Summer Harvest

Written by Garden Club member, Jan Baweja


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Anita has been donating produce from her garden to Harvest Share, an initiative in Montgomery County that asks backyard and community gardeners to grow a little more in their gardens and donate the extra produce to community resources dedicated to reducing food insecurity. She donated 10 pounds of green beans each week this month, 22+ lbs of various vegetables every month.

Here is a beautiful example of one of our Strawberry Festival plants, sold in 2019 and flourishing in 2020 in the Garden of Strawberry Festival Chair, Lori Thomas.


Kathy Gaskill, a Master Gardener and long-time member of the Garden Club has a lovely home surrounded by beautiful flower borders, a large vegetable garden, a growing tree and shrub collection, and a water management site that uses a diverse group of grasses and stones. Here are a few pictures.


Is anyone pickling, canning, and freezing their fruits and vegetables? Even if they are not from your garden, you may buy fresh produce from farmer’s markets. Pickling cucumbers are available from most Asian markets, too Try this recipe for Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles… no canning equipment necessary! Share your goodies with us by sending an email.


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The Wisteria Will Bloom

Written by Garden Club member, Jan Baweja

The beautiful wisteria will bloom again on the newly painted pergola! The Garden Club had major assistance on this project from Phil Normandy and Roger Haynes from Brookside Gardens.

Before the pergola was painted last fall, the wisteria had to be taken down. Garden Club member Kathy Gaskill spoke with Phil, who recommended Roger Haynes as he is in charge of all the wisteria at Brookside Gardens. Roger came out to the museum and offered to help get the wisteria growing again up the columns, instead of wrapping around them.  The method being used is the same method used at Brookside Gardens where Roger takes a string, ties it at the base of the column, and attaches it to the top of the column.  He selects the healthiest wisteria shoot and wraps it around the string to get it growing vertically up the string.  Roger will be training the wisteria with the Garden Club for the rest of the year to make sure it is growing properly.


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Craft Time
Our gardens continue to marvel us through the summer with their colorful displays.  Why not preserve that beauty by pressing, drying, and printing with those lovely flowers and herbs.  Here are a few projects to try.

Lavender Wands

Anne Petzold suggests picking the lavender while blooming and stems are flexible.

Pressed Flower Pictures

You can even dry the flowers in the microwave!

Dried Herb Wreath

A great way to dry herbs… and smells good too!

Hydrangea Wreath

Garden Club resident expert, Penny Sidell, suggests picking hydrangea in September. Put them into water before wiring them onto the frame which has been wrapped with old stockings or tulle.

Fabric or paper painted with flowers

This is a fun project to do with kids… try using a rubber mallet.

What’s Blooming in Your Garden?

Garden Club co-president, Amy Cohen, shares her July bloomers.

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