Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pesticides and Alternatives: November Program

Did you know that more than a billion pounds of pesticides are intentionally applied every year in the United States? Research has shown that pesticides have adverse health effects, including birth defects, cancer, and injury to reproductive organs.

On Tuesday, November 7, Cottage Grove Garden Club will host Ashley Chesser of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). We'll learn more about why we should reduce our pesticide footprint and get some basic tips for managing weeds and pests in our gardens and homes without pesticides.

Ashley is the Communications and Membership Director for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Before joining NCAP, she worked as a crew leader for the Montana Conservation Corps and in graphic design/marketing for the outdoor gear industry. She holds a degree in graphic design from Portland State University and in her free time enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, backpacking, and gardening.

The Garden Club's informational meeting begins at 6pm and Ashley's talk on Pesticides and Alternatives begins at 7. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams).

All visitors and guests welcome.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Moving Toward Sustainability

Many of us are concerned about the impact humans have on the environment. We wonder how we can personally do something about overwhelming events such as climate change, bee decline. and pollution of our water and soil. Fortunately, we can be can be part of the solution by implementing a continuum of sustainable gardening practices when developing or renovating our yards and gardens. 

Please join Cottage Grove Garden Club on Tuesday, October 3rd as we welcome Master Gardener Carol Salami-Goswick. Carol will introduce us to the basic concepts of sustainable gardening in her talk Moving Toward Sustainability. She will also share some easy steps to help you get started.

The Garden Club's informational meeting begins at 6pm and Carol's talk will begin at 7pm. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams). All visitors and guests welcome.

Next Month
November 7: Pesticides and Alternatives with Ashley Chesser of NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden Riches and Garden Art

What did you do in your garden this summer?

What varieties did you grow?

Did you learn anything you'd like to pass on?

Come to September's Garden Club meeting on Tuesday, the 5 as we share our Garden Riches and enjoy making Garden Art.

If you have them, bring samples of your garden bounty for the tasting table, including varietal names. This is a great opportunity to scout out the varieties you'd like to plant and use next year.

If  your flowers are in bloom, bring your favorites to show off.

Plus, plastic caps await your hands and imagination. Peggy will lead us in a garden art project to make  "Colorful Repurposed Non-Recyclables." Bring a silly attitude and you'll have a good time.

The Garden Club's informational meeting begins at 6pm and the tasting and art begin at 7. We meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams).

All visitors and guests welcome.


Coming up later this fall
October 3: Moving Towards a Sustainable Landscape with Lane County Master Gardeners
November 7: Pesticides and Alternatives with Ashley Chesser of NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Saturday, July 1, 2017



It's summer! That means members of The Cottage Grove Garden Club are out in our own gardens, or enjoying the gardens of others. We have no formal meetings until Tuesday, September 5.

If you are a Garden Club member and need the details of our July 11 potluck or August 1 garden hop, leave a comment below, or use the Questions feature (scroll down, it's on your right). We'll get back to you.

Meanwhile, these photos were taken by Andrea of a nursery tour Garden Club members took in May to Seabright Nursery, Adelman's Peonies, Mid-America and Schreiner's Iris all in the Salem area.










Monday, May 22, 2017

Homegrown Teas



Source your tea right from your own backyard! On June 6, please join Cottage Grove Garden Club as we welcome Abby Colehour and learn about growing teas at home.

During Abby's presentation, we'll tour some common weeds and easy to grow herbs, discover their medicinal and nutritional benefits, and learn ways of preparing them. We will sample hot and cold teas, vinegar and alcohol tinctures, and non-alcoholic fermented brews. Plus, Abby will have plants available for purchase.

Abby Andrus Colehour is a native Minnesotan, social organizer, plant enthusiast, traditional skills dilettante, and do-it-yourselfer living at Aprovecho Center for Research and Education in Sustainability. There, she works as Residential Steward--maintaining social harmony, wholesome eating, administrative duties, and program development. She is especially passionate about trees,  forests, and woodland crafts.

Please join the Cottage Grove Garden Club on Tuesday, June 6 as we welcome Abby Colehour. Our informal business meeting begins at 6pm and Abby's presentation begins at 7pm.

 Refreshments provided, all guests welcome.

Cottage Grove Garden Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon. Garden Club members are encouraged to park in the lot behind the church, not along 3rd Street.

Upcoming Presentations:
During the summer, Cottage Grove Garden Club meets informally at member-only events. Guests and visitors are welcome to join us this fall for:
September 5: Garden Art & Garden Tastings
October 3: Moving Towards a Sustainable Landscape
November 7: Pesticides and Alternatives