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Come to Our Art Show!

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.

Galland

Helpful husband Al Galland helps Nora hang twelve of her beautiful botanical illustrations.

Renee

Adam Shamosh helps his mom, Renee, with her paintings.

Donghai

Donghkai Zhen has four exquisite needlepoint pieces in the show.

Photo

Edna Kornberg and Harriet Kelly of the photo committee decide how best to arrange their work.

Bunny

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.

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You are cordially invited…

The public is cordially invited to this show featuring botanical illustrations, paintings, drawings, photography, prints, needlework and collages by our members 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 Irvington Public 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!

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!

 

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“Candy in the Garden” with Kent Russell

Celebrity gardener Kent Russell recently educated and entertained Garden Club members with ideas and inspiration to create eye-catching drama in any garden setting.

Abutilon

Here, he demonstrates the long-blooming qualities of Abuliton “Biltmore Ball Garden.”

“The perfect garden has a little bit of everything in it,” Kent said. He served up his “Candy in the Garden” presentation with verve and humor and illustrated his points and anecdotes with a wide assortment of live plant materials (available for sale afterwards). He re-introduced Garden Club members to fancy-leaved geraniums, including “Vancouver Centennial” and “Crystal Palace.” Don’t water them—and pinch for beautiful new growth, he admonished. “Geraniums hate moisture!” And he got everyone to fall in love with Abuliton, a type of flowering maple, especially “Biltmore Ball Garden.” He advised, “Treat it as an annual, out on the patio or porch. It blooms all summer and it’s easy to make cuttings. Then bring it in at it will flower all winter on a sunny windowsill.”

Kent was “The Garden Guru” on PBS and is listed as a preferred speaker by the Garden Club of America. “I was born with a silver trowel in his hand,” he says, beginning his life in horticulture at his family’s nursery, Russell Gardens, in Bucks County, PA, where he is still based. Kent designs gardens and container plantings for clients throughout the East Coast.

The program, at the Irvington Public Library, was free and open to the public.

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Workshops Part of GCI Continuing Horticultural Educaion

Every year, the GCI Horticulture Committee holds a series of hands-on workshops that help our members propagate and grow the most suitable plants, often natives, for their gardens and our region. Many of the plants are sold at our annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale at Lyndhurst on the first Saturday in May.

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Good Roses with Michael Ruggiero

The Garden Club of Irvington will present a lecture, “Planting, Maintaining and Pruning Good Roses” by Michael Ruggiero on Tuesday, March 20, at 11 am in the Chauffeur’s Cottage at Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown.

A renowned expert in roses and all perennials, Mr. Ruggiero has spent more than 50 years in horticulture. 

Currently horticulturist and plant and garden expert at Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, NY, he previously was senior curator for horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden, where he was responsible for the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and many other collections. Mr. Ruggiero is the author of four books on horticulture: Perennial Gardening (The American Garden Guides), Annuals with Style Design ideas from Classic to Cutting Edge, Spotters Guide to Wildflowers of North America and Spotters Handbook: Flowers, Trees and Birds of North America.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Pruning Tips from a Master Horticulturist

“Your plants will forgive you for pruning hard. They’ll come back and do much better for you.”

These were words of advice from Mary Jo Bridge Palmer, the owner and retail manager at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses LLC, a full-service garden center in Greenwich, CT, who spoke to GCI members and guests.

Among Mary Jo’s expert tips:

• There are three reasons to prune: 1. to remove dead or broken branches; 2. to control height; 3. to improve flowering.

• In late fall, prune the plants that flower in the summer and fall. The list includes butterfly bush, trumpet vine, oak leaf and P.G. hydrangea, magnolias, hybrid tea roses, and summer-flowering spirea.

• Go inside overgrown shrubs and thin the oldest branches out to let in light and air.

• Use a bypass pruner with a rotating head.

• Use Wilt-Pruf on broadleaf evergreens in November and again in January or February.

• Prune spring-flowering shrubs right after flowering. Don’t be afraid to prune lilacs to the ground in spring and nip other deciduous shrubs to give them shape.

• Keep a journal — jot down what works and what doesn’t.

Mary Jo earned a Professional Floriculture certificate from the Ratcliff Hicks School of Agriculture at the University of Connecticut. She has taught for Greenwich Continuing Education and the New York Botanical Garden. A former president of the Westchester and Fairfield Horticultural Society, she is on the board of the Perennial Plant Association and serves on the Greenwich Architectural Review Board. She received the Garden Club of America’s “Significant Contribution to Horticulture” award in 1995 “in recognition of the knowledge and love of horticulture she shares most generously with all.

The event, like many monthly programs of the Garden Club of Irvington, was free and open to the public. Watch this space for announcements of future events.

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Stephen Byrns on Untermyer Park

Stephen Byrns, partner, BKSK Architects LLP, and founding chairman of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy gave an illustrated lecture at the Irvington Public Library on Tuesday, September 20.

Sponsored by the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson, the program was free and open to the public.

Mr. Byrns spoke about the public/private initiative to restore Untermyer Gardens, a 45-acre historic park in Yonkers overlooking the Hudson River. The property was developed between 1899 and 1940 as the estate garden of lawyer Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940) in the Beaux Arts style. Designed by Welles Bosworth and characterized by a Persian-style walled enclosure symbolizing paradise and a monumental gateway, the gardens were maintained by 60 gardeners and supplied by 60 greenhouses.

The gardens were acquired by the City of Yonkers in 1946 as a public park and added to the National Register of Historic Sites in 1974.

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