Greetings from the Horticulture Club.
February has come and gone, and the Club has been very busy – mostly with our submission for the Spring Garden Show. Just yesterday we submitted our design – “Moorish Flourishes in a Contemporary Garden”. Check it out on on the group projects page. All the people who’ve helped make this happen deserve great heaps of appreciation! And you can join us in the effort – just drop us an email or come to our weekly meeting on Mondays at 8:15pm.
Our next General Meeting
NEXT Wednesday, 3/9, after classes, about 8:30pm. (That’s a reschedule – we originally had it planned for the 2nd.) And we are pleased to have Kelly Christensen joining us with a presentation about Cycads – the dinosaurs of the plant world. Their fossils date to 280 million years ago – that’s older than the continents as we know them. And you may just have one of them lurking in your yard. When is a palm not a palm? When it’s a Sago – one of the more ubiquitous of the cycads here in SoCal. But Kelly will have more than Cycas revoluta, to show us. He and his wife have been collecting cycads since the mid 1980s. Their collection includes some very rare, endangered or even extinct-in-the-wild species. And he’ll tell us all about these fascinating plants. Careful, you could catch the cycad collecting bug from Kelly!
Because of the excess rain we’ve had lately, the soil where we were going to be planting trees for arbor week is a bit soggy, so this weekend we will be cleaning out the area to begin construction on the Garden show. We may also trace a life-sized layout of the design to get a better visual idea of the space we are working with. The area where we will be working is the far back left corner of the department if you enter from the front gate. Saturday March 12 at 10:00 am.
Here in California there is actually an Arbor Day week. (It’s true – check out the Arbor Day Foundation’s website at http://www.arborday.org) To celebrate, we’re planning to teach you how to properly plant a tree. On Saturday, March 12th – just a week and a half away – we will meet in the Horticulture gardens at 9:30am for a tree planting demonstration, and yes, a chance for you to help plant a tree that you could potentially visit decades from now. Trees are the most substantive, most valuable and most emotionally significant plants in our landscapes. Come join us to find out how to treat them right.
And a big Welcome
to some of our new fans who signed up at this semester’s Club Rush! We’re looking forward to seeing you at our events. Plus a big thank you to Meredith, Tiny and Karina for helping out with our both – not to mention Lee, who made sure the Horticulture Club was front and center!