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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Gardening season begins in Lake Placid

May 11, 2017
By DOT BEATTY - Lake Placid Garden Club , Lake Placid News

Gardening season is officially open in Lake Placid and surrounding areas, or so it seems.

The Garden Club of Lake Placid had a successful opening meeting at the Mirror Lake Inn on April 26. Our updated website was discussed as well as all the programs and projects for this gardening season.

The website is available 24/7 at Check out the incredible calendar of events and programs scheduled for this season.

Article Photos

Garden Club ladies show their spring hats. in the top row, from left, are Lethe Lescinsky, Judy Shea, Evelyn Tropper and Linda Friedlander. In the bottom row, from left, are Dot Beatty, Jeanne Stone and Kathy Eldridge.
(Provided photo — John Eldridge)

Several events have occurred during April and early May, such as our Adopt-A-Highway and Village Clean-Up, Arbor Day, Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails clean-up and, of course, our annual business meeting at Heaven Hill Farm.

Later in May, there will be the Triangle Garden work session followed by refreshments and friendship at Delta Blue and our Memorial Garden spring clean-up at Elderwood at Uihlein.

Chairpersons for each event are listed on the website under programs. Email or call them for more information. The program list is alphabetical so it makes it easier to find the event. The calendar 2017 posts the dates and times of the events. Please join us.

Did you know our very own library in Lake Placid has updated their gardening related holdings? Jini Hood (past president of the Garden Club 2006-2007 and a library volunteer) has this to say about books available at our library:

"The Garden Club collection of the Lake Placid Library (about 100 books) is located in the Annex on the lower floor in the corner of a meeting room. It has an impressive collection of fun-to-look-at books such s 'Great Gardens of the World,' 'Visions of Paradise' and 'The National Arboretum.' There are books on garden topics like rock gardens, water gardening, scented gardens, weather resistant gardens."

There are many books on perennials and specific plants like roses, ferns, herbs and even bugs. You can research answers to your question in the "A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants" or "10,000 Garden Questions" or the Master Gardeners binder. Some titles just beg to be read, such a 1906 "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady," "The Exuberant Gardener" and "I Never Met a House Plant I Didn't Like."

Thank you Jini for this information.

Tip of the month: Place plastic water bottles at the bottom of any of your large planters before you fill in with potting soil. The plastic bottles reduce the amount of soil you will need and allow for better drainage of annuals. I have found that often large planters hold too much water and actually drown or damage the annuals. I am anxious to see if this works, and promise to keep you posted.



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