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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Garden Club will tour Lake Placid lake gardens

August 1, 2019
By DOT BEATTY , Lake Placid News

Forty of us will soon cruise Lake Placid lake, our destination being two lakefront, lovely gardens.

We depart from the Lake Placid Marina dock shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Members should Call Mary Merrill (518-523-2933) to find if any empty seats remain and send the $20 fee to P.O. Box 984, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Check our website,, for further details.

Maintenance for the Triangle Garden will be the following Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. for one hour before gathering at Liquids & Solids, our sponsor for refreshments. The Interlaken Inn hosted us last month when Chef Kevin Dunford gave us samples of his outstanding cuisine.

Earlier last month, we toured private gardens on Lake Oseetah.

"We had a wonderful visit to the Wigmore gardens," said Garden Club President Linda Friedlander. "Junior Thompson, originally from Jamaica, was a great guide and led us from one spectacular garden to another, explaining the mix of warm colors in one and cool ones in another. He answered our many questions, told us the philosophy behind different plantings and placement and displayed his happy, generous personality. To our delight, his son, also on the grounds staff, joined us."

At the Lake Placid Convention Center in July, we joined with the Adirondack Garden Club to sponsor Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and seasoned environmental policy expert. This dynamic community leader is based at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College in Vermont. Beyond Plastics works with community leaders, college students and concerned citizens to create the economic, political and societal changes needed to save our planet from the current plastic pollution crisis. For interesting details/facts, visit After her address, we broke up into smaller groups to find solutions to report back to the audience.

Jumping head to Sept. 8, a Sunday evening, you will find us sharing a meeting with the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks at Heaven Hill Farm from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring a fresh, dried or artificial arrangement or plants to swap. This is a BYOU and BYOB event. You know what the latter means and in the former, U stands for utensils which are not plastic. Green Goddess will cater for us, but we must refuse to use single-use plastic forks and glasses. Call Mary to reserve your place and send $10 to our post office box ASAP. See our website if you need more information.

On a sad note, we have lost one of our own. Marcia Brooks was a talented Master Gardener, former president of our group, active member and founding member of the Lake Placid Community Beautification Association. As many of you know, she was influential in other areas, too, but we are mourning for our gardening friend. It is therefore fitting that the tip of the month comes from her.


Marcia's Tip of the Month

During one of our past meetings, we were asked to share tips to make gardening even more enjoyable. Marcia presented a box of tiny containers collected from garage sales and her home, including salt and pepper shakers, small jars, etc. When her grandchildren were visiting, she would engage them in finding flowers or even weeds from her property that would fill the tiny vase and make it look happy. Then after setting the table for dinner, they were to place one of the happy arrangements at each place setting.

We miss you, Marcia, and your creative ideas to have fun with flowers.



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