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Garden Clubs… a magnitude of Promise

Hello Fellow Readers, Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with garden clubs and participating in their activities. I didn’t realize until digging into history, the magnitude and impact of garden clubs across the country, even the world. The first garden club in America

Fig Pig

Hello Fellow Readers, Greetings from Cape May located at the very tip of New Jersey. It’s a joy to walk the streets of the Victorian architecture which has attracted vacationers since the mid-18th century designating Cape May as the country’s oldest seaside resort. Glorious gardens ab
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About Mary

Hello fellow readers, The Shrewsbury NJ Garden Club invited me to speak during their 60th anniversary celebration and asked that I send a biography. It’s an honor to give a talk. A bit nerve wracking too, speaking in front of a group of folks. A membership with Toastmasters in Hackett
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Lessons from The Secret Garden

Hello fellow readers, Once again I write from Virginia and admit I’m weary. Witnessing a loved one suffer is heartbreaking; Mom’s greatest suffering is from fear. When I arrived Saturday her deep cough and spiked fever seemed inevitable. To sooth her, I began reading an abridged child
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Community Plunge

Hello fellow readers, The Blairstown’s Village Green, also known as the pocket park where the old Community Center once stood, benefited from a weeding frenzy and a hefty load of mulch. Thanks to a busload of energetic students from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Patti Doell w
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Nooks and Crannies

Hello fellow readers, Natural stone paths are charming; especially decorated with cute little plants in the nooks and crannies. Done well, they look as though Mother Nature has invited you to meander. Rachel of Bangor PA asked how to create a step stone path with plants that won’t min
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Watering Protocol

Hello fellow readers, In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been hot and dry. I’m all for zero-scaping, the trendy phonetic spelling of xeriscaping; also known as drought-tolerant or smart-scaping. In a nutshell, choose plants whose cultural needs fit our climate and avoid losing wa
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Springfest Retires

Hello fellow readers, I recently attended the Springfest Retirement gathering of organizer volunteers. Yes, the Springfest Garden Show held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta NJ is retiring after 20 years. As the 20th Anniversary unfolded, reports at the register and the crow
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Spring Honey-dos

Hello fellow readers, Indeed, it feels like spring has arrived early but don’t let Mother Nature fool you into starting seeds too early in the garden. Check seed packs for when to start them outside. It’s time to start seeds indoors though; the rule of thumb is 8 weeks before th
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Frog Watch USA

Hello fellow readers, On Leap Day, I attended a Frog Watch training hosted by Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills NJ. The training was led by Tedor Whitman, Executive Director, of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) also in Short Hills. CHA is now an official Chapter Leader for Frog Watch