Seaside Garden Club has resumed a long-time tradition of working with the Manchester Welcoming Committee. The Welcoming Committee hosts receptions periodically throughout the year to welcome new property owners, and provides a package of information on the Town and its services with gifts and merchants coupons.
Joan Wogan, a member of our Club’s Community Service Projects, shopped, created and delivered 20 colorful metal plant pots to Manchester’s Welcoming Committee this Fall. Joan used a lovely floral note card, designed by Maureen Terrill, to welcome new Manchester residents to attend one of our meetings and perhaps become a Seaside Garden Club member. And for a final touch, Joan nestled in some flower seed packets to each plant pot for the new homeowner.
Thank you, Joan, for all your effort and follow through. A member from the Welcoming committee said how much the Seaside Garden Club’s donation was appreciated!

Seaside Garden Club

Seaside Garden Club

Seaside Garden Club

Tuesday December 13, at 7 PM
Lucia Darr’s House
$15 Yankee Swap “not necessarily garden related.”
Raffle for the Holiday Centerpieces – 1 ticket for a $1, 10 for $5 and 20 for $10.

Please bring nonperishable food items to the party to donate to Beverly Bootstraps

Sign-up Sheet

Appetizer:  Lenore Kepler, Lori Taibbi, Andree Webster, Elaine Persons, Gayle Masiero

Salad:  Trish Goodwin, Janet Nee, Beth Coz, Jocelyn Tiberii

Finger Sandwich:  Maureen Terrill, Colleen McCollom, Kate Willwerth

Dessert:  Bonnie Benincasa, Janet Hoysradt, Gail Halloran, Andie O’Neill



Holiday Happenings – Tuesday, December 6
Guest Speaker: Robby Atherton of Rose-Hip Farm
Doors Open at 6:00 pm
Cove Community Center
19 E. Corning Street, Beverly
Fresh greenery arrangements, holiday decor and wreaths for sale
Delicious snacks and hor d’ouevres
Door prizesDrawings for holiday arrangements and gift cards*
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
Available by calling: 978-381-3597
or by email: 01915gardenclub@gmail.com

b43c2eCheck out National Gardening Association,  http://garden.org/ for lots of info and beautiful pictures.

From Paul Parent, http://www.paulparent.com/

What do we do with all of our summer-flowering bulbs during the winter months, if they are not hardy enough to stay in the ground? It’s simple, we bring then into our basement for the winter, and this is how you will prepare them to keep them healthy.

Begin when Mother Nature produces a killing frost in your garden and your bulb plants turn BLACK. Now cut them down to the ground and dig them up. Shake as much of the soil off the bulbs as possible but do not wash them clean! Set bulbs in your garage or tool shed for a few days until the soil on them has dried completely. Once you have dug them up, do not leave them outside or any additional frost will kill the bulb by freezing it.

I want you to buy a general purpose Rose and Flower Garden Dust and dust all parts of the bulb before storage. This dusting of the bulb will help to keep it protected from any over wintering disease and insect’s problems.

Glads are easy; just look at the bulb closely and you will see that there are now two bulbs piggy backing together. The top bulb is the one to keep and the bulb on the bottom was the original bulb that you planted and which has now transferred all of its energy to the new bulb on the top–it must be discarded. Dust the good bulbs and store them in a pair of old panty hose that you will hang from the rafters in the basement. The panty hose will breathe well and keep the bulbs healthy until you plant them in the spring.

Dahlias: the bulbs will look like a clump of potatoes and should not be divided until you are ready to plant in the spring. Dust the bulbs and store in boxes on the floor or in a crawl space where the temperature stays around 50 degrees. Place one inch of peat moss or compost in the box and set bulbs on the material, being sure that bulb clusters do not touch each other. Cover the bulbs with 2 inches of organic material and then cover with newspaper, never with plastic–plastic will sweat and wet the covering, causing rotting of the bulbs.

Tuberous begonias and callas: Clean any parts of stems still attached to them and make sure that where they were attached has dried well, with no soft spots. Dust well and store in a box of peat moss or compost kept on the floor. The floor will stay cold and that will help keep bulbs dormant better. Separate bulbs 2 inches apart and cover with newspaper.

Canna lilies: these will store best if put in containers filled with peat moss or compost standing up like it grew in your garden. If the plant grew in a pot, just cut the stems at the soil line and place the pot on the floor in the basement. Garden grown should be dusted before being potted in organic matter. Keep them as far away from furnace or heat source as possible, and do not water until you are ready to start growing in March indoors or directly in the garden in early May.

Elephant Ears: Dig bulb and clean of any leaf stems still attached to the bulb. Dust the bulb and store in a pot filled with peat or compost and place on the floor covered with newspaper. Make sure the bulb is dry before storing it for the winter and bulb faces up. Repot in soil during March for a jump start on the season.

Freesia, ranunculus and anemone: these should be cleaned of any stems and dried well in the basement before storage. This will take longer than the other bulbs to dry and harden. Ranunculus will look like a mini bunch of bananas about 1 inch long. Freesia and anemone look like a bunch of dried up raisins and are hard. These three can be stored in a small box on the floor with a bit of peat or compost mixed around them to keep them apart and from touching. Dust them by placing them in a small paper bag, add the dust, and shake to cover the bulbs. These three bulbs can be forced into growing indoors right after the first of the year by potting them and growing on the window sill. Flowers will form in April and May if they are potted, or you can wait and them plant in the ground in May for summer color in the garden.


Dear Club Presidents,

We are delighted to have the honor of inviting you to our Annual Conservation Meeting.
It will be held on Wednesday, November 9th starting at 10:45 am at the Essex County Club in Manchester, MA.
Please see the attached flyer in electronic form below for information and registration.
We hope that you and your members will join us for what is sure to be an interesting and educational lecture. The optional lunch is immediately following the lecture.
Please note that the RSVP date is November 1st.

All best wishes,

Anna Ozols
Conversation Chair | North Shore Garden Club



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