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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Bringing your garden inside

November 2, 2018
By JINI HOOD - Lake Placid Garden Club , Lake Placid News

Yes, the outdoor garden season is definitely over. The trees that were so colorful a few weeks ago that so delighted leaf peepers and inspired photographers have shed most of their leaves.

A bit of ice and snow foretells the cold weather ahead. What will you do with your green thumb over the winter?

There are several choices of indoor gardens including potted plants, hanging baskets, air plants, and terrariums to cheer you on dreary days. Look on the internet at and enter "terrariums" in the search box. You will find many suggestions for making and maintaining terrariums of all sizes.

Glass or clear plastic containers of any size can be planted with a base of powdered charcoal and potting soil. A salad bowl, fish tank, or a vase from a florist can be turned into a miniature garden with some colorful marbles or pieces of glass, or little figures such as gnomes to add interest to the plants.

The Lake Placid Public Library has books on indoor gardens, houseplants and terrariums which are fun to read and interesting to the winter gardener. The Bookstore Plus on Main Street is another local source of information.

While the Garden Club season is coming to an end, there are still several activities left to enjoy. All are welcome to join in.

Nov. 7 will be the last luncheon and the closing celebration of "85 Beautiful Years." This will be held at noon at the Crowne Plaza in the Kate Smith Library. Officers for the 2019 season will be elected, and the activities for next year will be discussed. Suggestions for programs are welcomed. Make reservations with Mary Merrill at or call Mary at 518-523-2933. The cost is $20 and a check should be sent to Garden Club of Lake Placid, P.O.Box 984, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

At 2 p.m. Nov. 13, there will be a workshop at Elderwood where Garden Club members and Elderwood residents will make Thanksgiving arrangements.

On Nov. 15, members will be making holiday swags at the skating building on the Olympic Oval at 10 a.m. The evergreen swags tied with holiday red bows will be placed along Main Street, at the post office and at town hall.

Dec. 11 is another workshop, the last of the year, to be held at Elderwood at 2 p.m. Christmas decorations will be the subject. The residents enjoy having the Garden Club members visit. Anyone can join in.

No need to hibernate. Plants are a year-round hobby and a joy forever.



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