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Botanical Drawing Workshop this Saturday

A great opportunity…

Sewanee Herbarium

The herbarium is offering participants the opportunity to produce a careful botanical drawing this Saturday, July 22, 9-11 AM in the herbarium, spending quality time with a member of the botanical world, really seeing what they are looking at. We will include a few botanical terms to enhance participants’ appreciation and help them understand exactly what it is that they are seeing and drawing. Paper and pencils will be supplied, or participants may bring their own materials if they wish. Meet in the herbarium, on the first floor of Spencer Hall. Email <> if you have questions. finished piece

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Hydrangea Workshop ~ July 2017

Hydrangea Workshop ~ July 2017

Presented to attendees by Joann Anderson

Members present: Joann Anderson, Judy Stewart, Bill Bowker, Virginia Fiumefreddo, Jan Williams, Susan Harbison, Linda Sullivan, Linda Al-Sangar

Thanks to everyone who brought cuttings to propagate and share – we had quite a few varieties.  It’s always fun to get a new plant from a fellow gardener.  We hope all the many cutting grow strong and tall with bountiful flowers.  Hydrangeas are among our most beautiful flowering shrubs.

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June Blueberry Propagation Workshop

Blueberries for Everybody!

Great turnout for our Blueberry Propagation by Cuttings workshop led by Joann Anderson.  It was a great time and we all learned something new.  Plenty of cuttings were taken and potted up so we will have a great crop of new plants for next year.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

“All About Bluebirds” ~ Rosemary Chamberlain

Rosemary Chamberlain spoke to us at our June 13th meeting. The program titled ‘All About Bluebirds’ was informative and interesting.  We all learned a great deal and were treated to a collection of beautiful photographs.   Rosemary is a Certified TN State Naturalist, member of the North American Bluebird Society, and board member of the TN Bluebird Society.  She maintains and monitors 16 bluebird boxes on her property and 31 boxes in Montgomery Bell State Park.


Introducing our New Hospitality Chair

~ Sue Catchings

Sue Catchings grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. After retiring from helping families at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, she and her husband, John, relocated to White Bluff, TN in 2015  to be in the beautiful hills and scenic Dickson County where she could paint, take photographs and garden. In the last 2 years, through Rosemary and Mark Chamberlain, she has developed a growing passion for  Bluebirds and is a member in the TN Bluebird Society and the North American Bluebird Society. She holds a degree in Art and English from David Lipscomb University.  When not giving private art instruction, gardening or photographing birds, she is either painting in her studio at Birdsong Hill or out painting with the The Chestnut Group, “Plein Air Painters for the Land”,  a group of artists who paint outdoors to raise money for protected and endangered lands.  She has a grown daughter and son and one  granddaughter.

June Meeting

June Meeting – June 13th, 2017

TCAT 740 Hwy 46 S

Our meeting begins with an add-a-dish meal at 6 pm in the meeting room at Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  Our theme this month is June Weddings.  Our business meeting follows at 6:30 followed promptly by our featured speaker at 7 pm.  This month we are happy to introduce Rosemary Chamberlain and her presentation titled, “All About Bluebirds”.  Rosemary is a Certified TN State Naturalist, member of the North American Bluebird Society, and board member of the TN Bluebird Society.  She maintains and monitors 16 bluebird boxes on her property and 31 boxes in Montgomery Bell State Park.  We all look forward to seeing the many photographs she will show.

Members are reminded to park on the side due to construction and to bring canned goods for the Help Center Donation.

Our lectures are free and open to the public.  Adults only, please.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining our organization, please contact us via email at or by phone at 615-375-6675


Something Borrowed ~ Something Blue….

Something Borrowed ~ Something Blue


According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, June is still the most popular month to marry.  The goddess Juno was the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage, so wedding in Juno’s month was considered most auspicious.  There is also the fact that the weather is generally beautiful and cooperative as well as the many flowers that are in bloom in June.  Another consideration is that during medieval times a person’s annual bath usually occurred in May or June so June brides still smelled relatively fresh.  

Why are we talking about June weddings?  Well, I’ll tell you.  The June meeting of Gardening Partners will have a June Wedding theme for our add-a-dish meal.  So, get out your cookbooks and choose your favorite wedding or shower dishes.  Forage through your gardens for fresh flowers – we can’t have a wedding dinner without bouquets!

And please, go ahead and schedule that bath early on Tuesday.