Thursday, May 29, 2014

Invaders in your garden! What are they, why they are a problem, and what you can do!

Gardeners face the never ending problem of unwanted "bully" plants crowding out desirable plants in their garden. Many gardeners have questions like: Are these invasive species? What damage could they cause, and what, if anything, can I do about it?

On Tuesday, June 3, the Garden Club will host Tania Siemens, Program Coordinator of the Watershed and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Program at Oregon State University. Ms. Siemens will provide an overview of the broad problem of invasive species in the state of Oregon and help us understand the difference between a "weed" and an "invasive species".  Then she will focus on the identification, impacts, prevention, and control some common invasives you might find in your garden or pond.

Finally we will learn how we can make a difference in an effort to prevent the spread of these damaging invaders by preventing, identifying, reporting, and controlling some of the new invasive species that are top priority for early detection and rapid response in Oregon.

Please join us at 6pm for our business meeting and 7pm for Ms. Siemens presentation. The Cottage Grove Garden Club meets in the Friendship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 216 South 3rd Street (the corner of 3rd and Adams), Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Water Gardens: May 6 Presentation

Last summer, during our August Garden Hop, so many of our garden club members were enamored with Faye Forhan’s water gardens that we asked her to present to the Garden Club. On Tuesday, May 6, Faye will show us how to design and construct a free-standing, pot-sized water garden.

Included in Faye's presentation will be a discussion of small water pump systems, various plant options, potting materials, dealing with mosquitoes, and water garden ornaments.

Faye is a member of the Garden Club, the President of the Oregon Koi and Water Garden Society, and owner of two koi ponds and several water gardens.

You’ll want to bring some extra cash to this presentation, because we will be raffling off the water garden that Faye creates!

Garden Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church (on the corner of 3rd and Adams). Our business meeting begins at 6pm and Faye's presentation will begin at 7pm. All guests and visitors invited.