Gardening Partners

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Love the Lake, Love the Land…

The Friends of Radnor Lake and The Chestnut Group are sponsoring an Art Show & Sale to benefit Radnor Lake.  Our own Sue Catchings will be working at this event, so make sure to say hello while you are there.

See this link for more:  2017 Art Show and Sale




Demonstration Night 2017

September 26 Demonstration Night as a part of our annual Gardening Classes – informative and entertaining.  Bernie H. taught us the best way to plant a container garden…many tips & tricks included as well as reminding us all what to expect from our upcoming guided tour of Cheekwood on Saturday September 30.  Judy S. treated us to a presentation on the many types of basil and their uses & gave out seeds & recipes to those interested.  Joann A. talked about the herbs Rosemary & Lavender while displaying a lovely craft & herb resources.  Linda H. taught soil identification & the steps to making Comfrey Salve.  Linda A. brought in a good selection of Container Finishing items to make our container gardens look seasonally fresh, decorative, and more attractive.  Pollinator & Soil Static Displays with plenty of handouts available were toured during our break.  One lucky member won a huge fern from Virginia F. for answering an herb question.  Lots of great door prizes were awarded.

Diagnosing Plant Problems: Insects

This week, our class lecture was on Insects with Dr. David Cook.  Year after year, this is a favorite with our students and members.  Insects and their role in our gardens and lawns are a crucial subject for gardeners.  For anyone who missed the lecture, this slideshow from NDPN is a short review.

MODULE 4 – Diagnosing Plant Problems: Insects & Arthropods This publication can be used for non-profit, educational use only purposes. Photographers retain copyright to photographs or other images contained in this publication as cited. This material was developed as a core training module for NPDN First Detector Training. Authors and the website should be properly cited. Images or photographs should also be properly cited and credited to the original source. Publication Number: 0008 Publication Date: December 2006 Publication Details

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A Good Day for Garden Tours


Gardening Partners were invited to join a Garden Tour planned by Williamson County Master Gardeners to visit several private gardens and the UT Jackson Gardens.  The bus arrived early and we got off to a great start.  WCMGA members were so welcoming and such a fun group.  The bus was abuzz with chatter and laughter nearly the whole way to our first stop.  Jason Reeves introduced us to his garden and happily pointed out plants of interest and answered innumerable questions.  We carried on to the Doug and Linda Wallace home (his mother) – they were wonderful and gracious hosts.  They both spend a lot of time in their gardens and why not – when they have 231 plants in the lawn and 205 in the landscaping around the house!

UT Jackson hosted a lovely and delicious lunch followed by a tour of the gardens there.  Jason still had plenty of energy to guide us around the many beds there.  After lunch, we visited two more gardens:  Kayo & Helen Mullins and Everett & Lucinda Hunley.  All wonderful and accommodating hosts.  We were served refreshments and given access to beautiful gardens.  We could not have asked for a better day.

WCMGA provided a carryout meal and snacks for the bus trip home – who could ask for a more well planned and enjoyable trip.

Jan W and Beverly B got up to some hi-jinks on the ride home providing the Dickson contingent with some free entertainment.  And all too soon, we arrived back in Dickson tired and satisfied.

Summer of Weeds: Lambsquarters — awkward botany

Since we seem to be on the topic of edible weeds we may as well discuss lambsquarters, another frequently present and commonly eaten, nutritious and versitile weed. Botanically known as Chenopodium album, it is a member of the family Amaranthaceae and therefore related to several common (and uncommon) agricultural crops, including spinach (Spinacia oleracea), beets […]

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