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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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Tour of Irvington’s O’Hara Nature Center

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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.

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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.

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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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Annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale a GCI Tradition

What should I plant in the shade? Does this plant like to be wet or dry? Should I let it grow or pinch it back? Will the deer eat it? Every year, on the Saturday before Mothers Day, Garden Club members help guests to our Garden Fair and Plant Sale at the Lyndhurst Greenhouses choose plants and provide tips on care that, we hope, will contribute to the success and beauty of many gardens in the area. An added bonus: the daylilies, coleus and hostas that are unsold are donated to Lyndhurst to enhance the plantings at this National Trust property.

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A Rose Is Not Just a Rose

by Harriet Kelly

It needs a little tough love to thrive and bloom. When it comes to pruning roses, you have to be cruel to be kind. Grit your teeth and prune, prune, prune. So advised the expert rose growers of the Garden Club of Irvington yesterday—a beautiful, warm Saturday—during the club’s annual Rose Pruning Day. Under the tutelage of GCI rosarians Pru Montgomery and Bunny Bauer, club members learned how to properly use clippers, where to cut, and how much to cut (more than you think). There was a good turnout of local people who were eager to learn rose pruning techniques to use in their own gardens. All participants said that they’re looking forward to Rose Day on June 3 and promised to come back to enjoy the festivities and see how their handiwork turned out.

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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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