NY 10533
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Tues and Thurs 10 am – 9 pm. We hope to see you there!
Members of the Garden Club of Irvington began the fall 2015 season with an expert guided tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park by horticultural supervisor Rashid Poulson.
We enjoyed the magnificent views while learning about the park design, plantings, and challenges the staff faces, such as keeping weeds in check during the hot, dry summer.
Rashid, above left, who’s worked at the 85-acre park since 2009, is a graduate of the Million Trees NYC Training Program, a Bloomberg-administration program designed to provide opportunities to inner-city youth. Born and raised in Flatbush, Rashid is one of two supervisors of the horticultural staff. The park itself — in addition to providing a 1.3 mile greenbelt along the East River — has changed New York into a more accessible place for all its citizens, including the kids who play in the fountain sculpture (a temporary exhibit, below, that was being dismantled during our visit) and the teens who play on the the basketball and handball courts and skate and play hockey in the ice rink.
This is a park that even has a book cart and comfortable place to sit and read.
However, yesterday, the judges award us a first-place blue ribbon as well as the Rosie Jones Horticulture Award, for:
Last month, in preparation for the Garden Club of America’s Annual Meeting Flower Show in Rochester, May 18-20, GCA Zone III (New York) Horticulture Representative Elizabeth D. Hickman spoke to our club. She demonstrated how to choose, display and groom plants for horticulture exhibits at the show.
Here, Beth is critiquing members’ plants, describing how they should be groomed in order to be “passed” or allowed to be displayed in the competition. For example, in addition to no evidence of insects or disease, there can be no brown edges or yellowed leaves. She noted that some of the members’ plants were imbalanced, too leggy, needed fertilization, or were displayed in containers that clashed with the plant rather than enhancing it.
She also spoke about how to cut stems for display in glass bottles. Here are her cutting and conditioning tips that will help keep plant material looking fresh after two or three days, not dried and wrinkled:
1. Cut stems in the coolest part of the day, out of direct sunlight; early in the morning or near sunset is best.
2. Cut the stems at an angle for maximum surface.
3. Split the ends of woody-stemmed flowers or branches. For flowers that bleed milky juices, like euphorbia and poppies, pass the cut end through a flame to seal the cut.
4. Make sure the bottle is filled to the top with room-temperature water (see more details in our article on cut stems under the “Horticulture Tips from GCI” tab.)
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Maureen DePaoli, assistant to the Village of Irvington Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, and GCI past president Barbara Defino provided an overview of the Center’s history and programs and gave a tour of the gardens. IHS Senior/Girl Scout Amy Friendlander spoke about the Center’s educational materials. Like at many of our public events, guests of members were welcome to join us at 170 Mountain Road.
For more information about the O’Hara Nature Center, please visit the Village of Irvington site.