Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Indoor Succulents and Cacti: April 2 Presentation with Marcia Peeters

Walk into any store lately and you will likely to see a small display of succulents and cacti growing in tiny 2-inch pots; nurseries and specialty shops will have even more. The variety of whimsical shapes and sizes, can make selecting just one a delightful challenge.

Because of their tiny sizes and minimal needs, succulents and cacti are attractive to a wide variety of gardeners, from “newbies” who want to try growing for the first time to experienced gardeners who are looking for new ways to add plants to their homes.

But once you’ve purchased a tiny treasure, what is the best way to keep it healthy? How fast will it grow and for how long? To answer these questions and more, Marcia Peeters from Pierce Street Gardens in Eugene will be joining Cottage Grove Garden Club on Tuesday, April 2 to talk about getting the best out of indoor succulents and cacti.

Marcia will discuss the differences between cacti and succulents, and the basics for growing healthy plants year-round including heat and light requirements, and how much to water and when. She’ll also explain how to choose the best pots, what type of soil to use, and best practices for combining several plants in a single pot.

Marcia will also bring a variety of succulents and cacti that can be purchased after her talk.

Please join us. The Garden Club's informal business meeting begins at 6 PM and Marcia's presentation runs from 7 to 8 PM. All guests and visitors welcome. Light refreshments provided. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon, enter off the garden on Adams Street.

Also, mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
May 7, 2019Firewise Gardening with Keep Oregon Green
June 4, 2019Keeping your Garden Healthy with Christina Bixel
July 2, 2019: Summer Social/ Garden Hop
August 6, 2019: Summer Potluck

(Photos on this page courtesy of Pierce Street Gardens.)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Let's Talk About Hummingbirds: March 5 Presentation

Hummingbirds are often considered the jewels of the sky, and many gardeners delight in their brilliant colors and amazing antics in flight. Gardeners in the southern Willamette Valley have likely experienced both the Rufus and the Anna’s hummingbirds, the most common in the region. But did you know, besides being a delight to watch, hummingbirds are pollinators that also eat small bugs like aphids and gnats?

On Tuesday, March 5, the Cottage Grove Garden Club will host Barbara Linnett. In her presentation, Let’s Talk About Hummingbirds, Barbara will focus on general information about hummingbirds including demographics, local migrations, breeding behaviors, and fun facts. She will also discuss appropriate diet and how to create a natural environment to attract these pollinators to the garden.

Please join the Cottage Grove Garden Club on Tuesday, March 5 as we learn all about hummingbirds. We’ll share experiences and problem-solve concerns about these beautiful and very important pollinators that inhabit our gardens and yards.

Our speaker, Barbara Linnett, is a retired registered nurse who spent 8 years volunteering at the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Astoria. Now she is retired from the Wildlife Center as well, but she assists in the rehabilitation of hummingbirds, and she has had several birds to care for over the last 3 years. In addition, she has focused on providing her own hummingbird refuge by creating a mostly native hummingbird garden, feeding nectar throughout the year, and keeping a warming station during very cold weather. Currently, Barbara speaks to groups about hummingbirds with the hopes that more families will offer assistance to these very special birds.

The Garden Club's informal business meeting begins at 6 PM and Barbara's presentation runs from 7 to 8 PM. All guests and visitors welcome. Light refreshments provided. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon, enter off the garden on Adams Street.

Also, mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
April 2, 2019Indoor Succulents & Cacti with Marcia Peeters of Pierce Street Gardens
May 7, 2019Firewise Gardening with Keep Oregon Green
June 4, 2019Keeping your Garden Healthy with Christina Bixel
July 2, 2019: Summer Social/ Garden Hop

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rainwater Harvesting in the Pacific Northwest: February 5

Cottage Grove Garden Club is excited to start 2019! We have a number of great presentations lined up for the year, at least one field trip, and several social events.

Photo ©jrweymouth Flickr cc
We start on Tuesday, February 5 with Abel Kloster speaking on Rainwater Harvesting in the Pacific Northwest. Abel's presentation will focus on making the best use of rainwater as it runs off of our roofs and flows through the landscape. Special emphasis will be placed on:
  • Mitigating runoff impacts to waterways and treatment systems through bio-swales and other urban filtration systems. 
  • Disconnecting rainwater downspouts and designing rain gardens. 
  • Designing rainwater catchment systems for drinking water and irrigation purposes. 
  • Ponds for urban and rural properties. 

Our speaker, Abel Kloster, is the co-director of Resilience Permaculture Design; a design and implementation company focusing on restoration, water harvesting, and agroforestry for farm, forest, and urban environments.

Please join us. Our informal business meeting begins at 6 PM and Abel's talk on Rain Harvesting will run start at 7 PM. All guests and visitors welcome. Light refreshments provided. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon, enter off the garden on Adams Street.

Also, mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
March 5, 2019: Let's Talk Hummingbirds with Barbara Linnett
April 2, 2019: Indoor Succulents & Cacti with Marcia Peeters of Pierce Street Gardens
May 7, 2019: Firewise Gardening with Keep Oregon Green
June 4, 2019: Keeping your Garden Healthy with Christina Bixel
July 2, 2019: Summer Social/ Garden Hop

Sunday, December 30, 2018

January 8 Organizational Meeting

The New Year is here! Gardeners everywhere are checking their mailboxes for garden catalogs, curling up with garden books, dreaming, and planning next year's garden. The same is true for Cottage Grove Garden Club.

On Tuesday January 8, the Garden Club will be gathering for an organizational meeting. We'll be electing officers, forming committees, and talking about programs and field trips.

Like our gardens, there are already some exciting things in place... we have some programs lined up, and field trips we've been dreaming about. Join your gardening friends to lend a hand and share your ideas.

Please note the change of dates, we are meeting Tuesday, JANUARY 8, from 6-8pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams).

Please bring your ideas, your enthusiasm, and your dues for 2019.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Gardening Forum: November 6

We all have questions about gardening, whether we are new to gardening or have been gardening for decades we all have questions. We all, also, have answers and experiences to share.

By popular demand, on Tuesday November 6, Cottage Grove Garden Club will be hosting a Gardening Forum. Bring your questions and bring your answers and experiences, because at this round-table discussion we will be answering each-others gardening questions.

This gardening forum is perfect for people new to gardening or new to the Cottage Grove area. It is also perfect for seasoned gardeners who have more specific questions.

Please join us. Our informal business meeting begins at 6 PM and the Gardening Forum runs from 7 to 8 PM. All guests and visitors welcome. Light refreshments provided. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon, enter off the garden on Adams Street.